Rule Most peoples poker games are too predictable

Many players feel they've got their game honed down nicely to one workable set routine. They've eliminated most of their bad habits, weeded out the mistakes one by one, but in truth their game is kind of stationary and stagnating. It's become rather stale and one-dimensional, which is itself a mistake because it allows opponents to put them exactly on a hand. They'd really be better off if they were all over the map once in a while, even at the cost of a few chips.

The player needs to shift gears once in a while. Put in a raise on a marginal hand. Bet completely differently (in a way that is out of character, for you) once in a while. Do something different. Give opponents a different look. Vary your body language. Vary your facial expressions.

  • Industria psychologists call it the Hawthorne Effect. When the lights are turned brighter than normal on a factory floor, worker's productivity increases. When the lights are turned lower than normal, worker's productivity ... also increases. In time, the effect wears off, hut in the short run, breaking a familiar routine enhances performanceĀ».
  • John Paul Newport quoted in Men's Journal

Vary your bets. Vary your game. Vary something.

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