When you play with many of the same players regularly, you will be able to observe their playing style, habits and if you pay close attention, you may be able to pick-up on any tells they have. This is a good thing about playing with regulars. You can take notes and really study your opponents.
Taking notes on regular players is a task that will increase your win rate significantly. When you are alert, and pay close attention to these players, day after day or week after week, you will realize that your regulars, even though they put in a lot of hours playing, do not have the discipline to be good players. What has always surprised me was the undisciplined nature of poker players who seemed to put in a lot of playing hours, yet have never learned the game or how to play it to win.
It is easier than ever to take notes on players. All you need is a smart phone to begin journaling. You can journal between hands. Writing about players habits and tells you might have detected. And if you do not have a phone are or do not like using it for this purpose, you can do it the old fashioned way with a pen and a little black writing book.
What do you write down?
Get the idea? This list can be extensive. Nearly anything your opposition does is a clue to the strength or weakness of their hand.
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