Poker is a mental sport. Training for a mental sport is similar to a physical sport. You break the game down into pieces and get repetitions in on those things.
In basketball you may practice free-throws for 30 minutes per day. In poker you can practice memorizing the correct raise-first-in ranges. You can practice playing against check/raises with something like Simple GTO Trainer.
In sports you’ll often watch film and break down areas for improvement. In poker you can record your online session or review a hand history and break down areas for improvement.
All sports have coaches. In poker you can hire a poker professional to give you feedback on how you can improve.
External things like getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, mediating, journaling–these things will often improve performance for both physical and mental athletes.
With proper training and repetition, many of your decisions at the poker table will become more automatic. This will leave you with ample mental energy to focus on the tougher spots you encounter.
Poker is constantly evolving. Consistent training and study are necessary to stay ahead of the curve and to put yourself in the best possible position to achieve sustained success. At Pocarr, we’re always working to improve our players’ training and study processes. As with many things, quality is more important than quantity.