Except…he also says that one should not play poker “on auto pilot.” Now, I’d argue that no one, young or old, should do this (except for those multi-tablers who feel they must grind it out at 24 seats at a time, playing by rote to make a meager existence). But what does this mean, exactly?
I confess I didn’t get a clear idea from the article, so I wrote to Dr. Schoonmaker for clarification. Once I hear back, I will update this blog.
For now, I consider the info good news, and I have taken the advice to heart, somewhat. I have long considered getting into mixed games, including Stud, Omaha, and the various HORSE/HOSE options, if for nothing else than to break the tedium of no limit Hold ‘em. Not that I’ve mastered NLHE of course, but to continue my education. But I do worry that by trying to learn multiple games it might affect my Hold ‘em performance. So, I think I might have another way to ”mix it up.”
Since I’m in the USA, I can’t play for real money. It doesn’t matter if I win or lose play money; it won’t break me or cause my wife to divorce me if I lose all $2.7M of it. But I can test new “theories” and “playing styles” in these free games to see how well they work. Yes, I know I’m playing other freebies, and it’s “not the same” as playing for keep, but…in this testing mode I can try new things, stimulate my brain, and, hopefully, learn something.
That’s the plan. I will keep you posted as to what I learn and how I do. For now, I’ve been trying to make up for lost time (tourist season) when I couldn’t play poker for weeks on end. That’s one reason blogging has been light - playing too much poker!