Playing winning poker is a long process, from basic advice and strategy to advanced play in big tournaments. You have to remember every little detail and keep track of your moves as well as the moves of everyone at the table at any given time. If you happen to notice an error or flaw in your game strategy you have to get to the root of the problem and solve it instead of just making minor corrections or temporary adjustments. If you want to eradicate the problem, go to its root and cut it off.
You have to be in a constant watch over your games, taking a really good look at your plays and how you deal with your opponents. A good examination will reveal when you play well and when you were deficient, and from that point on you have to improve your skills one step at the time. You have to recognize the times when you are playing good, and more importantly, when you do it wrong.
To starting with one good piece of advice, listen to bad beats stories from other players; you will realize that almost every one of those tales start with a player’s error in a certain hand, and the downfall follows, for example: checking the flop to get a check-raise later on. You have to analyze the bad beat to know what the initial mistake the player made was, where the bad beat started, and when the incorrect play in their strategy was made. Sometimes the player telling the tale will not realize that the real mistake was a movement he made some steps the one he thinks he did.
The table or game selection is crucial if you want to play winning poker. The skill to know where to play or when to fold may be the most important of all, and to do that you also have to know how to read you opponents. Solid hand selection and a good strategy is always a good start, but you also have to maintain self-control at the poker table. One bad decision may trigger a chain reaction of even worse ones down the road, so if you lose a play and don’t pay attention to your bankroll it is likely that you will lose control and lose it all, falling on a TILT and playing for hours only losing money.
It takes discipline to be a good, wining player. Do your homework; select games you are good at; play within the boundaries of your bankroll; remember poker basics; stick to your strategy; keep playing only if you are doing fairly well; and if you feel you are losing control, it’s better to just leave the table.