This is a discussion on Too much knowledge a bad thing? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Ok guys, I'm well into my poker journey now (nearly 10 months, which is still a beginner I know!) and I just want to share
Ok guys, I'm well into my poker journey now (nearly 10 months, which is still a beginner I know!) and I just want to share my observations to date to see if anybody has similar experience. I usually play 5/10c tourneys and occasional Knock outs.
When I started I seemed to win a lot of games, and would regularly cash out 80 or 90 pounds once a week, leaving a few quid in to try and build on, easy game right?
Since then I have started taking the Pokerstars lessons, reading poker books, blogs and signing up to Cardschat for example. Well my game has plummeted, cant remember when I last cashed out anything. I can only guess I am playing too conservatively given my new found knowledge, anybody else experience this?
I'm with you TigerDoom. When I first started playing tournaments I could go for many, many hours through thousands of opponents making it to the final table, or pretty close, fairly often. Back then I played purely on instinct. Then I started studying poker. I eventually gave up playing tournaments completely because I slid so far backwards. It was so bad I even voluntarily opted out of the CC Freeroll Club.
Lately I've cautiously started playing tourneys again. These days I'm lucky to get anywhere near a final table, and that's only with a great deal of restraint. I'm not saying everything I've learned hasn't been useful. Maybe (probably) I misread what I was supposed to be learning. Maybe (even more probably) I never successfully made the transition from theory to application.
Whatever the reason, it would be nice to go back and unlearn a few things.
Has your game plummeted or has the frequency of getting ITM gone down? The two are very different, you know that. Right?
That said, if you're feeling overloaded with too much info, stay away from studying for a while. Keep practicing what you've already learnt.
can only agree with the posts before, you were lucky at the beginning and now you are facing a downswing, don't think it's because too much knowledge, maybe you have now a lot of information and you have to find your own style, so go the tables and play and get some practice and train yourself.... maybe you were /are to selfasure in your play because of your longlasting winning sequence, and/ or the people you play with have readings on you, propably they use HUD's and gained a lot of playinginfo of you..
so just be back on tables and wish good hands
Practice makes perfect, but if you are practicing mistakes you won't be getting any better.
If your fundamentals are good you will go deep more often, so really studying push/fold and short stack play will be most beneficial.
That being said, playing against inexperienced opponents can be tricky! You should remember these are about the lowest stakes tournaments out there - it sounds to me like you may be giving your opponents too much credit.
I would suggest spending a little time learning the different levels of poker thinking and adjusting your play accordingly.
If you are playing against opponents who only think about their cards (level 1), but are trying to use strategies suited for higher level thinkers you are going to run into problems.
While in the tournaments spend more of your time getting to know your opponents, take notes on everyone at your table (especially if you see things out of the ordinary), including what level of thinking you believe them to be using.