Sychar, on Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 7:37 PM, said:
I'm one of those micro limit players who is jealous of those of you who are good at poker. I have a decent concept of the game but don't know how to get better.When I hear things like... post hands in the strat forums, I always wonder which hands should qualify. I'm the typical guy who post a bad beat hand and gets told to live with the results. I have trouble identifying the leaks.What should players like me do to get better? We understand it isn't as simple as playing a 15/11 Tag formula or something statistic, yet we can't identify what kinds of hands to analyze and are clearly underskilled (to be good) at assigning ranges correctly.What should our first couple of steps be to make
millions hundreds like you?
The first thing that you want to do is to read some books and get a good background in the game. Read the FAQ post stickied at the top of the strat forum. The fact that you're even in here, asking this question means that you're already better off than a lot of people who don't care or who aren't interested in putting in the effort to be good.It takes a lot of work. There probably isn't a solid winning player out there who didn't start off as a losing one who decided to put in the effort to become good.What I would do:1. Get some books on the game you want to learn. Read reviews of them on Amazon or something to see what people think of them. In general, this will give you some math background and general guidelines for play.2. Read the posts in the NL strat forum (if you want to learn NL). Read all of them, or as many as you can handle. Find out what situations people are asking about. Think about what you would do and then see what the winning players suggest that you do. Were those things the same? If not, try and figure out why the winning players are suggesting what they are. Hopefully they explain themselves well, but try and figure out why they're doing what they're doing.3. Play poker. Play tight. Play straightforward. Try and make the plays that were talked about in the forum. If you come to spots that you think are tough, post the hand. If the responses are something like "standard" or very simple responses, it means that it's probably a pretty common situation and you should try and understand why it's common and what to do with it. Soon you will get to the point where you're posting hands and people will have different opinions on what is best, which will usually mean that it's actually a pretty tough/difficult decision that needed to be posted here.