Like many games, poker has many great metaphors for living life fully. Someone said that you can learn everything you want to know about someone by playing 18 holes of golf with them. The same thing can be said for sitting across the felt with someone. Are they arrogant, reactive, methodical, abusive, timid, confused, strategic, aggressive, and passive or something else?
If you pay attention, you can learn about yourself. As in life, many people don’t take time out to reflect on what happened and learn from it. It can be a great mistake. The patterns in life and at the poker table run deep. So, to create the result we desire, we need to understand the tendencies and be aware to choose what is best for you even if it pushes up against what is comfortable for us. Here are some insights that will help you in life as well as on the table to play poker online.
Confidence triumphs over hesitation
There are good plays and bad plays in life as well as in poker, but a bad play with confidence, conviction and courage will result in a better outcome than a good play made with fear, timidness and hesitancy. If you are going to do it, then do it with confidence and play full out. Get all your chips in the middle. It’s been said that you can’t lose what you don’t bet but you can’t win much either. So, bet on yourself. If you don’t think that you are good to bet on then get better, build your skills and be confident.
Pay attention to everything
Life and poker are full of feedback always providing you with information you can use. The poker table is ripe with useful and interesting tidbits about all the players. Look around. Take the information and learn. There are many poker players who think they know everything. It is an unfortunate position to take. If you are focused too much on yourself and don’t look around, then you might miss a lot of things.
Being on tilt rarely
Heated, dramatic, reactionary, steaming, out of control, no self-control, not in right mind are definitely not the winning combination. Bad beats are inevitable and it can happen to anybody. The more you play, the more you will experience. How quickly you can recover from that tragic experience can be the biggest factor in long term success. Even how you perceive the situation in the first place makes the actual difference. Do you see that just a part of life/game? Or you react dramatically as something awful happened to you? Can you stay balanced in this type of situations?
Can you lay it all on the line and maintain the playful attitude? If life is a game, then we need to figure out what we are playing for, learn the rules and play. Play the game to win while enjoying.
Get your chips and sit down. Put the money in the middle, take some risks, study your environment and get to know your opponents. While playing poker, understand your goal and go for it.