Sorry but I had to register to make a point here,
I am the number 1 pokerplayer in the world and I can tell you one thing.
People spending time hypothesizing about Poker Theory are complete retards and are nowhere close to being professionals. Talking, reading, thinking about Pokertheory is what losers do (I am all amused about all these pokerforums and blogs blablaing about poker). The difference between a Killer like me and guys like you is the instincts.
You can not become a professional by reading Pokerbooks or anything of that sort.
I know its hard for people that spend all their time reading pokerstuff and analyzing and thinking through each and every hand to accept this reality.
But reality is, even if you learn all statistics-tables in and out, if you know the theoretically correct move in every situation, as soon as a situation you havent been able to prepare for kicks in, you will sucks ass and every averageplayer will beat you over time.
The problem with your theoretically-statistically-perfect-poker-play is, you all know the same.
Have a nice life everyone
Originally Posted by Four Dogs
Introspection- How much time each day do you spend away from the game,thinking, reading and writing about poker? This is key. The big difference between pro and amateur is the ability to think quick. While it is impossible to assess every possible situation, many are similar enough to be worthy of rumination. The time for analysis is in the car or bed or on the crapper or while walking or jogging or wherever your best able to free your mind from the grind. It is NOT while sitting at a $20/$40 table.
Oh, one more thing. You have got to love the game. If it feels like a job, you will never give it the attention required for real success.