NL Texas Holdem Poker Techniques – Can You Discipline Your Feelings?

by Gaige on January 18th, 2010

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At first glance, poker appears to be an easy game very much like monopoly, scrabble, or video games. When you venture deeper into poker, you realize that it’s a lot more than just a game. Poker is a game of demoralization and simply the powerful will prevail. Once you nail the basic framework down for your game, maintaining your feelings is the most critical part in wagering great poker. Anyone can understand the odds, starting hand requirements, and how to take action in numerous hand circumstances. Only a small percentage of the poker playing population can maintain their feelings when things are going poorly. Playing well after squandering large pots is the thing that separates great players from average players. Think about all the things you attempt in life that follows a familiar sequence. When you’re in a bad mood, you have trouble concentrating on daily happenings. When you’re pissed, you have difficulty contemplating straight. As humans, we are incredibly emotional when it comes to life. Poker is a sport that takes us through the various range of emotions. We have the highest highs after hauling in a huge pot. We have the lowest lows when we lose a big pot.

Emotional mastery is an ability that can be learned by anyone. In any given sport, or game, emotional mastery is the ‘thing’ that makes amazing players. Just like anything in the world, it takes a ton of discipline and practice to control your feelings at the poker game.

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