There’s something important I wanna talk about today: The Spotlight.
I was speeding north on highway 75 a couple of days ago jamming out to TLC when I realized I was going about 90. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw there was a brand new BMW on my bumper.
So I put my blinker on, changed lanes, turned down “No Scrubs”, and slowed down to about 77.
I expected the beamer to whiz right by me but, as soon as I changed lanes, they slowed way down, too.
They were all too happy to break the rules when I was their fall guy, but as soon they were in the spotlight they had a change of heart.
Doesn’t a similar thing happen all the time in poker?
Armchair wizards tweet with reckless abandon about how easy a fold was on High Stakes Poker or get all chirpy criticizing a player for not pulling the trigger on a massive bluff…
“I can’t believe you called there! That was the worst play I’ve ever seen! OMG you’re awful!”
Blah blah blah blah blah.
Dunking on people’s easy (Metaphorically speaking for those of us who are vertically challenged) when there’s no chance the ball’s gonna stuffed down your throat.
But if you wanna do big things in the poker world, you can’t just sit on the sidelines.
You’ve gotta get comfortable in the pressure cooker when you’re under the scorching hot rays of the spotlight.
As the quote goes, “It’s not enough to know how to play well. You’ve got to play well, too.”
There are two actionable steps you can take that will help you to perform lights-out when you’re in the arena:
1) Show Up to Poker Power Hour (PPH) on Wednesday Nights & Put Yourself at Risk
Turn your video on, speak up, and share a hand you felt lost or confused in. Put yourself at the mercy of the crowd.
You gotta get used to being in the spotlight and this is a super low-risk way to take a step in the right direction.
The link to join PPH is dropped in Greatness Village every Wednesday night at around 6:50 pm EST.
(There are actually two PPH’s now – Early PPH for folks to share higher stakes hands followed directly by Regular PPH for folks to share lower stakes hands.
All players are more than welcome in both meetings.)
2) You’ve Gotta Be Confident You’re Making the Right Play
It doesn’t matter how comfortable you are in intense situations if you’re groping around in the dark hoping to stumble on the right strategy for the spot you’re in.
This is where courses like Preflop Bootcamp & Fish in a Barrel come into play.
You get to invest focused time and energy into learning the exact tools needed for a specific job.
If you take both of these steps regularly (Making yourself uncomfortable & learning)…
You’ll not only know how to play well…
You’ll actually play well, too.
Fish in a Barrel fires up this Saturday at 2 pm EST. If you’d like to learn how-to cbet perfectly vs. fish, here’s your link:
Talk to you tomorrow,