Originally Posted by Yoshimiii
I can't see all of the pro's e.g. Phil ivey/tom dwan/negreanu all having photographic memory... if any, it's pretty rare to have. I guess if you did have it it would help immensely as you could track reads constantly based on past hands. I would put moving up to being a proffessional poker player is really just hard work and being very very clever. The more hours you put in per day the better you will be in the end.
I only remember past hands when I am playing a certain villain that I have history with, e.g. I remember against one villain he flat called my 3 bet twice OOP with aces and slow played them to the river. I think I remember that piece of information about him because I remember taking notes when I saw it. However most information I don't remember . That's why I do take notes on villains. I have just done a session of poker for 2 hours now and can only vaguely remember a couple of significant hands where all the chips went in the middle :s.
yeah true, it would be hard to think that all the top pros or even just your average pro would have photographic memories, but im thinking that they must do something to improve their memories....i find it all quite interesting because if we could learn how to improve our way of thinking and remembering past hands and actions then it would give us a serious edge, particuarly in live games, but maybe also online at the higher stakes....
there's a technique called 'peg words' which helps you remember numbers through words...there are a few pages (clickable on the page) http://www.thememorypage.net/peg-words-introduction/
i think it would be worth learning something like this because we are not always gonna remember that we got bluffed on the river with 10 high lol, so we can do this technique and remember it for next time we are in a hand/similar situation next time.....i suppose online you could write the hand down and the betting lines....but playing live, this could make the difference....
i dont know ive just started reading it and i dont know if its applicable to poker but it might be.....this is the same technique they use for remembering a deck of cards top to bottom.... which is here http://www.thememorypage.net/how-to-count-cards/
as with you yosh, i can only remember significant hands lol, just wanted to know if thats normal or if guys like yourself have special powers