Daryl Jace

Teacher, Blogger, Poker player.

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Putting my latest ideas into practice ( it's all about the love yo)

In my latest post I talked about tailoring coaching sessions based upon the persons interests in the game. I tried putting this idea a lot into practice with great success. I not only had more productive sessions but I also got them to work on their game BY THEMSELVES (ZOMG)  and enjoy doing it at the same time. 

 

One thing I did was use the HU idea I discussed before but in a HH review. Instead of asking how do we play balanced here, I asked how do we play unpredictably here? How do you think your opponent will perceive your range if you do X and how can you exploit that? I had them  think about it from a purely strategical/intuitive POV. Then I simplified the problem based on their skill level, the less experienced they were at this the more I narrowed the scope. For example i'd ask an inexperienced player what would he do with KJ/AJ on a Jxx board and a more experienced player what should he do with all his Jx given future streets and the tendencies of his opponent. The problem became doable but also challenging, fun but yet important. I don't wanna oversimplify but I think these 4 elements are the key to great progress and consequently really hard to achieve really.

 

I'm starting to realize that my job is more about this then teaching ideas. If you teach someone an idea/concept they get better at that one spot but If you take a person who is jaded/apathetic about poker and have create an environment that has all 4 of those elements you can potentially change their entire career (if you don't understand what I mean let me know). The thing is, a lot of poker players are jaded/apathetic. They learn from videos, 2p2, backers etc. that the game needs to be approached in a certain way, that they have to play a X amount of tables, play X amount of days, and they lose sight of why they first played this game and what they loved about it. They spend nearly all their time trying to maximize their productivity and increase their hours/volume and not nearly enough time figuring out/remembering what they like/love and how to tailor their lives around that. If I can figure out ways to turn this around I think that will be huge. 

 

The 1 example above is just scratching the surface, people are so diverse/different that applying this idea on a person to person basis is incredibly complex/nuanced. I'm interested in hearing your experiences, how do you like to learn, what excites/interests you about the game thats different/unorthodox? It could be anything from the way u think about the game to the amount of tables you play. I'll provide feedback if I have any thats worthwhile. Hope you enjoyed this, thx for reading.

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My latest Revelation in learning/teaching

I recently listened to the Tim Ferris podcast with Josh Waitzkin and it really got me thinking about creativity. Josh wrote the book ' The art of learning' ( A great book btw) and teaches people at the highest level of business/finance how to get even better. He had some really interesting thoughts on bringing out your creative side and learning in a way that is true to who you are.

 

My 1st instinct was to call bullshit because there is a ton of scientific studies that disprove the idea of learning styles, (there is a review of all studies on learning styles and they came up with little to no evidence to support it). I started to think about how those studies were probably conducted thought, most if not all of them probably ended with the participants taking a test at the end to determine whether they improved, a really flawed method IMO.

 

They probably didn't test how much more the participants enjoyed working like this and what implications that would have in the future. Enjoying what you're doing is a HUGEEEEE advantage. If you enjoy what you are not only more likely to put in work/practice but you are also more likely to try to do it well. I wouldn't be surprised if 10mins of really effortful work on just 1 hand was better than 1 hour of HH review  where you just say hand is standard and make fun of how bad regs play. 

 

I began to think that he was onto something and wanted to figure out how I can implement this idea.  I realized I was a lot less effective when I coached people who thought differently then me (the less mathy more intuitive types) because I tried to push my style of play/thinking on them. This can actually be a good thing to do as a coach but only to a point you cannot cross the line though. I think  it's somewhere around when the person you're talking to becomes too confused, bored or maybe even whenever they stop having fun.

 

So how do I tailor coaching sessions to fit with the person I'm coaching ? I decided to start with 1 example to simplify it: Balance/GTO. Which oddly brings me to twitter and JCAlvarado. I asked him  whether he thought BJJ (Ju Jitsu) fighters fought with a GTO strategy and he said he thinks that the best guys naturally have a GTO approach. The idea that people who were seemingly not heavily reliant on math/logic could naturally approximate GTO was astonishing and eye opening. What if MTT players could learn these strategies in a more natural non geeky math way?

 

Often when I talk balance with players in a very mathy way they tend to lose interest and get confused, but I remembered when I played HU vs them, showed them their weaknesses (unbalance) in the middle of a hand and talk about how I can/will exploit and what they can do to stop it  they got very interested.  

 

Putting things in this concrete fashion generated a immediate need for them to fix their game, which in turn generated their interest. When we discussed how to play better we talked about what hands to take in/out of ranges rather than what frequencies we need to be unexploitable. I wanna see if I could apply this method to everything I teach. Obviously it won't be that easy, I don't have many answers yet but when I get some more i'll be sure to blog about it. 

 

 

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My problems with education in the US

There is a lot of problems with the education system in the US and everyone knows this, so I won't bore you with the same points you probably heard a million times. Instead I wanna just share my story and experience with school/education. I think my experience is pretty unique, I went from 7th grade dropout who hated anything remotely related to education to actually wanting to become a teacher/educator above all else. From hating learning to being obsessed with it.  

 

Of course I hate that schools do stuff like standardized testing, memorization of stupid facts, kill creativity etc. ad infinitum but what I think was most disastrous about school to me is that it led me to believe that learning wasn't fun. I learned in school that history is about  collecting  useless facts, but what it actually is is a collection of some of the most amazing/interesting stories i've read/heard. I learned that writing was about abiding to a bunch of rules  that didn't make sense ( I failed english in 7th grade), but what it's actually about is expressing/consolidating your thoughts/ideas on paper, and unleashing your creativity (obv leaving out a lot of other cool things about writing). 

 

I learned that reading books ( esp non fiction) was just about the dumbest thing a person can do, it was about remembering what was written so you can pass a test or write a book report. Much much later, after much convincing from my wife I finally tried a book, and I found when you're not reading to pass a test and when its about something that interests you that its a really relaxing and enjoyable experience. Science was the same memorization of stupid facts and then I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and Richard Feynman and I was hooked. I can go on but I think you get the point.

 

I wish that in history that they just told me stories, that in language arts I learned to write stories about things I cared about, that when I was given books to read they would be books about stuff I was interested in and that I didn't have to pass a test afterwards, and I wish in science that they would of just shown the awesomeness of it. 

 

I want school to be a place where I know that when I drop off my kids there that they are deepening/growing their love of learning and there sense of wonder. All I want for them to finish school with the same zeal for knowledge that I have now. The world is an amazing place, learning is really fun and the fact that  kids like myself  are taught the opposite in school is the biggest failure to me by far by the educational system.  

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