The burgeoning poker industry is replete with books, videos, and software designed to improve players’ games. The experts at Advanced Poker Training (APT) know that sorting through the options can be a daunting task. The focus is generally on what to do to get better, however, little attention is paid to what material you should avoid.
At best, ineffective or poor training can be a waste of time; at worst, it may even damage a player’s performance. There are three key “training” traps many evolving players fall into.
Vince Lombardi summarized it perfectly: Practice Makes Permanent. Have a hitch in your golf swing? The surest way to keep it is to play dozens of rounds without properly fixing it. Your poker game will not magically improve if you play thousands of hands using the same flawed approach. If your results are poor, take a step back, analyze what’s wrong, and improve the most problematic areas before ramping up your playing frequency.
- Reading Too Many Poker Books
Nothing is wrong with reading to gain insight and technical instruction. But most people read poker books like novels, straight through, without a pen and notebook in hand or a plan for applying the learning. Insight without practice has limited value; you don’t learn to play the violin by reading. If you do read a poker book, go slow, take notes, and test out techniques before moving to the next chapter.
- Watching Instructional Videos Ill-suited To One’s Current Game
Many training videos focus too much on advanced concepts that are more applicable to higher levels of poker competition. Most players are not in games where opponents are playing Game Theory Optimal (GTO) poker. Trying to enact complicated strategies on day one leaves you lacking in straightforward techniques that would be more profitable.
APT provides various tools to navigate around these traps. The Advanced Poker Training game simulator allows you to configure specific hands, situations, and opponents to allow for practice of specific skills. Set up a cash or tournament game that mirrors the structures and competition levels you typically play. The ability to play 500 hands an hour allows you replicate hours of live play with greater intention and efficiency.
APT ‘s Combat Trainer pre-configures some of poker’s tricky situations (e.g. playing draws out-of-position) for easy practice. In addition, pros like Alex Fitzgerald, David Williams, and many others lend their expertise to over 30 Beat the Pro Challenges covering a wide array of hand types in both cash and tournament situations.
Go to Advanced Poker Training today and replace the passivity in your poker training with active, focused, and purposeful practice.