Achieving mental balance at the poker table

chckraiseThose who have played poker long enough accept that this is a game that relies mostly on skill, but luck also plays a significant role. In most cases, poker players would agree that this is a good thing, because hadn’t it been for luck, most fish would be long gone. The game can’t survive if only experts play it, because in the absence of luck it would be impossible to make money.

This is something that players agree on mostly when they are not involved in the hand, and they are particularly susceptible to cursing bad luck when it causes a significant loss. It is interesting to see how players change from reasonable persons into people out of control when they lose money. This is the time when you need to be focusing on achieving mental balance, because otherwise you expose yourself to the insidious threat of tilt.

This is public enemy number one for poker players and if you can’t keep your composure during these rough patches, you should find another hobby. The game should be regarded as one big session, instead of concentrating on the ups and downs because this is the only way of staying in control and keeping your mind cool. Michael Keiner is one of the experts on how to achieve mental balance in poker and makes some powerful observations that both professionals and amateurs should take seriously, in an article posted at

If you play over the Internet, you need to be in complete control all the time because all it takes is to snap once to compromise your entire bankroll. Losing a single pot is not a tragedy, especially if you play in the bankroll and don’t take unnecessarily high chances, but if tile insinuates, things can easily spin out of control. Jumping to superior limits in an attempt of recuperating all your losses or chasing them at the same tables by playing overly aggressive poker are two ruining mistakes.

On other occasions, poker players don’t even realize that they are walking down the road to perdition, because the threats are difficult to identify. Complacency and playing on autopilot are two of the mistakes that poker grinders are prone to commit, as they compete at numerous tables at the same time. The fact that their sessions are much longer means that fatigue is more likely to become an issue and in conjunction these two factors cause him to divert from their a-game to a mediocre type of poker.

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