Poker Psychology – The Deadly Sins

December 1, 2010

Certain things that you alone must avoid if you wish to become a good poker player. Some of them are E  similar to those Bible says you should definitely not do  :

Greed- A greedy player always tries to win big and to win it now. The sad fact is that you can’t possibly win every hand . Even the best players do not play each and every time  in every hand. If you have a big pot in front of you and very small chance of winning it, it makes no sense to commit too much. Even the top poker players  grow their bankroll gradually, winning some 6-7 big blinds per 100 hands. And most of your opponents have their reasons they are in this hand, so don’t assume they are just curious. This does not mean you should not win big, that is the name of the game. Just take it slow, and think it through.

Stubbornness- Somehow similar to greed, but this slip usually occurs when a player has a good hand but not the best. You always need to recall what the best poker starting hands are. He gets almost emotionally attached to his, for example, two aces that he does not notice that the river brings flush, but not in the suite he has. Just do not be a donkey to pull your weight if you do not have to.    Everyone will notice a bully during their game. That is the kind of player who will try to get you out of the hand with his big raises. You need to have confidence and to recognize a bully when you see him and to take a stand and penalize him. This will be good for your table image too.

Envy- When you look at players on TV and see them play in a very high stakes game, you wish to be in their place. But your bankroll is extremely small  . So you start playing above your limit and destroy your chances to succeed. Don’t get so envious. First learn how to play poker.

Ego- If your opponent runs you over a number  times, you get angry and try to win back your money by pushing much harder than you should  . You reprise every raise he makes; you haunt him throughout every street  . And what do you achieve? Usually not much  . This is nothing more than online gambling, not playing poker.    . That way you get to stay cold headed and keep your decisions rational. And in this case, as in life, if you play with your head and not with your heart , you will win .

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