KC Note Taking
I have been on a mission to make some better quality posts on CC and give back to the community from what I've learned(The KC Strategy, ect.)So please make time to read this for it is a little long but good.
Player notes and Memory
Taking notes on other players in cash games and tournaments is, too me, a critical part in eventual either making more money in a cash game, or making it deeper in a tournament. This is a simple way to keep notes for memory purposes, almost like a note strategy. Please read, enjoy, then comment on what you think or how you take notes yourself.
Cash Games Notes: Taking notes in cash games can be a very helpful in the long run. Especially in cash games this holds true since you may run into a lot of other players on a regular basis. Remember this way of taking notes is mainly for those without a poker manager like poker tracker. Mainly because we will be taking notes on betting patterns and habits. This doesn't mean that those who use programs should not take notes, because there are other things to take notes on as well.
Tournament Notes: Taking notes in a tournament earlier may seem pointless since you will most likely move tables and away from them. I'm not saying that you should take notes on every single person and how they play AK, but if a bluff/move, a slow play/trap, or a big hand which has a memorable betting style to it, then you should take that note. Once it gets later in the game eventually you'll be right back at the same table and you'll have an advantage. Also, in tournaments I recommend taking the most notes on players after the bubble, since many play extremely tight or extremely loose you will not get correct reads on how they'll play after the bubble. Also I recommend taking notes on every single person at the final table, since they made it this far, you could see them again at another final table,
Easy Notes = Quicker Memory Connections: I think that making your notes as simple as possible can lead to an easier time of remembering down the road. So I will explain and give examples on how I take notes.
Poker software really helps out the player by providing each player with the option to take notes, usually by just right clicking and selecting Notes.
So lets say a hand like this happens:
Dealt to Hero: As Kh (OTB)
All players fold except Villain who limps in UTG.
Hero: Raises 3 X the BB
Flop: Ad 7d 10s
Hero: Bets 2/3 the pot.
Hero: Bets 2/3 the pot
Hero: bets 2/3 the pot
Villian: goes all in
Villian: Shows 7c 7s
Now with all criticism aside about how the hand was played by Hero, this is just an example on how to take notes on the play that was made. We now realize that Villain had a set and was slow playing the whole time, so now we can take a note of this. Like I said I want to show you how to take notes for quicker remembrance down the road. So right click on the player and type this(also good to have the HH up to read):
Limped with small PP
most likely limps with PP range of 22-99
Slow played and Pushed on river
Also remember that many good players can switch gears, so make sure and try to take note of that too. Especially if they are fishy, because many fish play the same way all the time without thinking that you've caught on.
To add to that, try and have a ranking system for player. This also helps to quickly identify a persons habits and play. You don't have to use this exact list, you can actually make up your own names or add more.
Bad Player: Fish
Calling Machine: Caller
Tight player: Rock
Good Player: Shark
Now remember taking notes can be more technical than this, and this way of taking notes can have many different ways, like the "slow play" above can be used for other plays or habits, like what they bet PF with Big hands, or how many times the C-bet/shoot barrels. This is just a basic note taking tutorial to get you started and hopefully help others who would like make there notes easier to remember. Good Luck! And like I said please tell me what you think, or tell me what you think can be done to make this better!