Breaking mental mistakes is just as important as building a solid strategy with the cards. Poker is a game of skill, luck, and mental prowess. The top poker players in the world have strong mental control. They don’t get bent out of shape. And when they do surrender to that all too common human tendency to freak out, they don’t let it ruin their game forever. They bounce back, and that’s why they’re probably making a lot more money than you’ve thought about recently.
The best thing that you can do is tackle the mind, and we’re here to help you do just that.
First and foremost, you want to stop thinking that everyone is bluffing. The reality is that a lot of people want to play poker, burning through tons of hands. This is not a good thing at all. You want to know when to fold your hand and play another hand at another time. This is going to keep you from eating into your bankroll. Isn’t that why you want to play poker in the first place? You want to grow your bankroll, not shrink it. Playing every hand regardless of position or hand strength is a good way to flush your bankroll down the drain, in our opinion.
If you feel like the other person has a stronger hand than you, you might feel tempted to stay in the hand “just in case” or “to show dominance”. This is just not the right mentality to have at all. If you know that you’re beat, you’re beat. If the other person has plenty of outs and you don’t, then it’s time to fold. Walk away and play another hand later.
Managing aggression is pretty important. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t be aggressive in poker. Poker is all about aggression and showing dominance…but you need to make sure that you are doing it at the right time. You need to make sure that you’re betting at the right moments. If you’re beat, you’re beat — fold already! Don’t throw good money into a bad pot!
Finally, you might be tempted to go into a pot because you already feel stuck. We covered the feeling of being “pot committed” before, but it’s something that newbies and even veterans find themselves dealing with. They think “what’s the point of leaving? I already got myself stuck here!” That’s a bad thought to try to process. Break out of it. Move on. You’ll be okay, we promise.
Changing your thoughts about poker will ultimately take your game to places that you can’t even imagine right now. Why not start looking into it, while it’s still on your mind? Good luck!