It’S MED Monday today think like a poker player and rewire your brain Everybody studies on Monday, so welcome to the 32nd Minimum Effective Dose Monday episode. So this article today comes to us from one of our favorites Alex Fitzgerald and it’s not from the AmericasCardroom poker blog. This one actually comes to us from D & Bpoker.com.
That’S right, D and B has published plenty of books. I’M sure you know. I’Ve talked about a lot of them. They published Alex Fitzgerald’s most recent book Te Myth of Poker Talent’ and they also published all of Dr Trisha Cardner’s books, like’Peak Poker, Performance’ being the one that I’ve discussed on the podcast before So DandB is going to be publishing Alex’s new book coming up within the Next few months, I’m not exactly sure when it’s gon na be about live poker play well, this article today, actually it’s kind of an excerpt. I guess from his newest strategy series that he’s actually selling right now for $ 80. The series is called how to think.
Like a poker player and it’s five exits, it’s over five hours of really killer training stuff. You can find a link on the show notes page for this. It’S a smart poker study, calm, slash, meed Monday, just go to episode. 32 click on the link right there it’ll take you to the sales page for how to think like a poker player from Alex Fitzgerald.
So what I’m gon na do is I’m gon na read the article for you and then I’m gon na give you the minimum effective dose idea now remember that is the critical concept to take away and apply to your poker game and to your studies. The second thing I’m gon na give you is the minimum effective dose action now. This is the one thing that you can do this week to boost your poker to the next level. So let’s hear some words of wisdom from Alex Fitzgerald how to rewire your poker brain you raise from the button with Queen Jack offsuit. Your opponent calls you from the big blind.
You are both 50 big blinds deep. The board comes nine six deuce rainbow your opponent checks to you. There are six big blinds in the middle.
What do you do? Dee a bet if you bet how much do you bet in this situation? What do you honestly do? What have you done?
The last 50 times you played in this spot, did you say you bet half pot here normally great? Why? Because that’s my normal continuation bet size. That is not a good answer. That’S the same as me asking why you do something and you answering, because I do it that way to be a profitable poker player. You must challenge your belief systems.
You likely said to yourself. I bet half pot there to fold out ace highs and King Kai’s that missed the board great. Does he fold ace highs to a half pot sized bet? I don’t know anything about this player. You might have answered to that question. You don’t know anything about 80 % or more of the players that you play against, yet you still must play against them.
What do you think the field does in that spot? Do they fold ace high two, a half pot sized bet? I can tell you the answer, because I’ve studied billions of poker hands and their statistical breakdowns.
The field is all over the place versus that half pot sized bet in European online poker. You might get a fold because that’s considered a big bet, they’re an American online poker you’ll get a call a high percentage of the time, but there’s a ton of variability from player two player in both of these continents. Now, let’s back up to the half pot bet you made, why did you make that bet? Most people bet half pot because that’s what they always do and it’s a habit habits kill you in No Limit Hold’em the game. Changes constantly, but habits do not. I had problems for years getting poker players to change their bad habits.
No on earth has done more private poker lessons than I have and in those thousands of hours I tried damn near everything to get people to change their plate. I showed them field databases. I showed them flub Zillah hand ranges with statistical, run downs. I made them look at the results of surveys, yet many people stayed with their habits.
It’S hard to change something we do so often, if I told you to brush your teeth a different way. You’D, probably keep forgetting to do it because you’ve rushed your teeth. Your way so many times poker habits are just like that they are engraved.
However, one day I found a way to get people to change on every decision they saw on my simulations. I would ask my students: what is the most important thought here. Don’T tell me everything you think about a particular hand that doesn’t do you any good in the field. You have seconds to make your decisions online and live. I need you to think about the most important thing as fast as possible when I showed people that nine six deuce bored and said, what’s the most important thought, then they would answer.
I need to fold out high cards ace highs, especially if I do that he folds more than 50 % of the time generally. My bet will be profitable here, good I’d say so, what’s going to be your bet size, they would stop. I don’t normally do this, but I guess I should bet more than half pot, because people tend to freak out and fold to that bet size a lot with their missed high cards bingo.
We found a way to rewire your poker brain every single time. You have a poker decision. Ask yourself what is the most important thought here?
I guarantee the simple question: will change the way you play you will be in control. You will also be far less fatigued, as you focus on what’s important, as opposed to every thought. That goes through your head right on yeah. He delivers on the goods. Look at him pump up this crowd.
This man’s gon na win a lot of political offices win his a great role model for America’s kids. Now that was a great poker article. You know I’m not gon na offer any additional thoughts. I mean he went right to the point right.
There said exactly what he wanted to say and if that doesn’t strike a chord with you, I don’t know what to will. So let me simply give you my meed idea and the meed action. So here’s the idea, thinking about the most important thing at every decision point, will lead to more reasoned, sound poker.
Ask yourself the question: what is the most important thought here and here’s the meed action in your next three sessions play a 30-minute focus session with one or two tables and for every decision you face. Ask yourself that question. What is the most important thought here see if your answer to this question guide you to better decisions and then, after those focus sessions, play your normal session and see if you don’t ask and answer that question and make better decisions for it. Thank you. So much for listening today and, of course, a super big thanks to Alex Fitz Europe for putting out that killer article.
I’M really looking forward to – and you know I’ll have to admit to all of you. I have not studied his brand new course how to think. Like a poker player just yet, I am going to just haven’t done it yet, but I’m sure it’s definitely worth the price $ 79.99.