I won't enter family debate here, as I have not read the book. I have, however, skimmed the first few chapters online, and I perused some of reader reviews on Amazon to get a quick flavor of what people liked (and disliked) about the book. I think the most succinct summary that resonated with me was by reader who wrote a single sentence, 1-star review of the book: "The entire book (save yourself the reading) can be summed by: checklists are really, really, really important."
Which brings us to the topic of poker (as most things always seem to do with me...). Back on January 1st, I posted my top-fifty poker resolutions for 2012 on this blog (see that entry here). Number eighteen on my list was Use A "Preflight" Checklist Before Playing.
So am I following my own resolution? Well, yes and no. I actually wrote a preflight checklist, and it's pretty simple minded. It's also effective:
- Go for walk and clear mind
- Warm up brain immediately before playing (part of crossword or Sudoku)
- Verify bankroll is sufficient for game stakes
- Table Select!
- In The Game:
- Play with patience, especially at first
- Fold more than usual early in session (zen of folding)
- Tag the cows within first two laps
- Pay attention after mucking
- Do not cold call; either raise or fold
- Three bet IP
- Bet/fold the river
- REDi: Read, Estimate, Decide, Implement
- Review three key losing hands
- Review two key winning hands
On the days that I do slow down and follow the checklist, I absolutely, definitely play better poker. So what the hell is wrong with me? Why don't I remember to use the checklist?
Maybe I need a checklist for the checklist...
All-in for now...