August 29, 2011
For some time now my progress has proceeded in fits and starts. Every now and again I have a small epiphany, think I'm really getting it, my game seems to click for a while and things go well. Then everything starts to go wrong and I put it down to tilt. However I suddenly started to think last night: What if I really just don't know almost nothing about how to play good poker? What if I'm a total fish and I'm missing the fact because I'm swimming in this sea of variance and having the illusion of good and bad times, which are really just the natural tides in the flow of randomness all around me? What, in other words, if my personal poker ship is constructed entirely of leaks?
I've decided to embrace this new sense of beginner's mind and start to break my game down into lots of individual situations and work on each of them in two ways. Firstly, empirically by leakbusting my database and looking at what my results are like in different spots compared with how others play in those same situations (and reviewing lots and lots of hands), and secondly theoretically, by modelling different spots and seeing what I can learn. It should be an interesting exercise. Already it's been enlightening to see how badly I play in certain specific spots. I'm aiming to fix them and fill in my poker knowledge one spot at a time.
Hopefully the upshot of this will be a poker ship that makes sense as a coherent game rather than one which is just cobbled together by patching more and more leaks.