Sports & Gaming

Off-Felt Training

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 13:50 min

Learn how to optimize your training time away from the felt through practice, meditation, and a balanced lifestyle.

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Topics include: Play Online to Accelerate Your Learning • Utilize Software to Aid in Your Learning Process • Create a Brain Trust • Learn Through Drills and Repetition • Master New Concepts Before Bringing Them to the Table • Exercise • Get Sleep and Eat Well • Use Meditation and Visualization


One of the main reasons, one of the most important reasons it's important to spend time in the lab is because that's where you're going to do the nitty-gritty hard work that you simply can't do at game speed while you're playing in a cash game or in a tournament. So you basically are drilling the fundamentals of how to play certain situations so that when you actually are confronted with them at game speed, you can actually apply some of those concepts. So first and foremost, you have to learn and understand the concept before you can apply it. That's going be very difficult to do on the fly, so a combination of work away from the table, study, practice is just as important as actually, you know, playing and getting experience that you do at the felt. I can't tell you how many times I've been in a pot or a situation and, you know, the thought occurred to me like, you know what, I've seen this movie before. The thousands and thousands of hands, the millions of hands I've played throughout my life, there's obviously going to be some pattern recognition. So there's been hands where from my past I've played that in real time I look at the way or the line chosen by a specific player-- and when I say line, I mean, you know, a line of play like he 3-bet before the flop, he check raised the flop, he bet the turn, that's the line he took throughout the hand. And so now I'm comparing that with a board texture that I'm reminiscent of, and this is why practice and drilling is so important. Because of all the hands I've played before, I've already dealt with this situation before, away from the table and at the table, so that when I'm approached with it in real time, I go, aha! I've already worked the math out on this situation, I know how to handle this type of player, and it will equip me to make a better decision. These days you have the luxury of learning how to play poker in a much more expedient way, which is online. You can watch people play on Twitch these days. You can play online for low stakes and really work on the fundamentals. And as a training tool, it's fantastic. It used to be where if you didn't see a guy in Las Vegas playing in the high stakes, then he probably wasn't very good. Well today, there are young players all over the Scandinavian countries and Russia and Sweden that are really like playing so many hands and gaining so much experience so quickly because online, which is different than live, you can play multiple tables. So, you know, some of these guys are playing 12 games at once. They're downloading all this information, getting the practice in that took say, for example, a guy like Doyle Brunson who's 84 years old right now-- he's been playing every day pretty much for 50, 60 years. He still hasn't played as many hands as some of these 23-year-old kids who have just hammered it home online. So today the-- as I said before, there's so many ways to learn how to play this game effectively, and there's so many ...

About the Instructor

Put yourself across the felt from Daniel Negreanu, the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. The six-time World Series of Poker champion teaches poker strategy, advanced theory, and practice through hand-reviews of his winning games. Learn how to sharpen your mental game through demos on reading opponents and spotting tells. Join Daniel at the table to increase your win rate, grow your ROI, and get your game “in the money.”

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