JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.

Home \ Community \ Blogs \

Road to improvement... and other thoughts.

/Jun/2012

My major learning points in poker. Pt 1.

By: Croyd93 @ 21:58 (EDT) / 470 / Comment ( 1 )
I'm laid in bed too tired to play and I've decided to update my blog. I pondered for a while as to what to write, and I couldn't decided between a few things so I thought I'd do a mini series about all of them. Over the last few weeks I have had a few major turning point in my poker learning; and they have all greatly helped my all round game. Hopefully they can help others as they have helped me.

Pt 1 - Watch the entire hand

One thing I really struggled with for quite some time was developing good reads on people, these incomplete reads meant I would face tougher decision. I recently had an epiphany and realised what was missing. Although concentrating on the hands I was in I was getting distracted and not watching hands that I wasn't involved in.

I have now realised that every hand is key especially the showdown (if there is one) as you get to see what sort of hand the opponent played and how they played it. This information is vital to developing reads; how do they play their strong hands/flush draws/TPGK. You can use this information to help you decide whether to fold/call or raise when in a hand with them.

Here are a 2 things I enjoy seeing at showdown:
  • Limp 3-bet monsters - Seeing a player has limp 3-bet there strong hands a few times is always nice. These players usually have stats something like 80/4/1 they only ever raise when they have AA/KK/QQ. This means you can isolate there limps on a wide range of hands while still making money. This read lets you know if you're ever re-raised and you you don't have the goods then just pitch it and fold. :)
  • Calling station - Although I hear players complain about these opponents often, I do not see why. If you see some punkarse fish calling down with Q3o on a 8J9KA with 3 cards to a flush then DO NOT try bluff them. Hate to sound repetative but just punish them and value bet! value bet! value bet! If you value bet your stronger hands against these players and stay away from bluffs and semi bluffs then you will make an unbelievable amount of money. :)
Although I see watching showdowns as very improtant, you have use this with the impact of the information gained throughout then hand. By putting together what type of board opponents take certain actions on with showdowns, you can then decipher a range for your opponents when involved with them later. By using all this together we can all make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

:-D

Thanks for reading if you got this far.

Croyd :-D
In order to comment, you must login or register.
Take Quiz
New here? Take our Poker Assessment to start your education.
already a member? sign in here
JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.
Learn From basics to advanced strategy
Practice Improve your skills with our trainers
Win! Establish yourself as a winning player
/Featured Promotions/
Progressive Jackpot Progressive Jackpot Playing our new 'Scratch & Match' game is free and very easy. If you match 3 symbols you win a prize!!!! View details
Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Invite your friends to join Poker School and you could earn up to 10 tournament tickets as a reward! View details

Getting PokerStars is easy: download and install the PokerStars game software, create your free player account, and validate your email address. Clicking on the download poker button will lead to the installation of compatible poker software on your PC of 51.7 MB, which will enable you to register and play poker on the PokerStars platform. To uninstall PokerStars use the Windows uninstaller: click Start > Control Panel and then select Add or Remove programs > Select PokerStars and click Uninstall or Remove.

Copyright (c) PokerSchoolOnline.com. All rights reserved, Rational Group, Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1DZ. You can email us on support@pokerschoolonline.com