re: Poker & How often have you had to get lucky to end up winning an MTT?
Originally Posted by thefwa
I'm reading a few books on tournament poker right now,
also, regarding this statement. I love poker books
, I've read a bunch, but it worries me that you're reading "a few" simultaneously. Poker is not something can can be downloaded quickly by soaking up large amounts of information in a short amount of time.
First you read a book, then you play some hands and try to apply things from that book. often times your game initially suffers while you perfect these new "moves" and concepts. That's normal and OK and part of the learning process. you add in a few new things to your game at a time and spend a little while "mastering" that concept or skill.
If you are reading multiple books then you will either be adding too much change to your game all at once, or you will be forced to ignore some important things because you can't do it all at once, and sometimes different books present competing ideas which is OK unless you're trying to learn them both at the same time....then your game can get schizophrenic in a hurry.
I'd recommend: read 1 book. make a few notes or highlights on new strategies and tactics you want to try out. play some hands. post some trouble hands in the hand analysis section. play some more hands. post some more hands. Now re-read either the whole book, or the sections that your made notes on, or at least just re-read your notes. Now repeat the above process. play some hands. post some hands.
NOW you might be ready to pick up a different poker book/author and see what he can bring to your game. But don't try to do too much all at once.