You might think Joe Serock is another flashy, abrasive New York poker player. But then again, you might also think he’s not very good at poker. I have a lot of respect for poker pro John Salock. So when I heard him lose in an online game, I was surprised.
I could not believe how bad John was. He was running out of hands to play. When I watched him play, I was astonished. That is a classic New York poker player problem: Play tight and continue to make mistakes. Always make the same kind of play that didn’t work the last time you played.
So, I started watching his videos and a few of them really intrigued me. As the game went on, I found out he can not only make good plays, but he also has some skills to play a little better than he does.
First of all, he is one of the few good players I have seen that plays and watches poker very seriously. At the same time, he is not afraid to learn from the professionals. He loves to watch videos of other poker pros and try to emulate their styles. When he plays, he keeps himself updated with a constant review of the techniques of the pros and he also asks the pros for help.
He took an English course while playing poker to increase his ability to read and understand the language of poker. Not many poker pros take this step. John is one of the few.
His first impulse, when he sees a situation in poker, is to think of an approach. But when he gets the chance, he wants to think of something else. He wants to be open to the new approaches and the different ways to play a given hand.
That is a smart guy. It is one of the reasons I like him. I believe that when he plays poker, he is always looking for a new way to play a given hand.
As a poker player, I was stunned at what John was able to do in poker. It is one thing to learn to play poker. It is another thing to make good moves when you are playing poker.
The thing that impressed me the most was his success in his play in poker. He beat so many players in every game he played. What was even more impressive is that all of his opponents didn’t know anything about poker. They had no clue about poker.
Joe realized how much learning can do to improve one’s game. He spent years studying and trying to improve. His success is not surprising when you consider that poker is a game of confidence. It is a game where you can make your opponent to fold and vice versa.
You need to come to a point where you have confidence in yourself. You need to be confident that you are as good as your next bet or your next draw. If you are not, you will lose the game. And that is what people in poker are constantly looking for: someone who can make them fold.
Poker is all about confidence. It is all about being ready to lose. And when Joe shows that he is someone who can beat anybody. He made some opponents fold and make him stay in the game.