Getting Better at Poker

I’m guessing that most people who are going to be reading this blog are probably more interested in what I think about poker then what I think about the latest CNN story or last week’s big blockbuster. So I’m going to try to start posting some more of my poker ideas.

A lot of people ask me how they can take their game to the next level. The answer isn’t really that simple. You can’t just think of poker as one skill. It’s a whole set of skills. Let’s look at a few of the skills that you need to be a contender.


General Skills


  • Emotional Control : This is how you handle losing (and winning for that matter).
  • Reading Hands : This is the ability to put an opponent on a hand.
  • Math and Probabilities : Knowing the odds of getting hands and cards to come.
  • Hand Selection : Knowing which hands to play before the flop (or on third street).
  • Betting : Knowing when to value bet your hand.
  • Bluffing : Knowing when to take a stab at taking a pot.
  • Money Management : Knowing how to manage your bankroll is essential.
  • Game Selection : Figuring out which game to play.
  • Opponent Manipulation : Changing the way your opponents play.
  • Changing Gears : Most important in tournaments, knowing when to change your game.
  • Discipline : Being able to implement what you already know.
  • Self Control : How you handle yourself away from the table.

Ok… enough about poker for now… I’m going to go into more detail about how you can improve each of those skills later on. For now, check out this cool site :

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