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How I Learned Poker

Make Use of More Tools and Resources

An important tool which I use more seriously than I had before was a "player book" a notebook in which I jotted all details of rival's play and constructed strategies for playing against them. By selecting a rival who had given me tension, analyzing his play against me and considering how best to confront it, I gathered my understanding of poker while improving my results against that rival. While the use of a notebook is now more limited, I suggest it strongly to players adjusting to new limits or else on the abrupt part of the poker learning point.

Increased growth of my understanding of poker during and after the move to the middle limits also provides much to discussion with other good players. It is not very easy to get winning players to impart their poker knowledge. Many are afraid to divulge their "secrets." But in my experience the benefits from good discussion balances any cost of sharing information. Even in case of teacher-student relationship, the teacher often gains more than the student as he clarifies and organizes his own thinking

A little concept has been added to the above phrase. Sites for discussion of poker on the Internet have seen enormous growth and often are home to complex debate among players of all levels of knowledge. For the first time in poker history, you may find an expert player, drawing on his years of experience, arguing the merits and demerits of betting against check-raising in a given situation with a young math major starting out in play poker, but with a complex ability to foray the question with mathematical and logical calculations. I purchased a computer and got on line for the first time in the spring of '98 so that I can participate in these discussions on the Two Plus Two Forums. This web site for the publishing company of the book you are reading has become popular for hosting other on these forums, and considering my thinking through the effort to explain ideas has since become an important way by which I keep my ability clear to apply the thought processes of poker.

The increasing growth and development of the Internet, there is no telling how this and other sites will come up. I should say that the players who are serious about their understanding of poker are missing out if they fail to take the advantage of all that is provided by these new Internet resources.

Considering "Feel"

According to me, the best player is the one who is strong in both his objective knowledge of the game and his feel for it. Though, good attempts to define "feel" would be advantageous of his essay, I am talking about some combination of card sense and a sensitive attachment to the play of one's rivals. Some players may either come to the game with or suddenly develop a good feel for poker. They are "naturals." But I think feel can be created as well. Hence, another side of my efforts to improve my poker has been to work, as far as I could, on this development.

I have edged my feel for the game fairly through the simple process of jotting well those periods when I decide my play at the best level, and working to identify more what was going on during those times, in addition to the elements of my experience, so as to improve my chances of developing those cases in the later period.

Feel is nothing, in poker sense, but a product of experience. The more you play, the better your feel gets. Likewise, short-handed play also puts maximum on feel. Thus, getting a fair amount of short-handed experience will substantially improve some areas of your feel for poker, though not all that you achieve there will transfer entirely to some areas of ring game play. Sometimes I play short-handed not only to gain its profit potential (which is always greater than that of a ring game), but also to be certain I stay in, with the concepts of play to which it emphasizes more.

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