The Ultimate Guide to Poker Psychology
Consistant Winning Poker
It’s been said, “Poker is a hard way to make an easy living.” Then why is it so hard to make an “easy” living playing poker? Why is it, no matter how skilled you are or how much you practice your poker skills, you can’t seem to make a comfortable living playing poker?
In any sports, business or personal arena there is one emotion/feeling most counterproductive to the serious poker player – that is fear. It is the greatest barrier to playing consistant winning poker. I am afraid it’s true.
And that’s one of the main reasons that poker is a “hard way to make an easy living,” for many poker players. However, it can be easy – a lot easier than you think.
According to Howard Lederer, “Staying in the moment – in the present – staying neutral no matter what is happening around you is the path to poker mastery.” If that is true then how is it possible to think only about the current hand when you have made bad plays and taken bad beats only minutes before?
How is it possible to stay mindful of only the current hand when if you win this tournament it might change your life? Or beating yourself up over a bad play serves no purpose other than keeping you in the past instead of the present.
It’s because most poker players have overlooked one of the most fundemental aspects of the game – the mental side of the game. Many think that practicing hard on their poker skills would give them the mental edge.
What separates the “winning” poker player from the “losing” player is not skill, but how much time they have spent on the mental side of their game.
You’ve seen this played out on TV.
And you ask the question, “what were they thinking,” or “why did he do that.” Blowing the chip lead in one or two mediocre hands or out and out making bad play’s which even an amateur wouldn’t have made!
You are about to discover step-by-step how to neutralize and eliminate your fears and anxieties.,
You’ll have the ability to, “Stay in the moment – in the present – staying neutral no matter what is happening around you is the path to poker mastery.”
And making a living playing poker will be easy – really easy.
Fear leads the list of negative emotions/feelings. And anxiety is our natural alarm clock that calls our first line of defense from rest into action, anytime it perceives a demand of any kind, and all of that happens instantaneously, without assigning judgment and without our conscious permission.
The problem with fear, of course, is pretty obvious. It paralyzes us. It controls us. It stops us from taking action. Even worse, fear can goad us into feeling a need to prove something, either to ourselves or to another player, at exactly the wrong (and most expensive) moment. Without a concious thought from us.