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How I Learned Poker

Learning From Losses

Long before on my time in poker suggest to me that a specific strength of mine as a player has been my perseverance in developing setbacks, like periods of running badly, as opportunities for learning. Though I was well before aware that it is generally possible for a very good online poker player to have inevitable, surprisingly continuous losing (or breaking even) streaks clearly as a result of the chance element of poker, I think it is prudent, when bad runs or individual huge losses do occur, to assume first that poor play contributed essentially to the results. This is the normal tendency but I do think it has worked better for me.

I had often examined my play, thus giving me the best chance to correct any problems, which may have broke my results. Experience has made me to do this at the first clue of any problem in my play. I suggest you to the same little thing. (It is hard to scrutinize your play all the time but it is significant when you are losing continuously.)

However, when you lose money or any sort of losing streaks, quickly take a hard review as to how you have been playing. If you overlook for long what is happening, you will find yourself trapped and will be difficult to run away from the game. Suppose you are a bit careless in your play while at the same time running through a bad phase. You are tense about your poor results. Your tension affects your play, heading towards to the disappointed results and goes continuously. A little of classical habituation can occur too, and the very act of the playing Play Poker becomes a motive for this tension and bad play. It would be difficult for those players to come to an appreciation of this without experiencing it.

I do hope that my warning will save some money to the readers who take them it seriously. Keep in mind using he setback as motivation for learning. You can not only return back to your own level of best play, but may sharpen your knowledge of poker, thus reaching a higher level than before. (For more discussion, refer, "Subtle Losses of Judgment.")

One simple way at which you can examine your play is to make a note during a session of any hand you feel you may have played poorly. After the session, note the hand, nature of the mistake, its cause (for example, acting too fast without careful hand reading, failing to anticipate action behind you, tilt, or what have you), and what are the requirements to minimize the chance of making the same mistake in the future. I have used this method to add the notes of the hands that I played well. But there are also other methods which you may find it useful. The main thing is to analyze where you may go wrong and correct the problem. By noticing your good play, you develop a record which may work well as a profitable judgement of game for you over the long run.

If I Had It To Do Over Again

What I would do different if I were learning poker all over again? Basically, I would try to approach it in a more planned way. While I did impose more plans on my learning than do most players, I know that a very well thought out and established order of study can immensely increase the learning of any subject. Had I approached it a little differently, I think I could have made my way up the limits faster.

It is true that most experienced player would be astonished at how rapid a reasonably good student of the game can become successful with the right curriculum of study combined time tables.

The right approach to this more planned strategy would be to look for expert advice sooner and more often. I guess if an ambitious student were to ask me for some poker basic guidelines to think about as he traveled to the journey of learning poker, I could provide many important ideas that would accelerate his progress. Therefore, were I just starting out again, I think I would make that first phone call to David, seeking for such ideas, as soon as I'd read two or three essential books and acquired sufficient playing time (maybe less than 20 hours) to gain a feel for one game. I will continue with more used consultations, asking for help in identifying gaps in my knowledge so that I could fill them in. A simple way to identify such gaps is to examine individual hands that you have played. Your mistakes will lead toward what you need to learn.

In conclusion, I expect that some of the elements which I found helpful in learning poker will prove useful to those of you struggling to become better players. Unless you contribute outstanding aptitude to the game, you will find that learning to play poker well takes much of the time. The resources required for learning are increasing very speedily.

The about poker literature is far extensive today than when I started, and the Internet is the fastest source of information and discussion. If you plan your learning and take advantage of all that is available, your success of winning chances will certainly improve.


The important factor that keeps the game good is the power of poker to produce deception. Most of the rivals are generally caught up in them, looking for the hot seat, quitting locking up a win, or maybe struggling to play like some fast playing rival they perceive to be a poker fanatic. These deceptions should not fool you not until you have made a reasonable study of gambling theory with an eye toward creating an appreciation for the frequent nature of the swings to be expected in poker. Perhaps few essays will be included to your clarity of thinking in these significant areas.

Though the concepts in this section may be insignificant to the fundamentals of play in their impact on your hourly rate, with the exception of the essays on my own learning process, you can never increase your earning without understanding them. As I learned poker, if any of the readers found my experience helpful in any way, then the essays has accomplished their goals.

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