Monday, July 7, 2008

Poker Success: It's All About the Long-term

Everyone that plays poker wants to win and be successful. Not only do you get to enjoy the thrill and pride of winning, but you also get to add more money to your bank account. Unfortunately, the stress that goes along with playing poker causes many players to lose sight of what's necessary in order to be a successful poker player.

The key to being a great poker player is being able to look at the long-term. While it's important to give every hand you play your full attention and focus, it's important not to let your emotions get the best of you in the short term. Players that obsess over every bad hand they play are not helping themselves. In fact, they are doing quite a bit to sabotage themselves.

When you are playing poker, you have to remember that you are going to lose a LOT of hands. It doesn't matter how good of a player you are; you simply can't win a lot of the hands you play. Every player goes through times when they have a bad session, a bad day, a bad week, a bad month or an even longer streak of bad poker playing. The thing that separates great poker players from average or poor poker players is their ability to persevere, focus on their own playing skills and work their way through a slump. Because great poker players focus on the long-term, they know that if they focus on what they are supposed to be doing, they will eventually come out of their slump and start winning again.

Even though in can be hard to control your emotions when things aren't going your way, just remember that if you don't give up and continue to play your style of poker, you will eventually make your way back to the top!


Renee said...

I absolutely agree with this, thanks for sharing with uS!