One of the most-asked questions I get during my morning show A Little Coffee (Mon – Fri at 9am ET) is “When should I become a professional poker player?” To hopefully avoid re-answering the same again in the future, here are my thoughts on the subject.
Later this year we will be publishing Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, by Martin Harris. Here is a short extract:
“Poker in the Movies”
The representation of poker in films likely has had more to do with determining opinions about the game and its significance than has any other variety of American popular culture. One could argue that when it comes to shaping ideas about how poker is played and the meaning often attributed to the game, John Wayne, W.C. Fields, and Paul Newman have exerted more influence than have any other trio of players who have played the game.
Happy New Year! I hope you strive to make 2019 your best year yet! In this article, I am going to share with you five concepts you must keep in mind if you want to succeed at poker. While there are numerous concepts that must be mastered if you want to win as much as possible, you simply must master these concepts to have eve a reasonable chance of winning.
Many poker players are overly timid before the flop, yet when they finally put money in the pot, they feel like they must win it. This usually leads to the player vastly overplaying marginal hands whereas in reality, they should be trying to control the size of the pot.
We have been producing poker books at D&B for around 15 years. I have organised, laid out and typeset all of these poker books. I have also edited and proofread a lot of them.
In that time there is one thing I have noticed that consistently happens when authors generate hands to illustrate points under discussion…
In my previous article, we took a look at which draws should be played passively, and which should be played a little more aggressively. Specifically, we decided that we want to play more passively with draws that have inherent showdown potential (even when they miss). In contrast, we’ll play more aggressively with draws that have no showdown value at the moment.
Anyone following the content on our site and in this magazine will know that we are very excited about our upcoming book, Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo. We are certain that this book will become a modern classic. The core theme behind the book is to give the reader an understanding of what GTO play entails.
In my previous article I talked about playing draws aggressively on the flop. We decided that we should size our bets and raises so that we can maximize our fold equity. Or in other words, WE want to be the one to make the all-in bet, if it comes to that. If you didn’t read that yet, you should probably refer back to that article first: Playing Draws, part 1
As I’ve noted here before, the subject of poker in popular culture is kind of a bottomless well. There’s no end to examples of poker turning up in “mainstream” contexts like feature films, radio and television programs, music, literature, magazines, paintings, and elsewhere.
Indeed, practically all of the chapters in my forthcoming book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game could be expanded much further to full length books themselves.
Take the topic of poker in the movies, for example…
Over the last few years the idea of the 10,000-hour rule has captured people’s imaginations. Many books, articles, and videos have been produced extoling the virtues of this rule. Essentially the rule says that if you want to become an expert at pretty much anything, all you need to do is put in 10,000 hours of work and you, too, will become a master.
The originator of the research on which this rule is based, K. Anders Ericsson, takes exception with what he considers to be an over-simplification of his work. If you delve a little bit deeper into his research, which spans four decades at this point, you’ll see that it takes a bit more than just time in the seat to become a true expert…
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