Archive for the 'Philosophy and approach' Category


Saturday, January 25th, 2014

I’ve tried various mantras while playing Zoom poker on PokerStars. Focus Don’t get upset Pay attention to stats Breathe But maybe this one is the answer: Patience It started with telling myself to wait, knowing that besides getting bad runs of cards or situations or players or suckouts that eventually things will turn around and […]

Remembering how to play $10nl

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I noted in my Daily Grind that I felt as if I’ve forgotten how to play $10nl, especially 6 max. I want to spend some time in here going over some of the things that I seem to have forgotten how to adjust for. Players call 1, 2, even 3 streets with any pair, and […]

“Am I playing well?”, and Poker variance

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Say you play tennis with a regular opponent. You are slightly better at tennis than your opponent. In the first ten matches that you play, you win 6 out of 10. Neither of you work on your game and then after 50 matches you’ve won 31 and lost 19. Seem reasonable? Now say that both […]

Poker detachment

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Sometimes when I’m playing multiple poker tables I will intentionally look away from a table. This might happen when I raise or call all in (after I see my opponent’s cards but before the balance of the cards are dealt) or sometimes when I raise or 3 bet preflop. Rather than sit and watch how […]

Feel the emotion

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I’m not an emotional person. I rarely get upset, angry, or get hyper happy or sad either. Yet poker emotion, very slight shifts in tension, can easily be magnified. A slight annoyance from being re-raised preflop can lead me to later shove over top of a raise from an entirely different player. A touch of […]

Discipline, the god of poker

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

What’s the biggest single factor that separates the winning poker players from the losers? I postulate that the key difference is discipline. Not knowledge, not understanding odds, not experience, not personality; discipline. Some knowledge and experience are mandatory to be sure but the one key difference between a winning player and a losing player is […]

Using Rush Poker to develop discipline?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I’ve been running badly recently. This always starts to show at one site/one buyin level and then tends to spread with me to other sites and other buyin levels. It’s represented by hands like JJ, betting the low flop and turn after being checked to, but getting check/shoved on the turn by an 80bb stack. […]

Rush Poker, as Zen practice

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I haven’t been playing much lately, what with some vacation on top of seasonal activities. But I’ve been antsy and wanting to play. The easiest thing for me to do when I’m busy and distracted like this is to pull up Full Tilt and play some Rush Poker. I play $10nl there because not much […]