Originally Posted by PokahBlows
One million hands to become a profitable player? Dude that's complete bs. Your living in the online world.
The old timers never played a million hands at one level. That's some 2+2 blahhhhhhhhh.
No, but what those old timers did was deal themselves countless hands "practicing" various scenarios and thus in a sense got that million hands. Read Super System and some of the other older books and they talk about practicing and dealing themselves tons of hands for hours on end...
My million hands requirement is a combination of both live play and online play. Lets face the facts, 90% of players are not winning players.
if you played 8hrs per session at 35 hands dealt per hour and played 100 sessions in a year then that comes out to about 23,000 hands.
play for ten years, that is 230,000 hands.
I can't tell you how many players I play against that have been playing since the 1980s or 90s that are just terribad.
So that million hands requirement isn't so silly when you think about it. Which again helps explain why 90% of players aren't profitable. But perhaps a million is a stretch, I could reduce by a factor of ten and say 100K hands...
Now, can you become a profitable player by only playing 50K hands and reading a couple of books? Sure, if you have the talent and intellect. But for the vast majority of people, they are going to need to play more hands...
I thought that online players were FOS with their "million hands" this and "million hands" that... but after having played online, there is something to seeing a crap load of hands that really helps your game.
I think that in this day and age, if you aren't supplementing part of your game with online play then you are missing out on some serious and valuable poker training.