021 - How Much Should You Play vs. Study

RedChipPokerTeamRedChipPokerTeam Posts: 105 -
edited February 2016 in Podcast, Articles, Freebies
Episode 21 of our podcast is live, and the question on SplitSuit's mind is "How Much Should You Study vs. Play?"

Take a listen and let us know what your play-to-study ratio is, and why!
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  • ChipXtractorChipXtractor Red Chipper Posts: 1,195 ✭✭✭✭
    My study to play ratio is probably up near 10/1 over the last few months. It is just a function of circumstance and I do expect it to get closer to 3/1 in the next few weeks.

    My question is ... I seem to go long periods of a ton of play and less study, followed by a ton of study and less play. I have no reason to believe I would be better off with a more balanced study vs. play schedule .... but, I do kinda feel that would be better for my gradual progression in the game. Any opinions on not only the ratio, but on one or the other dominating for longer periods of time?
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,082 -
    I think consistency is important - as someone who is very routine-oriented. Could you try a month with a more consistent ratio and see how it feels?
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  • thepokermonkthepokermonk Red Chipper Posts: 320 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for making the podcast, SpllitSuit! Can't wait to listen to it.
    Living so far from the casino and still having a day job, means that I have way more time available to study than play. But I'm looking at that as an opportunity to really study the game carefully and learn to just crush the fundamentals. So I would say my study to play ration is about 3 to 1 at this time. I can see that getting much closer to 1 to 1 if my circumstances change and playing becomes more accessible to me, but I hope I'm always able to keep a good balance between study and play. I've seen a huge amount of improvement in my play since I've been taking my study seriously and my win rate has improved drastically, not to mention how much more enjoyable the game is now for me.
    Even more important to me than how much time I'm spending studying is how deliberate and efficient my study is. Having only a finite amount of time to study, it's incredibly important to me to make sure I get the most out of every session and make sure I'm learning the material that I most need to learn, and not just the material that is fun to study or that I'm already proficient with.
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,082 -
    You're very welcome. And I'd say you're on the right track when it comes to thinking about this ratio =)
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