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The Psychology of Poker
Posted at 06/09/2008 10 AM in Beginner Topics by The Greedy Gecko.
Poker is the type of game that requires more mind skill than luck and the challenge it issues to gamers every where in the globe is one of the intellect. It is this particular characteristic of the game of poker that has made it one of the most popular games in the world. A basic knowledge of the game and a few strategies can make you a poker player. A lot of luck can give you a few wins, but if you are a player who has learned the psychology of poker then your chances for making it big and taking home the pot is better than most.

We have all heard of Poker psychology in some form of the other. The necessity of keeping a “poker face” while looking at your own cards as well as the ability to read the signs and giveaways in the faces of other players can place a poker player at a serious advantage. This brings us to the question as to what are the various mind games in poker and how can one use a psychological approach in becoming a winner in the game of poker.

Emotionally Neutral

It is necessary to be calm and focused as emotions should not have a place in a poker game. It is advisable to set aside whatever you emotions may feel like pride, shame, frustration, irritation, anger and so on for later on. When the game is over you are totally free to express the entire range of emotions. Some poker players like to use their anger to fuel them through the game. However, although anger can be a terrific motivator and be just what you may feel you need to get you through a long game of poker it is also the quickest way of eliminating any strategy and is an obstacle to smart and clear thinking. It is better if you are focused, determined and patient. Do your best and play the game to win but be in a state to accept a loss as well.

Reading for signs

Study your opponents for signs but concentrate on the game. This art will take you a lot of time to master. However it is most important to learn your very own giveaways and control them lest they turn out to be your downfall with other players.

Classify opponent players

Learn how to cultivate a strong poker face. Play smart and try you best to classify all your opponents into loose or tight players depending on whether they have a tendency to bet heavily or stay in the game.

Do not panic after a loss

While playing the game of poker it is unavoidable to not meet with a loss and every poker player will win some and lose some of the games he plays. This should be accepted as part of the game and used as a learning experience. Unfortunately some poker players tend t take their losses a little too seriously and become extremely disturbed and are often unable t continue playing the game with their full concentration which is a vital element if the game is to progress in your favor.

The game of Poker is not a just a game of mere chance or luck; rather it is a game of clever strategy and psychology. The psychology of poker includes staying cool under pressure, being able to unsettle other players by reading them but a the same time being able to not give away any inclination of one’s own strategy and also anticipating the moves of other players while planning one’s own approach to the game simultaneously.

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