The Secret to Happiness
For this reason, playing in a game where players light up with happiness when they have a good hand and shake their heads dejectedly when they have a bad hand is poor training for higher levels of play. At the higher level, opponents sit stony-faced, their expressions unchanging whether they have a bad hand or a good hand, or they may give out false tells.
It is obvious that in any given poker hand you will either win or lose.25 When you win a pot, the emotions usually generated are positive, such as happiness, relief, and pride. Generally, these emotions will not adversely affect your game. They have a positive effect on your game by giving you confidence, allowing you to think clearly, etc. There is always a possibility you might become overconfident, but the negative psychological impact of this on your game is minimal.
Expected value is a concept that everybody uses in their daily lives, although they may not realize it. Whenever we have a choice, we use expected value to guide us on our decision. Sometimes the value of the choices are not purely monetary as it could be based on happiness, a term that academics like to call utility. Usually there is no need to use a formula to calculate the expected value of a decision, but there are some cases where the use of calculating expected value will show us something that is counterintuitive or simply show us why a certain idea is correct or incorrect. It can also help us to pinpoint what factors we need to consider when we are playing poker.
There are certain situations where you may be happier to have three-of-a-kind than a full house. The reason is because sometimes your opponents actually have more outs when you have a full house than when you have trips. It does not matter how badly you beat him by, just as long as your cards really are better, be it by an inch or by a mile.
WALLACE You are the good, the innocent, the powerful, you are the Clark Kents. Over are the days of your being defrauded of wealth, pleasure, and happiness. Over are the days of being victimized by the politicians, bureaucrats, mystics, and pseudo intellectuals. In your innocence, you have unknowingly been drained by Neocheaters. Now, at last, you can break free and take what all productive human beings rightfully earn but seldom take a guiltless life of power, pleasure, and wealth. But even more, you can now become a Neo-Tech person and command your own future.
Those who can't .teach. We've all heard that one. And, like most generalizations, there's some truth in it. But, only the very naive would take that statement to be entirely true. . .because there are many teachers who could easily do . They don't do because teaching is what they find most fulfilling. And that's true. Absolutely true. I know. Because David Sklansky (my expert collaborator on High-Low Split) will probably soon be living proof of a doer who'd be happier teaching. If he can ever push himself far enough away from the Poker table, we'll probably be able to find him teaching mathematics in the Graduate School of some University. (His Dad was a mathematics Professor and is now a computer expert.)
Set aside at least fifteen minutes a day to study and read the gestures of other people, as well as acquiring a conscious awareness of your own gestures. A good reading ground is anywhere that people meet and interact. An airport is a particularly good place for observing the entire spectrum of human gestures, aspeople openly express eagerness, anger, sorrow, happiness, impatience and many other emotions through gestures. Social functions, business meetings and parties are also excellent. Having studied the art of body language, you can go to a party, sit alone in a corner all evening like a wallflower and have an exciting time just watching other people's body language rituals Television also offers an excellent way of learning nonverbal communication. Turn down the sound and try to understand what is happening by first watching the picture. By turning the sound up every five minutes, you will be able to check how accurate your non-verbal readings are and before long it will be...
Bad players have no idea that they are transparent to other, better players. When they get a good hand and erupt with happiness, they don't think this has any significance. They also think that the times when they don't do this doesn't tell the other players anything cither.
Poker can work against the good player's self-esteem and happiness no matter how much money he wins since the source of self-esteem and happiness lies in being productive, 45 and poker is a nonproductive activity. Also, in the long run, a person will almost always earn more money by pursuing productive routes rather than nonproductive or destructive routes.
Tilt is less likely - Players are considerably less likely to go on tilt when running well than when running badly. They will not be playing scared nor be desperate to get back even. Feelings of happiness and confidence are less conducive to tilt than those of depression and self-doubt.
We often see a high ranking politician standing behind a lectern with his arms tightly folded across his chest (defensive) and chin down (critical or hostile), while telling his audience how receptive and open he is to the ideas of young people. He may attempt to convince the audience of his warm, humane approach while giving short, sharp karate chops to the lectern. Sigmund Freud once noted that while a patient was verbally expressing happiness with her marriage, she was unconsciously slipping her wedding ring on and off her finger. Freud was aware of the significance of this unconscious gesture and was not surprised when marriage problems began to surface.