Posted on May 29, 2009 by Gugel in General
There are three things you need to master to be a great poker player. That’s right, just three things.
If you master just one or two, you’ll probably be mediocre at best (probably still bad). Some people have excellent emotional control, but bad hand reading skills. Others have great strategy, but bad emotional control. Identify your weakness and strengths. Eliminate your weakness and build on your strengths. That’s the way to become great.
You have to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of rational decisions. When you’re on tilt, you are simply not capable of making well-thought out decisions. The logical part of your brain literally shuts off. For some, emotional control means means setting a stop-loss. Other avoid playing regulars and stick to bumhunting.
Think deeply about what hands your opponent can have and what hands your opponent thinks you have. Heads up is a great way to improve your hand reading abilities because it puts you in a lot of tough situations that really make you think.
Some players are naturally very good at making the most +EV decision. Someone can be a bad hand reader, but have good strategy. He might assign a bad hand range to an opponent, but his decisions are good for the hand range he puts the villain on.
So where are you weak? Where are you strong?
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