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Poker is a Game of Hunting
Posted at 09/04/2007 04 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
One of the most important tactics applied in poker is ‘waiting for your chance.’ It might sound weird to you, but the fact remains that winning players always wait for an opportunity and do not take hasty decisions. Most rookies make the mistake of judging a game by its surface and basing their decision on what they have perceived at first sight. As a result, most of their decisions would be reckless and inane.

Quite often in our lives, we would have faced situations where we would have known what to do but never went ahead with our decision. The importance of learning the art of ‘what to do when’ wanes when you don’t put it into practice. The same concept applies to poker games as well. In poker game, if you know what the right decision is, go ahead and do what you have decided. Poker, like all other games, requires decisions taken with a cool head. Any decision taken in haste or when you’re edgy would lead to disastrous results. In fact, most players would know what the right strategy is for a given situation but never do it in the heat of the moment. Consequently, they give away the edge they would have possibly gained if they had made the move.

Poker games involve cashing in on an opponent’s weakness. When a player is jumpy, stressed-out or is livid, he takes insensible decisions that opponents take advantage of. A winning player always knows how to keep his cool under all circumstances and he knows the importance of sustaining a wining advantage right till the end of the game. At all times, you must look to put in your best performance. You cannot sit at the table hoping that lady luck will shine upon you when things aren’t going your way. Luck can never be controlled. What can be controlled is the way you play your game. When you are not feeling your best, it is always recommended that you stay away from the game. A lot of good players lose their money when they play out of anger, depression, dejection or frustration. Almost 99% of the time, when you are not giving your best, you lose all your money by playing reckless poker. This is precisely why bankroll management is so important. Poker games offer excitement and are designed to entertain people. Every time you sit for a game of poker, remember to play within your limits. Understand your weakness and if you’re confident that you can play your best, go ahead. Nothing can stop you from winning then.

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