Friday, April 3, 2009

My Thoughts your Tips

I recently tweeted that I thought it was a good idea to weave in some books on general psychology amongst the Super Systems of the world. At the time I was reading Brain Rules, by John Medina. It was a decent read, but more to do with the biology of how the brain works than how the mind thinks--which is what I was really going for.

My current read is Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a book on the quick decisions our subconscious makes and how we come to them. It actually opens with a study in gambling, but I feel some of the following studies can be better applied to poker. The book as a whole gives more credit to the initial "feeling" that your opponent is bluffing. I may go into it deeper in a future post.

This book led me to another tip. Next time you are playing a home game, set up a camcorder to record yourself. Not your opponents, not your hole cards, just you. You will need to leave it on long enough so that you forget it's on and play hands that range from a monster to a stone-cold bluff. Just like in football, you can review the game film and find your weaknesses. Does your body language give anything away? I haven't tried this yet, but i imagine that it would be the best way to nail down and fix your own tells.

Lastly, I'd like to comment on a comment from my previous post. "Lucky Straights" disagrees with poker being a game involving chance. She is looking at macro-poker, and while it is true that the level of your skill is shown in the long-haul, we can't forget about the game-by-game. You need to understand that if you completely outplay your opponent, that doesn't mean you win the hand, it likely means that you only have a 10% to 30% better chance of winning the hand. Chance matters in micro-poker and if you can't come to terms with that you will either be on tilt regularly or correct your play incorrectly.

4 comments:

  1. I had heard somebody talking about "Blink" on the radio the other day and I thought about buying it. Now I guess I'll have to buy it.

    Regarding chance: There are probably a few definitions of the word, but the game, in the long and short term, most definitely involves probability. By my definition, chance involves probability.

    Even in the long-term, where skill trumps luck, there is still probability involved. Two players of completely equal skill, who play the same number of games against the same opponents will still not have the exact same winnings. Why? Because probability (or chance) dictates that there will still be a variance. While they both may be winners, one will certainly win more than the other.

    KC

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  2. OK, I bought Blink. I just started it, but interesting so far.

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  3. Hmmm .. I thing that bankroll managment and patient is more important. But two skill's is too small even whan you master of that skill. Secrets is know yourself ,I mean weeknes and work on it , upegrade , testing yourself. Most funny is play on five table or more in same time , no chance to know you opponent :P

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  4. Hmmm .. I thing that bankroll managment and patient is more important. But two skill's is too small even whan you master of that skill. Secrets is know yourself ,I mean weeknes and work on it , upegrade , testing yourself. Most funny is play on five table or more in same time , no chance to know you opponent :P

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