How to Banish Bad Habits
Few people realize how intensely competitive you must be to become a good Poker player. I couldn't play Poker just for fun, and I don't think many of the top Professionals could. I've always played to win, and whenever I could discover any bad habits, I've tried to eliminate them just as I would try to eliminate mistakes in a business I might be running.
(1) Sherriffs calling stations basically - not that aggressive, and will 'keep you honest' with things like small pairs and even ace highs. They dont bluff, and you shouldnt bluff against them. There is psychology involved here - You will see them paying off others left and right-you'll ache for a peice of thier action, then youll pick up AQs on the button and breathe a sigh of relief FINALLY you'll think im gonna get PAID Then if you miss, you'll jam it the whole way anyway, then endup paying THEM off - beleive me to this day, i catch myself doing that, and its a bad bad habit When these guys bet, you should give them credit for a hand, and only get involved if you have something good, and you should respect a preflop raise from one of these guys, unless hes in steal position, and as bad as he is, he's at least learned to lean on the blinds from the button. PT will help you with this - even in that case, you should try and flop something against them, because theres always the risk...
A Pro talks about the game with clarity. Knows exactly what you won or lost - or says nothing at all. Lack of clarity is a very bad habit for success in anything. Sloppy language means a sloppy approach. It's not cool to be sloppy about technique or practice in any field of endeavour.
Many players feel they've got their game honed down nicely to one workable set routine. They've eliminated most of their bad habits, weeded out the mistakes one by one, but in truth their game is kind of stationary and stagnating. It's become rather stale and one-dimensional, which is itself a mistake because it allows opponents to put them exactly on a hand. They'd really be better off if they were all over the map once in a while, even at the cost of a few chips.
If you are learning how to play Texas Hold'em at the fun tables, don't fall into the trap of shrugging off the games because the money isn't real. This careless attitude will only cause you to develop bad habits. Instead, play as if your chips are the real thing, you'll develop great strateg ies from th is.
First, you can pick up bad habits that you never correct if you stop studying the game. The long term in poker is so long that if you pick up a bad habit, it may take a very long time before you see it for what it is. For example, let's say you start playing K-J off-suit from early position in limit Hold'em. This isn't a major leak, but you certainly won't see top players recommending it. You may win a few pots both big and small and lose a few both big and small. Overall, you will not really know whether this is a winning play or not, since you are not studying your results. Maybe this is only costing you 0.03 big bets every time you do it, but that adds up over time. You may be picking up other bad habits, too. Maybe you are folding on the river too often or not value betting your draws enough, or any number of other things that are not major leaks individually, but put together become a big problem. If you were analyzing results and reading articles and so on, you would recognize...
There were two main reasons we shunned teaching how to beat smaller games. First was that the rake and the expected tip made the games tougher to beat than might be expected, in spite of the opponents' weakness. Second was the fact that we didn't want to teach bad habits.
Thus happens because you have spent a long period of time sitting by yourself alone at a computer where you developed the bad habit of having no reason to hide your emotions. As a former live-game player, you sensed this was a bad tendency, and you resisted it at first, but finally, through the passage of time, you began to think, Well, hell, there's no one watching , so your real reactions began to leak out around the edges. Online play has to some extent hurt your poker face .
Don't pick up your cards Leave your cards face-down on the table. Look at them by cupping your hands over them and turning up the corners. Get in the habit of looking at your cards once and leaving them face down. There are many other things to observe at the table, so avoid looking at your cards repeatedly. In addition, many cardrooms have rules against taking your cards off the table. Even where it is permissible, picking up and holding cards is still a bad habit to acquire. It is easy for the players next to you to see your cards if you are holding them in front of you.
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