Five Ways to Improve Your Poker Game in 2015
Poker players should always look to improve their game and now is a great time to start planning for the new year.
Below are five ways you can improve your poker game in 2015.
1) Learn a New Variant of Poker
While Texas Hold'em may be the most popular version of poker in the world, it's not the only game that's profitable.
In recent years millions of players have begun to expand their poker repertoire to include other games and some have found mixed games more profitable than Hold'em.
While some will tell you to learn Pot-Limit Omaha or even Stud, consider some of the more exotic games such as 2-7 Lowball, Badugi or even Open-Face Chinese Poker.
These games have been among the most popular alternative games in recent years but there are many players that do not understand the finer points. These are great games to exploit your edges.
2) Sign Up for a Poker Training Site
If you want to become a winning poker player, you must regularly work on your game.
One of the best ways to do this is through a subscription to a poker training site. We won't tell you which one to sign up for but we will give you some pointers on what to look for.
First, you want a site with a solid history and a variety of coaches. You don't want sites where only a few games are covered or the coaches all have the same background.
Make sure that the coaches have the experience in the games you want covered.
Next, look for sites that are geared towards developing players at all levels and not those that are looking to teach advanced players. This will allow you room to grow and develop your game.
3) Set Goals
In most areas of life the most successful individuals are those that set and work towards a set number of goals.
Whether your goal is to improve your hourly rate, win your first tournament or something grander, set your goals and work towards achieving them.
Prior to 2014 professional Mike Leah set a list of goals that included winning his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring, his first World Series of Poker bracelet and a million dollars in a single tournament.
With work and planning, he actually achieved each of those goals.
Granted, Mike Leah is an experienced professional and arguably had the greatest year of his poker career. You do not have to have such grand goals, but the important concept here is to set and work towards those goals.
4) Find a Mentor
One way to improve in poker is to team up with someone that has more experience than you do and work with him or her on improving your game.
This person can be someone older or even a good friend that has enjoyed more experience.
A poker mentor can help you think critically about your game and introduce new ways of thinking that you hadn't considered. He or she may even help you avoid some pitfalls in the game and the poker lifestyle.
Just about every successful pro has had a mentor in his or her past. It can help you improve your game and may even help your mentor keep his or her skills sharp.
5) Find Balance in Life and Poker
No matter how much you enjoy poker, if you do not balance the game with life you will experience burnout.
Make sure to set aside time to hang out with friends, visit family or just get away from the game.
Keeping a balance in life will actually help you improve your poker game. It gets your mind on something else and provides a chance for you to relax and recharge.
Finding a balance also means you need to take care of yourself physically. This means to cut back on the junk food and find more time for exercise and living a healthier lifestyle.
A healthier lifestyle can lead to increased focus, improved stamina and better decision making.