New Poker Year's Resolutions

1. Play more online.

I don't play enough online. It's a great tool to see a lot of hands. It's a great way to play using the math and work on a lot of the skills I need to improve. Forget that it's so frustrating. Sometimes you can make huge folds because players broadcast the strength of their hands live, online not so much. Get over it.


Improve pattern recognition. Work on identifying betting patterns, timing patterns and pick up general online truisms. Develop my instincts similar to my live instincts.

Work on patience when playing online and eliminate distractions. Mute the cell phone and turn of the TV. Half of which I do already, sorry folks who call me and don't get an answer I might be on stars.

Don't register for a tournament I don't have time to complete or to devote my full attention to.

Get poker tracker. Or some sort of program.

Sweat friends more and have them sweat me.

Solicit advice.

Be open to advice.

Accept the swings of MTTs and single tables.

Play multiple cash tables or multiple tournaments. Do not mix cash and tournaments. Limit multi-tabling to four.

2. Play more live.

Negotiate with wife and family to get more live felt time, especially on those juicy days. Maintain balance of quality time with family and poker but treat playing poker as keeping office hours.

Play cash as patiently as I play live tournaments.

Be rigid with buy-ins per session and winnings per session.

Never play with time constraints.

Don't sit in a casino trying to "kill time" and not be there to "kill tables."

Do a better job tracking bets won and lost.

Use small poker notebook.

3. Win an event.

Not a weekly, not a nightly, I've done those. Not a second chance tournament. Win a minimum $300 buy-in tournament. Win another event. Break through. If I get my money in good and lose accept it. Leave my tilts with the session. Don't take them home and don't wake up the next day in one. Only play events when I'm on an even keel.


Set a personal record for cashes in a year.

Pillage more bubbles. Chip up when others are trying to maintain. Don't feel compelled to take out small stacks unless I have a hand.

4. Satellite into two major events.


Play more single-table satellites. Utilize table selection.

5. Coach more people.

I have a very good skill set. I've help a good player have the best run of his life and improve dramatically using tips that I've given him. Seek referrals and use him as a reference.


Poker school is good for everyone... exchange coaching sessions with peers. Discuss more hands asking how folks would play them.

6. Read more.


Read a new poker book a quarter. Get into it. Take notes. Act like I'm in school... okay, that would mean skipping class and flirting with teachers aides, I should say, act like I want my son to act in school. Study, study, study.

Read a nonfiction book a quarter. Focus on books that either stimulate the mind or translate well into people skills for developing empathy at the poker table.

Reread older poker books.

7. Play more Omaha

Start off micro-stakes online. Play some limit at the casinos even if it's half-half limit with 3-6 poker. Read up on Omaha.

8. Play other games.

Stud, Horse, Razz, Hi-Lo... enjoy being a fish again. Pay tuition cheerfully. Improve move onward and upward.

9. Engage new players

Make them feel welcome to poker and encourage them to play more.

10. Accept all the aholes that play this game. I'm probably one of them.


Anonymous said…
Poker Journal is a good app if you have an iPhone...I'm startin to use it for '10. Tracks all your sessions. Just a thought. I think it was $12.

My resolutions just involve insulting people constantly at the table. Really mean shit about their families and religion and political views. I figure it's good for the game.

See ya there, cowardly Catholic!
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