It’s important to remember to take shots at higher buy-in games when the time is right.
Shot taking is invaluable for two primary reasons: It puts you in position to win much more than you could normally win (sometimes life changing amounts), and it introduces you to the style of play at that certain level.
WHEN TO TAKE SHOTS
Recognizing good shots is relatively easy. When you have profited a high amount in your normal games and you’re playing well, you are in a good position to take a couple shots. You typically want to play a stake a little bigger than normal. Don’t take a risk that might eliminate a significant portion of your recent winnings. If you’re used to playing $100 game, play a $200 or $300 game as your shot.
Focus heavily on game selection when choosing which shots to take. You want to play the softest and most profitable game possible when taking a shot outside of your normal bankroll strategy.
In my opinion, taking shots is paramount to excelling in poker. Knowing when to take them and not going overboard is the key to taking shots responsibly.