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Thinking Away from the Table

To make good decisions at the table, you need to do good analysis away from the table. If you can’t analyze a poker situation in the comfort of your own home, there’s no way you can correctly assess a situation when you’re in a casino or when you’re playing multiple tables concurrently online.

Recall and Express Situations As Precisely As Possible

Doing poker analysis away from the table begins with stating situations as precisely as possible – you need to be a thorough, accurate storyteller. If you are talking about a hand you played in the casino the other day, how deeply stacked were you and your opponents? What did you know about your opponents? Did anyone give off any tells? What was the precise order of the betting action? What were the sizes of the bets and raises? You can’t do any meaningful analysis on hands you’ve played unless you precisely address these and other questions that help you come as close as possible to conveying 100% of the information you had available to you when you were playing.

Openly Discuss Hands With Friends and On Forums

Learning is seldom a process that happens in a vacuum. Your friends, and people posting in web forums, have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon…so take advantage! Actively participate in poker discussions and debates. Don’t just blindly follow advice you’re given, but at the same time, make sure you keep an open-mind and carefully weigh every piece of input thrown your way.

Get Your Mind In a Positive Feedback Loop

To get your mind to work the way you want it to, you need to condition it properly. Doing precise analysis away from the table is a necessary part of properly conditioning your poker mind. The best way to learn something is to engage your mind actively, and analysis away from the table–on your own and with poker buddies–does exactly that.

And if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right. When you hold yourself to a high standard of precision when you think about poker away from the table, an amazing thing will happen…you will begin to think more clearly about your poker when you are at the table. When you think more clearly at the table, you’ll take more detailed information with you when you leave the table – information that you can think about and learn from. This positive feedback loop never stops, and it will ultimately make you a beast that no one will want to mess with at the tables!



2 Responses to “Thinking Away from the Table”

  1. Fran Siers says:

    can i really earn with this tips? can you send me the real strategy?

  2. I’m constantly talking about poker situations with my poker-playing friends. Even “simple” stuff like non-exploitable jam/fold requires a lot of work away from the table since there’s no way you could compute ranges on the fly when playing. Focusing on “how to think” rather than “what to do” will get you further in the long run.

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