Poker a game the player is always learning whilst he or she is playing. You can always take steps to improve your game regardless of the level you play your poker at. Below we will take a brief look at five fast ways anyone can take to improve their poker skills.
The first is simply to play more poker. This is perhaps the fastest and simplest way to get your game up a notch or two. Hours at the table will pay off especially if you pay attention to what you do to win a pot and be aware of the mistakes you made when losing. Be aware of the mistakes you make and try not to make them again. Those shocking plays can make you a better player. If you have the appetite, play as much poker as you can when you can.
Step two might appear somewhat obvious. Read and devour poker strategy books. There are plenty available both on and off line. Just search Amazon books for poker and see how many are shown. One of the most popular is the Harrington On Hold’em series looking at poker tournament play. A well read player can keep abreast of the latest poker developments and theories learn even more about the game and work in to their game the same. Knowledge is power.
The third fast improvement play is to seek out, join and participate in online poker forums. Read the experience of thousands of other poker players of all skills and abilities. Soak it all up. Post your own questions about any issues you have with your own game, describe a hand you played well or poorly and ask other forum members what they would have done in the same position. Discuss poker with other players worldwide, increase your knowledge and apply it next time you play.
Try to vary your game. If you develop a comfort zone you may get stuck at that level and your game stands still as a result. If you play exclusively no limit tournament poker try a limit cash game or limit tournament for something different and to experiment and learn new strategies and techniques. If you do like tournament play have a go at a few turbo or speed poker tournaments. Mix it up a bit to expand your horizons.