re: Poker & How the best way to evoluiton?
Originally Posted by PapaC
You know a bad move by the loss. But there are many times that a loss with the best hand can't be helped, and should be one you can learn from.
Just to help y'all. this is one area people just don't seem to understand with poker. Since there is an element of luck and guesswork with ranges involved and since nothing is really ever perfect you simply won't know if you played a hand good or bad by the result you get.
Like you could have theoretically played a hand perfectly, came up against the top of someones range and lost. This can happen over and over and it might feel like you are playing badly. If you adjust your play so that you are now suddenly not playing that spot perfectly, not only will you still lose the same amount, now you will lose more often in that spot and it's now a leak you will need to fix.
teaching yourself how to think about poker is the best thing you can ever do for yourself, first step is realizing the above.
One other way i like to explain it. Lets say you are trying to become a professional tennis player, generally with sports you would agree that the more you practise at something the better you will become. So lets say you want to work on your serve, and you practise and practise you will obviously become better at serving and your results will be that you will get more serves in that you did previously. With poker, using that same logic it's not the case...
So lets say you practise your shoving ranges for a spot, you can practise and practise but that won't necessarily lead to immediately better results. This is due to the luck factor or "variance" that poker always has present.
So when you are learning the game, you are best trying to learn from others much better than you, learning theory of why you open raise and why you should c-bet flops. Learn the why and you will be well on your way to better thinking about poker.
hope this helps.