re: Poker & Becoming a winning player
Hey Jollocks thanks for posting.
I am a new player too, and I think I have recently become a slightly winning player.
I was playing STTs and MTTs for the first part of my poker journey, and losing money, but recently I switched to cash games and I'm up $25 in just a week of playing (which is amazing for me, lol, don't hate) so maybe I can give you some advice. Also, some more background on me, I started playing poker last September in a home game, decided to buy a book to learn outside of the game, I took 5-6 months off, and then started practicing/studying again in May. So 3 months of serious practice, 1-2 of preliminary studying.
Videos and books are great. There is so much you can learn about how you should be approaching the game from these books/videos alone. I won't write too much about this since there are tons of threads about good poker books
to pick up.
As for implementing the things you've learned,
you have to understand some things about poker. It is an insanely hard game to master, because there is so much to think about when in a hand, so you often don't have enough time to calmly consider everything. So you need to work away from the table to reduce this aspect.
For one, you will need to start playing. Play a comfortable amount... if you can get an hour in a day, that's fine. Review every single hand you play. Preflop raise amount, other possibilities, etc. should all be considered. I started keeping a poker journal, and recently I had to transition to a digital one just to make it easier to keep track of things.
I guess I will suggest Sklansky's hold em: theory and practice, if you haven't heard of it. It will certainly be mentioned in any poker book thread you go to... you'll learn the basics and much more, you'll probably have to read through it several times. It will also teach you more ways to analyze your play.
Post on here, and see how other players review your hands. Also, keep watching videos about hand analysis to learn exactly how other people think about poker.
It's okay to lose some money initially as long as you are learning and having fun. By reviewing all of your hands, you will get the most learning out of the least amount of money.
Keep posting on CC, we'd love to hear from you as you progress as a player!