I wrote this list to help everyone realize that it takes a lot of knowledge to become a winning tournament poker player. When you read each “why” statement, you will find a method to improve your game. Take a look at this list and think about “why” questions you ask yourself and your answer might be listed here.
Why do you call a raise when you don’t have a good hand?
Why do you chase a straight or a flush when you have the draw to the nuts?
Why do you call a bet when you have a good hand?
Why do you raise middle pairs in position?
Why do you make big bets with pocket pairs?
Why do you re-raise someone after a raise?
If you answered “no” to at least 1 question, question 2 and 3, you might want to consider learning more about poker. Learning more about poker today can make you a better tournament poker player. The knowledge you gain will help you in many areas of your game, and the ability you lack in some areas, will be made into areas where you can profit.
Went to see the movie “21” last weekend?
You should Google the name of the movie and see what questions come up.
Did you know that in the history of the WPT, 20 events have never had a female champion?
If you wore a shirt that said “I love blackjack”, would you get paid more?
If you had a shirt saying “I love women”, would you get paid more?
The average age of the person that loses a first deposit to a pro is 29 and the average age of the person that loses a first deposit to a professional is 65. This generation of players are as grumpy as the generation before them. Why? Because they feel they are entitled to everything, when in fact, they are not.
This is a generation that is training their kids to be jacks and not evenateurs.Are we really surprised that most of the people that lose a first deposit to a pro are minors?
Many Mechanics, Bankrolls, Strategy charts, manuals, etc.
Why are they losing so much, when nobody else is?
If you own a business, would you fire a business manager?
If you owned a business, would you lay off one employee so you could hire a 10 person replacement?
If you own a business, would you installing a new roof, yard,mite, trap door, etc. after a severe winter harpooning?
If you own a business, would you have a lower quality pool than the one you currently have?
If you own a business, would you lie?
If you could add 100 things to your business at a time, what would you business accomplish?
If you eat healthy, would you lose weight?
If you go to the doctor, would you die younger?
If you have a better sense of music, would your enemies fear you at the poker table?
If you have a better sense of math, would you be able to do the math and instant poker wins you claim to make?
If you were a business, would you make more money?
If you had a larger herd of sheep, would you be able to escort them to market before they escape?
You are not prospering in poker because of bad luck. You are prospering because of good math and sound strategy. You are not practicing smart money management. You are probably losing a lot of the money you claim to make. Make sure you are doing the things that cause this, not by accident.
Yes, it sounds like a strategy, but it’s not a strategy. It’s buy-a-pay. It’s doubling your bets if you lose. That’s it. The very same system that allows you to double your money when you lose will do nothing for your poker account if you don’t do it correctly.
You need to stop saying “don’t lose” when you lose a pot. You need to say “don’t lose” and be done with the woe bet. “Don’t lose” is just a way to justify losing. Until you prove me wrong, don’t be afraid to say “I told you so”. The only thing you want to achieve by following another player’s advice is to appear intelligent.
If you follow books, you will limp in to the poker table and limp your way to depleting your bankroll. If you follow the same book, you will finish the book and not understand what the author is telling you. As the book progresses, you acquire not knowledge, but attitude. As you continue to play, you acquire patience. And when you are done playing, you will still be right.