1. I´m on a mission to improve my game.

    There is no point doing a bankroll challenge because my volume is too low 200-250 games per month. So, I´m doing an "improve my ROI" challenge.

    I already study and review hands & last year during an upswing I bought 9hrs coaching from one of the coaches on P5´s (Drewpeacoq8), who although was great value is also a great coach & I´ve already improved.

    So, what the heck am I missing here? I am a marginal winning player but at my average buy in I should be much better, plenty of other guys are.

    Then I read a blog by a winning cash game player (BlackRain) who said players can have good poker knowledge but they still fail because of a lack of execution or a "failure to consistently apply this knowlege in all situations"

    Bingo - that is me, I´m sure of it!

    So I´m going back to the beginning. Study. What is the best way & most effective? I´ve read books, watched vids etc but perhaps this is too general. It is better to break the subject down into topics and then try to apply this in games piece by piece? Like, c-betting for example. Study, Apply, Review.

    What do you think? Anyone else had success by doing other stuff - study groups or perhaps brain surgery?

    Thanks for your time as always.
    Edited By: samj123 Mar 29th, 2017 at 12:42 PM
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  2. Hello Samj123.

    I would recommend to use the 100x buy-in rule for MTT's and then just put in massive volume and try to have fun with the game and experiment what works best for you.

    I've always just recently opened up a youtube channel yesterday providing coaching for free.

    I know this will make the games tougher but I want to give back to community after being robbed by SHAK last year I know how it feels to be hurt so thats why im offering this for free.

    Check it out I hope it provides you some value. In my opinion the #1 skill a player can have is bankroll management.

    Goodl luck.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f...eUiV3-QSxY8Wug
     
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    Originally Posted by 88XIN88 View Post

    Hello Samj123.

    I would recommend to use the 100x buy-in rule for MTT's and then just put in massive volume and try to have fun with the game and experiment what works best for you.

    I've always just recently opened up a youtube channel yesterday providing coaching for free.

    I know this will make the games tougher but I want to give back to community after being robbed by SHAK last year I know how it feels to be hurt so thats why im offering this for free.

    Check it out I hope it provides you some value. In my opinion the #1 skill a player can have is bankroll management.

    Goodl luck.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f...eUiV3-QSxY8Wug

    Thank you 88XIN88, I will def check out your channel.

    I agree with bankroll management being a huge skill although 100 buy in´s seems way too low if you don´t want to reload.......playing 6 - 8 tables and I would have burned my roll in no time during a downswing. In fact I used to play to 100 buy in´s and I nearly did burn my roll!

    I was once told to take the square root of the number of tables you play and x 100- so for me
    sq root 6 is 2.44 x 100 = 244. I stick to 250 buy in during a downswing and reduce it to 100x when I´m running well.

    This works for me although I guess the better player you are, the less of a cushion you need.
    Edited By: samj123 Mar 30th, 2017 at 03:20 PM
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  4. I prefer 300 buy ins for MTTs. The variance can be very real.

    As for study, I would suggest a combination of training site usage, personal hand history review, discussing hands and spots with poker peers, working with software (ICMizer, PioSolver, etc) and of course actual time on the felt (virtual or otherwise).

    Good luck!
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  5. There's a story to every poker hand and you want to be the one narrating it
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  6. [QUOTEThen I read a blog by a winning cash game player (BlackRain) who said players can have good poker knowledge but they still fail because of a lack of execution or a "failure to consistently apply this knowlege in all situations"

    Bingo - that is me, I´m sure of it!][/QUOTE]


    Being a good player is not enough,you also need to play good ! Its a quote aswell, forgot who im quoting,i believe that russian guy.

    For me its not being disiplined enough at time of playing. Becaus of things like not focused,tiered,etc. I think a lot about how much we blame on variance when its acually a certain % of us whos effing .. Not opening more tables,call it quits, when i cant at least, get myself to play my B+ game works much better for me then just putting in more volume.
    Satellites did miracels for my ROI ,profit .Avoiding turbo's when i can,just play games i know are profitable

    You analise your HH, post in this forum,its not study i think.
    Bankroll management is a 5 min study when you begin,when you break even,when you win and 5min when you go pro,really !
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  7. You haven't really learnt a subject until you know it / do it unconsciously. To get to this level of understanding you need to have done it / used it / thought about it a lot. There are 4 levels of learning:-
    Level 1. Unconscious Incompetence - you don't know what you don't know
    Level 2. Conscious Incompetence - you are now aware of something that you don't know about i.e. you have identified a skill you don't currently have
    Level 3. Conscious Competence - now you have done some work on the subject you identified as missing in level 2 and done enough repetition of it that you are becoming skilled but you still need to think about what you've learned in order to do it.
    Level 4. Unconscious Competence - You have now learned the skill so well that it has become automatic and requires no thinking.

    Until you get to level 4 with any skill that you are learning it will go out of the window when you are under stress / pressure and therefore we wont use it when we most need to. To that end I would suggest greatly reducing the number of tables played whilst implementing a new poker skill, until such point that that skill becomes part of your unconscious game.

    For effective learning then we need to identify a skill gap, learn the subject until we have a good understanding, put the learning into practice repeatedly, review our performance, modify and adjust as required, practice some more until we don't have to think about it.

    The more skills we have at the level of unconscious competence the better our C and B games become because these skills are locked in and we will be able to use them regardless of the circumstances.
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  8. I can talk while sleeping.
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    You haven't really learnt a subject until you know it / do it unconsciously. To get to this level of understanding you need to have done it / used it / thought about it a lot. There are 4 levels of learning:-
    Level 1. Unconscious Incompetence - you don't know what you don't know
    Level 2. Conscious Incompetence - you are now aware of something that you don't know about i.e. you have identified a skill you don't currently have
    Level 3. Conscious Competence - now you have done some work on the subject you identified as missing in level 2 and done enough repetition of it that you are becoming skilled but you still need to think about what you've learned in order to do it.
    Level 4. Unconscious Competence - You have now learned the skill so well that it has become automatic and requires no thinking.

    Until you get to level 4 with any skill that you are learning it will go out of the window when you are under stress / pressure and therefore we wont use it when we most need to. To that end I would suggest greatly reducing the number of tables played whilst implementing a new poker skill, until such point that that skill becomes part of your unconscious game.

    For effective learning then we need to identify a skill gap, learn the subject until we have a good understanding, put the learning into practice repeatedly, review our performance, modify and adjust as required, practice some more until we don't have to think about it.

    The more skills we have at the level of unconscious competence the better our C and B games become because these skills are locked in and we will be able to use them regardless of the circumstances.

    This is a great post. Could the four steps be repeatable? I mean, you might think you have something cracked and think you are at level 4 and indeed you might be in certain areas but then you realize there is so much more to be learnt and find that you are/have been back at level 1 which would really mean you are at level 2 because you realize you are incompetent. I agree very much with the idea of reducing the amount of tables to progress in your thinking; I am a rec player with ambitions to become a reg but due to certain restrictions - a business,a family, etc. I have a limited amount of time to play. However, I do want to improve and I find that even though I am capable of ten tabling turbo sngs this only excercises my push/fold game and not much else, so, because I know there are many areas in my game which need work, and also because I don't need to play to live, I often do play only one or two tables and try to put into practice things which I think need work in my game because I do not feel justified in opening up any more tables, then when I think I have got somewhere with the implementation I go back for a while to opening four or six tables (maximum I can handle).
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  10. Sounds good man! Best of luck :D

    bump is it possible for me to edit my first post i realize i've written some errors :)
    cant seem to find the edit button lol
     
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  11. You made mention of this but I will point it out again. Videos Videos and more Videos. I myself, play almost exclusively PLO ring games. Whether it be NL or PLO I say stock up on videos. DCracked you can join for a month for pennies and get a flash drive or 2 and they allow you to download any and all videos while you are a member.

    I like the suggestion that you took from BlackRain as well and I very much believe it to be true. Most of us know what to do but we do not study often enough so it is jumbled in our brain. Take a Christian for a second who goes to church a few times a year max vs the one who goes twice a week and has a Bible study twice a week as well. One will be more powered up in the spirit than the other and thus would be the poker player who watches 10-15 hours of quality videos a week, reviews some of his HH's ... gets more familiar with PPT's as well as reads on some of his poker literature too. Mind you also that ALL study time should be away from the table not during play.

    I like what Rain said because ... for instance if you have a system at NL 6 max like ... I raise and villain 3 bets me. So now, I fold Jacks and AQ, call with QQ and AK and 4 bet or 4 bet all in with KK and AA. So, this works out well but in no time we are winging shit like we used to (old behavior) and back in our comfort zone. Following this structure over 10k hands, etc you should/would see a vast improvement but not necessarily in the short run ( and this was just one design for play ... as are there many many more that one can get much more in touch with via study away from the table ) .. and I def do advocate the videos. Take notes on the videos too and then try to incorporate them into your play.

    Hope this helps a little bit at least and if not ....well, I got help just from writing it. Need to practice what I preach as well.

    Also, and as I am sure you know, be weary of TILT as it can hijack our minds and def leave us in absolute ruin. Just take a look at ol' Phil Hellmuth via his career.
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  12. As for me I study playing Texas Hold'em in a group of friends with coins. I play several times and then start playing with online casino. I have luck and unluck. May be I should play more offline?
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  13. Hi there! I'm new here. Would need some help, rules... etc
    Thanks
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    Originally Posted by Ememany View Post

    Hi there! I'm new here. Would need some help, rules... etc
    Thanks

    Im not sure how new you are to poker so here's a youtube video about the rules and how to play poker(link)

    Reading articles and forum posts would help. Getting poker tracking software(HM2,PT4,DriveHUD,etc..) would make it easy for you to review your hand and range your opponent.

    Joining poker study group or poker course is also a good idea.
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  15. Here is what I do when I read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a strategy video or read an article:

    1. Read/listen/watch for the first time.

    2. Read/listen/watch for the second time and take notes in a notebook.

    3. Read your notes.

    4. Brief out "top 3 things to do (or not to do)" from your notes

    5. Apply those 3 things to your game

    6. Re-read your notes from time to time

    Might sound like an overkill, but that's how I roll :D
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  16. You got to study every day. I do this as my morning routine. I open HM2, Flopzilla, CardrunnersEV and ask myself questions and look for answers. I don't always know what to look for so it is great to have HM2 and play with filters and find some random hands and ask yourself if that could have been played differently.

    I find CardrunnersEV to be the best tool to work on your in-game thinking/ranging. When you sit there for hours on end trying to figure out flop/turn/river ranges you start doing the same when playing.

    Very important is to work on fundamentals. The fundamentals will bring you the 90% of your gains. Often you will see training videos discuss thin river 3bets that happen once in a lifetime for 3 videos as a series. This might be very interesting but definitely, it is not useful to become a winning player. You need to hammer on cbetting, check/raising, donk/betting, 3betting, double/triple barreling. Those are the spots that happen nearly all the time.

    HM2 also gives you nice quick filters that you can use to see where are you lacking.

    Poker is not rocket science although many players make it look like that.
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  17. Someone above mention podcasts and I would definitely give that a +1. There are a ton of good ones out there these days (some are more strategy heavy than others) so give them all a few listens and find ones that appeal to you and/or focus on the games that you are playing (MTTs v Cash, etc). Best part about podcasts is you can be learning while driving, riding the bus, walking, etc.
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  18. I second what 88XIN88 said, and also what Killingbird said after that. 100bb at least for the smaller field MTT's, and if you're playing big field games like stars or some of the ACR games I'd prefer to have 200 - 300 + living expenses (unless you're an absolute beast with very consistent results and the confidence to deal with short term variance).
     
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  19. But yeah, use an equity calculator while reviewing your hand histories. Try and get a good but well priced coach...Remember some coaches charge the same amount as others but are nowhere near as good. The same is true for videos on training sites, some of them are rubbish despite being in the same skill category as many very good videos on the same training sites. Ask people who you know have consistent results, and recent ones at that, for advice on hands and for advice on which videos are good and which to avoid.

    Sharkscope the people who are giving you advice, including the people whose videos you are watching. If they aren't a consistent winner over a large sample, you may as well ignore them or not bother watching their vids. There's just too many know it alls in poker that actually know very little, and so you can't afford to take the risk of doing anything other than that IMO.

    Hand history reviews again, watch highlights from players like tonka. Many argue that Polk is really good, and I'm sure his results probably back it up. But I just don't like the guy, can't watch him, and find I don't learn much from his videos simply because he isn't great at explaining things in a way that resonates with me. For that reason I prefer to watch Tonka (even though I think the guys a douche).

    But yeah good luck.
     
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  20. What is the best free software to use to review your own HH except from boom? where you can load HH on notepad? something like that, I would like to improve my game as well
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    Originally Posted by $irUlrich View Post

    What is the best free software to use to review your own HH except from boom? where you can load HH on notepad? something like that, I would like to improve my game as well

    that depends on which pokersite site you're playing.
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  22. Hi, I'm new to online poker. What website can you advise to start my poker life?
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  23.  
    Originally Posted by toxicoffee View Post

    that depends on which pokersite site you're playing.

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    Originally Posted by 88XIN88 View Post

    Hello Samj123.

    I've always just recently opened up a youtube channel yesterday providing coaching for free.

    Check it out I hope it provides you some value. In my opinion the #1 skill a player can have is bankroll management.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f...eUiV3-QSxY8Wug

    I´ve just watched part 1 and will def be going back for more. Great content, thanks a lots!
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  25. Thanks 88XIN88, It's very informative! I´ve watched part 1 video and will be watching part 2 and part 3.
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  26. Maybe Youtube? Some channels... Nowhadays Youtube can help with everything
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