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Building Your Support Network

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Apr 02, 2014

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My previous column said that serious players need a support network to provide intellectual and emotional help. Building a network is conceptually simple: First, decide which kinds of help you need; second, develop good relationships with people who can provide it. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to perform those tasks well. Which Kinds of Help Do You Need? You can’t answer this question without carefully identifying your leaks. Unfortunately, virtually everyone overestimates their abilities. In most competitions, more than two-thirds of the participants think they’re above average, a statistical impossibility. Poker players are especially likely to overestimate themselves because: • Many players lie to themselves and others about their results. In fact, if you don’t keep detailed, accurate records, you will probably lie, deliberately or accidentally. You’ll forget to record all the chips you bought, or you won’t remember some losses. • There is no accurate evaluation system as there is ...


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