Real poker vs Book poker
I saw an article in one of the recent Card Player magazines that I thought would be good to share. I think a lot of the online beginners may find it interesting.
"A friend of mine learned to play, like most of use, by following the content of a basic book. On occasion someone made a play that he did not understand like 3 betting k-9 or raising from the big blind with pocket fours. When he saw this, he naturally assumed that these players were making significant errors because they were not playing the way that he was taught.
Luckily, he was insatiably curious and had some excellent mentors. When he described these plays, usually in the context of how stupid the perpetrator was, he learned that these plays are in fact legitimate under some circumstances. As his understanding grew he started incorporating these plays into his repertoire and is now a feared high limit player."
A lot of you will find that as you move up in limits players will make plays that you don't think are good plays, or that you don't quite understand. Before instantly thinking of them as donks, try to understand why they are doing what they are doing. Try to learn more from the game by playing then by reading. Watch what the other guys are doing and take things away from their games.