Improving As a Player
Poker is like a hot air balloon in a sense that if there is a big hole in the balloon we have several options. We can do nothing about it and gradually come back down to the ground (most likely breaking our face). Or we can work on it slowly and attempt to patch it up, eventually fixing the hole and lifting up higher.
If you are unable to put the above together itís pretty simple. By making no effort to fix our leaks and study, we are constantly playing poker with holes in our game which does not sound like a lot of fun. However, if we dedicate ourselves to improving as a player, we are able to patch the hole up one step at a time and work on becoming a successful poker player.
Originally Posted by Tyler69
Hey guys just wanted to know how much posts r needed to play freerolls
? And how to know how much posts u have
This was me about a little over than 1 year ago asking for a freeroll password. I am nowhere near a good player which is why Iím not writing a strat post, but I feel that I have improved a tremendous amount since the times that I was worried about when CC was going to release there freeroll password?!?!? and really want to help out younger players in pointing them towards the dedication and right path that needs to be taken to become a good player.
Always focus on improving as a player and make that your main goal whenever you discuss any form of poker. I find setting out a specific schedule on when you will study/review hands very satisfying and highly recommend it because it will sort of force you to work on it. For example, I normally play from 9:00am-11:00am, browse CC and look at HH's after, then study whether its watching a video or reading a book after midnight. Obviously it will depend on your social life and but it can be easy to balance your life with poker. Various options are given to us for free that we need to take advantage of to get better and I will list these options and hope others can add on to more ideas:
1) ) Read x amounts of HHís every day. A key concept is that you must work out the hand yourself by going through each street and assessing the opponentís ranges. You donít necessarily have to post but make sure to read what the better players have to say and compare that to your answers.
2) Read x amount of articles on http://www.cardschat.com/f49/
or on 2p2 located here http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/69/micro-stakes-pl-nl/unl-archives-memorable-strategy-threads-430489/ and review and work on each new concepts each week.
3) Join a study group or contact people on skype who are constantly talking about poker. The more you talk about it, the more you will learn from it. If you want to join a group pm me and ill give you my skype.
4) Get a subscription at a poker training site and make it an effort to watch a video each night or every other night. Watching a video will open up your eyes to basic spots you thought were standard but weren't, or just opportunities that your missing by folding too much when there was a chance to steal the pot.
5) Make it an effort to read a certain amount of books in a month whether its ranging from 1-5 books.
6) Analyze you hands through your HUD database and get out pokerstove (http://pokerstove.com/) and put in ranges and see if your making mistakes or not. This will help you with hand reading since your always trying to assess what your opponent could have.
I'm sure that there are tons of more options but these are the one's I can think of on the spot. Poker takes a lot of dedication (ask some of the really good players here and they will tell you) and it is extremely important to put in effort on improving. Otherwise, playing with a bunch of leaks likely won't end on a positive note.