Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email: thebodogari@gmail.com

Monday, April 03, 2006

Fish/ Donkey/Weak Players

are all around, and the question is why? Why are their so many bad players around? I'm not complaining about it of course, simply trying to figure out what is it in our "drinking water" that makes most players losing players.

I think a large component of this has to do with our educational system. It is sub-standard (nice way of saying it) and it doesn't teach kids "how" to think but rather "what" to think. This leads to unprofitable players. I didn't go to public school, but I bet you all had to memorize a bunch of very important "facts" for your history tests.

In my high school, every morning I used to have a 4 hour session of one-on-one learning with a study partner, where we'd sit there and analyze one page of talmud, trying to figure out different meanings and approaches to the main texts. This experience was probably invaluable in my development as a poker player, as it actually taught me to think, and not merely memorize and spit out. (Of course, once I got to college, it was back to memorize and spit out, and honestly, although I did relatively alright in school, I don't remember too much about any of it.

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