In this post, I’m going to share with you the best way to study poker in 2020. This exercise is the basic review I do in the lab following each session of poker I play. It can be done in as little as 15 minutes, and it’s what I believe to be the single best way to improve at poker.
The Best Way to Study Poker in 2020
The Best Way to Study Poker in 2020
The Best Way to Study Poker
If you want to improve your game you have to be willing to dedicate time away from the felt to becoming better.
This should come as no surprise. All great athletes follow the same protocol. Football players practice six days per week in anticipation of game day on Sunday.
Don’t worry: I’m not advocating spending six days a week studying, but rather adopting a simple and effective practice to improving that’s imperative to your long term success.
I know you’re busy and time is the most precious asset you have. Let’s be realistic: you’re not going to spend 3 hours a day in the lab. That’s why I’m sharing with you my 80/20 approach toward studying poker.
Sure, you could grind PIOSOLVER all day, but for 97% of players, that’s just not practical.
In short, I believe the best way to study poker is the one which gives you the best results for the least amount of time.
So what is the practice for the best way to study poker?
Run equity calculations on using a poker equity calculator.
My favorite program is called PokerCruncher and it’s available exclusively on Mac.
If you have a PC, use Equilab.
What is a Poker Equity Calculator?
A poker equity calculator is a professional’s favorite poker program. It allows you to figure out your chance of winning (otherwise referred to as equity), in any hand in any situation.
It’s powerful stuff.
The best part is that a poker equity calculator is quite simple to use.
Let’s imagine a scenario you’ve inevitably faced at the poker table.
You’re holding AsKc and facing an all in, debating whether or not to call.
You put your opponent on a hand range of QQ, KK, AA, and AK.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know definitively whether you should call or fold?
And more, if you knew the exact ROI of your call?
Equipped with this information, you could be sure you’re making the correct play each and every time. Well, that’s exactly what a poker equity calculator allows you to do.
How to Use a Poker Equity Calculator Like PokerCruncher
To use a poker equity calculator like PokerCruncher is extremely simple and takes 5 minutes to learn. (You can watch the training video at the beginning of this blog for a video tutorial).
In short, you simply enter your hand into the first line and your opponent’s range of hands into the second line.
You click ‘calculate’ and voila, the program spits out your equity (which in this case is roughly 40%).
This means that assuming you’re correct in identifying your opponent’s range, you would win the pot roughly 40% of the time if you were to call his all in with your Ace-King.
This information is extremely valuable in helping you in making the most profitable decision.
Once you have your equity, you simply calculate your pot odds.
If you’re getting the right price you call. If not, fold.
It’s really that simple.
That’s why I believe running equity calculations is the best way to study poker. It’s so efficient there’s really no excuse not to do this exercise three times following every session you play.
Of course, there are times when you must consider other factors at play to make the best decision possible: such as if you are playing a tournament, where each chip is worth less than the preceding chip, thereby influencing the correct strategy.
There are also more advanced things which a poker equity calculator allows you to do, such as counting combos (in this case, you can see in the upper right corner there are 34 combos your opponent can have).
Counting combos is important because it helps you to calculate your equity in real time, while you’re playing the hand. After all, you can’t run equity calculations at the table. Counting combos in real time is something I discuss at length and show you exactly how to do in the Conscious Poker Membership.
However, if you can correctly put your opponent on a hand range, and accurately determine your equity, you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
I hope you enjoyed this post on the best way to study poker.
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Thanks for your attention, and I hope to see you on the inside.