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dandydesmond

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hi
please can you answer 2 questions for me as i think it might help my game

1, what was the one thing you did to improve your game the most.

2, how do you get over downswings that seem to last for days or weeks
at a time, when nothing seems to go right.

all your answers are welcome,
thanks very much in advance.
 
mczilla

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read the strats offered here(good info)
Play no more than 2 tables at once, (stop looking at the TV)
go to the playchip tables and go tilt there (allin every hand) theraputic
 
arahel_jazz

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1. Read CC. Read books.
2. Participate in other rewarding activities (i.e. play with the dogs).
 
soccerfreakjj10

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1. Ask strategy-related and specific hand questions in this forum, read the Harrington on Hold 'em series.

2. During a downswing, I like to ban myself for 24 hours and not watch poker, not think about poker, and just live life. I like to go for a walk, run, or do any rewarding activity that will clear my head and calm me down. Downswings are terrible, 10 minutes ago I was poised to be chip leader in a 30 dollar tournament with 20 players left with nearly double the chips of the next player. An opponent and I went all in preflop with my pocket kings, he turns over queens, and there is a queen right on the flop. 5 minutes ago, I enter a 10 dollar sit and go, and i get it all in on the turn with an overpair. My opponent turns over an inside straight draw, and hits on the river. These bad runs can very emotional. However, I am dealing with it by giving advice on this forum/ranting just a little ;)

goooooooood luck :)
 
WinPokerToday

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1) Playing more, which helped me learn more
2) I don't. I believe I'm a strong player, but my weakness is I still haven't managed to control my emotions when I go on a bad luck streak.
 
Stick66

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hi
please can you answer 2 questions for me as i think it might help my game

1, what was the one thing you did to improve your game the most.

2, how do you get over downswings that seem to last for days or weeks
at a time, when nothing seems to go right.

all your answers are welcome,
thanks very much in advance.
1. Read poker books. (and Cardchat)

2. Read poker books, too. You can never learn too much and reading something new might help your outlook. There are a few books out there that deal with the psychology of poker.
 
KingCurtis

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stay on the grind...you'll always have downswings...like others are saying stay here at CC read a lot and you'll learn a lot......also be patient don't try and chase your losses during thes so called down swings that you say
 
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1. Pay Attention
2. Play your cards to get the best out of it. If you think you played a hand correctly and still lost, do not let this negative feeling deter you from doing the exact same action in the future.
 
Egon Towst

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1) To improve your game read, as others have said.

I have a good number of poker books, I subscribe to a monthly magazine, and my favourites include ~200 poker-related websites (of which CC is the best, obv :) ).

2) Downswings - depends on the reason. If you are getting your chips in with the best hand and the opponent hits a lucky card, it doesn`t matter.

That bears repeating - it doesn`t matter. Say a rude word, if you must, and move on. Those things even out and you will win in the long run.

If you are losing because you played badly, refer to 1 above.
 
Egon Towst

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I am trying to find some more obscure books that are solid.

I can`t really think of an obscure book that is good. Generally, if something is not widely respected, there is a reason.

Apart from the obvious Harrington and Sklansky books, I might suggest "Phil Helmuth`s Texas Holdem". Not the most heavyweight study, but his suggestions about reading the opponent`s style are very useful.
 
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AG has a book post in the Golden Archives with recommendations
 
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hi
please can you answer 2 questions for me as i think it might help my game

1, what was the one thing you did to improve your game the most. https://www.cardschat.com/forum/cash-games-11/big-slick-75292/ (this little piece of advice improved my game a little because it was the first piece of advice I had taken, so in short, as it already has been said, look in the golden archives for the best advice on this forum)

2, how do you get over downswings that seem to last for days or weeks
at a time, when nothing seems to go right.( Don't chase your losses, take a break or play the play money tables or freerolls if you still want to play poker instead of taking a break from poker)

all your answers are welcome,
thanks very much in advance.
In red.
 
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1. Bet to get information. And become an excellent folder.
2. Play a lot of free poker, find a silly fun site to play on when running bad, at least you'll have fun. And don't take it personally.
 
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ok well smack your self in face and self ban your self for 24 hours. and you need to play very tight it boring try 2 tables and read no limit theory and practice. and tourney books harringtons series and tournament poker for advanced players then your good that how my friend Dave get really good at high stakes online poker :)

 
NineLions

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Wow, lots of responses to someone who has 2 posts total at the moment. Musta been a good question. :)

1) Read books, read here, review your hands, get someone else to review some hands either by posting here for thoughts or finding someone willing to review a session.

2) Keep yourself from playing on tilt, do something else, get someone to review your hands to look for holes in your game.
 
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I can`t really think of an obscure book that is good. Generally, if something is not widely respected, there is a reason.
Hehe, that's an awesome answer.. :D
 
SubT33

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Shinedown, awesome reference to a golden thread.

Not to blow to much smoke up cardschat's arse, but I really think that coming to this forum and chatting about poker has been, and will be, the key to my game. I try to think about what my game might look like had I not become a member a month ago, and all I can think is how stagnant my game would be. Yes, I would have read a lot of books and surrounded myself with poker, but the discussion you find here leaves you dynamic, changeable, and I really think this is where my edge will come from. If you fancy an analogy, you can have all the dynamite and c4 you'd like, but if you don't have a way to ignite it, nothing good is going to happen. Cardschat is that spark.
 
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1. Reading super system as well as cardchats hand analysis and strategy articles. Also learning to fire the 2nd bullet on the turn when c betting if i have outs but learning not to if i think im drawing dead.

2. Can't answer that one, i dont think ive ever been on serious tilt
 
Gobbs

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hi
please can you answer 2 questions for me as i think it might help my game

1, what was the one thing you did to improve your game the most.

2, how do you get over downswings that seem to last for days or weeks
at a time, when nothing seems to go right.

all your answers are welcome,
thanks very much in advance.

1. Sounds simple, but....I played more poker. Of course, I also read books and learned to concentrate better, but mostly, it was just play more poker.

2. During these downswings, be brutally honest with yourself. Are you on a downswing because you are getting unlucky, or is there a hole in your game? Maybe it's both. If it's a hole, plug it. If it's bad luck, just keep telling yourself that luck always evens out.
 
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1. Analyzing my stats and improved it

2. Get advice from cardchat forums on how to play overpair and SB and BB.


(I have not read any books, I think that is my strength because I have not copied any book style of poker play)
 
SubT33

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...(I have not read any books, I think that is my strength because I have not copied any book style of poker play)

This might be glossing over things a bit too much. I don't think most poker players who read poker books will come away and copy one single style, but rather mix and match many different styles, taking what they like, and leave the rest. I don't think it could hurt to read a few books.
 
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1. I found a forum that had daily small buyins and also they had lively discussions on poker. I joined in these discussions even though often times i didn't know my arse from a hole in the ground about what was being talked about and sometimes i still don't.

2. Ask questions about anything you don't understand, there really is no such thing as a stupid question. Don't try to impress people with how much you already know. Be a sponge. I work very hard on not tilting and my work has paid off. Someone here suggested sitting out a few hands after a bad beat, that is a good suggestion.:):):)
 
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