Poker TheoryGame Theory is the application side of mathematically arrived conclusions based on available information. Unfortunately in Poker, unlike a game like chess, not all information is available; consequently, many of the best mathematical calculations are not rewarded by a win, at least in the short run.
In Poker it is not unusual to see a player acknowledge his superior intellectual capacity and knowledge of poker game theory to all who will listen and then get beaten soundly by a player with considerably less brain power.
This leads us to the question of intellectual ability as a factor in poker. While there is no denying that there is probably more brain power collectively in poker than any other popular sport and that it is very unlikely any top professional could survive without superior intellect; there is obviously more to a true poker professional than mere intelligence. So what are the other qualities you need as a top poker player? Some of the top players have often defined the most vital quality to achieve top player status is "courage." or "having Heart." We quite agree with this as we have seen many an intellectual giant fall prey to bad beats or been bluffed away from a pot by someone with a few less I.Q. points, but a lot more heart. We don't mean to undervalue the many other significant qualities you need to stay on top; but, Heart or courage certainly is the critical ingredient of a top player.