Archive for the 'Poker psychology' 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 […]

Failing at poker, and related thoughts

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ed Miller, aka notedpokerauthority, is one of the poker experts that I’ve long been an admirer of. The math and practicality of his poker instruction is always clear, logical, and well explained, but another one of the reasons that I like to read Ed is that sometimes he writes about poker-related topics rather than only […]

Better than the worst players

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When you play poker the focus is on playing well, on looking for tough hands against tough players at that level. But that part doesn’t amount to much financially. That’s all for learning, improving, for keeping your head above water. The money really comes from the bad players when they make bad plays.   If […]

“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 […]

What keeps losing poker players coming back?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

What keeps bad players coming back? Or, losing players in general. Why do they keep trying? Why do they keep playing? Why do they keep depositing/buying in? I think that there are many factors. Some factors overlap and often more than one will be in play for a specific person at any given time. Fun […]

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 […]