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Working With Your Support Network

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Apr 30, 2014


My previous two columns said that serious players need a support network and recommended ways to build one. After building it, these tips will increase its value. Give First; Ask Second Poker is a predatory game: We want to take each other’s money, and the strong eat the weak. So players naturally suspect that their advice will be used against them. Reduce their suspicions by giving help before requesting it. The more you give, the more you’ll get. First, other people will become more willing to help you. Second, helping them indirectly helps you. Analyzing their play teaches you about your own play. Helping them to cope with their emotions, teaches you how to cope with yours. Meet Frequently. The more often you meet, the more you’ll gain. My poker buddies and I have had thousands of meetings. Sometimes we have an agenda; sometimes we just have coffee or lunch. ...

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