Learning From The Pros
Professional Poker – Learning Poker Strategy from the Pros
Want to improve your game and play better poker? Try learning from the poker pros.
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As with any competitive sport, you can gain deep insights and improve your game by learning from the pros. No matter what level of poker player you are, it's pretty certain that there is someone out there who is better than you, and no matter what point in your poker career you are at, you can always learn something new.
In fact, if you are serious about the game, you should take every opportunity that presents itself to you to become better educated in the psychology and strategy of good poker playing.
So, you've decided you want to try learning from the pros. How do you go about it?
Learning from the pros doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. It's true that personal tutoring is a fantastic way to learn about any subject, including poker, but we now live in the age of the Internet - there is much to be learned from Google.
You see, many professional poker players, in an effort to build up their profiles, have begun keeping blogs. In order to build their blog readerships, they will tend to give out handy tips and observation about playing poker.
You can learn a lot simply by following the blogs of some of your favourite international poker professionals.
Another source of writing that you can investigate is the fact that many professional poker players right regular columns for magazines on the subject of poker strategy. The point is, if you're prepared to do a little digging, you'll find the huge wealth of professional quality advice available on the Internet.
And if you don't mind spending a few dollars, why not buy a poker strategy guide by one of your heroes?
Another great way of learning from the pros is to watch them in action. Depending on where you live, there is quite likely a satellite or cable channel on your television that is dedicated to poker.
Watching poker on television is a fantastic way to learn because it gives you a perspective on a game that you can gain it no other way. You get to see both player's hole cards right at the beginning of the hand and you can watch how they play those cards.
You also get to watch how they watch each other, and see how they speak to each other, which is all valuable insight when it comes to understanding how their individual strategies work.
When it comes to online poker, another method of learning from the pros is to hang on the rail. Many of the top online poker sites will allow paying members to observe poker games in action. Now, sites that offer high stakes games will often attract the best online poker players in the world.
For instance, most of the players that you will see at the final table of the World Series of Poker are regulars in the online poker world. This way you get to see the game as it happens, in real time, not edited for television, which is even more useful.