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Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone — Part II

Changing your poker style

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Oct 02, 2009

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Because I am a poker psychologist, many people have asked me, usually indirectly, “How can I play the way that I like to play, but get better results and move up to bigger games?” My answer, of course, is, “You can’t. If you want to improve your results and move up, you must change your style and do lots of other unpleasant, uncomfortable things.” That is, you have to break out of your comfort zone. My last column generally described a few of the factors that prevent people from breaking out of it: • The risks of experimenting • The costs of making theoretical mistakes • The greater impact of short-term consequences • The obscure relationships between many actions and their effects on your results Now, I’ll get more specific. Let’s say that you are a conservative, winning $4-$8 player, but want to move immediately to $8-$16 and ultimately to ...


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