The Poker Mindset consists of seven attitudes that you need to adopt in order to succeed at poker over the long term, giving you a psychological toolbox to complement your technical one.
2.1. Understand and Accept the Realities of Poker
You need to understand the Five Realities of Poker, but more important you need to accept them. The Five Realities of Poker are:
If you are looking to make money from poker, you need to play for the long term and accept the short-term risks. A player who puts too much emphasis on his short-term results will be prone to the following errors:
Playing to get even Protecting a win Tilting
Getting mad at bad players Making rash changes to his game
The big advantage of playing poker for the long term is that you can focus on the only thing that is important: making correct decisions. In this book a "correct play" is defined as the best play you could reasonably be expected to make given the information you have available.
If you make correct decisions, your short-term results are irrelevant as you will make money in the long term.
It is difficult to make correct decisions at the table if you are scared to lose the money in front of you.
• Many players let emotion affect their poker decisions, yet emotions should have no impact whatsoever on the decision making process. Emotions can cause you to make sub-optimal plays that you would not otherwise make.
In order to ensure long-term success at poker, you must commit to an ongoing program of analysis and improvement. If you stop learning at poker, not only will you not improve, but your game is likely to regress.
Top players may disagree on many things, but one thing that they will voice resounding agreement on is that they are still learning.
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