Purposeful Practice for Poker: The Modern Approach to Studying Poker

Purposeful Practice for Poker: The Modern Approach to Studying Poker

by Dr. Patricia Cardner, Gareth James


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So, you want to get better at poker? You are committed to this and you are prepared to spend time on it. You ask advice and what do people tell you? Probably something along the lines of “just keep working on it and you’ll get there.” This is wrong. “Just working on it” will not help you. Randomly analysing hands, watching poker on TV or vaguely looking at equity equations won’t cut it. The only approach that will work is the right sort of practice based on a relatively new area of psychological investigation – the science of expertise. This book identifies precisely what this “right sort of practice” entails. It is based around what has become known as purposeful practice. Purposeful practice is the gold standard for anyone who wishes to take full advantage of the remarkable adaptability of the human brain and is the fast track route to improving your poker skills. This book will give you: * A clear theoretical understanding of the science of purposeful practice * Numerous techniques by which this can be adapted to improvement at poker * Specific exercises designed to create an infallible Plan for Poker Improvement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912862047
Publisher: D&B Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,209,774
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Patricia Cardner has two doctorates (one in psychology and one in criminology), and is a licensed professional counselor. Patricia has taught numerous university courses in psychology including courses in sports psychology, positive psychology and a special topics course on the psychology of poker. In addition, Patricia is an avid poker player and since learning the game a few years ago, has over six figures in tournament winnings. Patricia is one of the few people with the level of education and clinical expertise who actually plays the game. Gareth “Gazellig” James has been a tournament poker coach since 2012, and he has taught numerous students the strategies to be successful at multi-table tournaments both live and online. He has worked with all manner of players, from those getting their feet wet in the wonderful world of tournament poker for the first time right up to the high stakes cash game players wanting a tournament poker primer before one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Prior to becoming a a poker professional, Gareth was a fully qualified music teacher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Section 1 The Theory

1 Have a Compelling Vision 9

2 Developing an Optimal Learning Mindset 30

3 Study Smarter 59

4 Constructing a Poker Learning Project 100

Section 2 The Practice

Learning Project One: Getting Better at Poker 116

Learning Project Two: Preflop Opening Ranges 130

Learning Project Three: Defending Your Big Blind 152

Learning Project Four: Playing vs C-bets Out of Position 172

Learning Project Five: Playing Shortstacked 191

Learning Project Six: Using Poker Software 212

Learning Project Seven: ICM and Final Table Strategy 231

Index 257

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