Originally Posted by arahel_jazz
When I saw the title of this post, the first thing I thought of was "The 7 habits of highly effective people" self-improvement course that I FLUNKED!
Well, that's a good book too (also 'the eight habit' from Covey where he assembles these 7 habits) but I read a couple of good poker books
that surely improved my playing by just practice the theory step by step. Don't try to do it all again. You have to start somewhere and do it however it will take some time!
But looking at the changing times in poker and the spot in the world you're playing (e.g. scandinavian poker players are really agressive) it's good to know the basic roles in the pokergame (Helmuth compares them with animals). Based on these roles you can determine your play but it takes a long way to understand it... Glad to have internet so that you can shorten the learning cycle!!! When you had to learn all this in live games it would take years......
The pitfall however is that online play differs from live play. So read a book about 'poker tells
' before you start playing live. It helped me a lot. REMEMBER: poker is no rocket sience but it takes a lifetime to master it yourselve and it's easier to learn it from a book..... and then practice, practice and practice. and yes the styles and environments will change but that's your learning curve!
Good luck and c u at the tables