Even though the New Year has passed and we are making our way into the 2017 year already, it’s never too late to begin setting new goals to better yourself or some aspect of your life, and the same thinking applies to poker. Setting poker goals for the remainder of the 2017 year can be beneficial to you in a number of ways, so let’s take a look at a few ideas of helpful poker goals you can set to make 2017 your best poker year yet!
• Don’t be afraid to try a new game: Most players have a favorite game that they prefer to play, be it Texas Hold’em, BlackJack, or Pai Gow Poker, and usually stick to that game every time they play at a casino. And while there is nothing inherently wrong with sticking to one game when playing at a place like Capitol Casino, try to set a goal to play at least one other game this year.
-By playing new games and exposing yourself to new strategies and styles of gambling, you increase the overall knowledge you have about playing games of chance.
-You also give yourself good exposure to the psychology and style of play of players you wouldn’t normally face at your usual table, something that will come in handy whether you’re aware of it or not.
• Learning should never stop: When you become skilled at a game or other activity you wouldn’t just stop learning new ways or methods to become even better, and the same goes for your poker game. Make it a goal this year to try a new poker study method that can help broaden your knowledge and overall skill set; for example, you can take advance of the plethora of online tools and videos, some of which are even created by professionals, as a way to improving a specific skill or type of poker.
-Another poker learning-related goal you can set this year is to make a habit out of writing down all of the hands you play and devote time to studying those hands, good and bad, to gain perspective into how you’ve been playing the game.
• Try not to overthink the outcome and instead focus on your decisions: While everyone loves to win and most poker players are already highly competitive by nature, the important thing to remember is that poker is just a game! Don’t let the prospect of the end result ruin the game for you in the process of actually playing it.
-Thinking ahead doesn’t mean that you should lose focus on each individual hand. Do yourself a favor and try to retrain the way you think about judging your poker game; in other words, commit your concentration to making the best decision you can for each and every hand you play, and if the outcome isn’t what you had hoped for, let it go! Remember that there’s a good deal of luck involved too, and even making the very best poker decision doesn’t always work out in your favor.
-Focusing on what you can control can also make you less likely to get frustrated and disappointed when things don’t go your way, and while studying, preparation, and overall experience will always be important to your poker game, a resilient attitude is just as necessary.
After reading the ideas for poker goals above, we hope that you are inspired to create your own goals based on areas of your game that you wish to grow and improve on.