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How to Conduct a Session Review


In this article
  • Why are reviews important for your development as a poker player?
  • Review types and tools
  • Methodology – How do you approach it and what do you need to know?

Why are reviews important for your development as a poker player?

Reviewing describes the process of analysing played hands or hand histories in retrospect. This is a necessary tool for every successful poker player. In the long run, your profit comes from making the best possible decisions at the table. To make such decisions in poker is not easy and requires a lot of knowledge and skill. Exchanging ideas about lines, moves, patterns, bet sizing, hand selection, spot selection, table selection and numerous other topics are things that make you a long term winning player in poker.

That's why you should keep in mind: if you want to increase your win rate, you have to be willing to thoroughly work on yourself and your game. This includes things such as good time management, a great deal of discipline and training opportunities.

PokerStrategy.com's hand evaluation forum gives you the opportunity to have your hands analysed by professional hand evaluators. In addition to that, it is important that you continuously analyse, think through and possibly re-evaluate your hands, your decisions and above all the reasons why you played a certain way.

Especially if you have taken up poker only recently, you should regularly set aside some time for training. How much time you spend playing and how much time you spend training is of course up to you. As far as the learning phase is concerned, a rough division into 60% playing phase and 40% training phase can be recommended. After all, you should also be thinking, learning and making continuous progress while you are playing. You could also play sessions for example and focus your attention on particular things (topic focus) that played an important role during your last training. By doing that, you can apply what you have learned or at least increase your awareness of these topic-specific problems.


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Comments (14)

#1 moovet, 28 Nov 10 03:08

had no idea this was supposed to be so complicated

#2 ironmask92, 05 Jul 11 22:33

Wow, this article is so complicated. Maybe when i play at higher stakes i'll come back and finish this article, :D

#3 Rhymenoceros, 08 Aug 11 15:41

yeah complicated much?

#4 kingreigns, 09 Aug 13 18:44

i was fine till
4. Formulate the EV formula for the check/raise push "EV=Pot*Pfold + (1-Pfold) * (Equity*Win – (1-Equity)*Loss)"

can someone explain this part,im totally lost

#5 biggood, 07 Sep 14 18:59


#6 toske1, 13 Mar 15 18:37


#7 LyToLV, 13 Jun 15 16:32

that means in one day u playe one turnament then sit down for rest of a day to analyse it and next day u play agenst difrent players and agen need to set down and analise it after amonth u got the first player u analiset but hi is playing difrentli nowe becose hi lorned nowe things and playing difrent still un analise him agean after a month agean hi hawe a bad day and u need to analaise him agean and u spend 10 yeras to analaise on player becose ich time hi hev difrent game plan or in a diferent mods to play or just in bad luck. is it wraith?

#8 vinkojudi, 31 Jul 15 11:41


#9 vinkojudi, 31 Jul 15 11:41


#10 hassux, 25 Jan 16 21:34

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#11 bubamarasr, 20 Feb 16 21:04

Read it. Thank you!

#12 msp3101, 24 Apr 16 10:33

some learning to do methinks :)

#13 raasantos, 12 Jul 16 19:13

LyTolV it is not about analysing opponents, it's about analysing your decisions, how you thought and what could be done and what is the best decision to take under determined situation. Reviewing your choices make you able to take better decisions while playing, make you better at finding your opponents leaks and beating them. Even though they've changed, when you face them again you know to run a totally new analysis while playing, and know how to make the best move.
By the way I thought this article really complicated and I will come back later. But Im starting making some reviews with other things like ICM, Equity, Pot Odd and Outs; and defining my opponents ranges, after a while I think I will get better at this spots and Im gonna crack down the NLHE 0.25 / 0.50 SnG tournaments.

#14 rambo444444, 10 Oct 16 19:23

thank you