Planning in poker

ChipsIf you strive for being a profitable poker player in the long run, you should act in long-range terms. The adequate method to do so is to apply continuity. Let’s say you have a bad session and loose more than usual. If you responding either by chasing the loss for several hours or, even worse, change to a table with higher stakes you don’t act with continuity – you act with desperation.

The right thing to do is never play too long and only to change to higher stakes when you have won the amount of money that justify this. This doesn’t mean that you must immediately stop playing every time you have lost some. Just don’t change your usual habits because you have a bad day.

Find a way of playing that works for you and hold on to it even when things go bad. In other cases, the risk is big that you play when you’re tired and maybe frustrated.

One of the most important things in poker is being able to play your best game as often as you can and stop play as soon as possibly then you are playing bad. It’s all depends on your ability to stay disciplined.


It will simplify matters if you have a goal, or part of a goal, to aim for. A goal can bring you on the right track in reason of long-range terms. Without a distant goal, you may not know then you’re satisfied in a poker session. You just keep on playing in a restless manner and maybe get tired and loose some of the won money you had.

Setting up a goal can help you to stop play in time. In this case, you can feel satisfied with a relative small win since it’s corresponds with the goal you have in front of you.

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