For any player that is looking to take poker seriously or considering poker as a legitimate way of earning, must know that it will demand plenty of effort.
Two things you will invest heavily, is your time and money. Interestingly enough the former is much more important than the latter. Many persons will believe that money is the most important asset when getting involved in poker but believe me when I tell you that your time will be the greatest investment of all.
The only way to get better at your game and to climb the poker ladder is by practice and more practice. If the time is not afforded to you, where you can improve upon your craft then you will not maximize on becoming a better player.
Time spent away from the table for serious poker players should always involve improving upon the way you play. If you just get up each day and play poker games without practicing your life as a great poker player will never be achieved. There was this saying that I was always taught by my high school coach; he would say, “Practice should be harder than the actual game.” Simply put the more situations and scenarios you can get yourself accustomed to, the more your level of play will improve while in game.
Poker possess unique situations almost with each hand, so it is always good to have the basics of your playing style strongly developed and knowing how best you will react in scenarios of the game that constantly repeats itself.
If you face these scenarios for the first time while in game then you will find yourself lost as to what to do and how to play and you will quickly lose confidence at the poker table.
It is always good to video yourself while playing, this will allow you to go back and have an outside view as to how you were playing. If you played well then you will want to pick out pointers as to what you did and try to replicate them in future games. If you played poorly then the same must be done to highlight were you went wrong and eradicate those actions from your game play.
While in game, if you come across a situation that seems very new to you, don’t be hesitant to document it and return to it at your time away from the table. Develop a basic action play to how to counter the situation you had no prior experience with.
The interesting thing with poker is that for the vast majority, the player is the coach. So there is no one objectively looking on to see some improvements that might be needed or to advise you not to play certain hands or against certain players. The hardest thing as a player sometimes, is to know when to stop, count your losses and return to the drawing board.
You will especially find this early on in playing poker. Don’t be afraid to admit defeat, study what you did what the player did and then having practiced both player and situation and developing a basic strategy for yourself, you can seek revenge.
We all know that practice makes perfect and it is no different if you are looking to take poker seriously.