Hi Bart and everyone. First a quick congrats on the new site, it looks great and love the new functionality.
I'm one of the '40-something' guys Bart often mentions on his show. I'm a break-even player, small winning player at low-stakes games the last year or so. I have a very full time job and an active family life (two small kids!) so only get time to play once a week, twice if I'm super lucky, 3-4 hours a session.
Since guys like us only get maybe 10-12 hours a month max at the tables (and often go several months without playing at all), often we sit down at a table of complete unknowns. Obviously we try to be as observant as possible, but trying to process the entire tables' action every hand and break it down into meaningful patterns is difficult, if not impossible, especially if we end up with essentially a new set of faces the next time we play.
So, my question to Bart and the community - and I'd love for this to be discussed on the podcast at some point: I'm a big fan of keeping lists down to just three items, so: what three things specifically would you recommend we focus on first and foremost in terms of the most 'relevant / bang for our buck'? (Obviously knowing how a villain plays AA in three-bet pots might be useful, but also might only come up once a session; we couldn't do much with the info even if we had it!)
Lately my approach has been to focus first and foremost on the two people to my immediate left and right (the people in the blinds when I'm on the button and on the button when I'm in the blinds). One obvious 'pattern' I try and observe for the entire table is how aggressively people play their draws. Would love to hear what else people think are good patters to pick up on!