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It’s All About Basics

There is no trick to the game

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 11, 2009


A young player approached me recently. A single man in his 20s, he’d been struggling and was looking for advice that would help him to step up his game for the World Series of Poker, which is starting in Vegas soon. Like so many people who come to me, he was looking for some trick that would turn him into a big winner. I told him that there is no trick. Poker is like any other career. Learning your trade and continuing to study are important. Hard work is important. Consistency is important. Here are some suggestions: 1. Make a goal of what you want to accomplish. Be realistic. If you’re a break-even $2-$5 no-limit hold’em player and want to be able to play winning $5-$10 in one year, commit yourself to that goal. Take one step at a time and don’t be in a big rush. If you have ...

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