The skills of a successful poker player
To win regularly at poker, you need to have a wide range of skills, and they are far from limited to the technical side of poker. These are the most important “life” qualities of any successful poker player. We have arranged them in decreasing order of importance, but remember that there are exceptions.
Some players quite successfully compensate for the lack of, say, discipline, unsinkable self-confidence, and therefore continue to win.
If you don’t know how to “count money”, don’t understand which game you can afford and which one is better to stay away from, you will not be able to consistently benefit from your poker skills. The main reason many strong players go broke is because the stakes are too high that they cannot afford.
In poker, it often happens that you just have had bad luck for quite some time. And in such moments, the worst decision would be to try to recoup at more expensive tables – your game is already bursting at the seams due to uncertainty and endless failures, but imagine the consequences of going out to even more experienced players!
To prevent this from happening, you need to remember a simple rule. Allocate a certain amount of money to poker (the so-called bankroll) and always make sure that there are so many buy-ins, that is, the entry fees to your current game, in which you feel comfortable and not afraid to lose. If you think you don’t have much money left, and each pot is of great value to you, then you should go down to the cheaper tables to restore your shaky bankroll, as well as confidence in your game.
Failure to comply with this rule is a direct path to ruin. In one of the following articles, we will definitely talk about the so-called bankroll management, which will help you always stay afloat.
Another problem for many novice players is the inability to “count” money. If you decide to specialize in cash games in Texas Hold’em, then you should not open a couple of Omaha or Stud tables in parallel, as well as your favorite evening tournament, from which you will be knocked out in the first 15 minutes. These games may be fun for you, but the extra $ 30-50 that is poured into such entertainment every day may well wipe out all your profits from the base game.
For a stable player, one of the most important skills is discipline. Being able to be in the right place at the right time is not just luck! If you don’t have a card all evening, that doesn’t mean you should get involved in borderline deals with bad hands simply because you’re bored. It’s easy to make a mistake out of emotion that will invalidate all your previous efforts. To attack, you always need to look for the best card or advantageous situation at the table …
Most of the money in poker is won by patient people who know for sure that they will get a good card, if not in a minute, then in one of the thousands of hands that they have yet to play.
A disciplined player will always be able to refrain from a situation where he initially does not have an advantage, from playing hands that can only create problems, and will also always pull himself up if he suddenly wants to play a more expensive game than he can afford. He accurately counts money and learns from his own mistakes, not allowing emotions and momentary impulses to get the better of cold calculation and the desire to win money.
At the poker table, it is important not to lose concentration under the influence of a feeling of injustice from a bad hand (“tilt”). You need to be able to calm down or take a break as soon as emotions begin to take over and begin to dictate their own rules of the game.
In poker, there are very long losing streaks, and even the best professionals can’t do anything about it – it’s all about the theory of probability and elementary mathematics. But, ultimately, the best results are achieved by those players who are able to endure failures more easily, maintain psychological stability and better than others minimize their losses in difficult times for them.