Tidbits eh, well I should start by making it pretty clear that my general play is VERY flawed and post-flop I do spew shitloads. My pre-flop play is far more solid however so by the time the first three board cards come, I am usually in pretty good shape, and position relative to by opponenet.
I am quite a methodical player. I have made and use my own charts, starting hand charts, tables, graphs etc. I have them coming out of my earholes and believe a solid default strategy is a the best basepoint far most pre-flop plays. I then use strategy that I have built up to make adjustments depending on how their stats differ from the average at the stake in the particular situation, plus stack sizes and my table image etc.
I limit myself to 2 hours per day and only play 4 tables of 5NL 6max. Never more. This gives me plenty of time to devise a different plan for each of my 20 opponents, to think about their individual weaknesses and to make adjustment to exploit them.
I play within my bankroll. Scared money is losing money. You must never be afraid to shove all your cash when you believe you have 60% equity. If you are then you need to drop down a level as your aggression and profitability will be compromised.
You should always have the means, motive and opportunity before you sit down to play and the self control to quit when either of these are not present. As I type this post I have the means to play and a good 90 minutes of spare time ahead but I know within myself that I have not got the drive to really get in there and fu.ck it up. You know when you don't have 100% focus. Having the discipline to say NO
when its not right to play will save you much money and the cash you don't lose spends just as well as the money you win.
Above all I think my biggest breakthrough was learning to rationalise variance and just smile when something like the following happens:
Poker Stars $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1176173
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MP: $7.84 This guy was a 53/20 with a steal of 33 over 55 hands. His fold to 3bet was 1/2, he C/R'd 2/8 times and folded to flop Cbets 5/10 times.
Hero (BTN): $10.79
($0.15) Hero is BTN with A
, MP calls $0.10, 1 fold
, Hero raises to $0.50
, 2 folds
, MP calls $0.40
5 (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $0.80
, MP calls $0.80
($2.75) 4 (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $1.85
, MP calls $1.85
MP bets $4.69 all in
, Hero calls $4.69
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Guy shows Js4s!
I just said, "nh man"