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The Long Grind

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Getting over the first steps.

By: #1(tRKe)1# @ 22:16 (EST) / 80 / Comment ( 0 )

I have spent the last few days focusing on PokerStars PokerSchool website, Grinding on the .01/.02 tables and learning to use PokerCopilot.

I spent months reading and rereading the tutorials on PokerSchool website. by the end of the lesson I assumed I 'had it" but when I played live. I realized I was missing something or get angry and accuse the material on the PokerSchool website to be wrong our outdated. Yet since my last rereads, I went in to the website with a calm fresh mind and slowly read every word. By the time I was done reading I had come to the enlightenment (but more like understanding) that poker has some simple key laws everyone, who wishes to be professional, should follow:

-Patients: The chances of being dealt AA is 1 in 221. So what does this tell me? it tells I will not be dealt AA's all the time but it will not never happen.

-Emotional State or Mental Mainframe (Tilt): After a couple of hours, a bad beat or a "learning" mistake I take check of my Tilt. If I am Tilting i asking myself will i get over it or will I need a break. If I say I will get over it, then I will sit back fold and watch others play check my Poker Copilot Stats as well as other players on the table and let the feeling cool. If I need a break I will do two things: Sit out a couple of blinds, get a drink of water go outside breath and if that doesn't make me feel better I will leave the table. If I still have a poker itch that has not been scratched I will join a micro Sit n Go. Yes, losing the Sit n Go will probably put me on a tilt again but I am a strong player and my lost would usually been to a bad beat and I learned not to get angry at those anymore.. its just not worth it.

-Poker Tools PokerCopilot: I started off using the free trial of PokerTracker 3 (PT4 is not available Mac OSX computers) PT3 was good, but I found it hard to navigate and understand. I found my poker player mac users on the forum use PokerCopilot so I gave it a chance. I love it. It helps me keep track on all my poker habits as well as help me make my decisions while playing in Cash and tournament games.

I also been using youtube as a tool. Youtube has plenty of poker videos from decades ago. I have watched grinding videos, High Stakes live games, and tutorials how to use poker copilot. Little by little I am learning a inch more of the extremely diverse game of No Limit Texas Holdem.

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