PkrPwr: Don’t Demand Anything of the Game

November 8th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.” ~ Zen

No doubt you’ve seen that the players that have the biggest problems in the game are the ones who ‘demand’ something from it. It’s like it owes them something, or they think they ‘have something coming’.

Poker is a lover you can only attract by showing your indifference to her. The minute you show that it really means a great deal to you, that you really want it badly and feel you deserve it, she becomes disenchanted and walks away.

“Not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking something will you be on the right road to the gate.” ~ Zen [again]

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PkrPwr: The Scared Money Trap

November 6th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

One long-standing rule of all gambling is that “scared money never wins”.

When you’re underfinanced at the table, your decision-making becomes more tentative, defensive and panicky. You make mistakes that opponents seize on and use against you. The ‘whatever-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong’ phenomenon starts to come into play.

No one knows what causes this. Maybe we panic at the wrong times because we’ve got so much riding on the outcome. Or maybe it’s the missed chances – situations occurring that we can’t take full advantage of. Or it might be that we become more readable because we care too much, or we are more easily intimidated. Or that someone who is desperately afraid of failing tends to cut off his options and his possibilities out of fear.

Whatever it is, scared money is a situation to avoid. Once you feel that cold chill of playing with the rent money – where you simply must win – you’ll find that things very rarely go right from that point on.

Playing scared can lead to a game condition called “the fetal position”. This is represented by totally defensive play – a kind of deer-caught-in-the-headlights panic that takes us completely off our game.

When that happens, the player responds by playing tight, but it’s a false tightness – a kind of fear that second-guesses itself. It zigs when it should zag, and is completely out of sync with events.

Scared money never wins.

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PkrPwr: Impatience and Poker Don’t Go Together

November 4th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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“Money flows from the impatient to the patient.” ~ Warren Buffet

If you are feeling impatient in any way, shape or form, you don’t belong in the poker game. Strongly desiring to have something happen, and desiring it very impatiently, is a destructive attitude to have in poker. If there is any feeling of impatience at all, you shouldn’t be in the game.

Money flows from impatient to patient.

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