What was your poker epiphany?
In 2008, some friends moved out of state, and their son - a high school senior - came to live with us as so he could finish school and graduate with his friends.
I was playing $1 and $5 NLHE MTT on FT and Stars at the time, trying to refine my skills a bit, but I was not profitable – I usually made it to the bubble, but rarely past.
One day our student saw me playing online and asked if he could watch.
I explained the game to him, registered for a tourney, and he watched me play. As I was playing, I explained each hand to him – the details of why I was making the decisions I was making. I took 1st place in that first tourney that he watched. It was the first time I ever took 1st place.
He watched more over the next few months (I played 3 evenings a week after work), and I consistently got past the bubble and regularly made final table. Since my “watcher” starting sitting next to me, my game improved tremendously.
It took me a few weeks to realize (admit?) that when I slowed-down my decision-making process, and had a reason (that I could articulate) for each and every decision, I began making much better decisions. My “think” is much better than my “blink”.
Have you had a poker epiphany? If so, what was it?