I know the value of going over sessions, but I don't do it nearly enough. When I do, I either look at the hands containing big pots, or I'll pick a session, and go through every single hand.
Your first decision is almost always the most important, so I focus on preflop action a lot. I try to be objective. For instance, I may have made a big mistake limping with a small PP in front of a shortstack's BB, flopped the set, and took his stack. Regardless of the result, I consider the play a mistake, and make a mental note to be more mindful of these types of situations when they come up again. Also, in medium-sized pots, is there anything I could have done to win more without too much risk?
I also take this opportunity to get some real numbers on those draws I took. Since I multi-table, I have to make decisions very quickly. Using pokerstove, or the PT pot odds
, I'll see if I made the right decisions based on the odds. Making the right plays not only increases the amount you win, but also decreases the amount you lose.
As much as I'd like to blame the cards or random chance, I find that my poor sessions usually contain more mistakes than my winning sessions. And as good as you think you are, there's always room for improvement.
But, it's not all disheartening. There's a great feeling when you replay a hand you've forgotten, only to find that you played it perfectly, as if you'd known exactly what cards your opponent held. That's the kind of positive reinforcement that keeps me plugging away at this game.