Every day and for each hand that we play, we learn something new, but to understand poker and play basic poker it may take you months or 1 year to just start to understand it a little, but to know how to play it completely would take years of study. and practice.
I’m not sure I’ll ever FULLY learn poker, but I continue on my poker journey learning and playing my best. I feel its like being on the same road but with different cars, drivers and situations every time which makes it never exactly the same game twice.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. - Heraclitus
The obvious is "poker isn't solved, yet", but in the spirit of the question, about 10 years.
It took about that long before I stopped feeling like I was learning new conceptual ideas and was instead making refinements to my existing game.
My progress is marked only in retrospect and the large turning points are marked by VPIP changes. I went from playing too many hands, to playing too few, to playing too many, to balanced. I was certain I was balanced at each stage and didn't realize my mindset errors until I spent time thinking about where I was.
In the specific, I went from a fish playing everything, to a rock playing premium only, to over playing marginal draws and second best holdings, to balanced. The journey took about 10 years.
Well... That's what I think anyway.
I am still learning but I don't think anyone can learn this game fully , there are many different aspects to consider in every single spot.
I think GTO may give you a general gameplay about some spots in order not to be exploited but we don't play against AI. Even the best players in the world adapt based on their villain or the phase of the tournament or the ICM considerations.
I think you can play a solid game and become a respectful opponent after some months but again this has to do with the individual.
In my particular experience I do not think I have learned completely, that is what I think is reaching the highest level (high levels), but I do think that I totally changed my perspective on the game 2 years ago, when I understood that it is not luck, but study and consistency in learning the game. I was a very losing player for years until I decided to improve, study more and learn more about everything. I have known poker for 10 years but only 2 years ago I can say that I play decently or at least try.
If you ever get to a point where you think you’ve learned poker fully that’s the point everyone else will pass you by. Pokers more of a lifelong educational exercise. Strategies and nuances change almost daily it seems. Never stop studying and learning.
Poker reminds me a life. As a child, we understand little and we are happy this, in adolescence we think that we know everything better than anyone else and often reject advices, in adulthood we understand how wrong we were once.
It would be probably possible to learn 100% poker only if we could see the cards of our opponents and follow the Fundamental Poker Theorem.
I wish I could.
I can't say that I have completely mastered poker))). My dream is to master at least 80%.
As far as I heard, all top players are constantly improving their knowledge and working a lot on hand analysis. That is, studying poker takes almost your whole life, and no one at the end of his life will say that he fully understood the game of poker.
As for the rules of the game, it took me a few days, it's quite simple and doesn't require much. However, if the question is about a profitable game, remember that you also need to be lucky in poker and not everything depends on our game. It is known that you need help with a good game, but sometimes it is not enough.
As most things that are related to our brain, for example learning a new language, it takes about two years to create a "poker brain". TBH it's not that different from a language. Your opponent makes a bet, and you know what he's saying. But that's only related to the "language part" besides there it's more, as you have to study your opponent. And because the opponent studies you as well,and adapts to your play, this is a neverending story.
At the end of the day...there'll be another one tomorrow!
Came in here looking for the answer. Thought someone had solved it, haha. I'm still learning so can't say I fully understand it just yet. Basic idea, yes. A few higher level concepts, maybe. Completely understand, never.