Improve your poker game by having a plan

The poker attitude that will take you far and help you improve your poker game

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1.Define your bankroll (amount of money you are willing to put at risk to play & learn). By definition you should consider that this money is already lost (or that you will not put yourself or your family at risk financially if your bankroll happens to drops to zero)

2.Respect all bankroll management principles depending on the game you are playing (cash game, sit & go’s, multi-table tournaments….) and stick to it. They have been confirmed again and over again and there is no reason why you in particular could be allowed to move away from them.

3.Define your objectives and review them regularly. Setting yourself some objectives over a defined period of time (for example extracting a 7% ROI from NL 20 or hitting the 18% ITM mark in MTTs…) is the best way to assess objectively your performance, to stay focus and then take necessary steps and actions to improve your game.

4.Keep track of your performance. I personally  keep track of all profits and losses for all games played since the first day I started. I know exactly where I stand today in terms of ROI by game type, limit and overall. It helps me understand in which direction I can go and on which games I should focus depending on my skills and objectives. It is easy to do and once you get organized will not take you more than 10 minutes after each session. But you have to be comprehensive. All games should be tracked (online and offline) meaning games with friends also.

5.Be result oriented and though on you. Be realistic also at any point in time on your performance. The last thing you want to do is dream about the player you wished you were and go down the bankruptcy road in the process.

6.Know when you are on tilt and move away from the game when it is the case. One key thing about becoming a positive player is to start by limiting your losses (try to lose less every time you lose a pot). This will probably be the first most important leak in your game that you have got to fix as much as you will try extracting some bigger value out of each pot.

7.Identify your leaks and one by one and try to fix them. Is my preflop raise % to low? Do I fold too often my BB when faced to a raise? You should use a tracker to help you understand your game patterns. I personally use poker copilot on Mac and i find it very useful. Analyse and review the hands that generated great losses (hands replay functionalities of all trackers are a great tool to do so).

8.Read as much as you can (engage on forums, read books) to get a grasp of the reality of the game and also of all efforts that are required to become a fair player and improve your poker game.

9.Do not blame it on the cards. Poker is variance. You will get busted by donkeys and lose 80/20. It will happen all the time and never stop. Your game has to be above that and you need to digest these spots not blinking.

10.Have fun trying to apply the above.

And remember « Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life – but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score. »

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