New Poker Player Advice

Posted: 2016-12-07 21:56 By: Casinocradle.com



Experience
Poker advice

So, you have your $50 bankroll, you're reading all the articles you can find and you’ve visited your local library to see if they have any of the 2+2 Publishing books (Sklansky et al) and you have a plan for when it's time to move up to your next limit. I've already warned you that you might lose the initial $50, and I've suggested that you play the smallest limits you can find. The reason for this is that in order to be successful at the table, you'll need experience, all the experience you can get. You've read the articles, you know how to handle the hole cards, but do you do it? It's all too easy to slip into thinking that, while you know A6o shouldn't be played in early position, you still like the look of that A. Yeah, aces are pretty. But with 10,000 more hands played, you won't think twice about folding it, because your experience will make you feel queasy about calling any bets with that hand. This is your subconscious talking, and you'll do well to listen to it. It keeps better track of your cards than you may think. But without that built-in alarm making you feel sick to your stomach when you three-bet your QJs, because you have a grudge against the prick who raised you (yeah, the guy who outdrew your pocket aces three hands ago), you'll make bad decisions, no matter how much Sklansky and Malmuth you can quote. (A smart move, borrowed from “Psychology of Poker”, is to make your thought process conscious: Say to yourself “I’m going to three-bet because…” If the reason you give yourself sounds like something you’d tell others not to do, you should probably reconsider.)

Even the bad beats are a positive experience. You may not even consciously know what you've learned from it, but your mind sticks those little bits of information into the great storage in your memory, and you'll come out a better poker player from it. You can even cherish those times that you go on tilt, because the more it happens, the easier it is for you to realize when it happens and you'll learn to deal with it. And it’s better to tilt at a $0.05/$0.10 table than at a $1/$2 one.

I'm a big fan of analogies, so here's another one for you: Being an online player, you're likely to have taken advantage of one or more deposit bonuses that the different sites offer - "deposit $100, play x number of raked hands, and we'll give you $40 for free!" Now, when you played the bonuses, did you ever feel that it was "okay" to only break even at a table, because, hey, you're still up the bonus that you progressively earned during your hours at the table? I know I’ve thought that sometimes. That's how I want you to think about experience: even if you end up playing 6 hours non-stop at a table and you come out with exactly the amount you had as a buy-in, don't feel like you've wasted your time, but consider instead that you're now 500 hands richer in experience. Apply this to losses as well, because these micro-limits aren't where you ultimately belong anyway. This is all a part of your plan to accumulate experience, which is necessary in order to accumulate a larger bankroll, which will allow you to move up to the limits where you DO belong. And once there, chances are you'll chuckle to yourself about the time you sulked for two days over losing $10 over the course of three hours. If you're wise, you'll also look back on those days with fondness, because this is where you're building the foundation of your future earnings.

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