Originally Posted by Ronoh
I have always been a profitable poker player. Read a poker book? Tried reading the Harrington books 10 years ago and was bored out of my mind reading a book based on not much more than common sense.
The best way to learn is hands on, go out and play... and stop trying to apply advice from big name million dollar professional poker players to micro stakes games. The math takes all of five minutes to understand, the rest doesn't matter at these stakes.
I understand this post. The fact is that all poker strategy
is based on the ' xxxxxx obvious' to quote John Cleese. It so often comes down to who has a natural aptitude.
You can teach someone chess in five minutes but not everyone can be good at it. And unless you are very good you probably won't get much out of books detailing, for instance, the Sicillian Defence. You need a natural aptitude to start with, and an ability to absorb information easily
and then apply it.
I do not believe it is possible to 'teach' someone how to be a really good poker player if they do not have that natural aptitude (and most don't) any more than it is possible to teach someone how to be a good footballer if he can't kick a ball properly.
However books will help some poker players get better...but not all! It's experience that makes the biggest progress, particularly if you have absorbed some of the information in good books. I read HOH and found it interesting because it said exactly what I had found out for myself - even down to the rule of 2, which I would have thought was obvious to absolutely anyone who had played a single hand of poker.