A few small things worth thinking about

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A few small things worth thinking about

I recently had another poker player come to visit me in China. They are a NL50 SH regular on PokerStars. During the time he spent in Guangzhou, we discussed a lot of very interesting things worth thinking about. We talked about some aspects of poker psychology.


Let's start with the fact that in recent years, many people have ceased to believe in themselves. Some people living in a permanent state of strife in poker and in life. If you live for a month in this state, then things can change very much. Have you ever wondered how poker influences your life when you are not sitting at the table? When I lived in England, I had a very common problem. I often went to my parents at the weekends, but even there, I was forced to open the client and play. In the end, after these marathon sessions, I began to notice how much poker "clung to me" and how I kept going on about the game. My mood depended on how well I was rolling. If I lost quite a lot, then I began to blow a fuse over nothing. Later I began to be more self-aware and I realized that this was unfair and that my family was certainly not to blame for the fact that I lost 5 coin flips in a row. But it was quite difficult to find a way out of this situation. When I was shoving $ 50 and lost the pot, I had mixed feelings.


On the one hand, I realized that I had done everything right, on the other hand I felt sorry for the money. I was also sorry for their money when the river gave a fish their flush. However, I always knew how much I lost - I always looked at the results of the session, constantly "refreshing" the graph in HM. Each time I lost a pot I looked at my bankroll and it was really awful. This creates confusion, killing the concentration you need for your A game and at the same time leading to tilt.


And only now, when my life has changed quite a lot, have I found the answers to these questions. My mood is no longer dependant on my results at poker, because I realized one simple truth. If you are constantly looking at how much you have lost you:


1. are not confident in your game

Yes, exactly! You do not believe that over the long term you are a winning player and therefore you focus on the current session.


2. you have leaks

Leaks of which you are unaware. Once again you 're not sure what you are doing that's not right. Many people do not know how to fix their mistakes or do not even know that they have errors. You are looking to see the quality of your game reflected in the day's results.


3. you have a small bankroll

If you're frantically and constantly refreshing HM and looking at the cashier, then you are not playing within your bankroll and each loss just makes matters worse.


Just ask yourself - why am I doing this? Looking at one day's results is the equivalent of playing roulette and not poker. Poker is a long-term game. Imagine how insignificant the results of one day are for the poker race. Why look at all the results of this da? If you are confident in your game, if you believe in the long-term, if you have no doubts that you are a long-term winner, why bother to look at the result? You do not care about the result! You just give mathematics the chance to make his case. Stop playing roulette, gave time a chance. If you really are a winning player, then all will be well, sooner or later. If you are not confident in your game, then you need to start continuously working on improving it. Observe how you play, correct your mistakes. Take a look at your stats and think, "What should I have played against this guy?" Usually this question has a very large range of responses.


Congratulate me. I removed all the tabs with schedules and all the information about the win rate in HM. I left only evbb/100. Perhaps I'll look in the cashier when I do a cash-out.  Adjusting yourself to such a radical change is very difficult, but it is necessary. Just try it and you'll see that poker is always just poker, no more than that. It should have no effect on your life. Working in the office, you don't use a stopwatch to measure the amount you earned in an hour. That's just stupid.


So I 'm sure everyone can make more money at the games they play. Today, it is not possible to win by formulaic play. For example, take bet sizing. Many people play using only one size of bet, but would it not be better to try to think about how much you win or how much you lose?


For example, take a of $7 pot. Many regulars playing against fish put another $5 into the pot.  People do not take the time to ask themselves one simple question — "could I win more? Can he , with his particular range, lose $6 here?" If you do not aks yourself this question, in appropriate situations you will not get 1 bb. You just lost 1 bb from your win rate through playing the game on autopilot. Or for example, for many regulars bet-sizing does not matter. If a person folds to cbet 90% of the time, why not bet 80 % of the pot? Do you really think, that for this man, the size of your bet will make a difference?


We all make a lot of mistakes and we all pay a lot for those mistakes. Have you ever thought about that? How much do you have to lose? Suppose you are on tilt/steaming/ resentful and shove you 100BB stack on a bluff, making a mathematical error. Suppose your win rate is 3bb/100 and you lose 100BB. Think of how many hours you need now to play your A- game to hit this buyin? It's like playing in a biathlon. You just have written yourself a penalty loop for a few thousand hands where you will have to play a winning game. Such is the price paid for the mistake . Many people believe this stuff, but if you think about the scale of the problem, it becomes scary. With that in mind, think before you shove. Ask yourself the question - "Why am I doing this? Why would I want to force myself to play a few hours extra, if I can use this time to enjoy life ?"


Draw your own conclusions. There are a lot of little details in poker, about which we do not want to think. Just ask yourself. Always ask yourself these questions ...