"Play the players, not the cards". This quote shows perfectly one of the most important skills at poker: playing according the situation.
In poker sometimes youīre forced to make decisions with the same hand you held some hands ago, but why now youīre going to play it differently? The answer is because poker is a game of situations. There are a lot of factors that may vary your decision. These factor are, for example, position, stack size, opponentīs style, his betting patterns, etc.
I want to stop in the last two. As you know, the styles are classified according two factors: the hand selection and how a player faces the betting rounds. According to the hand selection a player can be tight or loose, and accoding to betting styles a player can be passive or aggressive (of course a player can mix up all those styles).
In relation to betting patterns, they are called as the "real tells
". They are a very important part of the game because you can figure out what is the strenght of a playerīs hand by just watching the amount of his bet compared to previous ones in similar situations.
Having a good read of every playerīs style and betting patterns it can really help you to make better decisions at the table, and the best way of having a read on each player is taking notes (in your mind, a paper or the notes available at every online poker software).
Well, after that completely unnecessary introduction, lets go to the important part: the questions (please try to answer them all, because i need that information):
1) Do you take notes every time you play?
2) Do you write a note every time there is a showdown?
3) Do you take any notes if there isnīt a showdown?
4) What do you write in the notes?
5) Do you follow a specific order like watching first the styles and then betting patterns?
6) How many times a player has to make the same play to write a note about that play?
7) Anything else you want to add...
p.s: i know that long time ago someone made a thread asking what do you write in your notes, but this time i want more detailed answers.