Sticking it out with Poker

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When Poker becomes a profession, you have to practice all the time, and read about it, and watch it. Basically, you’ll be living and breathing Poker all the time. It’s the only way to get good. The thing is that it will quickly get boring. You’ll enjoy getting better of course, but eventually you’ll feel like you’ve already seen all the plays and card combinations, and this is very dangerous because it means you’ll stop paying attention.  Losing interest can be fatal for your career. The trick lies in finding something to interest you all the time – a way to keep challenging yourself so that you don’t lose your love of the game. There are many ways to do this: hone your ability to read people by closely watching…
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The psychology of Poker

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By Harry von Schlussel Poker is a game of psychology, but you don’t just apply it to other players.You have to apply it to yourself, too. You have to be able to analyse your own state of mind and understand that no one plays in the zone all the time – it’s impossible to always keep up for best game and it’s impossible to win every time. As you improve, so will your standards of what it means to play at a high level, and you will keep pushing yourself more. This can be a good thing, but you have to be wary of unrealistic expectations. To keep your game consistent, it’s important to keep a firm control on your mental game – keep out distractions, boredom, anxiety and doubt.…
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Is Poker a viable career?

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This gets asked a lot on Poker forums and professional Poker players probably get to answer this all the time. There is no simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. It depends on how good you are, for one thing. You have to practice all the time, read strategy books, watch game and craft your strategy. You also need an instinct for reading people – this is harder to hone than strategy because you have to play a lot, watch other players and learn to read them over time. The hard leap for many would-be pro players is the jump between treating Poker like a hobby and treating it like a serious career. It means putting all those extra hours, and you may find you no longer enjoy it. The next thing…
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Poker confidence

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It’s important to feel confident when you play Poker. This is for several reasons. Firstly, looking weak will single you out as easy prey to other players, and you don’t want to be the proverbial sucker at the table. This doesn’t mean you should be brash: you have to exude a calm confidence. Secondly, a lack of confidence can have a very detrimental effect on you and throw you right off your game. You won’t be as quick as you need to, and that is no way to play. Lastly, Poker is a game of strategy and decision: you are constantly making choices and there is room for doubt. You have to pick a strategy, practise it, and you have to be sure of what you are doing. Poker is…
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