How to control yourself in poker

July 30, 2010

Self control is one of the most crucial thing for any online poker player who wants to become a professional poker player. But, there are many good players that failed to do so even if the theory from the book is well known by them . I suppose that the need for avenge and to be able to take back the money that are yours is a factor which increases the hate feeling and indirectly the tilt mode.

When players are in tilt they tend to be very aggressive with poor cards  and some times they just not realise this factor. It’s like the stock market, when your stock’s decrease and you expect them to double in a very short time, but 90% of the times it doesn’t. For me is very hard, even if I’m self mindful of my poor poker decisions after a number of two or more bad beats on ring tables. I know the theory, I’m aware of the fact that if I’m not going to stop playing I will lose all my bankroll , but sometimes I have trouble to just quit the game for a while .

Why? Well because I want to recover my money, because I just need to prove  myself that I am better then my opponent and show him that in the long run I’m a good  poker player with the knowledge and patience to be able to win in  the end.After a big number of bad beats, a good poker player leaves the table and takes a short brake in order to put his thoughts back together . Sometimes, even if I’m facing a fish it is a little bit tricky to push the poker hands to extreme (loose aggressive), because I might get caught bluffing even if my opponent has nothing but a king high card and because of his inexperienced play that constrained him to pay all my raises blindly.

The bankroll management is important, I need to protect my money, I`m like a father to my bankroll . How do I do that ? It’s simple: I just take a break when I lose  (even a day or two), and if I win I try to play as much as I can keep my concentration awake.

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