Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:29 PM
you seem to be on the right track and approaching things in the right way which is a good start. At the start, don't be worried about making a profit etc. try to improve your play and learn the game. Don't play too many tables at once, just focus on thinking through every single decision and build a thought process for why you are doing certain things. Split your time into play and study. Nothing improves your game more than play, but study is important too, even more so when you're starting out. Very rough guide, I would recommend a minimum of 30% study and 70% play. Some people recommend 50-50 when starting out, but I think 30% should be minimum. This changes as you get better (in favour of more play). I don't know exactly what stage you are at or how much you know, but some stuff to focus on when starting out:- Fundamentals. Poker is an ever-changing game but fundamentals never change - an underpair will always be ~18% to beat an overpair pre-flop. Stuff like Phil Gordon's LGB is great to give you good grasp of the fundamentals of the game (I haven't opened the book in a few years, but I'm pretty sure most of that is still applicable now - which cannot be said for a lot of books). - Go on to forums like twoplustwo and read hand histories from games you play in and see what the advice is like. FCP has a strat forum that is worth checking out, but it's definitely not what it used to be. Read 2+2 and you'll get some good information about the correct choices to make in some tough situations. Obviously do not take anything as gospel, some answers are totally wrong, but reading hand histories and hearing peoples thought processes will get on you the right track of what you should be thinking. Obviously hand histories from the games you play (which is low stakes NL cash by the sounds of things) are more relevant than games you don't play.- If you want, create an account and contribute. Either contribute in other peoples threads or even post hands of your own for analysis. I'd encourage to post the hand the FCP strat section and 2+2 strat (the more activity in this place the better!...but there's no doubt you will get more answers at 2+2).- I wouldn't worry about HEM or PT (tracking software in case you didn't know) just yet. They're basically too expensive for low stakes players. Just play fewer tables and focus on the games you're playing. Once you improve and grow your bankroll, you can look into getting some software.- Download pokerstove (it's free) and play around with it. Part of your training for learning the fundamentals should include learning about 'ranges' and 'G-bucks' and the like. Once you understand what all this means, play around with pokerstove, it will give you a good sense of the percentages (before you even start with ranges, just playing around with it to see the percentages of stuff like 56s v AKo pf, or 67o vs KJ on a 45J flop etc. is a good idea).