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Makes mistakes to learn from them

By: baud2death @ 07:38 (EST) / 360 / Comment ( 1 )



I am all about learning how to play better... so what is the best way to do this

Learn from your mistakes


But surely that means that you have to MAKE mistakes to learn, thats wasted buy-ins and thats not good for your Bankroll.


So say for example your big problem is that when you hit a hand you can't get away from it, your opponent is a calling station for the entire hand and then shoves on the river, you call it and find yourself out because he hit trips on the river.


In this situation I wouldn't recommend trying to learn how to get away from this mistake simply by making more of them in a normal game because it will hurt your bankroll.


This is where PLAY-MONEY comes into it


Just fire up a PLAY-MONEY game and play as you usually would... when you hit a hand think about things and try to play it smart. Say you get that spot with your Two Pair and Opponent shoves on the river..... in this spot MAKE THE MISTAKE and call it.


Chances are you will lose and they had a hand but in Poker the only real way to see your opponents hand is to call and pay for it.


Let me make it clear... I do not recommend people do this in a live Real Money game.

Let me make it clear... I do not recommend people do this in a live Real Money game.

Let me make it clear... I do not recommend people do this in a live Real Money game.


This is for PLAY-MONEY only to learn your mistake


If you recognize you have a failing (perhaps your betsizing is all wrong or like me you suffer from thinking everyone is bluffing you) I want you to play well, find the spot that you make your mistake in and stop.

Stopped in this spot I want you to think what the RIGHT thing to do would be and what the WRONG thing to do would be. Then write the hand down on a scrap of paper or store it somehow.

Now, make the WRONG decision so that you can get to see what the opponent was holding. It is play money and doesnt cost anything so just do it to get the test result you need which is their hand.


As i said chances are this will show you exactly what would happen in a live game if you called your opponent and I bet you anything that if you tally up the spots where you call a bluff over the spots you call a better hand, you will find few bluffs and mostly just better hands.


So just go into play money, make the same mistake over and over and over and over but when you do be fully aware of the decision point and that you are making the mistake on purpose to force a result but understand that in a Real Money spot you want to make the RIGHT choice not the WRONG choice.


Play Money is a real good learning tool, yes its full of fish but ignoring that for a moment when you keep making the same mistakes over and over, eventually one of 2 things will happen

1) You will run out of money and end up quitting the game or spending more money to lose

2) You will eventually figure it out and solve your problem with that play but it will have cost you a LOT of buy-ins to get there


Poker is a learning experience and even my mentor admitted yesterday that his coach advised him he was making mistakes so no-one is perfect, not even Supernova players!!


But by doing this and commiting whatever sins you do in Play Money with a concious view to proving to yourself what the mistake is, making it on purpose just to show yourself what pain it would cause if you did that thinking it was the RIGHT decision.

After awhile you will realize that the wrong move is the WRONG move and when you play in your Real Money games you will have no desire to play that move again



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