Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Do your homework

Ryan (of Micks Poker Pages up in Misawa) made a couple of comments to my last post with suggestions for improving.

I have to admit, my first reaction was a defensive one. Get PokerTracker and use it to find my leaks and plug them? Oh yeah, like I had not thought of that before!

The nagging feeling that followed was the admission to myself that although I am using PT for tracking and categorizing other players, I haven't been using it at all regularly to review my own play and look for problems.

So tonight after work instead of firing up some actual poker, I just sat down with PT and went through a bunch of hands from my most recent limit holdem sessions. You can probably guess what I found. At one point C stuck her head through the door to my computer room and asked, "Are you all right? What was that noise?"

The noise was a incredulous "huugh?!" from me as I watched a replay of me making a lousy, lousy call to a turn raise where I had no odds to continue, and should have known better. I know better, right? Maybe not.

I went through a slew of hands and found similar mistakes. "Well, yeah," I told myself, "but cut me some slack, I was four-tabling to try to finish up that Party bonus at the time!"

I could slap myself when I tell myself stupid shit like that.

Anyhow, time to suck it up, eat my humble pie, do my homework and review my play after every session.

Thanks Ryan.


Falstaff said...

Painful but necessary. I find PT to be valuable in plugging the many leaks in my sieve-like game.

Look forward to meeting you next week!

James said...

Hey, Falstaff! You actually read my crap? I better write something worth it, then...

It's finally starting to sink in that I'm headed to Vegas a week from today. To meet up with one or two hundred people I have never met. This is going to be a blast.

If I can form the PT review habit and stick with it, it should really help. I am finding that I seem to be doing less obviously stupid shit while playing because I know that two hours or a day later I'm going to have to look at that play and justify to myself, "What the hell was I thinking?"

It's also quite affirming to go back and play along again and see the good decisions that I do make. I see an opponent's action, and I can stop, look at the pot odds, fully consider what the best play should be, then hit the forward arrow. If that's what I actually did, it feels pretty nice.

See you in Vegas, man!