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6 Strategies to Win the Next 6 Months – Jim Kwik Inspired


Sky Matsuhashi

on July 15, 2021

Yowza! 2024 is already half way done!!! I received an email the other day from Jim Kwik, a memory expert, author and podcaster.

He released a podcast giving 6 steps we can take to win in the next 6 months. I loved it, and I know we can apply this to poker.

So, I’ll give you 6 strategies that will help you tackle the rest of 2024 with gusto!

Listen to this podcast episode:

*Note, the show notes below don't match 100% with this podcast episode. I'm updating and improving this episode audio soon!*

Step 1: Study While Avoiding Overwhelm

What is it?

I call this, “One until done with action”. This is studying ONE topic at a time, only ONE item per day while taking notes, and practicing the strategies you learn before studying a new item.

How will this help?

Overwhelm used to be a big issue for me.

For example, I would watch 3 videos in one day on different topics: 1) cbetting, 2) preflop bet sizing and 3) missing the flop with AK. Those are 3 totally different topics, and by overwhelming myself with so much, I guaranteed that I wouldn’t practice any of it and I wouldn't improve.

How to do it…

One until done with action:

  • Choose ONE strategy to focus on this week.
  • Find ONE item to study and take notes.
  • Practice ONE thing you learned.
  • Repeat over and over until you’ve practiced everything from this ONE item and you see improvement in your skills.


Poker Study Routine for Beginners video:


Step 2: Daily Hand Reading

What is it?

Hand reading is poker’s #1 skill. It’s the art & science of putting your opponent on a range of hands then narrowing that range through the streets. With a narrowed range, you’re better able to exploit your opponents to earn pots and value.

How will this help?

The best thing I ever did for my game was to accomplish 66 days of hand reading. I posted videos for all 66 days on my YouTube channel (Day 1 video below).

I was already a winning player prior to this, but 66 consecutive days of hand reading improved my skills across the board.


The best thing I ever did: 66 Days of Hand Reading

How to do it…

There are three things you need to learn hand reading:

  1. Hand histories: Use PokerTracker 4 to save all of your online hands.
  2. Flopzilla Pro: This is the best hand reading software and worth every penny (only $25).
  3. Study with the Online Poker Hand Reading Workbook:


Step 3: Play for Bread and Butter

What is it?

The most profitable situation you can put yourself in: In position as the preflop raiser, against 1 or 2 other players.

How will this help?

As the preflop raiser you have the strongest range, and your opponents have to consider that. You have position with an informational and a time advantage. And facing just one or two opponents makes it easier for you to put your hand reading skills to use to make exploitative plays.

How to do it…

  • Raise more frequently than you call preflop.
  • Have a wider raising range in the CO and the BTN.
  • Iso-raise versus limpers instead of limping behind.
  • 3bet versus open-raises instead of calling.
  • Defend your blinds less often.

Check out this podcast: On the Hunt for Bread & Butter Profits


Step 4: Table Select

What is it?

Table selection is where you actively look for profitable tables. The more fish on a table, the more potential profits.

How will this help?

A 6-max table with 5 fish is way more profitable/easy/fun than sitting at a table with 5 winning TAG players. Fish make lots of mistakes and often just play their cards and the board. Their mistakes and unsophisticated plays put their chips in your stack.

How to do it…

Actively count the fish at your table. Within 10 hands, you should see lots of calling, limping and minimal 3bets. If everyone appears to be a strong winner, leave the table and find another.

You also want to consider who is seated on your left (they have position on you). If it’s a strong, aggressive player who can make your exploits difficult, leave the table and find another.

Check out this podcast: Table Select For High Profit Potential – Avoid The Sharks!


Step 5: Call Less, 3bet More

What is it?

Most players are very profitable when 3betting, but they're losers (or slight winners) when calling. Due to this, shouldn't we strive to make more 3bets than calls? Take the time to check your own win rates right now.

How will this help?

Aggression wins in poker and by turning calls into 3bets, you’re putting the open-raiser to the test. This gives you the opportunity to win the pot preflop if they fold. And if they call, you can still hit something good on the flop or take it down with a cbet bluff.

And lastly, calling is non-Bread & Butter, you’re purposefully putting yourself in a losing situation. 3betting in position is Bread & Butter poker.


Turn calls into 3bet bluffs:


How to do it…

Every time you face an open-raise, consider the merits of 3betting. 3betting for value with AK and JJ+ is easy, it’s 3betting with weaker hands that’s tough.

If all 6 of these are in place, you MUST 3bet bluff:

  1. You are in position.
  2. Hold an Ace, prefer suited and connected.
  3. Small open-raise and large stack.
  4. RFI by position > 20%.
  5. Raise/Fold to 3bet > 50%.
  6. Fold to Flop Cbet > 50%.


Step 6: Read The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler

What is it?

This is my favorite poker book and it’s helped me immensely with my tilt and anger issues.

How will this help?

The mental game is the thing that most players ignore and at the same time, it’s probably the leading cause of poker losses. Anger, entitlement, revenge, a hatred of losing and more all lead to terrible play and further loss.

This book addresses the critical mental game issues and gives clear advice on how to work through them to strengthen the mental game.

How to do it…

Get the The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler ASAP.

Focus on ONLY this book for an entire month. Dedicate every play session to mentally strengthening your game. Next month, return to skill acquisition.


Check out Jim Kwik's page:


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