You have heard practice makes perfect. Well, application is the best form of learning in poker. Play regularly and study the game inside and out. Post on the PokerSkills.org forums for advice, read poker strategy articles, and purchase a book by your favorite poker pro. When you add up all sources of knowledge, they lead to substantial increases in your bankroll.
Not only should you study your strategy traits, but focus on understanding opponents. Write notes or use a similar technique to analyze the other players' strategies. Profile their aggressiveness, starting hand selection, behavior of calling with strong hands, as well as bluffing with weak hands. You must make observations and correctly assess your competition.
Statistics in folding, raising, and calling is very important. Evaluate your fold, raise, call percentages. Fold percentages should be the highest, followed by raises, and calls. When you have a good hand, it's usually better to play aggressively and raise. If you suspect your opponent has an advantage, fold. The only time you should call or check is when you draw to a flush or straight or call on a bluff.
Picking a Poker Game
Play where you can win. Don't play high limits or at tables where you know you will lose. You don't want to be a fish. Clarify how comfortable you are with the betting limits and the overall atmosphere of a table. If you feel apprehensive, select another table.
Your bankroll is extremely important, and it will determine where you play. If you don't have enough chips, you shouldn't play tables with high limits. You will not have enough money to survive the bad cards early on. You'll end up finding yourself broke and beat.
We recommend having 100x the minimum bet (e.g. $100 at $1/$2 limit table) and in 7 Card 40x the minumum bet and at least 20x the minumum bet on the table. Sit out and get more chips, if necessary. Keep your bankroll high to prevent situations where you only have enough money to go all-in before the flop.