re: Poker & Poker theory? Basic math? Common sense? Are you a poker savant?
It's wise to read everything you can handle. I've tried to read some books that were just so geared towards left brain thinking that I just couldn't handle them. I believe we all use our right and left brains, but most tend to use our dominant half(not unlike how we use our hands). My right half definitely dominates.
Now when it comes to M-ratio, Q-factor, and ICM, there are easy to read and understand articles available online. They bridge that gap between left and right brain thinking.
For a long time I had a kind of short circuit when it came to the rule of 4 and 2. It was the phrasing in lessons that threw me. They said count
your outs, then multiply by 4 on the flop and 2 on the river. It was the word count
that threw me. I took it literally and found my right brain taking over and visualizing my outs instead of getting an accurate count. Then one day it just clicked. Don't count my outs, calculate them(and the math's easy enough that even I can do it). Now I can calculate them, though the odds
part is at times iffy at the bottom(sometimes you have to ignore the odds because
of how the game's played at the bottom). But at least I know how to figure my outs now and compare them to my odds.
Other things that help a right brain thinker are charts, graphs, and calculators. Though they're not made just for us, they give us visuals that we can work with. Try the free tools at http://pokerprolabs.com
. There you can check out a series of sngs or mtts you've played in. Complete with a graph and full percentages of where you placed at a particular level. The percentages help to fine tune your tournament game and strategy. They're sort of diagnostic. So over 50 - 100 sngs or mtts, you can locate your weak spot(s) and know better what to work on.
I'm liking the graph(not unlike sharkscope
or even pokertracker's but I'm not paying for poker junk until poker junk can pay for itsself). I can check out samples(tiny but still) of how I do at different stakes and speculate as to why my graphs look so nutty. I noticed the better I can afford a level the less wild and spiky the graph looks. I saw this at Cake too. There my graph was undulating(and if I weren't so bad at resisting temptation I'd still have a roll there) instead of spiking wildly.
Their calculator's my favorite because I can use it without knowing anybody else's hole cards + it's for 2 to 9 players. I use it in a combo with hand histories to help with future tournaments.