Phil Ivey poker tip.
I just got this tip in an email from fulltilt. Most people who are registered at fulltilt will get these emails, but for those who haven't read this i thought id share it.
DON'T READ THIS TIP
November 6th 2007
When it comes to advice about poker, my attitude is very simple: seek it out, absorb it, but while youíre at the table, forget it.
Iím a firm believer in learning the game by playing the game. Iím not saying there arenít a lot of great resources around to help players improve their games or that poker books
and tutorials donít have their place. They do. However, the problem I see with people who rely on these kinds of aids is that they end up playing poker like someone else or - even worse - like everyone else.
One of the things that makes poker great is that itís a game where thereís really no right or wrong way to play. Every player has their own approach to the game and the key, in my opinion, is to take the things you learn from other players and incorporate them into a style of play that works for you.
There are some players who take a very mathematical approach to the game, and for them, it works. They study the odds
and make decisions based on whether they think theyíre getting the right price to commit their chips to a pot. Itís a solid way to play, but the fact is, itís not the right approach for everyone. Whatís more, even the best of these players will tell you that math only takes you so far.
Calculating the odds can certainly help you decide whether youíre making a smart move, but it doesnít take into account who youíre playing against. There are many times when you can do all of the math you want and your decision still comes down to intangibles and a feeling about your opponent or the situation youíre facing. Does this guy have a hand? Can I push him off the pot? Am I getting myself into trouble here? Even if the odds say you should play, your gut may be telling you something else, and thatís something you can only develop by playing.
Relying too much on other peoplesí advice can actually make it harder to develop this kind of reading ability because it tends to clutter up your head. You get so focused on thinking about odds, probabilities and strategies that you forget that youíre playing against someone else and that you have to try and figure out what he or she is doing. Are they scared? Will they fold to pressure? Are they a maniac? In my opinion, these are the important things to keep in mind during a hand.
Itís been said before, but it bears repeating. Poker isnít about the cards; itís about the players and the situations. Winning players understand that sometimes you have to take chances. Sometimes they work and other times they donít. Whether you win the hand or not, you have to make the play that you believe is best.
At the end of a hand or a session, go back and study the things you did well and be honest with yourself about where you made mistakes. Donít, however, overanalyze how you could have played a hand differently because this can negatively impact how you approach your next hand or session. Identify your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Just because some play or move didnít work the way you wanted doesnít mean you were wrong to try it. As I said before, there are just some things that you have to learn by playing.
So hereís my advice. Read this tip. Read other tips and poker books. Talk to your friends. Absorb as much information as you can. But at the end of the day you have to trust your instincts and play your own game Ė not someone elseís.
I really agree with this. It seems that most players play way to predictable these days, and if they don't play a hand the way the majority would play it then they played it wrong. It just annoys me sometimes when people say to another player at the table "ugh you played that hand soo bad". But alot of the time they didn't play the hand bad, they just didn't play it how you would play it.