The importance of being disciplined

Detail of poker cardAfter you have learned about strategies and odds you still lack in a very critical side of the game – the psychological.

Therefore, the truth is: some players don’t need to read this (even if it wouldn’t harm) because they is already in the right region of the psychological sphere. So unfortunately some players will perhaps never get to the right region. A rigid statement, but it’s honest. Some other players will be able to get there and if you are one of then I hope this following advice could get you on the right track.

The reason for this dividing is because abilities that are needed for succeeding in the mental game are in such a high degree united with very complex factors that can’t be excluded from the individuality.

The subject of discipline can’t be enough emphasized. The urgency of being disciplined is just such a big part of the game. For many players, this is the thing determining the result in the long run. You can always make some good results just by practicing your strategic knowledge, but do you have what it takes to play constantly in the top of your game?

Sporadic victories don’t counts; that count is your bankroll. If two good days is followed by one disastrous, your bankroll is going down. You cannot avoid occasional downswings, but you must avoid the tendency that’s puts you in the direction for disasters.

Tilt

Tilt is a description of the mental condition. When a player is “on tilt” he is reacting to one or several bad beats in manners that bring negative influences to his game. It’s very hard not being emotional in the game of poker, not at least in periods when you are constant unlucky with the cards. It’s natural for people to react upon things they are facing.

In poker, however, the ideal behavior is not to act like a human being (!), it would be much better if you were a machine. Of course, it’s problematic to become a machine; therefore you must learn to control yourself. If you be over heated by emotions, you are losing control, and losing control will often spoil your game.

How do you get in control over the emotions? A good way is to always rationalize the situation instead of feeling the situation. Always remember that the nature of luck isn’t regular albeit symmetrical in an endless time.

The problem is then you letting the quality of your game be reduced then the cards are unfavorable and then doesn’t being able to take advantage of the moments you have favorable cards – you are too disturbed.

The conclusion turns out: 1) avoid going on tilt by control your feelings with the right thinking; 2) if you nevertheless go on tilt (it will happen), stop playing!

Coldness and heat

The majority will agree in that it’s better to make decisions then you are sober but then you are drunk. You can apply this to poker in a transferred sense of coldness and heat. You are “cold” and no-affected before you start playing and then you start playing you getting affected in different ways and it generates “heat”.

Therefore, you should make decisions about how much money and how much time you will use in maximum for the session before you start. Then stuck to it, instead of changing your plans then you are affected of things that make you less “sober”.

Please don’t ruin your bankroll because you get over heated, it’s such a waste and you will get demoralize.

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