How To Take Poker Notes

How To Take Poker Notes

0 comments 10 July 2019, 16:17

Taking notes when playing poker is an old-fashioned yet very effective method of reviewing and improving your game. Here are some steps to take in order to make poker notes as efficient as possible:

  • Keep it short – not only that you don’t have enough time during a game to take long notes, but they won’t be very helpful either. Just write down a few words that you need to keep in mind in the future, and that will remind you of this specific situation where you either made a great move or a bad one
  • Develop your own system – these notes are solely for you and others don’t need to understand what you wrote there. So you can just develop your own style and use your own abbreviations. As long as you understand the notes, it’s ok. The only wrong way of taking notes is to not take them at all
  • Don’t write the usual stuff – you don’t need to write down each and every detail, especially if it’s common sense. But what you should write are those unusual situations, whether good or bad. If a player does an unusual move and you write it down, you will then be more aware when he seems to make the same move again
  • Use abbreviations – just like mentioned above, short notes are much more useful than long paragraphs. They can be just a few letters, as long as you then understand what you wrote. So feel free to make abbreviations, even if they don’t make any sense to other people. Common ones are B for the button, SB for the small blind, BB for the big blind, RCO for raising from the cut off, CR for check-raise and so on
  • Included relevant information – also write useful details that might help you if you review the notes let’s say a few weeks from now. Include things like the time and date, the limits of the games, the stages of the tournaments, the number of big blinds a player has, the position of the players, the hand they eventually had, the size of their bets and so on
  • Review your notes – notes are useless if you don’t review them on a regular basis. Try to do it every week, or as often as you feel it’s necessary. When you review them, you can also add to them or update their status. You can also scratch / delete the ones that are not relevant anymore
  • When needed, write more – if you feel the need of going in depth on a certain topic or a certain player, feel free to do it. That information might be valuable in the future

Even with the modern HUDs and tracking software, taking notes the old fashioned way can be a great tool that will improve your games.

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