It isn’t a secret that Poker in all its forms and variations can be an exhausting game. When the game is played in ways that allow the mind and psychological state of the player to take control, there isn’t another type of gambling that is more stressful than Poker can be. On the other side of that coin, however, when players learn to control their mental pitfalls and to take advantage of the other players’ weaknesses, the game can be one of the most exciting and energizing options around. The trick, of course, is to become good at what makes the game hard. Once you are able to achieve that, you are ready to join the ranks of the best players in the world.
One of the most important things to remember is that you should be motivated to win at all costs. That doesn’t mean that you should stake your kids’ college money on your next name or throw the key of your car onto the table when someone raises, but it does mean that you shouldn’t take no for an answer. Especially when it is your own mind doing the telling. When you sit down at the table, you know what you want and the only way to get it is to know that no one else is going to do it for you. You must do whatever you need to in order to prevail.
Know Your Limits
Another thing that makes players strong is when they know their limits and can recognize when their emotions are getting the better of them. Even the best players in the world get visibly swayed by their own emotions and when you watch them and how they deal with it, you will often see them look away from the table for a moment to collect their thoughts. They develop the ability to return to their unaffected state of mind using different techniques. When they do that, they are cancelling out the effects of the emotions, which in turn make their game and performance as solid as it can be. Controlling one’s own responses to emotional triggers goes a long way in a person’s ability to remain calm under pressure which is another aspect of a strong player.
No matter what you do, the name of the game is having a strong mind. That doesn’t mean being obstinate. It means having the ability to not allowing your mind to control you.