re: Poker & omg how am i beating this game?
Just not enough info. If I could sweat you for a session I could tell you a lot more, but that aint gonna happen unless you go to the casinos
I go to.
For sure - 6 weeks is not nearly enough of a sample. Mine is 10 months long and I am still asking the same questions - but I am not asking myself how I am winning - I know exactly how I am winning. I had a two month downswing in the summer where I didn't know why I was losing. I felt it went beyond variance and it took a few weeks to figure it out - but finally got it and am back on track and not just a little. After having my best two months I am still not convinced I am that good (to have won as much as I have) and have more of a committment to studying the game - also so I can move up in stakes without getting my ass handed to me.
So stay humble, figure out why you are winning, define your strengths and your weaknesses and study to work on them. And you might have some areas that you cannot necessarily define right away - just stay at it. Like you, one of my strengths is reading other players and I know how it is to "just know". Sometimes it's just a split second in the process. What might be different for me is I do know how I acquired that skill and developed it. By having that knowledge I can also gauge how accurate it might be at any time (it is not infallible and requires attention and focus that sometimes wanes after sitting there for hours - walked away from a table yesterday because I knew I was spent on reading). I can point someone to that split second and what happened but the reality is most will not see it or even get it. Knowing physical tells
is very helpful but a lot of my reads happen at another level. Again that is due to an attribute gained in another career field and not because I am a great poker player. I am still learning to apply other life skills to the table. No different than guys who were already acclimated to doing equations, stats, percentages and math before they learned the game. But a strength in one area almost inherently means a weakness in another. I suck at math. Have to run in my head a few times to make sure. I'lI don't immediately recognize that there is a mathmatically correct play. And when I do finally make the correct play players jump on my ass about what took so long? One of these times I want to go, "How could you call me on that?!?!?! Couldn't you read that I had the nuts?!?!"
But its about bringing all this stuff together. Your head is going to go through all sorts of thoughts as you ride the poker roller coaster. It was not that long ago I was convinced I just sucked at cash games and needed to stay with tourney play - now my focus and profit is almost 100% cash play and tourneys are just a diversion to do with my buddies.