Re: Poker Study?
the bold part means that you're the first step of the way to becoming very, very good.
Originally Posted by Pig_Vomit
everyone's different. Hope my experience on this helps
I look at things i perceive as weaknesses in my poker game. I choose one. I get hold of all the info I can (posts, articles, etc) on the topic and quickly skim through - trying to separate the gold from the rough. I print the gold (sometimes I even save the links, this lets me e-mail reading lists to people if they need it )
I set aside some time to dedicate to study - no distractions (except that I'm usually in a cafe with music and coffee - but this is white noise that is perfect FOR ME when studying, everyone is different).
Then I read, take notes, read, take notes, etc. I go and look for hands in my db that relate to what I'm looking at, and consider how I played them against my new understanding. I post hands that I'm not sure about, with some taste of my thoughts on the hand. I look at hands posted by others and think about them in the context of whatever the topic is - especially hands where the question isn't this particular area, I see what good players are doing as standard and see how that fits against the topic I'm interested in. Next few sessions I try and consider whatever the topic was WHILE playing hands.
Often this involves dropping tables and limits (e.g. most of September I played 50nl and only 10 tables while I wrapped my head around some concepts).
I should also get into IRC and ask the community any questions I have on whatever the topic is - but I do so only rarely. When I have, the gains ahve been huge. Props to red for "wtf is polarisation?" i was pretty stupid and he was patient in between expressing how dumb I could be. Now if only he would make enough money to be able to afford a coaching session from me... (running joke, just look at the results dude!)
This may also be good advice. I've got no idea, cos I've never read a poker book...
Originally Posted by courtiebee
some suggested topics that have helped me lately:
I bet (fold) rivers a bunch - wtf is check-call, oh, it's printing money!
range vs blockers?
to shove or not to shove?