Originally Posted by lwillson
Besides actually playing the game how do you study and prepare yourself?
Playing against better players and watching them closely should help - hopefully you learnt something from yesterday's game!
Preperation - make sure you've got enough time to play tournament to the end, and that there are no distractions (I bust out of a tournament last week because I was trying to set the video, empty the dishwasher, watch the football (real stuff, not the throwing rubbish) and play at the same time)!
Secondly, write a list of things you are and are not going to do. When I play low limit ring games, I write out DO NOT BLUFF, cos I always used to, and they never worked. One you could write down is DON'T CALL ALL IN'S WITH QJ! (on side note, that's another important thing to learn. Realising when you've made a mistake even though you've won a hand, so you don't do them again.
I feel that the big turning point from moving from beginner to intermediate is table position - learning to throw away A4's early on. Having this knowledge will give you an immediate edge over the majority of low level players.