Originally Posted by Emrald Onyxx
I suggest that you base your notes on things related to betting patterns and stay away from emtional statements.
If your point in taking notes is to give you an advantage over your opponents, then make the notes based on facts. When I open my notes I don't need to be reminded that a fish sucked out 4 times in a row and now earns my dubious title of him being a fish. What I really need to know is the reason I now call him a fish, and how he bet when I gave hime taht title.
I suggest keeping notes that pertain the speed of bet, the type of bet (i.e. check, fold, 3 bet.....) and the amount of the bet based on the blinds along with the hands they show. Betting patterns are the best indicators to what your opponent has in the hand you are playing now, but only if you can clearly identify what happened. Try to adjust your opponent's ranges according to the hands they show and you might have a better idea of how to play the hand you have now.
I find it very hard to keep the emotion out of my notes...but besides some not so nice words I put things like "preflop cowboy" or 'atm". I also like to colour code...if I use red for a player it means that I do not want to sit at the same table as him/her.
If a player really donks me with arb cards, then I specify the hand in the notes but other than that, I understand whats happening in my notes so I'm ok with them at this stage.
What does bother me a bit is that I feel that I am being negatively influenced by my notes. Our local site is very small and therefore I know most of the players so when it comes to a tourney and I am seated at a table with a player that irritates me, I can actually feel my brain cells flipping over! It affects my play negatively and if anyone has any advice on "switching off" in this scenario - short of bashing my head until I get amnesia - then I would greatly appreciate it.....