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Reviewing Your Session

A useful tool in improving your play

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Jul 13, 2011


One of the more difficult things about poker is figuring out how to improve. Reading books, watching videos, talking to friends, hiring a coach, and similar activities can certainly help, but one of your most useful tools is open-mindedly reviewing your sessions. Asking yourself, “What did I do wrong?” or “How could I have figured that out?” can greatly accelerate your self-improvement. Thinking and planning away from the table is vital to improving your game. While playing, you rarely have the luxury of extended periods of time to work out the best play. If you consider your options later, you will be much better prepared the next time a similar situation happens. Here is a hand I played recently in a Bellagio $40-$80 limit hold’em game. Let’s look at how I played it and then what I worked out later. Background: I had been playing with this cast of characters ...

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