May 11, 2009
I think Iâ€™ve made a tremendous amount of progress over the past week pretty much studying the game all day long, because I have nothing else to do since Iâ€™m waiting for DC to get me tracked on Unibet.
My progress pretty much evolves around my postflop skills. And I want to go over two conecpts, which Iâ€™ve learned by watching alot of videos on DC and taking notes. I think those concepts are probably the most important things for developing from an autopiloting micro-stakes game player or somewhat ok small-stakes player (but no idea what heâ€™s doing post flop), to a good thinking player having the potential to steadily improve and move up.
Those two concepts are called â€œIsolation Advantageâ€ and â€œThinking Outside the Boxâ€:
The term Isolation Advantage includes the strategy to target certain players you have an edge over.
This edge is basically divided into 3 parts:
You obviously want to keep your advantage over other players as large as possible. Meaning if we have a player on our table, which is a total fish, we obviously have a huge skill advantage over this type of player. But this gives us also the freedom to give up some of our card or positional advantage, because we basically have better post-flop skills than this player and can outplay him. So we can confidently open up our game and play more loosely against him.
If we would be up against a decent player, which has somewhat of an idea how to play postflop, our skill advantage isnâ€™t as big anymore and we have to rely more on positional and sometimes card advantage. So we have to play tighter against this opponent. So you always have to ask yourself â€œWhat is my edge?â€
Which leads me to the next concept thinking outside the box:
The reason why beginners are taught a playing style, which is very tight and follows specific rules based on player generalisations is basically because beginners donâ€™t have a fucking clue what to do post flop and they donâ€™t have alot of skill advantage over the other bad players. This is thinking inside the box. The problem with this sometimes is that players think those specific rules they were given at the beginning are the ultimate and optimal ways how to beat the game. Itâ€™s not. The beauty about poker is there is no optimal strategy, but there are several ways how to exploit your opponents and they all work, which leads me to the beauty of thinking outside the box. This is where you can take any action you want, IF you have a good reason for it!
As soon as you keep on studying the game your skill advantage increases, which gives you the opportunity to take your first steps outside this box you were put into and develop your own style. Through this you can apply so much more creativity to your game and literally let your mind from the leash. THIS is what poker makes so damn interesting. The more skill you have and the higher you move up in stakes the more it becomes a mental game.