How to Move Your Poker Game Forward

Guest Post by Adriana Teixeira, February 19, 2014

Hello my poker friends!

I've been playing a mix of Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and No Limit Texas Hold'em at multi-table tournaments and it has been a rollercoaster. As I have said before, when you're playing like this you have to deal with huge variance because the games have their ups and downs. You can start a session with a strong feeling of confidence and full of expectations and end up losing something like 30 buy-ins.


The Poker Game by Charles M Russell
"The Poker Game," oil on panel, by the American artist Charles M. Russell

The good thing is the feeling I get when I'm studying my game at Hold'em Manager, SitNGo Wizard and Nash and I look at what I have done. I feel confident about my game because I'm hitting my opponents' ranges, and making some good pushes and calls. Even if it doesn't feel that way when I see myself stuck in many games, I think that in a long run it will all make sense.

I'm talking a bit about myself but you probably feel this way yourself many times. Lately, after reading the book "The Poker Mindset", I can already see the changes. If you're feeling, like me, that you're stuck, just keep playing and reviewing your game; keep reading good poker books; and keep watching poker videos. I'm sure you will get there.

At the moment I'm reading a very good poker book and I recommend it to you. It's called "Winning Poker Tournaments - One Hand at a Time Vol.1" by Eric Lynch, Jon Van Fleet and Jon Turner. There are other books in this series, but I'm still on the first one. It's great to learn how to read your opponent and to think more about how you should play each hand instead of turning on your automatic button and acting on instinct.

I used to play 12 tables simultaneously and now I'm trying to push myself to think, even if it's hard and crazy at the same time. When you play in automatic mode you can lose some good reads. Your game could end up being a bad one.

Don't try to do it all at the same time. Play as you're able to, and how you can, but never forget to try to think as much as you can. Playing a thinking game will balance your profits and help your game.

If you think nothing is helping and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, stop a bit and analyze everything again. There will be a reason you're not playing good poker but if you can't find it, try posting hands in poker forums, for example, to get advice from others. Read more poker books and study the game. Perhaps your downswing is just a bad run and as soon it came along, it will go away. Someday, somehow.

Good luck at the tables and see you around! J



Adriana TeixeiraAdriana Teixeira has been playing poker since 2006. She has Portuguese citizenship but now lives in Brazil, where she was born. She became interested in poker after watching the film “Casino Royale” with her husband, who is also a poker player. She works as teacher and plays poker part time, particularly enjoying playing Omaha Hi/Lo. When she’s not playing poker, Adriana enjoys writing and reading.


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