This is a discussion on Your Three Poker Truths within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; If you could go back in time to when you were first starting to learn poker what three "poker truths" would you tell yourself?
I started playing poker about 4 years ago and I had no idea how important it was to be patient. For the first two years, my poker game was like blackjack. Now I understand how, through patience, I can improve my skills and gain valuable experience.
1,Not losing money that you can not afford to lose is very important.
2,Fight tooth and nail for every dollar and dime every game also play freerolls and pay attention to special promotions.
3,Make that withdraw button your friend it is ok to quit behind and specially ahead.
1) Be patient not all hands are won. 2) learn to fold KK and AA much more if you are in the bubble it can be a deceptive trap. 3) Remember that the variance exists and no hand is invisible at first, if you are smart you will know when to fold or go for everything with your pair of 22
I have three thoughts about poker, not truths that I believe no one has:
1- Be patient, there will always be good spots in the game, which you may miss, but the chances of occurring will decrease a lot in them.
2- Always analyze your villains: I prefer to do it in person because I make notes bigger than HUDS but you have to be able to extract good information from them, I think this is even more important than the technique used when playing a hand.
3- Play with pretensions according to your bankroll and do not look at the lobby to see what position you are (perhaps in the interval) better to take care of growing your chips.
i play mtts, so these are focused towards that and they're what i remind myself on occasion.
1. don't waste your time, focus, and energy on things that don't matter and won't help you improve your game.
2. understand that you're going bust out of mtts a lot. the top profitable mtt players have an itm of 10-20%, so your 15 game downswing is nothing.
3. if you want to win mtts, you have to be willing to lose. and sometimes you have to be willing to lose in big spots with big hands, while still maintaining focus and not letting short term variance affect you from reaching your goal.
I like this thread too, but as someone basically just starting out: I don't have 3 things to contribute, so I just read everyone else's.
One thing that helped me though is the realization that I don't have to be in a lot of pots. The "tight is right" is a good concept. I probably see myself as a LAG player, but it only takes a little nudge to push me into maniac territory, so sometimes I have to remind myself to tighten up a bit.
Reminds me of Daniel Negreanu (imitating a hispanic accent), "sit back and play tranquilo." (Spanish word for "calm" or "tranquil") Basically, stay alert for winning spots: but you seldom need to force them.