re: Poker & How can you improve your reads?
Honestly, in order to improve your reading in poker, you have to pay attention to the table. Don't play your cards. Even after you fold, focus on who's in the pot, how often they play the pot, how aggressively they play, find their patterns. Reading players is very crucial and can benefit you big time. These reads are important. Using these reads, you can even call down a hand with Ace high and win, or even fold high pocket pairs as high as pocket Queens during pre-flop. For proof, check out my past brag and boast.
Not trying to show off but it's just a proof of why reading skills are so important in poker. Tells
are overrated but reading skills are not. Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu are two masters of reading skills. In order to improve your reads, pay attention to the players and guess/predict what they can have based on their past plays, if they're bluffing or not, etc even when you're not in the hand.