It’s not realistic for most people to permanently work with a poker coach. Many of my clients for example have busy lives, and only dedicate a set period of time each year (often in summer during WSOP) to get serious about poker.
It makes sense to work with a coach when approaching that window, but perhaps not year round.
More importantly, what good is a poker coach if your improvement is inextricably linked to them overseeing your game?
It’s my firm belief that a great poker coach should empower you to learn on your own by giving you the tools, systems and resources to study the game. In effect, they should take you into the lab and show you their process so you can apply that on your own. They should also be able to convey their macro thought process in a simplified way, not just in one hand of poker, but how they think about the game in general.
In this way, your poker coach will empower you to become your own critic and you can improve without them. This is the only long-term strategy which makes sense for the client, and I believe it’s the responsibility of any poker coach to ensure this wisdom is transferred during the consulting period.
Before choosing a poker coach, have a look around and see which person you resonate most with.
Then, ensure they’re qualified, not just as a player, but are capable of simplifying complex concepts in a way that’s easy for you to understand.
Third, make sure they’re teaching you strategies that you can apply to your game as a whole. Finally, ensure you’re being empowered to become your own coach so you can take your game as far as you please.
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