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How poker strategy can help picking your team

We may be well on our way through the NBA 2016-17 season but, all the same, this could be a great time to stand back and see if there are any winning strategies that we could be adopting to make our fantasy team more successful. After all, with so much money potentially there to be won by the most successful fantasy teams it really could pay to sharpen up our selections.

Of course it would be great, as well as being a no-brainer, to fill up the team with solid gold superstars with stats like LeBron James and Kevin Durant but the hefty price tags on their heads means that this just isn’t viable financially.

So this means we’re going to have to be a lot more cunning and strategic if we want to be in the money, so why not take a few ideas from another game where the potential winnings are big – poker?

This might seem like an unlikely combination but, look a little deeper, and the similarities between doing well at the table and on the court soon become a little clearer.

Anticipate the next move

In both, having the foresight to see what’s just around the corner is essential if you want to end up on top. Often you can achieve this by knowing what’s happened in similar situations in the past when the circumstances have been directly comparable. In the case of a poker hand it can mean recognising the particular combination of cards and in basketball it can be a state of play or a previous encounter between certain players or teams.

Because while Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results” the flipside is also true. When the same event repeats itself the results are likely to be the same.

Use your skill and guile

There are countless stats in basketball, just as there are definite odds to be memorised in pokers and by getting a good grip on either you’ll be well placed to use them to your advantage. Of all the tools at your disposal these are the ones that you really can rely upon and use to your advantage.

Of course skill is something that only comes as a result of practice and some say that it also takes a minimum of 10,000 hours until you truly become an expert. Now this does seem like a tall order for poker and fantasy sports so maybe take this bit of wisdom with a pinch of salt.

Be lucky

The final element that’s essential in both fields is a big dose of luck, whether this means finding yourself with the perfect straight flush or picking players who miraculously make it through the season without picking up a knee injury and deliver great points each week.

But luck, by its very nature, is unpredictable and totally beyond anyone’s control so you’ll just have to cross your fingers, hope for the best and maybe a miracle or two will to come your way.

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