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Old Nov 28, 2006, 4:15pm   #1
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Default Easy Exercises to Stretch Poker Muscle

I have found myself in the habit of doing some simple poker exercises when I feel the need to get off of a losing track, to remove myself from a negative mindset, or to refocus if I am starting to get a bit tilty. I thought I would share, and see if anyone else out there had some they would like to share as well.

One of my favorite poker exercises, and easiest to do, is to open notepad, then rail at a table at either UB or PokerStars. Reason I rail there is because they have the handiest hand history notes. I then review the history and watch the bets flow. In notepad, I put in what I think the bettors have for hole cards. As the session progresses and I see showdowns, I cut and paste the history if I was right, and why I thought they had what they did. Astonishingly, this exercise not only sharpens my poker skill, it serves multiple purposes beyond that. I make notes on players I might see later, I force myself into a mindset where I know this is what I should be doing in between playable hands and I learn alot about myself. Good for the discipline.

Another favorite exercise for me is to sit at multiple tables, say maybe 5, and without the benefit of hand history, notepad, or any other external devices I try and label players using my own classification system, just like Helmuth and his zoo (lions and eagles and mice oh my!). I then try and very quickly pick who is ahead in hands, and guess what in general they are betting and why. I found it helpful to anchor to the bottom player on the screen and pretend his/her cards were mine so that I had a focal point in each point of each hand at each table. I rarely make notes when I am doing this unless something really stands out. I am after the "fast fast fast" thinking here and want to try and track across as many tables as possible and form impressions of as many players as possible.

The most common exercise for me is to come to this website and just randomly start reading the strategy guides and watching videos. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I go through, I never come away empty handed when I come back to read again. The information hasnt changed at all, how I percieve and apply that information has. So as a third exercise - go back and read something you read before, and see how you think about it now!
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