Discuss Strategy with Poker Friends - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 10

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Published on 28 November 2014 by Pokerlistings 3014
Our final tip in this series is to make friends with poker players that are better than you and discuss hands with them whenever you get the chance. We've interviewed thousands of professional poker players and when we ask them how they got better, this is the number one answer. If you're already part of a group of poker friends chances are you're already talking strategy, but if none of your friends are into it, it'll pay off to branch out a bit and make friends with some good poker players. And the good thing is, it doesn't even have to be in real life. There's a ton of strategy discussion on poker forums like two plus two, and you can take it one step further by joining a skype group with people who play the same stakes and games as you. Advice That's Right for You Books are a great resource for learning strong fundamentals and lots of of hard data but you can't always find out how to fix the mistakes YOU'RE making. When you're talking strategy with a good player you can address the exact spots that are giving you the most trouble. Usually a better player will have already encountered them and can give you great advice based on their experience. The advice will be even more useful if you're talking to someone who's already beat the games and stakes you're playing. Staking Deals and Support It's pretty common in poker for good players to invest time in teaching their friends, and even go on to stake them in tournaments or cash games. If your goal is to become a more serious poker player getting a staking deal and a poker mentor is one of the best things you can do. And if you want to make a living playing poker, it's really valuable to have a support network to get you through tough times and motivate you to keep working hard and playing your best. If everything goes according to plan, sometime down the road you'll be one giving a new player the benefit of your experience.
Our final tip is to make friends with poker players that are better than you and to discuss strategy with them every chance you get. We've interviewed thousand of professional poker players and when we asked them how they got better, this is the number one answer.

If you're already a part of a group of poker friends, chances are you are already discussing poker strategy. But if none of your friends are into the game, it's really going to pay off to branch out a bit and make friends with some great players. And the good news is you don't even have to do it in real life. There's tons of great strategy discussion happening on poker forums like Two Plus Two. You can even take it one step further by joining a Skype group with people who play the same stakes and games.

Books are a great resource for learning strong fundamentals and a lot of hard data. But you can't always learn how to fix the mistakes that you're making. When you're talking strategy with a great player, you can address the exact spots that are giving you the most trouble. Usually, a better player has already encountered and solved these problems and can give you some great advice based on their experience. And it's even better if you're talking to someone has already beaten the stakes and games you're playing.

It's pretty common in poker for good players to invest time teaching the game to their friends. And even go on to stake them in tournaments or cash games. If you want to become a more serious poker player, getting a staking deal and a poker mentor is one of the best things you can do. And if you actually want to make a living playing poker, it's really valuable to have a support network to get you through the tough times and to motivate you to work hard and keep playing your best. And if everything goes according to plan, sometime down the road you'll be the one giving a new player the benefit of your experience.

When you first get into poker, it's really important to remember that not everyone you meet is trustworthy. It's pretty shocking how many people make deals with or loan money to people that they've never even met in real life. Don't set yourself up to get scammed. Make sure the people that you're dealing with have good reputations. The more involved you get in the poker community, the more you'll learn who to trust. And the first step towards doing that is developing a solid core group of poker friends.

Make sure to watch all ten episodes of How Not to Suck at Poker to get your poker game on the right track.