If poker matters to you – if you really want to become a winning player, and not just wish you were – you owe it to yourself to take the steps that matter.
The hours before dawn are bad times for the sleepless. I had played poker too long, so I drove home, turned on the television, and started channel surfing, but all I could find were infomercials and bad prints of old movies – the kind in which the sound is nearly unintelligible and the once-shimmering black-and-white tones have long since faded to mottled gray. The infomercials weren’t much either, but at least they were watchable, and when you can’t sleep, that’s good enough.
Those infomercials all had one thing in common: They promised instant results. Wanna lose 15 unwanted pounds, build abs of steel, get rid of that ugly cellulite? Never mind what the problem might be, each product promised results instantly. If it’s good enough for late-night television, I figure it’s good enough for me. If you want to improve your Hold’em game in a New York minute, here are five ways that will jump-start your game and improve your play.
1 Read the newsgroup: If you don’t have a computer, now is the time to go out and buy one. When you get that box home, connect to the Internet and read the discussions and poker news on the Internet’s rec.gambling.poker (RGP) newsgroup. While you’ll find lots of social chatter and collateral postings, the Internet is the source of some incredibly creative ideas about poker.
These ideas, for the most part, are not circulated outside the newsgroup. It’s not out of secrecy, mind you, it’s just that RGP attracts very bright, creative, and insightful folks who enjoy talking poker. As a result, it’s fertile ground for new ideas and concepts. Ideas are posted, and comments are swiftly fed back to the author. It’s information at warp speed: That’s what the Internet is all about. You can follow the growth and development of ideas as they are molded and shaped by …