How to become a great Poker Player (Cont..)

Focus on every decision you make and give each decision you do a short period of reflection. By categorizing certain situations as “standard” we sometimes miss many profitable “spots”, these spots cost us not only money but also knowledge.

Standard decisions you take in certain situations can often the difference between winning and loosing. Always make sure to choose the most winning game by giving each hand your best playing-decision.

Do not let the quantity affect your quality

Sometimes when you are short-calling or when the value is good; it may be tempting to open a new game. As soon as you no longer manage to make every decision by your best abilities; it’s time to start backing down. It may be short-term profitable to play more poker rounds than your A-game can handle when the value is good; but your development as a poker-player will be hampered in the long run – and thus your earnings.

Work on the details if you want to improve during each session

Be sure to set goals with your gambling, and find details of your game that need improvement. Then focus on a couple of these details each time you sit down to play. By doing this you will develop in rocket speed within certain areas of your game. A basic rule here is usually to start working with “spots” where small adjustments in the game give great positive changes to your resultsĀ  – and then work with these in the future.

Money is an illusion

A poker player who sees the value of money will never make the most optimal decisions in the long run. In order to really develop your A-game; you sometimes need to dare to experiment, which can lead to losing decisions in the short run. Push your opponents in spots where you feel comfortable, and where they lack knowledge. In the short term, you have not theoretically won or lost any money; as poker can be classified as a marathon for your entire poker career.

Part 1 here