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October 23, 2006
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Poker Lesson: The Mindset of a
Author: Kristy Gazes
Here's one of the most interesting things about
poker: A player can
be incredibly knowledgeable and talented, and still be a long-term
loser. I've been playing professionally for more than a decade
and, in that time, I've seen any number of sharp, gifted players
go broke again and again. How is it that I've been able to survive
while others have busted out? I think there are a few factors
that contribute to my success.
As I discussed in a previous tip, my money management
skills are good. So when I hit the inevitable losing streak, I
don't risk going broke. As far as I'm concerned, it's impossible
to overstate the importance of money management to your poker
I've also benefited from being a mixed-game player.
At the Commerce Casino, I play in a rotation game that can include
Hi/Lo, Stud Hi/Lo, Triple Draw, and Badugi. I like the mixed
games for a couple of reasons. First off, playing a mix of games
helps keep me sharp and interested. Sometimes, when I play one
game continually for hours on end, I can get a little antsy.
In addition, there are usually a couple of players
who play some games well, but aren't quite as skilled in others.
This gives me a nice edge. And the truth is, even at higher limits,
there are players who don't understand some of the games all that
well. They see too many flops in Omaha
Hi/Lo and draw too frequently in Triple Draw and Badugi.
There's another great advantage to this sort of
mixed game. Games like Omaha
Hi/Lo and Badgui appeal to gamblers - players who like to
get involved in pots and mix it up. Some of these guys are quite
talented, but after missing a draw in Badgui or failing to connect
on the river in Omaha,
they can go on tilt. Then, for a period of time - maybe 15 minutes,
maybe an hour - they play every game badly.
Perhaps the greatest advantage I have over my opponents
is that I'm able to control my emotions. I don't tilt easily.
And when I do feel myself getting upset, I have the discipline
to get up from the table and go home. I know that the game will
be there tomorrow and I'll be far more prepared for the action
after some rest. Over the years, I've encountered many players
who play about as well as I do, but I've fared much better then
they have because I can control my response to adversity.
If you're looking to improve your results, try learning
some new games. There's a lot of fun and profit outside of Hold
'em. And work on your emotional control. Staying off tilt
may be the most important thing you can do for your bankroll.
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