April 23, 2013
I have a spare 20 minutes so I thought I'd update (Don't worry I only write these every ~6 months).
Just to follow up from my last blog. It looks, well not looks, I have deleted all of my Galfond PLO. I'm gutted cos I really wanted to listen to what he had to say. However, watching Phil play, watching Phil go through HH's at High Stakes, watching PHil sweat a friend etc. I realised this isnt conducive for me to getting down, playing and improving.
The only thing that will enable me to play. Is me. And having the will to do it. (I know that sounds funny but there are issues I have about playing. It's not the money. And I touched upon it in my mentor vid with Josh. It's more along the lines of I wanted to understand EVERY poker video made so that when I played I'd know exactly what to do in every situation. Thus, progressing through the levels at a swift rate with simple ease. The catch 22 situation being, watching live play vids is the equivalent of passive participation in anything. You are taking stuff in, you are learning stuff. It's just not the same as playing. It's not the same skills you learn from actually playing. So unless I play, I'll never get to a level to understand and benefit from the high level vids. Where I was approaching it from the point of view that I wouldnt play until I did. Thus creating a gap, which from my previous mindset I would never have been able to get across).
I suppose that may be a way of thinking about every non-technical aspect of the game. If something doesnt make sense, continue to probe why until theory and practice are in harmony (LOL).
But yeah, in short I'm taking a break from video watching. I have a list of threads and stuff I need to get through in the next couple of weeks. I have the list of computer programs I need to master (as mentioned in a previous blog) though I need to add Poker Ranger to this list.
I'm giving poker a few more months. Then we'll see how it goes after that.
I'm definitely not giving up. I just feel my previous approach was flawed. So I have altered it.