Law of Attraction Subconscious Mind Power
You can use this loose-calling tendency against your opponents if you refuse either to offer too high implied odds or to justify optimistic calls. That is, before you bet with good hands, you should mentally decide whether you are willing to pay off a big bet with the hand or not. (Obviously, sometimes you will decide one way, but change your mind later in the hand. Nevertheless, you should always be asking yourself, Am I willing to lose a lot )
Don't play when you have something big on your mind. This is simple advice that you should always follow. Ideally, when you play poker, you want to be in a confident (but not overconfident) mood. You want to be fully awake and alert while looking forward to playing, with nothing on your mind that may distract you. If you're not, then you will not be in the best frame of mind to play your best game. You will be more likely to be distracted, which can lead to tilt. You should be wary of using poker as a release from problems elsewhere in your life. While many of us play poker to unwind and relax, you shouldn't play if there is something serious on your mind. If you do, you will go on tilt
If you ask the right questions your mind will direct itself to positive sugges- , tions. Once you tell your mind that you do exercise control over your actions, it will suggest strategies based on this assertion. Successful people, and that includes successful poker players, do this routinely.
The only thing on your mind when you play poker should be poker. Any other baggage that you bring to the table can only contribute to making bad decisions' Back in chapter 6, we discussed the best times to play poker, and one thing that we stressed was that you shouldn't have anything else preying on your mind. If you are thinking about something excessively while away from the table, you are probably going to think about it excessively while at the table, too. It could be anything from a problem at work, to an argument you have just had, to a family problem, to a member of the opposite sex you can't get out of your mind. Like most problems in poker, the solution is deceptively simple. I f you have something on your mind that is dominating your thoughts at the expense of all else, then don't play poker. Of course, your brain will come up with all kinds of convoluted excuses why you should play, which will mostly be the same reasons it uses to convince you to continue to play when you...
That weird rut you were in during yesterday's game It's in the past. Dismiss it from your mind. Don't overcorrect your poker strategy based on what happened then. Don't try to rebuild your game from the ground up based on something that happened in a given session. Start over again, fresh - today is a new day. Unless you really learned some eye-opening new truth, or profound insight, don't make any hard-and-fast rules based on a single instance or session.
It sets a bad precedent for future play if you go on tilt when something bad happens in the game, and you win by this means. It reinforces this as a possible approach to take on future occasions. In the back of your mind will always be the memory of how you dug yourself out of a big hole one other time by betting wildly and irresponsibly, so you may be tempted to try it again. When such tilt hands win, it can be difficult to put the old standards back in place. It is perhaps better, therefore, in the long run, if we lose when we go on tilt.
Psychologically, folding is like surrendering, which is equated with defeat. In an ego-fueled game, folding can seem extremely unattractive, especially if the pot is big and especially if you think there is a chance you have the best hand. When contemplating calling a bet, the questions going through your mind should be things like
Otherwise rational Omaha high-low players lose a lot of money chasing with the second nut low when they're sure, absolutely sure, that there's a better low out there. It's one thing to keep calling when you have a good shot at the high half and the second nut low, but it's quite another when you're only gunning for low and you're against two or three opponents. All we can tell you is to read your opponents as best you can, go over their hand history in your mind, and be tempted to call only if there's one other player in the pot. If two or more players call on the river, you're very likely beaten on the low side. It's hard advice to follow we know, because we go against our better instincts from time to time and call anyway. We're right part of the time, particularly when the low only became possible when the turn and river were low cards, but we're wrong sometimes as well. What's worse, when we're right, we get, at most, half the pot sometimes it's only a quarter or a sixth.
Suppose, for example, that you re-raised with a terrible hand into a player you were pretty sure had a good hand, just to see what the look on his face was like when he really had something. Then you freeze-framed that look and filed it away in the back of your mind for later use. From then on, every time that look was missing, you raised, and every time you saw that look again, you dropped out. It cost you two bets to learn this. This is an exaggerated example, but the reader will understand what I mean.
Second, it's expensive (albeit, in a gradual sort of way). Third, everybody else is getting to play and you aren't. Fourth, when you finally do stay (after two hours of folding), the contrast is so stark to the other players that they all instantly muck their hands. Fifth, a feeling starts to occur, far back in your mind, that as an activity maybe you're wasting your time here - surely you could be doing something more constructive than this.
Keep your emotions in check - If you are feeling upset or frustrated it would be best if you called it a day and calm down before attempt ing to play again. Negative emotions cause you to become distracted, and distractions cause your mind to wonder, allowing the other players to walk all over you. Keep your mind open for new ideas - Advice and a few pointers never hurts anyone, as it could be the one tip you need to progress your abilities. You can always learn something. Therefore, whether you get a tip from a professional, a book, a friend or even a kid, show your gratitude and don't forget to return the favor whenev er the opport unity presents itself.
If you have read the rest of this book (especially chapter 5), then this topic should be fresh in your mind. All players experience downswings from time to time, professional players included. What matters is how you react when you are on a downswing. Do you continue to play your best game in spite of your bad luck, or do you lose confidence, go on tilt, and become obsessed with your losses If you have problems in this area (and still have problems even after reading this book), then professional poker is almost certainly not for you.
Congratulations You've made it through the lirst section. To help cement the important points in your mind, please take this quiz, and write down the answers. Then check your answers against the answers on page 26. If you get any answers wrong, go back and re-read the text until you understand the answer to each question.
While you are on a downswing, all of the above will probably go through your mind at one time or other. The problem isn't that these are bad thoughts to have. In fact, all of the above are valid questions that poker players should be asking themselves periodically. The problem when you are on a downswing is that these thoughts can take over. You ask these questions too frequently, and unfortunately often arrive at the wrong answer. Metaphorically, you start seeing monsters under the bed.
If you have lost to several bad beats recently, you may find yourself paralyzed to bet or raise when you normally would. The recent bad beats may have clouded your mind and make you afraid to take the chance and get hit by another one. If this is the case, it is probably better to leave or at least take a long walk to shake the bad beats off. Come back and play when you can play at your best.
While finding and correcting leaks in your game is an end unto itself, it also has fringe benefits. First, by concentrating on improving your game, you are keeping your mind on something other than your poor results. Much of the problem with downswings comes from dwelling on your results between sessions to the point where you don't expect to win when you sit down. If you don't expect to win, then it is often a self-fulfilling prophecy, not for superstitious reasons but because you are subconsciously playing defensively to minimize your losses.
The key to understanding your pot odds is simply to know how big the pot is relative to the bet that you must make. You must know the size of the pot and thus you must count the pot. It will take a little practice but is not too involved, and anyone who practices it a little should have no problem. You could always back-count the pot when you need to know the pot size by replaying the action in your mind, but that would cause three problems. First, it will slow down the game and your concentration will not be on the play of the hand. Second, other people may catch onto what you are doing as it is easy to give a visual clue that you are counting the pot. Third, you may be too lazy to count the pot when you are not in the hand. Thus, you will not know if another player has made a mistake on pot odds or is even taking pot odds into consideration. Counting the pot in progress takes some discipline, but it is worth the effort to gain any extra edge you can over the other players.
We could talk all day about how to play your A-x suited after a marginal flop. What it really comes down to, though, i s this when you have a marginal flop with A-x suited, t ry to read your opponents t o decide what to do with your hand. If you feel that they are weak, raise. I f you feel that they are strong, fold. Don't forget t o raise to find out where you are at if you aren't quite sure. This play i s a great way to sort t hings o ut i n your mind.
Seeing the pot size in exact dollar amounts is helpful in case you were not counting the pot size as this book recommends, but do not use it as a crutch if you also play in real casinos as well. This is because the counting of the pot as the bets go into it is extremely useful to your play in a full brick and mortar game. You can make better and faster decisions if you do not have to stop and take time to count the pot. While playing poker online you can allow the software to add up the pot size for you and make decisions from that information. However, if you are going to be playing poker both online and in a brick and mortar casino, your mind will get lazy and stop the good habit of counting the pot as each hand is played. So you may not find yourself at a disadvantage while playing poker online, but then see that you are at a disadvantage when playing in a real casino.
With that sort of build-up, you might think that online poker is the universe's gift to gamblers. In many ways it is, but online poker does have its downside. For example, always being able to get into a game can be a bad thing, particularly if you're prone to playing short sessions while you're waiting for something else to happen and your mind isn't focused on the game. If you are able to focus on poker while your kids light the grill to cook dinner, that's fine, but if you really should be outside to make sure they don't use gasoline instead of lighter fluid on the charcoal, be honest with yourself and at least sit a few hands out until you can be sure everything is OK.
The times that a player learns the most is when they lose. After a winning session, it is very easy to walk away happy and feeling complacent, thinking that everything went just as planned. With all the positive thoughts, it is difficult to even think back to see what mistakes you made at the table that day. It is when you have a losing session that your mind starts to think about the mistakes you made. This is a great exercise, as you will learn from these mistakes and learn not to make the same mistakes in the future. The winning players use their losing sessions as a stepping stone to future winning sessions by learning from their mistakes.
The difficulty with lying is that the subconscious mind acts automatically and independently of our verbal lie, so our body language gives us away. This is why people who rarely tell lies are easily caught, regardless of how convincing they may sound. The moment they begin to lie, the body sends out contradictory signals, and these give us our feeling that they are not telling the truth. During the lie, the subconscious mind sends out nervous energy that appears as a gesture that can contradict what the person said. Some people whose jobs involve lying, such as politicians, lawyers, actors and television announcers, have refined their body gestures to the point where it is difficult to 'see' the lie, and people fall for it, hook, line and sinker.
Every time you have a big pocket pair and your opponent holds junk suited cards, you are about a 4 1 favorite. You want your opponent to put as much money as possible in the pot. You certainly don't want him to fold, because that decreases your positive expectation. Of course, the 20 of times when they beat you stick in your mind far longer than the 80 of the time when you are being given free money.
Remember that in tournament poker, you have to survive to have a chance to win. Even though some people may be playing crazy and a few players are winning a lot of chips, you still must have only one goal in your mind at all times .4 winning the tournament. You can't win it in the first hour, or in the first two or three hours. You have to outlast the other players. Because of this, you don't want to open up too fflucn during the first three, four, or five hours of the tournament' You want to play solid and let the others make mistakes. Y u will be playing your perfect ring-game strategy.
Have you ever found yourself multitasking while playing poker online It's easy to do isn't it However, whether you've realized it or not these distractions have a negative effect on your game, because your mind is busy trying to focus on too many things at once. Remember, if you are planning on improving your game and winning , you n eed to take poker seriously, and to do that your full attention is required.
Something on your mind - Distractions can also come from within. You lose focus when you are thinking about other things going on in your life not related to the poker game at hand. This is especially true when you are not actively involved in the hand, as your mind will start to wander. Contempt - Sometimes formulaic tilt is caused by not having sufficient respect for the game you are playing. This might be because you have just
Obviously, during this time you will have long periods with nothing to do but watch and think. Use this time to calm down and refocus your mind. Watch other players and see what you can learn. Who is the table bully Who are the weak players Who is on a rush Who is losing and how is he coping Think about all the things you should be thinking about rather than your own predicament. Eventually, you should feel ready to rejoin the game playing your best poker.
Golfers visualize their putts dropping baseball players visualize the bat connecting with the ball basketball players visualize the hoop growing and the ball dropping through, hitting nothing but net. In your mind, watch yourself make the right plays at the poker table. When you're able to visualize strategies in action, you'll see your winnings accrue in the process. Keep showing up, play your best game, and keep moving forward. Remember that some of your opponents will be improving too. If you do not consistently move forward with your own game, you are probably moving backwards in relation to your opponents.
One definition of this web might be the following anything that keeps you from realizing that he is dealt the same number of cards as you are -that he puts his pants on one leg at a time, that he has all the same problems in the game as you do. Anything that keeps your mind off this basic fact.
By putting yourself in the right frame of mind, you will be better equipped to deal with a downswing. It may be helpful to consider the whole ordeal as a challenge or an experiment. Make up your mind that you are not going to be the player complaining about his bad run. You are going to be the player who takes the rough with the smooth and comes through unscathed.
Get into your mind the idea that the next card does not matter when making your play. Your play is correct for the given situation, regardless of what the next card actually is. Make your play correct, and then make your response to the next card correct. Always re-assess the board, make sure you value-bet.
When you get away from the table, take some time to think about the game. And when you think about it, don't think about the time that someone caught a miracle card and beat you out of a big pot. Think about how you played. Think about the things you had some control over. Think about some of the things you read in books and assess whether you played well or not. Figure out what you did wrong and make up your mind to rectify it next time.
Constantly repeat in your mind the numbers in groups of three or four at a time as you shuffle. Now put the memorized cards back on top of the deck in your left hand. The memorized top cards may be, for example, Q-6-2-A-5-10-J -- you need to memorize only their initials. Next proceed to blind shuffle several times, explaining as you shuffle that imperfections in the manufacturer's design exist as tiny flaws that are consistent in every deck of that particular brand. Talk also serves as a minor distraction from the shuffle although if you can blind shuffle with even minimum competence, you can perform in total silence in a filled amphitheatre without anyone knowing that you are blind shuffling.
Remembering opponents' hole cards is easy Assume a six-handed game of five-card stud in which you have already stacked your first ace and culled your second ace on top of those stacked cards. Now with your next riffle, say you drop two cards on top of your stack while bending those cards slightly upward with your thumb and noticing they are, for example, a jack and a four. Your mind registers J-4. You riffle again dropping two more cards onto your stack while observing they are a king and a ten. Your mind registers K-10-J-4. Another riffle and you drop a single card, a nine, to complete your stack. Now you know the other players' hole cards will read clockwise 9-K-10-J-4 around the table, and you will be dealt aces back-to-back. For seven-card stud or hold'em, execute the riffling process twice while remembering both sets of cards stacked above each ace. You will then know both hole cards of each opponent.
(1) Insist on cutting your card first if you suspect Neocheating--but do not insist on cutting first until after the cheater has shuffled and placed the deck on the table. Indeed, he will probably inquire about your choice while shuffling in order to determine whether to crimp a high card for himself if he cuts first -- or a low card for you at the approximate center (a high card for himself very low in the deck) if you cut first. Tell him he can cut first, but change your mind once he has placed the deck on the table.
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