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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...

Nearly all new clients that come to me for coaching suffer from some combination of the following poker leaks, if not all. These definitely represent some of the most common problem areas for folks and if properly addressed could yield a significant winrate boost. Positional play Yes, we all know that position is king, but so many players still open too many hands in early position and not enough in late. At a standard 6-max table, your EP...

Whether you get coaching from me or someone else, here are some tips on getting the most out of the experience. Discuss Expectations Beforehand As soon as you've found a coach you're interested in, make contact and check their availability. The best poker coaches often fill up, so you may need to get on their waiting list. Inquire about their teaching methods and philosophy, how frequently the lessons will happen, for how long, and at what times. Confirm...

We all spend so much time watching videos, reviewing our sessions, posting hands, sweating each other, getting coached, and trying to learn the best way to play. After a while, it starts to sink in. Eventually you learn what the right plays are in various spots, but then you still find yourself failing to execute those plays properly. You KNOW when the villain raises you on the river that you are beat, but you still can't...