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New year poker goal - Sun Jan 01, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Before Christmas I wrote a post reflecting on my poker experiences in 2011...

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/for...flections-2011

My poker goals for 2012 will be based upon those reflections and observations. My overarching poker goal for for the new year is...

To become a more deliberate player

I noticed how I my personality style favours spontaneity, fluidity and freedom, and how this has both positive and negative consequences in my poker game. I am sure that by introducing a degree of deliberateness and structure to my poker playing that I can mitigate my weaknesses and augment my strengths.

I will not attempt to become extremely regimented in my approach to the game as this will only stifle me, and will not energise me. However by introducing a loose structure I am sure I can enhance my game.

In order to become a more deliberate player I will...

1. Establish a playing station.

By this I just mean not playing whilst slumped on the couch with my laptop. I will put my laptop on the table, have everything around me that I need, and pull up a chair. This simple act will mean that when I sit down to play poker I am consciously and deliberately doing so.

2. Create a weekly check-list.

Here I will record games played and time spent playing each day. I will also record time spent studying and reviewing my play. This will enable me to see how much time I spend in each area and what I can achieve in that time.

I would like to complete the 100 games for Cowboy's challenge each month along with some larger MTT's, whilst also putting in some hours of study and review. Eventually I might like to establish a regular MTT schedule, and try out some ring game play as well.

I will print out my check-lists and keep them in a dedicated poker folder.

3. Regularly study and review my games.

As stated above I will dedicate some time each week to study and review, and record the time spent on my check-list. Study will consist of a combination of live training, videos, books, articles and forum posts. I will print out some interesting articles for study away from the computer.

I will purchase some tracking software to enable me to more easily review my play and find areas for improvement. It might take me some time to learn the software but I am sure it will be beneficial.

4. Establish a go-to range.

I will create a sheet with opening ranges on it. This will be a combination of the ranges on Spacegravey's videos and the PSO course. I will print out this sheet and keep it by me when I play, and store it in my poker folder. I will still play with adjustments for different opponents and situations, but having a default range for uncertain situations will definitely improve my game. This sheet will also be very useful when it comes to reviewing my play.

5. Keep a log book for live play

I have relay enjoyed tournaments in the brick and mortar casinos recently and I will continue to play them in the new year. I will aim to play at least once a fortnight. I will keep track of my results in a log book that I will keep in my poker folder.


I am confident that implementing the above steps will make me into a more deliberate poker player, and as such a better player overall. I am looking forward to poker in 2012. Best of luck to everyone in their poker goals for the new year.

Swax
 

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