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One specific technique has been helping me improve my poker skills for years. That is to set a daily objective to focus on while you play. For example, today I'm going to concentrate on making more 4-bet bluffs. This may sound simple, but the reasons that this can help so much to improve your poker skills are many. Avoid Auto-pilot If your game has stagnated or perhaps you often get bored, setting a daily focus can help you...

I want to impress upon you the power and importance of personal poker study. Typically in our quest for greater wisdom, we look outside of ourselves to poker books, videos, coaches, and peers. I explored this part of the process last week: learning from the wise. Just as important though is the work we do on our own. In fact, some of the best professional poker players like Patrik Antonius and Viktor Blom (Isildur1) are entirely...

During last weekend's meditation retreat, the teacher described two ways by which we gain wisdom: externally through others and internally through reflection. While this may sound simple and obvious, the topic itself is of such great importance that it deserves exploration. Framing the process of gaining wisdom in this way gives us a convenient starting point for contemplation. Also, as this is foremost a poker blog, we will specifically consider gaining poker wisdom. Credibility External learning presents the...