A Powerful Technique to Improve your Poker Skills
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.
If your game has stagnated or perhaps you often get bored, setting a daily focus can help you move forward again. It forces you to keep your head in the game and think more deeply about what you’re doing. Write it down and stick it on your screen or use windows notepad.
Draw from your Hand Reviews
You’re also doing regular hand reviews right? Hopefully that’s already a good habit you’ve implemented. These review sessions should result in a few key observations about your game. Attempt to distill the biggest mistakes into specific categories. Over time, you should notice patterns of your most frequent mistakes. Then these can feed into the objective you set for your next session.
Was it Effective?
At the end of your session consider how well it went. I’ve noticed some objective work really well while others might be so specific, the situation just rarely comes up. Perhaps you make these a weekly objective.
Setup a HEM or PT Report
You can bolster these objectives by tracking the corresponding statistic in your database software. Let’s say you’re trying to get your re-steal up. You could use either the session report or the daily report in Holdem Manager to show you what your re-steal statistic is running at for each session or day. Then hopefully you see a trend in the right direction.
Want my Help?
As I said, I’ve been doing this for a while. If you would like my help generating ideas for you to try: poker skills and drills to work on, then say so! If enough of you mention in the comments that this would be useful to you, then I will start sending out a “daily challenge” for you to try. We’d have to figure out the best forum for this. I’m thinking twitter and/or Facebook. What do you think?