There’s a principle to poker every single pro lives by:
Winning or losing the pot does NOT determine your long-term winrate.
It might feel good or bad in the short-term but, ultimately, it’s about as useful of a metric as a screen door is on a submarine.
This is why chip porn on social media makes me throw up in my mouth a little. One session means nothing you cotton-headed ninny muggins!
So if your goal isn’t to blindly win pots, what is it? I’m glad you asked!
Your goal is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, (did I mentioned… ALWAYS!) to make the best decision you can with the information at your disposal.
You then stack one great decision on top of another great decision and eventually you find yourself with all the gold.
Think about it: If you play poker long enough, every single situation you encounter is going to be reversed.
You’ll get KK vs. AA just as much as you’ll get AA vs. KK (Except you’ll think the worse one happens more frequently because you’re hardwired that way), you’ll get set over set as often to the good as you get it to the bad, and you’ll flush over flush someone else as often as they do the same to you.
It’s how you RESPOND to these situations that are going to make or break your poker career.
For instance, I’ve personally folded KK preflop four times in my career and every single time I was shown AA.
On the flip side, no one has ever folded KK face-up against me (They could have folded it face down but that feels unlikely).
So in this one scenario, over the long-haul, I’m making money vs. my opponents.
Now imagine every single time you…
Respond to a three-bet
Call/fold/raise vs. a flop continuation bet
Hero fold river
Bluff shove river
Call down light
…gets graded in the same way as my KK vs. AA example.
If you’re regularly making exploitative decisions (even if they’re folds) your opponent’s aren’t capable of making, the side effect is a beautiful little graph and a profitable use of your time.
And if you’re regularly making worse decisions than your opponents? Well, that’s a good way to keep going busto.
If you’d like to gain clarity on the decisions you’re regularly making to see if they can be upgraded, go ahead and schedule a free 30 minute consult to see if you’d be a good fit for some private 1-1 coaching.
Here’s your link: https://chasingpokergreatness.com/scheduling
Talk to you tomorrow,