We don't think now that there are any secrets to winning poker. Most of the secrets have been exposed by most of them. Still we have some of the secrets which we shall discuss in the chapter which will add to the material of winning poker.
The most important is discipline. Most of the players don't think it is necessary. Those are more players for you to beat.
Discipline – a winning poker
Discipline is one of the most important aspects of consistent winner poker. It doesn't matter how good you can play; what matter is how good you do play.
Discipline will help you to determine how good you do play. You will find many knowledgeable players who always borrow money. They are constantly broke. It is because they don't have the discipline to make their knowledge work for them.
In poker terms, discipline is defined as “doing what you know should be done – or not doing what you know should not be done.” It is the second part that gets most poker players into trouble.
Discipline decides how well you play – or badly you play. If you are solid, skillful player, but you leave your discipline and play like a sucker, then you are a sucker.
To repeat again: It doesn't matter how good you can play; what matter is how good you do play.
If you are losing money in a bad game – a game occupied with tight, solid, loose, aggressive players, a game where you stand little chance to recover your losses – you should have discipline to quit that game a loser. If you have stuck any significant amount of money in any kind of game, and you pick up an average hand that you wouldn't play if you were ahead or even, your better judgment will tell you not to play that hand. If you are implementing self-discipline you won't play it.
Many good players become bad players once they lose their discipline. The best player at the table might become the worst player at any time if lose their discipline. A player might take a few losses and his discipline vanishes. He gets his nose open and starts steaming. He starts playing long shots, trying to get even. He is lost at last.
Good players lose most money once lost their discipline
When you see it happening, you have an opportunity to add up your bankroll. When you see it happening to you just save your bankroll. Quit the game.
It is almost unlikely to win consistently without discipline. It is very important at any level of play.
The poker player gets broke when you give up the discipline.
When you are doing something that's wrong, even though you know its wrong, you have lost your discipline. Usually you tell yourself that you will do it this time, but next time you will be good – then you will play solidly again. You have given up your discipline. It can happen in several different ways – and they will cost you most money.
The more you exercise your discipline the easier it becomes to exercise it the next time. Discipline does strengthen as you practice it. So the first time you maintain your discipline, it strengthens for the next time and again strengthen for the next – and it builds. The more you maintain your discipline the stronger it becomes.
If you think about discipline before entering the game, it becomes easier to exercise during the game. If you lose your stack many times, your desire to exercise your discipline will increase – and your conscious desire is the main factor.
You are most likely to give up your discipline when you are upset
If you maintain your discipline, it will grow and make it easier for the next time you are enticed to stop it. Practicing discipline makes it stronger.
This all ties to “play happy or don't play” because your discipline goes when you are unhappy. So move away from the table. Get back your tranquility. It will then be easier to get control of your discipline.
You don't have to become completely disciplined. Practice it for an hour at a time at first. Determine that you are going to play with absolute discipline for one hour. Repeat that exercise, lengthening the time duration at each attempt. Soon your self-control will be automatic. At those times, when you do lose it, you will be able to recognize what has happened and take steps to bring it back.
Many players study the game but when they get to the table, they make the same mistakes over and over. They don't play as well as could. They don't play up to their mark.
It takes few mistakes for a lose session
Many players are looking for reasons to play, to get into the hand. You don't need to look for reasons to play. Look for reasons to not play. For example, you start with a split pair of sixes with a nine kicker and there are big cards on the board behind you. Or maybe your kicker is bigger but one of your sixes is out. To make worse you are in an early position. You don't mind playing a split pair of sixes in late position with little chance of a raise behind you. But with such a hand you are looking for reasons to not play.
The quality that makes the big difference between a winner and a loser at the game of poker is discipline. To win the most money, you must discipline yourself to fold more of third-street hands dealt to you. Remove this from your mind that the big wins go to the players who are created the best strategies. The consistent winners are those who play solid poker with very few mistakes. They are skillful players who have developed their discipline. This is one of the secrets to winning poker.
The applications of all other aspects of poker will require discipline. Without discipline you might as well not take the time and effort to develop your game. In short, application requires discipline.
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