Originally Posted by Arjonius
It's not a binary choice. You have more options than only playing 1 table and getting as much practice reading as possible, or playing 9 and getting minimal practice.
If you want to boost how rapidly you learn and improve, you sometimes have to make decisions that aren't the most profitable in the short term. Or the most fun. Like working on your game more and playing less. This can include not just playing fewer tables, but also spending more of your poker hours on away from the table study.
Sorry, i probably gave the wrong impression/reason for playing multiple tables, you're right, its not about the money at this stage, i am learning...
The absolute truth of the matter is that when i play 1 or 2 tables, I play too loose because im waiting for hands, i think this is quite common.
What i have done (and thanks to all for advice on Poker Tracker), is I have got poker tracker working for last 2 days, and i have also compromised, i'm playing 4 tables.
Ive always made notes on players, but since using a HUD ive been amazed at the imrovement in not only my own discipline (ive always been a bit of a stat freak, now im looking and saying, ah, 28/14 is no good, im not gonna play that J/Q, and im gonna raise with my A/10s rather than limp etc).
Also, i have found (and i dont know who else agrees), that it's easier to make decisions on opposition players when you have a HUD on them.
Yes its not always right, but i'm much happier folding my AQ to a raise UTG from a 16/16 player, but if a 50/10 player enters the pot before me, its an easier decision to reraise etc..
PS... I see 2 different stats bandied around for post flop aggression, one is displayed as a figure, ie, 3.5 and one as a percentage.
uses a %age, and i was wondering what you guys consider to be a good AFq% range.