Game Theory is the use of mathematically arrived conclusions based on accessible information. Unfortunately in case of Poker, distinct from a game like chess, not all information is available. Accordingly, many of the best mathematical calculations are not recompensed by a win, at any rate in the short run.
In Poker it is not strange to see a player acknowledge his superior knowledge and intellectual capacity of the game or game theory to others while adding the fact of getting flattened by a player with drastically less brain power!
This faces us with the role of intellectual ability in the game of poker. While there is little doubt that there is possibly 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; still there is clearly more to a true poker professional than mere intelligence.
So what are the not so obvious qualities you need as a top poker player? Some of the top players have often identifed the most important quality to achieve flying success as "having Heart" or "courage." We tend to agree with this as we have seen many an intellectual pros fall prey to bad beats or been bluffed away from a pot by someone with a lesser I.Q. points, but a lot more heart.
We don't mean to diminish the numerous other important qualities you need to stay on top. Nevertheless, a bold heart or strong courage definitely is the critical ingredient of a top player.While dreaming to reach the top, go on and ask yourself how do you rank in the "heart" department?