Originally Posted by DKnight10
Alright, what im asking you guys is how to increase my poker skills in general...
I'm not asking you how to start my BR or what is the first book i should read, but what i really need to know now is how to improve my overall game and decrease the mistakes i am making. I consider myself to be a very solid SnG player but not spectacular because i am only playing in $3-5 buy ins (but i am rocking almost an 80% ROI percentage). I know all the fundamentals of the SnG and what hands to play when (you might have read a couple of my posts and seen my stats on cash games but i am not the awful at SnG's) but i need to know where i go from here. I see some of the advanced players on CC talk about reviewing their play after a session going back through the hands, this is what i need work on. There are probably atleast one or two situations in each SnG i play, that after a hand i say, "Doh, i really shouldn't have made that call, i was mostly sure i was beaten but there was a slim chance that i could have taken that pot." These are the instances that label me as a good player instead of a great one. I know how to consistently win these tourneys playing tight and aggressive when i need to but i think if i start making better desicions then i will be a better player all around (these bad plays come more likely in the lower blind levels btw). So is it just more experience i need? I really want to know what it takes that seperates the best player from the good, i.e., reviewing their sessions and studying their play rather than just, "oops i made a bad call time for the next tourney." I am fairly new to this game so maybe expierience is the most important factor. But it is profitable so far, but i want to increase them. So please help me out if you can!
I completely understand what you are saying and I used to have this problem, to overcome this problem, you need to figure out your own problems first, if you don't know what you are doing wrong, you can't fix it, right?
Are you lacking confidence? are you not paying attention to your opponents? are you bluffing to much? there are many more questions I can ask, but you get the point, figure out what you are doing wrong, fix it.
Also it might be that you are lacking experience like you said, try out different style of plays maybe? Sometimes I like to play really laggy and try to just play post flop to work on my reading skills and try to work out different table images. Poker is more than just your hand, and once you understand that you will know how to become better.
And my biggest suggestion is, don't play scared money, I see so many unexperienced people do this, A lot of rookies get lucky and win satties to say Sunday mill or 750k or some big tourney, then they get in there and are all excited/scared/nervous or w/e it is, and they play really bad or really scared and blow all of their money either by playing too scared or trying to get a mill in their stack in 20 minutes, which is dumb. Try to put people on hands while you are watching, that might help also, and basically try to improve your reading skills.
A lot of players have what they call "their zone", what it is their comfort zone, everyone has their own style, I suggest you figure out something that you are comfortable with and just play your game. Good luck