Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When You Feel Like Quitting Poker - Read This First

Feel Like Quitting Poker
Do you feel like quitting poker? Impossible to win lately? Suckouts piling on top of suckouts and you are at the end of your rope?

Well first off, believe me, I have been there too. Countless times in fact. This is not an easy game. In fact it will test your sanity again and again.

And quite frankly, maybe not everyone is even meant to play this game.

But before you throw in the towel and quit poker completely listen to some of the advice in this article first.


Downswing or Systematic Losing?


First off let's talk about the difference between a downswing and a long term systematic history of losing at poker. A downswing is a temporary period of breaking even or losing.

This means that in normal times you are actually a winning poker player. In other words you turn a profit over a period of months, years etc.

A long term systematic history of losing however is much more problematic because it means that you haven't actually figured out how to beat this game yet.

Unfortunately this is not something that I can solve for you in a short little article like this. My suggestion is to focus on re-learning the fundamentals and figure out how to beat the bad players in low stakes games.

I believe that anyone can learn how to beat the very lowest stakes (at the very least) if they are truly willing to put in the effort to learn the strategy and then apply it consistently at the poker tables.

Downswings though are a natural part of the game that happen to everybody. And yes, they even happen to the best poker players in the world.

Therefore, it would be foolish to let your emotions get the best of you during these times and quit poker over something that ultimately isn't even real.

You have to remember that downswings never last forever and if you are a winning poker player, then you will eventually be back to your winning ways.

quitting poker

The above graph for instance represents a very typical downswing in poker.

I was making absolutely 0$ at the 30k hand mark. That's an entire month of play by the way for many people who play regularly online and several months for someone who plays live.

I should be freaking out right? Losing my mind at least? Nope. Because you can see what happens by the end of the graph.

Winning poker players eventually win.


It's Ok to Quit (Seriously)


But what should you do if you really don't win at poker? What if you have been playing poker for years now and you are still not a winning player?

Well, I am not going to give you some sappy cliche like "quitters never win" or something. Because while that is obviously true in theory, if this game is making you miserable, then maybe you should quit or at least take an extended break from it.

There have been several points in my poker career where I felt like quitting poker entirely. I knew I was a long term winning player but the beats just kept piling up for months on end in some cases and it was driving me mad.

There was no end in sight. I am talking downswings over 100k hands. And I even started to question whether I was actually a winning poker player or not anymore.

Maybe I wasn't as good as I thought I told myself. Maybe I was just on the craziest heater in the history of poker and it's all going to finally come crashing down now.

These are the kinds of irrational thoughts that downswings can make you have.

So during these periods I stopped playing poker for several weeks in many cases and just took a nice long sabbatical from the game. This really helped me reset and just get my mind away from the daily grind completely.

But my passion for this game always brought me back in the end. I knew I couldn't stay away forever because I enjoy playing poker too much. This is something that I just truly love to do.

You need to ask yourself the same questions even if you have no history of winning yet. Do you truly love playing this game? If so, then perhaps all you really need is a temporary break to reset your emotions for awhile.


Finding Other Ways to Cope


Something else that has helped me tremendously during periods of intense losing is staying within the game but in a non-playing capacity.

So I would write about poker on this blog for instance, make videos on Youtube or even do some coaching. These are all ways to keep your head in the game but not deal with the daily stress of grinding when you are constantly losing.

And if you are a professional poker player then you really do need to learn this skill of branching out. Because believe me, burnout is a very real thing.

I know that for me personally after grinding 24 tables online for years and years on end there were simply points in time where I couldn't do it anymore. I was sick of the endless button clicking. I just needed something, anything, else for awhile.

The other great thing about expanding away from the tables is that it allows you to continue to make a side income while imparting your knowledge to others.

Too many poker players (especially pros) in my opinion make the mistake of sticking all of their eggs in one basket and just trying to endlessly grind their way to the top. Sounds good in theory but rarely works out well in reality.

You can look at nearly any top pro out there and you will see that they have all learned the art of branding themselves and making money away from the tables as well. Staking other winning poker players is another great way to do it.


Love him or hate him, this man is a genius at self promotion and personal branding.
Image courtesy: www.cardplayer.com

If you are not a winning poker player yet though, then this is the perfect time to devote to studying the game. Now is the time to finally fix all those problems that are holding you back.

You can do this by reading poker books, studying poker courses, studying your own hands, posting your hands on a forum or even hiring a coach.

I have made some of my greatest gains in poker knowledge during these periods of losing because I was intensely motivated to find the problems and fix them.


Find Your Purpose in Poker


But ultimately the only thing that is really going to get your through when you feel like quitting poker is finding your purpose in this game.

Look, I am not going to sugar coat it. Most people lose at poker in the long run. This is just a cold hard reality of the game.

No matter how many articles or books I write about crushing the micros there is a substantial portion of the population out there who will (for whatever reason) just never figure out how to put the pieces together and make it happen.

But not everyone plays this game to "go pro" or become famous, win bracelets and make millions. Most people would like to win of course but it is not the be all end all for them. Often they already have a good job, a family and a busy life outside of poker.

Maybe this is you and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

In fact most people, both pros and amateurs alike, simply play this game for fun. You know that feeling when you first sit down to play and the rush of the first big hand? You know that feeling when you reach the final table and the big score is finally in sight?

quitting poker
One of the most dominant performances of all-time, 2016 WSOP champ Qui Nguyen
Image courtesy: www.cardschat.com

Ya, that's why we play poker.

For such a simple little game where you only get two cards and have to make the best 5 card hand by the end, the possibilities seem so endless.

And also, let's remember that when things actually do go your way at the poker tables (and they will believe me), I don't even need to tell you how awesome it is.

Every downswing also has it's twin cousin which is called a heater. And this is truly why we play this game.

I will never forget my first cash game heater or the first time I won a poker tournament. It was for something like $800 which most pros would consider pretty silly.

But I will tell you that it meant so much to me at the time. I was literally on top of the world when I won that tournament for $800! Vegas and the effing Mirage were next!

So the bottom line here is that you need to ask yourself why you play this game. Does your passion for poker ultimately outlast this recent bad stretch of cards? Does it even overcome a long term systematic history of losing so far in your poker career?

If so, then maybe all you really need is to just take a break from the game for awhile. Just go do something completely different. Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather out there. Go camping, go surfing, go hike that mountain.

Or get mad and go finally find the reasons why you are losing. I know that this is much more my personality. I will often just lock myself in a room with PokerTracker for days sometimes when I am losing.

And then you can come back to the game when you feel ready, and on your terms, with a clear head and a renewed enthusiasm to enjoy poker again as it was meant to be. A very simple yet fun little game where if you play your cards right, anything is possible.


Final Thoughts


I hope that this short little article helps some of you who might feel like quitting poker right now. Believe me, I have been there many, many times.

And ultimately I am glad that I did not quit because this game has been very good for me and even changed my life completely, allowing me to turn pro and travel the world.

But I also know that poker is one of the hardest things that you can possibly do at times. This is without a doubt the most mentally challenging game I have ever played. It has had me very close to the looney bin more times that I care to admit!

However, I think that for most of us that have been playing poker for awhile, we do it because we have a deep passion for this game. This is why so many people "quit poker" and then you see them back at the tables again next week or next month.

Because no matter how good you are or what your past results indicate, there are going to be periods of prolonged losing sometimes. As I often say, this game will eventually humble absolutely everybody.

So this is why it can be a good idea to just get away from the poker tables completely sometimes. If you are a winning poker player this can be a great opportunity to take up teaching the game. You can also turn a nice profit by simply staking other winning poker players as well.

But this is also an excellent time to improve your game and finally plug some of those leaks of yours. This is especially important if you haven't figured out how to become a long term profitable poker player yet.

The bottom line is that no matter how frustrating poker can get at times there are very few of us that truly want to quit this game completely.

Always remember what your "why" is in poker. Why do you play?

If the answer is because you truly love this silly little card game like I do, then I will see you back at the poker tables next week!


Let me know in the comments below if you feel like quitting poker.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Most Common Poker Stakes and #1 Struggle (Survey Results of 1,124 Poker Players)

Poker Player Survey Results - Top Stakes Played and Poker Struggles
Last week I asked the roughly 10k readers on my newsletter and the 5k or so more spread out between Facebook, Twitter and Tiltbook two questions:

1. What stakes do you currently play?
2. What is the #1 thing holding you back in poker?

And all I can say is wow. The response that you guys gave me was incredible!

I ended up receiving slightly over 1k emails alone and it was amazing to hear each and every one of your poker stories and your biggest struggles at the poker tables.

I am sorry that I could not provide an in-depth reply to each one of you. I felt bad about that. But since I answer every single email myself there is just no way that was going to be possible.

I got replies from 18 year olds and 81 year olds. I got replies from a single mother in New Jersey, a middle aged accountant in London, a high school teacher with a family in Toronto, a university student in Berlin, a programmer in Moscow and a young poker pro in Las Vegas among the countless others.

I got several replies from non-traditional and non-English speaking poker markets as well such as China, Vietnam and even right here in Thailand. This just goes to show that the game is definitely continuing to grow in Asia.

In short, you guys (and girls) come from all walks of life and play at all stakes and in all types of games. Many of you have good careers already and just play poker as a hobby. Some of you have dreams of going pro one day though too.

Many of you have a lot of the same struggles at the poker tables as well. I got many of the exact same answers again and again.

I put every single reply that I received from all channels into a spreadsheet. This will help me create better more targeted content for you guys in the future.

But I have also decided to publish all of that data below as well. I am doing this because I think it might help you see that there are many other people out there who play at the same stakes as you and share many of your same struggles.


The Most Popular Stakes That Poker Players Play


Here are the results from question #1: What stakes do you currently play?

Poker player most popular limits

And here are the results in a pie chart:

Most popular stakes for poker players

Some parts of these results really didn't surprise me too much.

I have known for a long time for instance that the vast majority of people who play poker online or live do so at the lower stakes. More specifically, NL2, NL5, NL10 and NL25 online and $1/$2 and $2/$5 live.

And it is pretty obvious really. You can just log on to a site like Pokerstars right now (biggest in the world) and see for yourself that the large majority of the active tables are at NL25 and below. It doesn't matter what time of the day you check either.

These are the stakes that I focus on 100% of the time on this website by the way and in all my books and videos as well. And I had people tell me again and again in their replies that they liked this.

I have never understood why so many other poker training sites, authors, coaches, streamers and so on continue to focus on high stakes and teaching you complicated theories that often don't even work in the games that you actually play in.

Talk about not knowing who your audience is!

You can be sure that my focus will always remain on helping you improve in the games that you actually play in. This is also why I continue to play regularly at these stakes myself.


SNG/MTT/Spins and Live Poker


What did surprise me in these results though was the sheer amount of you guys who play live or play SNGs/MTTs/Spins online. It is over 20% of the people who visit this website.

You guys also confirmed to me in your replies that this number has risen of late especially in countries like Australia where the government recently banned online poker.

Many Aussies told me that they have switched over to playing live because the options that remain to play online are just too limited.

This is something by the way that American poker players know all too well about. Because their own government did something similar back in 2011 on what became known as Black Friday, the darkest day in online poker history.

The other interesting thing is that many of you told me that you prefer Sit and Gos, Tournaments or Spin and Gos over cash games. It was definitely a little bit surprising to see these numbers since I focus on cash games so much.

It also just goes to show how badly lacking the poker training and educational resources are out there for live and non-cash game poker players.

I got your message though.

Live poker strategy and non-cash game poker strategy are two areas that I will be looking to improve upon significantly in my future content.


The Most Common Struggles of Poker Players


Next are the results from question #2: What is the #1 thing holding you back in poker?

Poker player top problems

And here again are the results in a pie chart (top 12 replies only):

Poker player top struggles

These results were very eye opening to me and gave me some great ideas about what to focus on in future articles and videos.

The two that jump out right away to me are tilt/discipline and lack of time. I got these same two replies again and again.

I don't think it is all that shocking that tilt (or the mental game in general) is the #1 problem that most people struggle with at the poker tables.

I have long believed this to be true and the data now proves it. I think that most people actually play fairly well these days (excluding the fish of course) even at the lower limits.

However, there is still a very wide chasm between those who play relatively "solid" most of the time, and those who go on monkey tilt every time they get a few bad beats!

I am going to continue creating content about the mental game but unfortunately this is one of the most difficult aspects of the game to teach.

I can show you how to play AK out of position when you miss the flop for instance. However, it is much more difficult to teach someone how to react emotionally when they just played a tournament for 6 hours and took a massive bad beat right before the final table.

It sucks and it hurts. There is simply no way to sugarcoat it. And dealing with beats like this is the hardest part of learning how to play consistent winning poker.

And quite frankly a huge part of figuring out how to tilt less and stay more disciplined also just comes with experience. When you have seen the same crazy nonsense that this game can throw at you a thousand times, you eventually start to just become a little bit numb to it.


Everybody is Busy These Days!


And the other one that jumped out of course was the lack of time. Clearly a huge number of you just play this game for fun or a small profit on the side.

You have jobs, families, school and many other commitments. I heard from you again and again that finding the time at the end of the day after work and the wife and kids were attended to was difficult.

So this is something that I am also going to focus more on in my future content as well. More specifically, trying to give you ways to become more effective with the time that you do have available for poker.

Many of you already know my poker story. I turned pro over 10 years ago building up my bankroll on the side for over a year while I had a full time job.

I think the biggest key for me was being laser focused on playing poker and improving my poker game during those few hours that I had available at the end of the day.

You guys gave me many other replies as well though from staying focused at the poker tables, to motivation/work ethic, confidence issues, bad calls, dealing with LAGs, understanding ranges, postflop strategy and more.

I will also try to cover as many of these topics as I can in future blog posts and videos. And if you have any specific suggestions yourself you can always feel free to just tell me. I often write articles simply because somebody emailed me or left a certain blog comment.


Final Thoughts


I want to thank each and every one of you that replied to me for this little informal poker player survey. These results are going to be very useful for me in knowing how to help you become a better poker player. I hope that you found these results helpful as well.

What is clear is that most poker players face a lot of the same struggles and many of them also play at the same stakes.

I know from first hand experience that poker can be a very lonely game at times and so there is solace in just knowing that other people out there are going through a lot of the same problems and issues as you at the poker table.

Make sure you let me know in the comments below what you think of these poker player survey results.

Also, to make sure you always receive my latest poker strategy articles and videos as soon as they get released, make sure you are on my free newsletter (includes a free copy of my ebook Massive Profit at the Micros) or my Facebook.

 Poker Player Survey Results - Top Stakes Played and Poker Struggles

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

35 Things I Would Do Differently If I Was Starting Poker Again in 2018

Starting Poker Again in 2018
I started playing poker nearly 15 years ago. And things were a lot different back then.

Online poker was just starting to become popular. It was really hard to find any good information on how to beat the games. And most people were really bad at poker.

Fast forward to today in 2018 and the poker environment both online and live has changed drastically. There are countless online poker sites to play on and you can find a poker game in most casinos around the world.

It is also much easier to learn how to get good at the game in a far shorter amount of time. However on the down side, people tend to play quite a bit better nowadays as well. 

So in this article I am going to discuss 35 things that I would do differently if I were just starting out again in poker today in 2018. 

Hopefully this will help some of you newcomers to the game get a faster start. Let's go!


1. Play Tight


Some things never change and the first thing that you need to learn if you want to win is how to play tight. Luckily for me this came pretty naturally. But for some others this is a real struggle. 

If you find it difficult to play tight then I would suggest adding more tables if you play online. This forces you to be much more selective in which hands you play because you will simply be too busy to play trash!

As a general rule you should look to play around the top 15% of your hands in a full ring game (9 or 10 players) and the top 20% in a 6max game (6 players). 


2. Learn to Play Aggressive


Something that took me a long time to learn was how to be aggressive in poker. I am naturally a pretty easy going and soft spoken kind of person, so this doesn't come very easily for me. 

However in poker you have to play aggressively in order to win. This means that you should be raising or re-raising most of the time when you enter the pot preflop. You should also be the one doing the betting or raising most of the time after the flop.

There is definitely a time and place to just call or check. But if you try to be the one in control most of the time, you will find it easier to win more pots. 


3. Understand Position


Something else that took me a long time to learn was the value of position in poker. There is an old saying in poker that "the money flows towards the button" and it couldn't be more true. 

If you go into PokerTracker for instance and sort your winnings by position you might be shocked at just how much more you profiting from the button and cutoff than from every other position at the poker table. 

So it is vitally important that you learn early on to start playing more of your hands in position and also using your position to take away pots after the flop. 


4. Develop a Preflop "System"


A lot of preflop poker in 2018 is essentially solved at the lower stakes. Now I don't mean that there is a 100% best way to play in every scenario possible. But you can definitely create a sort of "if A, then B" system for your preflop decision making. 

With most of your preflop decisions such as what hands to play from each position and what hands to call with or 3Bet with, these actions really be automatic. In other words you shouldn't have to actually think about it. 

I include starting hand charts with all of my books. There are plenty of other resources like this that can be found around the web as well. 


5. Learn How to Plan Postflop


Postflop poker (flop, turn and river) is a lot more complicated and this is why it is not possible to create some sort of system or set of charts for what to do in every scenario.

However, you should still have a good general plan of what to do in most situations based on the board texture and the player type. 

So for instance, you can plan to always CBet (continuation bet) on dry uncoordinated flops like A72 or 885 versus passive regs. 

This again takes the "thinking" out of the equation and just standardizes your decision making. A lot of this comes with experience. But poker is a lot easier to play when you don't have to think about every single little detail. 


6. Understand Player Types


So this is why I spend so much time talking about player types like TAG, LAG, Nits, SLP and so on in my blog posts and books.

Because by knowing the basic categories of how people play, this means that you will know what their strengths and weaknesses are. From there you can learn or create the strategies to beat them. 

So for instance, double barreling versus the Nits on turn scare cards has long been a favorite tactic of mine because I know that they like to call me a lot on the flop but will fold on the turn if I continue to apply the pressure. 


7. Cut Out Superstitious Thinking


This is why it is also important that you remove any superstitious thinking from your approach to poker. Many people will have a "favorite hand" or decide to pot control a strong hand because they keep getting "sucked out" on lately. 

You have to remove this sort of archaic and superstitious thinking from your game. Poker is cold hard mathematics, odds and statistics. It doesn't care about your random thoughts, short term thinking or emotions. 

This is why it is so important to develop a system of play to standardize your decision making in as many scenarios as possible. The very best players are able to consistently make the best play no matter what the circumstances.


8. Start Small


When I started playing poker 15 years ago I started at the very lowest stakes online, 1c/2c. It isn't that glamorous and let me tell you that nobody gets rich winning $2 at a time!

However, if I was starting poker all over again today I would be even more likely to start from the very bottom. And this is because most people are a lot more competent at playing poker these days. 

Don't make the mistake of starting too high and over-judging your abilities. If the lower stakes games are too easy for you, then you can quickly move up. There is no rush. 


9. Table Selection is More Important That Ever


When I started playing online poker in 2004 I didn't even know what table selection was. And for the most part I didn't need to. This is because there was always a fish on any micro stakes table I sat down to play at. 

In 2018 this is definitely not the case though sometimes even at the very lowest stakes. It is not an option anymore whether you table select or not. It is a must if winning big in this game is your goal.

You can check out my complete guide to table selection right here.  


10. Site Selection is Also Very Important


Site selection is also something that I would take a lot more seriously today if I were starting poker all over again. Some poker sites out there are well known to have softer games (more fish) than others. 

Bonuses and rakeback are also an important thing to consider when you are first starting out. On many poker sites you can still get signup bonuses that get you several hundred dollars which you unlock as you play. 

I took advantage of many of these when I was first starting out and they helped me tremendously in growing my first bankroll. 


11. You Gotta Have the Bankroll


Speaking of bankroll, which is the total amount of money you have available to play poker, you need to take this very seriously in today's games. 

As I often say, you wouldn't try to start a business with $10 or $20 would you? So why would you think that this is a sufficient starting capital investment for a poker career?

I would recommend having at least 30 buyins for whatever stake you choose to play these days and quite frankly more is always better. The ups and downs are a lot bigger these days and you need to be prepared. 


12. Don't Waste Your Time With Play Money


Some people might think that it is a good idea to just play for free online in order to practice their poker skills. Sounds great in theory and I thought so too. But I ended up wasting far too much time playing these funny money games at the start of my poker career.

This is because people play vastly different if even $2 is on the line when compared to nothing. When something is free in life nobody cares. The play money games are complete chaos, nobody folds anything etc.

In other words, it's NOT poker.

Real money is totally different. This is why you should only play in the play money games for a week at the most in order to learn the basic rules of how the game works. 


13. Get a Playing Schedule


The most important thing when you are first starting out in poker is to play regularly and learn from the mistakes that you will inevitably make. So this is why I suggest that you get a regular playing schedule. 

If you have a full time job or school that's fine. Just play in the evenings. I did this for an entire year before becoming a poker pro. Just keep it consistent no matter how you do it. 


14. Study the Game


Studying poker is just as important these days and something that you should be doing regularly. This is something that I will often do on the weekends when I have more time. 

What does studying poker mean? It means reviewing your hands and your opponent's hands in Pokertracker, it means studying poker strategy books, videos, courses or even posting your hands on forums.

In short, it means anything that is going to help improve your poker game in 2018. 


15. Don't Bluff


I know it might sound a little crazy but I would suggest not bluffing very often at all when you are first starting out at the micro stakes. The reason why is because most of your opponents at the lower limits are not going to fold. 

Also, you probably don't know the right spots to bluff yet as well as you might think. Don't get me wrong. You can and should be making a flop continuation bet and sometimes on the turn as well without a strong hand. But apart from this your bets should mostly be for value.


16. Learn to Value Bet Wider


But there is of course a ying to every yang.

And that is why something else I wish I knew when I was first starting out was just how much I could get away with in terms of value betting especially against the recreational poker players. 

If they are going to call you down with anything (which is why we don't bluff), well then all of the sudden you might be able to get a little bit more out of them with that middle pair or even bottom pair hand of yours.

Always be thinking about what they can call you with and don't be afraid to go for that thin value. This is often one of the biggest differences between the top winners and everybody else. 


17. Dumb Everything Down


One of the biggest things that I wish I knew when I first started playing poker was that most of my opponents are nowhere near as intelligent as I gave them credit for.

They might be successful doctors, lawyers, academics or very smart people in general away in their regular life. But put them on a poker table and they just don't really get it.

And what this means specifically is that most of your "fancy plays" will just fly right over their heads. This is especially true with recreational poker players. 

For instance, as I discuss in the "fish psychology" section of Crushing the Microstakes, most rec players view a big bet as a bluff. 

Many people still make the mistake of trying to "small ball" or slowplay their big hand against them though. When in actuality all they had to do was just make the most blatantly obvious play of betting big. You need to dumb everything down at the micros.


18. Get Position on the Bad Players


I talked about the value of position already before but many people forget how important this is vis a vis who you are seated with at the poker table as well.

If you have direct position on somebody (i.e. you are seated on their immediate left), then you can literally print money against them because you get to act after them in almost every single hand. 

So this means that getting position on the bad players will allow you to get their chips in record speed. It is totally fine to jump around from seat to seat or table to table. Always try to get on the direct left of the recreational players. 


19. Keep the Aggressive Regs on Your Right


But on the flip side though, it is also extremely important that you keep the good aggressive players on your right and not on your left. 

There is nothing worse in the world than having a skilled aggressive opponent on your left. They are going to make your life hell and prevent you from getting in pots with the fish which is the whole point of why you are at the table in the first place! 

Don't get your ego involved and try to outplay a strong opponent who has direct position on you. This is an uphill battle that you are very unlikely to win. Change seats or leave the table. 


20. Avoid Reg Wars


Building off that last point, you should just avoid reg wars in general. The regs (regular opponents) are unavoidable in today's games. You will have to play the majority of your hands against them. 

However, it's kind of like going to that club or cocktail party which is mostly dudes but has a few hot women. It's fine to talk to the dudes for a bit but please always remember why you are there in the first place!

So while you do want to learn the strategies to beat the regs, you want to avoid getting into protracted and pointless ego battles with them. Always stay focused on the real reason why you are at the poker table. The fish!


21. Put the Regs on Tilt


While I do my best to avoid pointless ego based battles with the regs I do make it a priority to regularly screw with them for strategic reasons. 

This means that I will often pick one specific reg who I happen to have direct position on and just bet and re-raise the hell out of them for the entire session. After this I will return to totally normal play versus them in all future sessions. 

This often manages to put them on tilt (which is awesome) but even more importantly it makes him think I am a total maniac and some other 4 letter words.

This often allows me to get paid off super light way down the line (sometimes months later) because they think that I play this way all the time, when of course, I do not.  


22. Balance Your Range Versus the Regs


Something that you will have to start learning once you climb up the stakes a bit is how to balance your range against the regs. While you should dumb everything down versus the fish and just make the most stupidly obvious play, this won't work against the thinking players. 

So it is important to mix up which hands you bet, raise and call with versus them in order to keep them constantly guessing about which hand you will show up with this time. 


23. Build a Poker Network


Something that I wish I did better when I was first starting out was build a poker network. This is a group of friends who you can learn from and help motivate each other to succeed. 

Now ideally you want to find people who do not play in your games. It is of course also vitally important that they are actually winning poker players!

It's super easy to network these days on social media so that is the first place where I would start. I am on all of them so make sure you start by following me: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


24. Forget About the Money and the Fame


Many people massively stunt their growth in poker by thinking too much about the money, "going pro" and counting all their future riches. You really need to forget about all that stuff for now and just focus on getting better each day. 

The people who focus on the money in this game and often some of the least likely to succeed. Poker is anything but a get rich quick scheme. If you are just in this for a quick buck, you are in the wrong game.

If you work hard enough in this game the money, the bracelets the fame and so on will come. But this is a byproduct of years and years of applying your craft.


25. The Variance Will Be Crazy


Variance, which is the technical term for the natural ups and downs of poker, is a lot crazier in 2018 than what it was when I was first starting. Downswings (meaning you don't make money or lose) for periods of 10k, 30k or even 100k hands are commonplace in today's games. 

To put that in perspective that can mean month's of play even for a regular player who multi-tables online. You need to really be prepared for the craziness that this game can and will throw at you.

There is no way to sugarcoat it. This game is not for the faint of heart. And you need to be very strong mentally in order to truly survive and prosper over the long haul.


26. Don't Be Afraid to Step Down


So when I am in the midst of a protracted downswing something that I will often do is just drop down in stakes for awhile. I know this can be a hit to the old ego but being able to get yourself winning again versus the weaker opponents is often exactly what you need during these times.

Don't think that there is some weakness in doing this. Don't believe that only "pussies" drop down or some other BS. There is no macho advantage in poker, believe me.

In fact this game will humble you again and again.

You are also on nobody's schedule for what stakes you have to play. It is often a good idea to just drop down and play at very low stakes for awhile to regain your sanity and winning ways.


27. Don't Play Too Many Tables


Some people play way too many poker tables online. I used to be very guilty of this as well. While it might seem cool to copy your favorite grinder and try to play 20 tables at a time, this rarely works out well in today's games. 

It is a much better idea to drop the table count considerably because this will give you much more time to focus on table selection which I talked about before. But also, this will just give you more time to make higher quality poker decisions. 


28. Use a HUD


How do I make "higher quality poker decisions?" Well, when I am playing online this often means that I am looking at any HUD (heads up display) stats that I may have on the person. 

I already talked about this above when I mentioned a nitty player type who calls the flop too much and then folds the turn if you can continue applying the pressure. Well, the numbers that are on my screen via my HUD helps tremendously in letting me know who these players are.

I can see for instance that a certain player only folds the flop 40% of the time but folds the turn 70%. No guesswork needed. This is an easy spot to profitably double barrel.

I have created two custom HUDs that I have personally used for years. You can download them both for free right here.


29. Learn How to Quit


One of the biggest differences between the top winners and everybody else today isn't how well they know how to play their AK in a 3Bet pot. Instead it's what goes on between their ears especially when the cards go south on them. 

The biggest problem that most people face at the poker tables is tilt. You need to develop a good quitting strategy for those days when you just can't win. And you need to eliminate any destructive tendencies that you may have such as jumping up stakes to win it back.  

Learning how to quit is seriously one of the best things that you can possibly do as a new poker player. It takes many people years and years to do this and countless destroyed bankrolls. And some never learn at all. 


30. Tilt Control is Vital


But most of the time you can play through the adversity that poker will bring. And this is when you need to be able to exercise better tilt control than you opponents. 

You need to start viewing this game as a long term venture. Days, weeks and sometimes even entire months of play do not matter. You are in this for the long haul and it is only your results after hundreds of thousands of hands or years of play that matters.

This is truly what separates the vast glut of mediocre players and amateurs from that small handful of elite winners. Most people are caught up in the illusion of the short run and lose their mind because their AA got cracked a few times.

You can't think like this if you want to be a top winner in this game.


31. Take Care of Your Life Away From the Tables


For me personally one of the best ways that I ever found to get better tilt control was to take care of what I do away from the tables. This means eating right, regular exercise and good sleep. 

This also means having an active social life and hobbies away from the poker table. In short, you need to treat this game like a professional if you want to get professional level results.

Winning poker is a way of life. It is not just something that you do when you sit down to play. 


32. Always Bring Your "A" Game 


But despite your best intentions sometimes you still just won't be in the best state of mind to play. Life happens to everybody, believe me I get it. 

It is not a good idea to be playing poker when you are tired, angry, stressed out or depressed for instance. This can be a good time to do a session review though or even figure out how to plug your leaks. 


33. Work Ethic is How I Built My Poker Career


With all of that said, you also have to want this much more than the next guy. That might mean that poker is your whole life for awhile sometimes especially in the beginning. It certainly was for me. 

If you really want to succeed in poker then you can't "dabble" in this game like most other people do. You have to be fully committed to putting in the long hours at the poker table and studying just as hard as well. 

I built a 10+ year career out of this silly little card game by being the guy who played way more hands than everybody else and put in way more time away from the tables as well.


34. Time Management is the Key


And this is why time management is the key to your success in poker. When I am at the computer I am either playing the game, studying the game or writing about it like I am right now. Nothing else. 

I am not on Facebook chatting about politics or the latest cat video. I am not on Youtube watching stupid prank videos. And I am not arguing about cryptos with some nerds on Reddit. 

I am 100% focused on this game and always improving at it.


Bonus time saving tip: As a free bonus tip that will probably end up changing your life I am going to recommend that you go log on to Facebook right now and unfollow absolutely everyone.

Yes, even your mom and even your grandma and kid sister.

Your "newsfeed" will be completely empty from now on. It might take a few days to get over the shock and withdrawal that goes along with this.

But this will ensure that you finally stop wasting time on the single biggest time waster in human history, which is Facebook.

Once a week you can go and search about 5 or 10 people who truly matter in your life like your mom, best friend and kid sister. Check out what they have been up to and like and comment on their stuff.

I did this many years ago and it literally changed my life. Seriously, try it.


35. Patience Young Jedi


The final suggestion that I have to offer new poker players in 2018 is patience. Now I know patience sucks, we all want immediate results. But poker doesn't work that way unfortunately. 

This game will try to break you again and again and again. There will be times when it seems like you will never win again. Most people end up cracking under the pressure.

And I am sorry to tell you, but this doesn't magically go away one day. It happens to pros all the time too. You simply have to trust in the process and keep making the same high quality decisions every day at the poker tables. 

This is how winning is done.

Always remember why you started playing this game in the first place. It was because it was fun and exciting!

When you always keep that front and center in your mind you will realize that all the beats and coolers are really small stuff at the end of the day.

You get to play a card game and make money at it. It really doesn't get much better than that. 


Final Thoughts


If I had to start poker all over again in 2018 there are quite a few things I would do different.  

In some ways it is actually easier to get started today because of the vast amount of educational resources out there to help you improve quickly. Even just blogs like one simply didn't exist 15 years ago. 

And speaking of that. This website of mine is one of the best ways to learn how to beat the micro stakes in 2018. I publish new articles on how to crush the lower limits every single week. 

Make sure you are signed up to my free newsletter (you also get my free book with this), and you will never miss a thing!


What would you do differently if you were starting poker all over again today? Let me know, comment below.

Starting Poker Again in 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

6 Ways to Stop Tilting (That Actually Work)

How to stop tilting poker
Your mind is your greatest weapon at the poker tables. But sometimes your emotions can get the better of you in this game and cause you to tilt, play badly and ultimately lose money.

If this happens to you frequently, don't worry because it happens to everybody sometimes, even pros.

In fact, in my 10+ years experience playing and teaching at the lower stakes tilt is easily the number one destroyer of bankrolls and dreams in this game, especially for newer poker players.

So in this article I am going to provide you with the top 6 poker anti-tilt techniques that I have used in my career as a poker pro.

They have no doubt helped me save tens of thousands of dollars over the years at the poker tables. Hopefully they will help you out too!


1. It's OK to Quit (Really)


The first and most important lesson that I needed to learn in order to stop tilting in poker was that it is ok to quit. We live in a society where we are often told stuff like "quitters never win" and so on.

True in some cases, but not so true in poker. Learning how to quit is actually a skill that you need to master in order to succeed at poker.

There will simply be days in this game (I call them "hell days") where there is absolutely nothing on earth that you can do to win.

You are going to lose every single flip, miss every single draw and get setup again and again (i.e. KK vs AA or flush over flush). At the same time, they will hit every card they need and crush you in every way possible.

There is no point in continuing to bang your head against the wall during days like this. Don't even bother trying to understand it either because believe me, you won't.

On days like this the best thing that you can do is just physically remove yourself from the table and go do something completely different.

Always remember that your results in a single poker session literally mean absolutely nothing. Turn off the computer or leave the casino and come back the next day with a clear mind.

You can instantly skyrocket your long term poker results by learning how to quit when nothing is going your way instead of stubbornly trying to win it back while in a poor mental state like most people do.


2. Making Sense of the Beats


Not many days are like that though. Hell days at the poker table are rare. Most days when the cards aren't falling your way, it is much more minor. In other words you can play through it.

So one technique that I have long used to understand the endless amount of bad beats that you will endure in this game is to always remind myself of the math.

This helps me make sense of the situation in a logical way. This is because the one thing you can't do in poker is fight the math and expect to win in the long run.

So for instance say I have AA, they call the whole way with their bottom pair, and nail their trips on the river.

Well I can easily put this hand into the equity calculator in PokerTracker for example and see that I was a huge favorite to win at every step of the way.

How to stop tilting in poker
Flop equity AA vs bottom pair

How to stop getting angry in poker
Things are looking even worse for them by the turn!

So what if they managed to hit their lucky card on the river this time.

Cool story bro. But if we run this same scenario 10 times, 100 times or 1000 times their entire bankroll is gonna be mine. Now that's an even cooler story!

You can't fight math.


3. Congratulate Them


Something else you can do to help lessen your tilt after a bad beat is to congratulate them on their excellent (terrible) play. The mistake that most people make here though is that they say it in a sarcastic or passive aggressive way.

The next time some goofball calls you the whole way with bottom pair and spikes his trips on the river say "nice hand" to them without any kind of ill-will at all.

Or just say it inwardly to yourself, you don't actually have to actually say it out loud or type it in the chat.

The point here is to be thankful instead that there are people like this in your game. You should just see dollar signs every time they make bad plays like this. Because this alerts you that you are playing in a profitable game.

Look, don't berate your best customers. Thank them for being such loyal donators to your cause. And invite them to keep coming back again and again to make more contributions.


4. Take a Mini-Break


I mostly play online poker but you can use this technique in live games also. Phil Hellmuth is arguably the most famous for using this strategy as well.

And this is the idea of taking what I call "mini-breaks."

What this means is that after a particularly bad stretch of hands I will sit out on all of my tables at once and go take a 5 or 10 minute break to compose myself and replay a few of the hands in my head.

I will also do a bit of deep breathing or meditation to calm my mind and try to ascertain if I am still fit to be playing or if I should just quit for the day.

Don't feel like you need to be forced to sit in your chair and grind it out if you are feeling tilted. But instead of quitting completely try just taking a quick break to compose yourself.

This is one of the main benefits of cash games which is why I prefer them over tournaments. You can sit out without having to pay the blinds or just simply leave altogether whenever you want.

Make sure that you take advantage of this flexibility!


5. Learn to Laugh


This anti-tilt technique is arguably the most important of all. And that is to simply learn how to laugh off this silly game more often.

You see, over the course of your poker career you are going to take countless numbers of bad beats, setups and nasty river cards.

This means that you are going to need to find a lighter approach to this game or it is probably going to wind up being a very miserable experience for you.

Another thing to always remember is that the money doesn't really matter. Most people who read this blog are playing at stakes online for like $2, $5 or $10.

Is it really worth it to get all worked up over the price of a cup of coffee or a movie ticket at worst?

We get to make money playing this silly little card game in the comfort of our own home or in a coffee shop or even at the beach. Sometimes the donks are going to hit their lucky card.

Fish gotta win sometimes too!

Learn to laugh it off and see the humour in this game a little bit more often. The bad beats, the setups and the two outers will always be a part of this game as long as you play it.

The sooner you can learn to separate your emotions from them and take a more light hearted approach to poker, the better your results will be.


6. The Secret Weapon


Alright this last one is actually my secret weapon and that is why I don't talk about it very often.

It is the #1 reason why I am able to stay sane (most of the time) at the poker tables while many of my opponents tilt away all their profits to me.

And this is a fitness lifestyle.

How to stop tilting poker
                          The place where all my tilt melts away

And what's more is that I know that this is not just me. I live in Thailand where there are countless online poker pros just like me from places like America, Canada, the UK, Germany and so on.

I can't tell you how many times I have met them in the gym!

And that is because we all understand the profound mental benefits of regular exercise and strength training. It reduces your stress levels, allows you to sleep better, makes you feel more confident and on and on.

These are all vitally important when playing a game that can be highly stressful at times like poker. And of course this is not even to mention all of the incredible health benefits that come along with regular exercise as well.

Furthermore, all it takes is a couple hours a week, everybody has time for that. You don't need to be one of those guys who spends 3 hours every day in the gym.

I really can't stress it enough. If you take poker seriously, then this is the best thing that you can possibly do for your tilt control.

Heck, forget poker, just do it for you. Don't accept average. Be the best version of YOU!


Final Thoughts


Learning how to stop tilting in poker is a huge problem for many people. And it really is a shame when you think about it because many of them are solid players and they allow their emotions to ruin their results.

Look, I am not perfect. No poker player is. I still tilt sometimes even though I have played millions and millions of hands and made a lot of money playing this game.

But at a certain point you do have to find some ways to tame the tilt monster if you want to survive over the long run in this game. Because quite frankly, the beats, the coolers and the suckouts are never going to end.

Therefore, it is up to you to simply learn how to react to them better. Hopefully some of the anti-tilt tips in this article will help you out in your own games.

And be sure to pick up a copy of my free poker ebook "Massive Profit at the Micros" for my entire poker strategy.

How did you learn to stop tilting? Let me know in the comments below.

How to stop tilting poker

Monday, March 19, 2018

16 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Get Better at Poker in 2018

How to Get Better at Poker in 2018
People ask me all the time how they can get better at poker. And it really isn't that difficult in 2018 because there are more free tools and resources than ever to get you started.

There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to start turning at least a small profit this year at the lower stakes online or in your live cash games or tournies.

So in this article I am going to break down my top 16 simple yet effective strategies to get better at poker in 2018.


1. Decide to Start


The first and most important part of getting better at poker is simply just deciding that you are going to start making this a priority in your life. Because the truth is that improving your poker game is not something that is going to happen overnight.

Much like starting a new business you shouldn't expect to start seeing any significant profits for several months at the very least. You need to look at this as a long term investment instead.

So you need to get yourself a consistent playing schedule. Even if that means only a couple nights a week after work, you should know exactly when you are playing poker and it should be the same times every week.

You should also delegate at least an hour or two a week to off the table studying as well. I will get into how to do that more below.


2. Know Your Limits


The next thing that you need to do in order to get better at poker is get consistent with the limits and the games that you play.

If you currently like to jump around playing cash games one week, tournies the next and playing for $5 one week and $100 the next, you need to stop this. It is much better in poker to be a master of one specific game than a jack of all trades.

I would suggest starting at the lowest possible limits (remember there is no rush to the top) and to slowly build your way up as your bankroll grows.

In cash games online this usually means the $2 games (1/c 2c blinds). And in tournies this means tournaments with a $1-$5 buyin.


3. Get the Right Funds


Your bankroll (the funds that you have to play poker) is like the capital that you have in your business. You wouldn't start a new business with $10 would you? So why would you start your poker career with that?

It is incredibly important to exercise proper bankroll management for the games that you are playing in. This means that you should have at least 30 buyins for any cash game (100 buyins for tournaments).

I didn't just make these numbers up by the way.

There are clear mathematical reasons for why this is the case. Without getting too nerdy here it basically reduces your risk of ruin to a manageable level.

So if you decide to play in the $5 cash games for instance (2c/5c blinds), then you should have at least $150 in your bankroll.

The bottom line is if you take poker seriously, then you need to get serious about having a proper bankroll as well.


4. Get a Poker System


What do I mean by a poker "system?" I mean a simple strategy such as TAG (tight and aggressive) that will work well against most opponents in low stakes games.

More specifically this means that you know exactly:

  • What hands to play from each position
  • When to re-raise
  • How much to bet on the flop, turn and river
  • When to bluff

And so on.

This is the kind of stuff that you should never even have to think about. In other words, these decisions should all be automatic for you.

Now there are tons of great free resources out there for this from starting hand sheets to beginner level courses and videos.

I always just recommend my free poker ebook for this though. It lays out the entire system for you to start winning quickly at the lower limits.


5. Get Accountable


One of the most important things that helped me early on in my poker career was what you are looking at right now, this website.

If you go back through the ancient history of this blog you will find meticulous notes on my goals for the month and year, how many hands I played each day and so on.

I also developed a small amount of readers who I felt accountable to. When you know that you will not only let yourself down, but others as well, this gives you more reasons to succeed.

Start a free blog today on Blogger or Wordpress and just start writing down your goals and tracking your progress.

If you want to get more serious with your website, have a custom name, and gain followers even quicker, then you can get a cheap hosting package for as little as $3 a month.


6. Get a Poker Network


Another thing that helped me get better at poker was developing a network of poker friends. And having some sort of blog or way to be found online was a big help in creating that network.

When you surround yourself with other people who have similar goals you can build each other up and support each other during the tough times (which absolutely will happen in poker).

You can even start your own private Facebook group and discuss hands regularly with each other. Every poker pro I know relies on a small group of friends for support and encouragement.


7. Know Your Odds


Much like having an automatic poker system in place you should also know your basic poker odds without even having to think about it.

And please understand that perfection is not the goal here. In other words you don't need to know that the odds of making your draw are exactly 34.17% or whatever.

Somewhere around "1 in 3" is just fine.


Here are a few common odds that you should know:
  • Odds of making your flush draw with two cards to come - 1 in 3
  • Odds of making your flush draw with one card to come - 1 in 5
  • Odds of making your straight draw - roughly the same as a flush, just slightly less
  • Odds of making your gutshot straight draw with two cards to come - 1 in 6
  • Odds of making your gutshot straight draw with one card to come - 1 in 12
  • Stack odds needed to set mine preflop - 15 to 1
  • Odds of flopping your set on the flop - 8.5 to 1

These are some of the most important ones in my opinion. You should memorize them all.

For a full listing of all the poker hand odds I often refer to this list by Pokerology.

how to get better at poker in 2018

They do a great job in that article of showing you how to count your outs as well.

Print this out, stick it on your wall. Do whatever it takes so that this kinda stuff is ingrained in your mind.

You never want to have to waste time thinking about your odds of hitting your flush draw for instance in the heat of the moment. Make sure you already know this kinda stuff by memory!


8. Know Your Poker Math


Another basic but often neglected way to improve your poker game is to know the basic math. And once again, this is really easy to do once you get the hang of it.

The most important thing to know is how to calculate your pot odds. Now I have already written an in-depth article about poker math before.


But the basics are this (two step process):

Step #1 - Take the current pot size and add the bet you are facing to it.

Step #2 - Then divide this number by the current bet you are facing.


Example:

The pot is $4 and your opponent bets $2.

4 + 2 = 6

6 / 2 = 3

Your pot odds are 3 to 1.


The reason why this number is important is because you can then compare it to your poker hand odds (as we just discussed), to determine whether you should call or fold.


9. Watch Poker Videos


One of the best ways to get better at poker is just to watch somebody else do it. Youtube and Twitch are probably the two best places to watch pros and amateurs alike play for free.

I actually have my own Youtube channel. No updates for quite awhile but I promise I will start making some videos again soon!

In the meantime here are some other great Youtube and Twitch channels/streams that I personally use to learn from all the time.


10. Study Poker Courses


Video based poker instruction is getting better and better these days though and so if you really want to dive even deeper and learn from the very best, then poker courses are one of the best investments you can possibly make.

They almost always come with a price of course though. Most of the best poker courses these days are coming from Upswing Poker in my opinion.

I highly recommend their Poker Lab for example. In fact I recently reviewed it right here.

I also recommend their Elite Cash Game Mastery course although this is only for extremely serious and advanced poker players. I also reviewed that right here.

Lastly, I myself will be coming out with a comprehensive course for the lower stakes games later this year so look out for that!


11. Poker Forums


Poker forums are a good free way to learn and get better at poker. You can post your own hands and get feedback from others.

One drawback to poker forums though is that anyone can post on them. This means that sometimes you will get bad advice and they also tend to attract negativity/trolls.

However, overall I think there is still a lot more to be gained by participating in forums than the drawbacks.


Here are a couple of the top poker forums in 2018:
  • CardsChat - Beginner friendly, good community. I personally post there quite frequently.
  • 2+2 - More advanced poker discussion but has problems with negativity/trolls.
  • LiquidPoker - A long-time personal favorite of mine. High level discussion, lot's of pros.


12. Join a Poker Community


Everybody has a Facebook account these days right? So why not a poker version of this?

Well, there actually is one and I post on it all the time. It is called Tiltbook.

Tiltbook is a great way to network with other poker players and pros and create that friend group that I talked about above.

And don't worry, the discussion on Tiltbook is strictly poker. So you don't need to worry about any political rants, stupid cat videos or ugly baby pics!

You can follow me on Tiltbook right here.


13. Study Poker Books


Poker books are still a great way to get better at poker in 2018 especially for newer players or those struggling at the micros. I have written 3 of them myself so obviously I would recommend those first.

My first book in particular, Crushing the Microstakes, has been been called "the bible of micro stakes poker" and it has helped thousands of people turn their results around now.

However, there are tons of other great titles out there these days as well.

Just hop on Amazon and search for poker books. Make sure they were written in the last 5-10 years though. Don't read ancient books from the 80's or 90's before online poker even existed.


14. Hire a Coach


Arguably the very best way to get better at poker in 2018 is to just hire a coach. Now of course this isn't going to be free and you need to make sure that you hire the right one.

But there is nothing more beneficial for your game than having a poker pro review your hands and strategy and make custom suggestions just for you.

Now people ask me about coaching all the time and I am sorry but I do not coach anymore. I simply do not have the time between playing poker, writing this blog and all the traveling I do.


15. Study Your Own Hands


If you can't afford to hire a coach right now then one of the best ways to improve your poker game is just to study your own hands and fix your leaks.

This is why I am such a big proponent of using a software tool like PokerTracker.

Most people think that the main purpose of these programs is for the HUD. Nothing could actually be further from the truth!

I have spent countless hours in PokerTracker over the years studying my own hands and my opponents to create the strategies that I use to beat these games.

I also run filters to find out exactly where I am losing money and how to fix that. I recently wrote a big long article showing you exactly how to do this.


16. Always Remember Your "Why"


The last strategy that I have for you to get better at poker in 2018 is to always remember your "why."

You probably started playing this game for fun am I right? That is why you were first drawn to poker. Well, this is the way that it always should be as well.

Most poker pros who I know who grind day in and day out do it because they truly love to get up each day and play some cards. 

It is when poker starts to get too serious that you start to lose that energy and desire to get better or to even play the game. 

It is also simply a proven fact that people are more motivated to learn and improve when they truly enjoy what they do.

So for me personally when the grind of cash games starts to get to me I play something totally different like tournaments or even a different format altogether like pot limit omaha.

I also write about poker all the time on this blog and elsewhere and enjoy helping others achieve their goals and get better.

All of this ensures that poker always remains fun and interesting for me. And that in turn keeps me hungry to learn more and improve both on and off the tables.


Final Thoughts


Learning how to get better at poker in 2018 really doesn't need to be that difficult. There are arguably more ways to improve your game than ever these days and many of them are completely free.

Firstly, it is important to develop a "system" of play (or baseline strategy) as well as pick the right games to play in and have a proper bankroll.

From there you can further your development by watching poker videos, streams, studying poker courses, books or even hiring a coach.

You should also develop a strong poker network of friends to help yourself get better at the game and motivate each other during the tough times. Creating your own blog or joining a poker community like Tiltbook are a few great ways to go about that.

Lastly, make sure that you always remember your "why" in poker. Don't ever take this game too seriously and you will always remain motivated to play more and improve your game.

Let me know in the comments below what you think are the best ways to get better at poker in 2018.

How to Get Better at Poker in 2018