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I've been watching a couple of games (not particularly looking at whether its a competition or cash game) while paying attention to each character and their approach at the game. Whether they are quiet and steady, or talkative and distracting, each seems to bring an interesting strategy to the table.

What types and what functions do you deem to be the most "useful" in poker, and why?

Not to be biased, but Ne appears to be a good complement to reading other players and picking at any inconsistencies with their composure. This however is not the only part of the game.

Keep in mind some of the pillars of poker:

Offensive or defensive playing
Strategy
Reading
Deception
Mathematics/Statistics
Pattern recognition

Does a concrete or abstract approach work better? And why, when?

I've been considering trying it out online as I've been able to outclass most of my friends with the game, although I particularly find S types to generally be better.
 

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ESTPs have been the best poker players in my experience. The Se>Ti combo is crazy good. After them it's probably up in the air between ISTP's and ENTP's.
That's what I've pretty much boiled it down to in terms of personality. Most players are either xSTPs and ENxPs, the dominant extraverted irrational seems to be consistent in such competitions. There is also a fair deal of pattern recognition involved, I could see these guys as daytraders with their cognitive tempo.

Where can one find Ne to help him more in a poker match compared to Se?
 

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My INFJ brother has been playing online poker for real $ for a few years now. I don't know if there is a real difference with how its played compared to real life, although he has mastered all the moves and wins, often, as much as 5000$ in one tournament....he is just a good when playing in real time at Casino's. Poker and Blackjack are his games, he usually walks away a winner. He has tried to teach me his strategies, obviously there are many. I've actually become quite good at both games also .
 

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ENFP - Phil Hellmuth
ENTJ - Daniel Negreanu
ESTP - Tony G
ISTJ - Doyle Brunson
ISTP - Phil Ivey
INTJ - Tom Dwan
ENTP - Antonio Esfandieri
INTP - Mike Matusow
 

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Well, I started playing at the online casinos not long ago. Usually I choose slot machines or roulette, but recently I've tried poker and understood that I need to improve my skills. To be honest, I haven't found many ways to do this. But I was suggested to read "The Theory of Poker" by David Sklansky, so I'm going to start with it. Maybe you should also find out more about strategies from books first.
 

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I haven't watched others play, but I seem to be pretty good a poker. I'm an ESTP and it used to be easy to find someone to play poker with me and now my friends are more likely to play when I'm not in. Some of it is watching people, but also I notice shit. Like the person who did a shitty shuffle, I remember the order the cards went down and can estimate where cards are in the deck based the shuffle. I'll also look at what cards are in my hands and know my odds of having the better hand. But the most useful is just watching people. It's not even a tell with a lot of people. Eyes dilating, breathing changes, people react when there's even a little money involved and they're focused on it. I'm not amazing at finding patterns (tells) but biological reactions tell me things. I've been learning to control my own biological responses dancing and acting. It makes me more aware of other peoples. But I also need to be aware of people around me when I'm working.

Not that I'm about to take up poker. I enjoy it with friends. I enjoy when we shit talk each other too, not something I would do if it were a serious game but fun with friends. I think in my line of work, I already take a lot of interest in people and observe them. Like the startled coworker who covers her face and takes one step back. I'm always watching and trying to read people anyway. People interest me.
 

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I haven't watched others play, but I seem to be pretty good a poker. I'm an ESTP and it used to be easy to find someone to play poker with me and now my friends are more likely to play when I'm not in. Some of it is watching people, but also I notice shit. Like the person who did a shitty shuffle, I remember the order the cards went down and can estimate where cards are in the deck based the shuffle. I'll also look at what cards are in my hands and know my odds of having the better hand. But the most useful is just watching people. It's not even a tell with a lot of people. Eyes dilating, breathing changes, people react when there's even a little money involved and they're focused on it. I'm not amazing at finding patterns (tells) but biological reactions tell me things. I've been learning to control my own biological responses dancing and acting. It makes me more aware of other peoples. But I also need to be aware of people around me when I'm working.

Not that I'm about to take up poker. I enjoy it with friends. I enjoy when we shit talk each other too, not something I would do if it were a serious game but fun with friends. I think in my line of work, I already take a lot of interest in people and observe them. Like the startled coworker who covers her face and takes one step back. I'm always watching and trying to read people anyway. People interest me.
I'm an INFJ and I'm pretty good too. I think any type can play well. They'll just have different styles. I do think Se dominant types probably have the best advantage in life poker and N doms have the best advantage in online settings. I don't think type determines too much though. Luck plays the biggest role in the short run. And any type can win in the long run.
 

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There was a poll on a forum where a lot of actual pro and semi-pro players congregate and INTJ was the most represented, followed by INTP. Probably somewhat of an internet bias but I don't think it's far off reality.
 

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I think that T types are the most likely to be good and interested in high-stakes poker. It's the kind of game where you can't form an emotional connection with others or you'll get taken advantage. To break it down more - any of the NT types and the STP types would be best.

Se is the best at seizing opportunities in real time and picking up on physical cues - regarding IRL poker.
 
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