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Poker Strategy: Poker Psychology

The power of the mind in poker: There is no spade.

Poker Psychology

It’s well-known among poker enthusiasts that using psychology to get inside the head of your opponents can really give you an edge over them. What some people forget though is that it’s equally important, if not more so, to understand how your own psychology plays a role in your results. Many people who have solid overall strategies nevertheless fail to live up to their potential as players due to a lack of emotional control. Tilt – including “winners tilt” – the desire to get “unstuck” while in the midst of a losing session, playing while tired, and off-table habits can threaten your ability to earn a profit from poker. The articles below discuss some of the psychological problems that affect poker players and ways of dealing with them. Before long, you’ll be able to make calm, dispassionate decisions, and you’ll therefore be able to play your A game for extended periods of time.

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The Value of a Bankroll

I think that the concept of bankrolls in poker is something that is misunderstood by the vast majority of poker players. In fact I have read more opinions and articles on the subject of bankroll management and earn rates than I can remember. I find most of the...

The Psychology of Losing

You can’t win every hand or tournament when playing poker. But an extended losing streak can often have severe emotional repercussions that may compound over time, causing you to lose even more. Learn how to break out of the cycle and start winning again.

Rules for Table Selection

There are many things you can do to increase your poker skill and you should do them. However, it is unlikely that you will do anything between now and your next poker session that will dramatically increase your skill. Reading the right books, studying some articles,...

The Greatest Obstacle in Poker

I really do not think that reading poker books or watching coaching videos can prepare you one hundred percent for the mental trauma that professional gambling can throw at you. There are many similarities with regards to poker with many other fields and one such...

Nine Noobie Myths About Microstakes NLHE

I feel like tons of the noobies in the BC have serious misconceptions about microstakes poker. Here are a few I've seen lately. 1. The micros are just too fishy to be beat for any decent win rate. 2. The micros are too hard to be beat since UIGEA. 3. The FTR regs at...

Optimizing Your Sessions With Simple Routines

Establishing a set of routines to perform before you begin playing poker will produce long-term, positive results. By properly training your body, you’ll be able to condition your involuntary responses to make you calm, focused and ready to play whenever you want to.

Dealing With Bad Beats

Recently I have seen a number of posts by newer players complaining about bad beats and suckouts and perhaps even suggesting that certain sites deliver a greater proportion of bad beats than others. There is already a sticky in the bad beat forum about this but I...

A Sensible Approach to Controlling Tilt

Being emotionally compromised while playing a precision game like poker is the same thing as taking your buy-in and dropping the chips by the handful into a wood chipper. In summary, it's a bad idea. (Unless burning through money is a hobby of yours. In which case,...

The Incorporation of Second-Level Thinking

In today’s tough poker games, you can’t just think about what cards your opponents have. You have to also consider what they think you have. By doing so, you can strengthen some of your ranges and weaken others depending on what kind of action you expect to face.

A Jedi Mind Trick for Improving at Poker

You don’t just have an innate, unchangeable level of skill at poker. By adopting the right mindset and exercising your willpower regularly, you’ll be able to make substantial improvements — improvements that may well put you ahead of someone with a higher level of natural talent.

The Truth About the Dangers of Playing Under Rolled

This article aims to express just why, in a theoretical sense, you can't play poker under rolled. It's for people at all levels of the game who don't know/havn't read this stuff, and I really hope to be explicit. There are also points that even some of the more...

The Psychology of Winning

A lot of literature on poker psychology focuses on how players should handle themselves when they are losing. Whether it is a downswing, tilt, or other factors, people tend to only focus on their play/mentality when things aren’t going their way. Few...

Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

Whenever you read poker strategy guides or books, you must be prepared to study them carefully. Merely skimming the contents will not advance your game very much at all. You should always consider the strategic implications of anything you read to get the maximum value from it.

Cues of the Shoes

At the poker table, we watch for the flare of a nostril, the wink of an eyebrow, or the twitch hiding at the corner of an opponent’s mouth. But the face, thanks in large part to our respective upbringings, is the least honest portion of our anatomy. We’ve been taught since infancy to mask our true emotions before they flicker across our countenance.

So where, then, can we hope to glean the most truth from an enemy? The answer may surprise you.

3 Extremely Useful Methods to Recognizing a Read

Goal: to know the cards of your opponent. If you can obtain that information (through legal and accepted means!), you are on your way to making a lot of money. The study of reading your opponent is a never ending endeavor, because making your reads is going to be...