Most of us know that poker has now become a highly competitive game no matter what stakes you are playing at and that the average skill level of players is always on the up. This means that to have an edge on your opponents you really have to keep learning and keep studying. This can be done reading books, watching strategy videos or being an active member of poker forums, yet even this can sometimes prove to be hard work.
PokerStars Team Pro Andre Coimbra however, has stepped up in a recent blog on PokerStarsBlog to help players study the game and has given his advice on the best ways to do so.
“Poker is a game of mistakes where your goal is to make fewer mistakes than your opponent, or at least less costly mistakes. To make fewer mistakes you will need to spend some time studying, and this is a process that never ends because most of your opponents are working on their game as well and trying to make fewer mistakes. Whoever studies less or less efficiently will be the one losing the battle of mistakes”.
The blog is a very long one and is just ‘part 1’ which concentrates on low stakes poker, so we will try to summarise a little about what he is talking about but for the full blog you will have to go and take a look for yourself.
He goes on to explain that studying is a massive part of his game and that he literally splits his time 50-50 between playing and studying and uses a variety of methods to do so. He discusses reading books as a great way to learn a lot in a fairly short amount of time and even puts forward some books that he recommends. He lists books as his favourite of the four methods he uses to study.
His next favourite method is that of watching strategy videos, though he warns against using live tournament recordings of high stakes players as the strategies used are of a higher standard.
Participating in poker forums and discussing poker hands with friends are also ways in that he improves his game. He just warns you that not every opinion is a good one so it is best to filter out which friends are the better poker players and have the better knowledge.
He finally discusses getting the right balance between studying and playing and again emphasises that studying is probably more important than game time, especially when you are playing at low stakes.
“I would suggest studying between 50% and 75% of your poker time and playing between 25% and 50% of your poker time”.
Make sure you head over to read the full blog as there really is so much to learn from a poker player that has used studying the game to bring himself some excellent success at the tables.