Wagering Ground >> STRATEGIC THINKING
|9/14/05 8:19 PM|
Member Since: 06/08/2002
Putting in hours at your chosen craft and working your way to a better understanding is important. However, the most valuable practice often is what you can accomplish away from the tables or your computer. True strategic thinking is a little used weapon in most gamblers' arsenals.
Nike recently ran some good commercials based on Michael Jordan. They revolved around the thought there was a player who would be better than Jordan out practicing or playing on some court in the world today. One can easily apply the same concept in the gambling world,
There are thousands of gamblers currently thinking about how to beat you at the poker tables or the betting windows. The only thing a striving bettor can do is to operate with as much purpose and ambition as the best gamblers. The best are thinking almost every waking hour about how to improve and avoid making mistakes they have made. While such dedication may not be in the cards for you, it still clearly delineates what sacrifice is needed to reach the upper echelon.
Practice as a gambler is a concept many don't understand. Practice is obviously putting in hours at your chosen craft and working your way to a better understanding. However, the most valuable practice often is what you can accomplish away from the tables or your computer. True strategic thinking is a little used weapon in most gamblers' arsenals.
Most gamblers, both skilled and unskilled, tend to make many moves based solely on instinct. The best gamblers have an instinct that is hard to match without years of experience, or so many believe. However, the truth is, instinct comes from a basic foundation that is often best augmented by the mere act of replaying situations out in one's mind and using it to learn how to improve.
Think of it like athletes doing film work. An athlete constantly reviews what the opponent has done to see what tendencies and weaknesses can be found. While you may spend hours watching your opponent with the intent of spotting weaknesses and tendencies, you would be amazed how often they don't become clear until you are away from the battle. Strategic thinking rarely occurs in the heat of battle.
You might think this is a poker specific task, but it works well for sports bettors as well. This is a type of thinking I find few bettors, even fairly serious ones, actively engage in. Thinking about how the public bettors are going to react to this week's NFL results is what should go through your mind as the day progresses. That's especially true before you look over next week's games.
The payoff eventually derives from having a solid foundation that can allow for creative additions. When you work off a base-level knowledge that some bettors have, and then augment higher-level thinking, that is where you add value to your abilities. Good bettors can spot value and avoid traps, but they can't extend their thinking towards the extra edges. This is what separates 55-percent winning bettors and 60-percent winners.
The best, the Michael Jordan-types, can beat their opponents in so many ways. It merely requires out-thinking the opposition and then maneuvering around them. They find weakness instinctively and exploit it at the right time and in the right strategic framework. When things don't work, they quickly change course and go after another point of attack.
When you walk away from the poker table, or finish a week of betting, you might be thinking of what went right and even what went wrong. However, that isn't enough. The best are thinking of what worked and what didn't and how they will use that information to stay one step ahead of the competition next week and the weeks after that.
Can you say you are betting at this level? If not, get to work and find ways to grow your strategic thinking. When that can be done effectively, one can succeed not only in gambling, but in many of life's endeavors.
|1/30/06 12:28 PM|
Member Since: 10/16/2005
cool article Joey
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