5 Guaranteed Ways to Quickly Improve Your Poker Skills (2021)

5 Guaranteed Ways to Improve Your Poker Skills


This
article
was
written
by
blackrain79.com
contributor
Fran
Ferlan.


“There
is
no
such
thing
as
standing
still.
You
either
move
forward
or
regress.”

Bohdi
Sanders
Mastering
poker
is
a
lifelong
journey,
and
it’s
never
really
complete.
Poker
is
an
incredibly
competitive
endeavour,
and
like
anything
else
in
life,
success
comes
to
those
who
are
willing
to
work
hard
to
outperform
the
competition.
No
matter
where
you
currently
are
in
your
poker
journey,
the
first
step
to
improvement
is
willingness
to
do
so.
If
you
are
reading
this
article,
congratulations,
you’re
on
the
right
path.
Even
if
you
are
a
solid
winning
player,
there
is
danger
in
becoming
complacent
and
thinking
you
have
it
all
figured
out.
You
don’t.


Why
is
it
Important
to
Always
be
Improving
Your
Poker
Skills?

Even
the
world
class
professionals
continually
strive
to
improve
their
game.
In
fact,
this
is
what
made
them
world
class
professionals
in
the
first
place.
If
you
are
going
to
the
gym
and
see
a
guy
or
a
girl
with
perfect
physique
sweating
and
working
their
ass
off,
you
might
wonder:
why
the
hell
are
they
doing
that?
They’re
already
ripped.
They
don’t
need
to
do
it
anymore.
But
the
reason
they’re
in
such
great
shape
is
exactly
because
they’ve
worked
their
ass
off.
And
sure,
they
can
go
out
to
enjoy
life
and
be
attractive,
but
they
chose
not
to
get
complacent.
They’re
maintaining
their
physique
and
their
health.
They
enjoy
the
process,
and
are
not
overly
focused
on
the
end
result
(i.e.,
looking
good).
Improving
in
poker
is
no
different.
Improvement
itself
is
its
own
reward.
The
end
result
(like
making
more
money,
moving
up
in
stakes,
winning
a
huge
tournament
,
etc.)
is
just
the
byproduct.
It
is
worth
mentioning
right
off
the
bat
that
your
motives
for
improving
will
be
a
major
factor
in
determining
how
successful
or
unsuccessful
you’ll
be.
If
you
want
to
improve
in
order
to
win
more
money,
that’s
certainly
a
legitimate
reason.
There’s
nothing
wrong
in
wanting
to
be
more
profitable,
and
at
the
end
of
the
day,
how
much
we
win
is
how
we
measure
our
success
in
poker.
But
if
making
money
is
your
primary
concern,
you’d
be
better
off
finding
some
other
more
stable
and
certainly
less
stressful
income
sources.


Why
Hard
Work
Beats
Poker
Skill
and
Talent

Making
money
in
poker
comes
in
due
time
to
those
who
work
hard
to
improve,
but
they
do
so
for
other
reasons,
rather
than
prospective
monetary
gains.
Above
all
else,
they
have
a
deep
passion
for
the
game,
and
want
to
improve
because
they
want
to
be
good
in
what
they
do.
Money
is
just
the
icing
on
the
cake.
Another
reason
you
need
to
improve
is
the
aforementioned
competitive
component
that’s
inherent
to
the
game
of
poker.
Its
evolving
constantly,
especially
in
today’s
fast
paced
digital
age.
If
you
don’t
improve,
eventually
you’ll
be
left
behind
the
competition.
Today’s
complacent
winner
is
tomorrow’s
loser.
Sure,
you
might
be
able
to
crush
oblivious
weekend
players,
but
so
can
the
other
regulars.
And
the
games
are
getting
increasingly
harder.
In
the
post-Moneymaker
era,
money
seemed
to
keep
falling
out
of
the
sky,
and
you
were
able
to
make
a
decent
sum
of
money
if
you
knew
what
you
were
doing.
A
lot
of
pros
assumed
easy
money
would
keep
pouring
in,
but
there’s
no
such
thing
as
easy
money,
and
all
good
things
come
to
an
end.
Today
the
games
are
nowhere
near
the
joke
they
were
back
then,
and
the
pros
that
couldn’t
keep
up
got
left
behind.
But
not
everything
is
bleak
as
it
seems.
As
of
writing
this
in
2021
poker
can
still
be
incredibly
profitable
for
those
who
are
willing
to
put
in
some
time
and
effort
to
improve
their
game.
By
wanting
to
improve,
you’re
already
ahead
of
the
majority
of
the
player
pool.
This
article
will
give
you
5
ways
to
take
your
game
to
the
next
level.
Let’s
get
into
the
actual
tips,
starting
with
the
basics.


1.
Get
The
Fundamentals
Down

When
first
trying
to
improve,
it
can
be
a
daunting
task.
Maybe
you
started
with
reading
articles
such
as
this
one,
or
watched
a
couple
of

BlackRain79
Youtube
videos.

Then
all
these
articles
have
links
to
other
articles,
you’re
encountering
a
bunch
of
terms
you’re
not
familiar
with
(as
every
other
industry,
poker
has
a
language
of
its
own).
And
then
you
soon
find
out
that
poker
is
an
incredibly
complex
mixture
of
math
and
psychology
(sprinkled
with
a
dash
of
art
for
good
measure)
and
there
is
just
so
much
to
learn.
It’s
enough
to
make
your
head
spin,
and
you’re
left
even
more
confused
than
you
started
off
with.
In
today’s
information
age,
there’s
so
many
sites,
courses,
books,
articles
and
videos
to
choose
from,
and
it
can
get
quite
overwhelming
quite
fast.
There
is
such
a
thing
as
too
much
information.
Before
the
internet,
information
used
to
be
rare
and
precious
like
gold.
Today
it’s
common
and
useless
like
dirt.
Fortunately,
the
basics
of
poker
are
not
that
difficult
to
grasp.
The
math
part
is
no
more
complicated
than
what
you
learn
in
middle
school.
When
learning
about
poker,
it
might
be
far
more
enticing
to
learn
about
advanced
river
check-raise
bluffing
strategy
rather
than
boring
odds
and
percentages,
but
that’s
putting
the
cart
before
the
horse.
When
you
are
building
a
house,
you
don’t
start
with
the
roof.
You
build
a
solid
foundation
first,
and
then
you
slowly
build
up
on
it.
It’s
the
case
with
everything
else
you
do
in
life,
so
poker
should
be
no
different.
You
should
start
with
the
basic
TAG
(tight
and
aggressive)
strategy.

This
includes
mastering
your
starting
hands
selection
preflop:
About
the
top
15%
percent
of
hands
in
a
full-ring
game
and
the
top
20%
in
a
6-max
game,
playing
tightly
in
early
position
and
opening
up
in
late
positions
(cutoff
and
button),
playing
in
position
(being
the
last
to
act)
and
playing
fast
and
aggressively
post
flop
in
most
situations.
As
for
the
math
part,
you
need
no
more
than
basic
multiplication
and
division.
You
should
be
familiar
with
pot
odds,
implied
odds
and
stack-to-pot
ratio
(SPR).
All
of
this
information
is
readily
available
online,
and
all
the
topics
are
already
covered

extensively
here
on
blackrain79.com

Even
though
you
might
feel
you
have
the
fundamentals
down,
it’s
better
to
assume
you
don’t
have
it
all
figured
out.
Being
familiar
with
something
and
understanding
it
deeply
are
not
the
same
thing.
If
you
think
you
have
it
all
figured
out,
here’s
a
challenge
for
you:
try
to
teach
poker
to
somebody
who
doesn’t
know
the
rules
at
all.
You’ll
soon
find
out
that
even
something
as
basic
as
absolute/relative
hand
strength
and
blinds
structure
can
be
challenging
to
convey
in
a
clear,
comprehensive
way,
let
alone
all
the
other
intricacies
of
the
game.
Get
the
fundamentals
down.
Amateurs
practice
till
they
get
it
right.
Professionals
practice
till
they
can’t
get
it
wrong.
The
easiest
way
to
get
the
fundamentals
of
poker
down
is
just
to
read
the

BlackRain79
free
poker
“cheat
sheet.”


2.
Focus
on
One
Thing
at
a
Time

Poker
is
a
game
that
takes
an
hour
to
learn,
but
a
lifetime
to
master.
So
there
is
no
need
to
rush
anything,
and
no
need
to
learn
all
at
once.
Slow
and
steady
is
the
way
to
go,
especially
when
we
talk
about
learning
and
improving.
It
can
be
a
long
and
tedious
process,
but
knowledge
is
difficult.
So
in
order
not
to
make
it
any
more
difficult
than
is
necessary,
you
should
avoid
overwhelming
yourself,
especially
at
the
beginning.
It
can
be
demoralizing
when
you
start
to
understand
how
little
you
actually
understand
and
how
much
there
is
to
know,
but
it’s
actually
a
good
thing.
It
means
you’re
starting
to
realize
how
deeply
complex
the
game
is,
and
starting
to
grasp
the
areas
with
which
you’re
struggling
with,
and
that
is
the
first
step
to
improvement.
If
you
feel
overwhelmed
and
terrified
with
the
complexities
of
it
all,
give
yourself
a
pat
on
the
back.
It
means
you
are
on
the
right
path.
The
first
step
to
understanding
is
figuring
out
what
you
don’t
understand,
so
start
with
that.

Ask
yourself:
What
is
it
that
I
don’t
understand?
Be
specific.
Make
a
list.
You
might
realize
that
you
are
struggling
with
a
number
of
things,
but
again,
this
is
to
be
expected,
and
it’s
actually
a
good
thing.
If
you
have
a
list,
rank
order
it,
starting
with
the
fundamentals
(i.e.,
the
things
you’re
struggling
with
most
often).
For
newer
players,
preflop
might
be
a
good
place
to
start.
Pick
one
thing
from
the
list,
and
focus
on
it
until
you
have
it
figured
out.
Then
move
on
to
the
next
thing.
Rinse
and
repeat.
A
great
way
to
go
about
this
might
be
focus
sessions.
Before
you
fire
up
the
software
and
sit
down
to
play,
you
can
start
with
a
pre-game
warmup.
During
the
warm
up,
you
study
the
concept
you’re
trying
to
implement
in
your
game.
It’s
worth
noting
that
it
should
be
something
you
are
somewhat
familiar
with
already.
It
shouldn’t
be
something
that
is
completely
foreign
to
you,
or
way
beyond
your
current
level
of
understanding.
Then,
during
the
session,
you
look
for
opportunities
in
which
you
can
apply
the
concept.
You
might
be
surprised
how
many
profitable
spots
there
are
where
you
know
where
and
what
to
look
for.
Note
the
spots
where
you
weren’t
sure
what
to
do,
or
where
you
think
you’ve
made
a
mistake.
After
a
session,
review
the
hands
you
were
struggling
with.
For
example,
one
simple
concept
you
can
start
with
is
SPR.
After
you
have
familiarized
yourself
with
the
stack-to-pot
ratio,
and
how
different
SPR
influences
your
starting
hand
selection,
you
can
practice
calculating
it
for
every
hand
you
play.
Keep
doing
it
consciously
and
deliberately
until
you
do
it
automatically.
It’s
basically
a
simple
division
math
problem,
so
there
is
absolutely
no
excuse
not
to
do
it.


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your
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and
where
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Review
Your
Hands

The
most
cost-effective
way
to
learn
is
to
learn
from
other
people’s
mistakes.
But
we
all
know
that’s
not
how
it
usually
goes.
The
biggest
life
lessons
we
learn
usually
come
from
our
own
epic
failures
and
tragedies.
We
can
read
strategy
articles
and
watch
youtube
videos
for
days
and
weeks
on
end,
but
some
things
just
won’t
go
through
our
thick
skulls
until
we
get
burned
personally
in
one
way
or
another.
And
even
then,
most
people
won’t
get
it.
They’ll
blame
something
external,
as
one
usually
does.
Personal
experience
is
the
greatest
teacher,
but
only
if
we
are
willing
to
admit
our
own
mistakes
and
recognize
our
shortcomings.
And
what
better
way
to
do
so
than
with
hand
history
review.
What
makes
this
exercise
so
effective
is
the
fact
that
you’re
not
just
passively
absorbing
information,
as
is
the
case
with
reading
articles
and
watching
videos,
for
instance.
Not
that
there’s
anything
wrong
with
articles
and
videos,
but
it’s
only
a
part
of
the
learning
process.
It
is
also
about
applying
what
you
learn.
When
you
review
your
hands
off
the
felt,
you
force
yourself
to
think
and
ask
questions,
and
this
is
where
true
understanding
comes
from.
The
best
hands
to
review
are
the
ones
that
went
to
showdown,
because
not
only
can
you
study
the
lines
you
took,
but
also
try
to
estimate
your
opponents’
range
and
narrow
it
down
street
by
street.
That
way
you’re
basically
studying
multiple
things
at
once.
While
reviewing
your
hands,
talk
to
yourself
out
loud,
and
tell
yourself
all
the
information
you
have.
This
forces
you
to
apply
what
you
know
already,
and
highlight
the
areas
where
you
might
be
struggling.
Also,
by
doing
so,
you’re
training
yourself
to
think
actively
on
the
felt,
which
will
make
you
more
likely
to
think
about
the
game
on
a
deeper
level.
Make
it
a
habit,
and
you’ll
be
making
better
in-game
decisions
in
no
time.
For
more
on
how
to
fix
your
leaks
and
review
your
hands
check
out

this
article
by
BlackRain79.


5.
Play
More
Poker

Poker
is
a
game
of
skill.
Like
any
other
skill,
you
get
better
at
it
with
practice.
Taking
the
time
to
study
and
improve
off
the
felt
is
invaluable,
but
at
the
end
of
the
day,
you
need
to
take
that
knowledge
to
the
felt.
Like
they
say,
theory
without
practice
is
empty,
and
practice
without
theory
is
blind.
You
can
play
poker
all
day
every
day
without
so
much
as
reading
a
single
article,
and
you’ll
stay
a
fish
forever.
On
the
other
side
of
the
spectrum,
there
are
people
who
approach
poker
with
a
scientific
devotion,
read
every
book,
watch
every
video,
have
hundreds
and
thousands
of
posts
on
different
forums.
They
know
all
about
cutting
edge
strategies,
4-bet
bluffing,
blind
defense
and
polarized
river
ranges,
yet
they
barely
play
any
poker
at
all.
All
talk
and
no
action.
There
needs
to
be
a
balance
between
the
two.
Most
people
would
benefit
from
more
studying
(because
let’s
face
it,
nobody
likes
to
study,
and
we
all
love
playing),
but
there’s
only
so
much
you
can
learn
in
theory.
Putting
it
into
practice
effectively
is
where
real
knowledge
comes
from.
It’s
like
weightlifting.
Sure,
it’s
important
to
know
how
to
do
the
exercises
with
the
proper
form
and
learn
a
thing
or
two
about
a
healthy
diet,
but
it
doesn’t
mean
anything
if
you
don’t
put
the
reps
in.
Progress
takes
time,
but
the
more
you
do
it,
the
better
you’ll
get
at
it.
Action
is
the
greatest
teacher,
and
there’s
no
better
way
to
learn
than
through
direct
experience.
So
go
out
there
and
practice.
But
practice
consciously
and
deliberately.
You
won’t
see
any
progress
day
to
day,
week
to
week,
or
even
month
to
month,
but
when
you
look
back,
you
might
be
surprised
how
far
you’ve
come.


Summary

Improving
in
poker
is
not
an
easy
task,
but
being
willing
to
do
so
is
certainly
a
step
in
the
right
direction.
It
may
be
daunting
at
first,
but
that
is
precisely
the
reason
most
people
won’t
bother
with
it
in
the
first
place.
They
just
want
to
have
fun.
And
this
is
where
the
opportunity
lies
for
those
who
are
determined
to
go
the
extra
mile
and
put
in
some

time
and
effort
in
their
game.

In
order
to
do
so
successfully,
it’s
important
to
start
with
the
basics
and
building
up
from
there.
When
you
build
a
house,
you
need
to
build
a
strong
foundation
first.
Focusing
on
one
thing
at
a
time
allows
you
to
progress
at
a
comfortable
pace
and
not
get
overwhelmed
with
too
much
information.
Also,
you’re
more
likely
to
celebrate
small
victories
along
the
way
and
keep
the
momentum
going,
instead
of
getting
discouraged
and
throwing
in
the
towel
before
even
giving
yourself
a
chance
to
succeed.
If
you’re
serious
about
improving
your
game,
investing
in
poker
tracking
software
is
a
must
in
today’s
competitive
environment.
Not
only
will
you
be
able
to
get
better
reads
on
your
opponents,
you’ll
also
have
a
reliable
tool
at
your
disposal
to
plug
your
leaks
and
learn
from
your
mistakes.
It
will
also
allow
you
to
tag
hands
during
your
session
so
you
can
review
them
later
while
you
are
studying
off
the
felt.
Hand
history
review
is
arguably
the
single
best
exercise,
because
it
allows
you
to
study
multiple
things
at
once,
and
trains
you
to
make
better
decisions
in-game.
And
lastly,
if
you
want
to
improve,
go
out
there
and
get
the
volume
in.
If
you
want
to
learn
to
swim,
you
can
read
a
hundred
books
on
the
topic,
but
you’re
going
to
need
to
go
into
the
water
eventually.
So
go
out
there
and
start
flailing.
So
there
you
have
it.
None
of
these
tips
are
exactly
groundbreaking
stuff.
No
quick
and
easy
hacks
to
get
great
results
fast,
but
that’s
because
they
work.
It
isn’t
sexy,
but
there
are
no
shortcuts
to
success.
It’s
about
repetition
and
perseverance.
The
more
you
practice,
the
better
you’ll
get.
And
that’s
a
guarantee.
Lastly,
if
you
want
to
quickly
improve
your
poker
skills,
make
sure
you
download
your
copy
of
the

free
BlackRain79
poker
cheat
sheet.

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