How do you learn? Are you the type of person who likes to get your hands on things and just get at it? When you buy an item that requires assembly, do you open the box, ignore the instructions and try to figure it out all by yourself? Okay, if you get stuck you might look at the instructions.
Or you might open the box, grab all the instructional materials, find an easy chair, sit down and go through the assembly instructions and the owner’s manual thoroughly before you start. Then you proceed following the instructions step by step.
Perhaps diagram instructions make the most sense to you so they are your preference. For some people video instructions best meet their learning needs so they go online to see if someone has made a video. Hey, you never know! These are all acceptable and effective instructional approaches that can be applied to any educational situation including learning how to play Texas Holdem poker or how to improve your poker skills.
Learning the mechanics of playing Texas Holdem poker, that is, the dealing, blinds and betting procedures can be accomplished in two or three poker hands. Becoming a good or expert poker player is another matter.
Learning what, when and how to play your hole cards, when and how much to bet, raise or re-raise, or what to look for in reading your opponents are just some of the skills that must be developed to become a successful poker player.
Some people are gifted with an instinctive ability or a mathematical mind that gives them an advantage in doing the poker math and making the right decisions based upon the statistics. Others are able to read body language and facial expressions which assist them with the human interaction decisions like determining when an opponent is bluffing.
Everyone has a special talent and ability that they rely on when playing poker, but regardless of what you are best at, you need to develop your all round poker style, skills and strategies to become a good or expert poker player.
Traditionally, this has been done by playing a lot of poker hands, losing a lot of money, and developing your skills by learning from your experiences through trial and error. This is no longer the viable option.
You cannot spend countless hours playing poker against skilled poker players learning the fine points of the game, there is just too much money to be lost. To gain this knowledge and experience, you need to access the many high quality poker educational resources that are currently available to assist you in the Texas Holdem poker learning process.
Fortunately, top poker experts and successful poker champions are willing to assist you in this educational process. These individuals share the poker successes and failures that they have experienced through text and illustrated poker books and visual DVD presentations.
The books and DVDs demonstrate the actual situations or re-enactments of real life poker situations that have help shape their own poker skills and strategies development. You get to observe first-hand the thought processes that they use in making their poker decisions.