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Oftentimes, the reason bad luck leads to bad play is because of a pyschological need to get back to even faster than you should statistically be able to. If you normally win on average $10/hour, and you just had a 3 day losing streak where you lost $1000, you may not have the patience to play 100 hours to win back that $1000. Subconsciously you will ...


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In this case I would say "Thank you" and muck my cards. Is my personal decision to never show my holecards unless I have to. Poker is an information game so the less information your opponent have the best for you. Your opponent obviously was not happy to be kicked out of the pot, let him keep guessing. Next rounds you could make him pay your good hands ...


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Your QQ hand has the greatest value before the flop because it is 1) a made pair and 2) a high one. Once the rocket comes on the flop, your hand loses most of its value, and you should check and fold (calling occasionally to keep people honest) if the rocket comes on the flop, and someone bets. Most people will stay in preflop with A-x. If you are first to ...


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Live Live is where you can do mostly of the image you project to people. Some people just get irritated by some things like (your voice,how you dress, the way you talk etc..) These things depend on who your against to. Everyone has something that he doesn't like you only have to find it out. Player style Agressiv type Im an agressiv player and know ...


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Poker players on real poker sites choose their name wisely, by that I mean they want to play there often and choose a real nick like "Destroyer666" or "Billy the Cid" whatever. But they won't go for PEtewr345353 or Hello324234 , it's not about the name only, it's more about the player who choose the name. I sometimes like a rude name like "r4p3tim3" but i ...


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We are all different but in the end it's all about biology and psychology. Some things apply to all of us meanwhile some only apply to some of us. Being rested is a major factor which determines whether you're able to stay focused for a various amount of time, having had a balanced amount of sleep (not too little and not too much, I for example simply feel ...


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This is very common. Tilt is a good phrase to describe it in the extreme. However, it is always present to some degree with all players. It is caused by boredom, distraction, the need for speed and a million other things. How any player handles it determines to a very basic degree their ultimate potential for success with the game of poker, and really with ...


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I like Grinch91's answer about clarifying what your goals are and looking at the money as buy-ins--I just wanted to add a couple perspectives. One skill that would really help you is to be able to disassociate money from your chips at the table. Think of them as chips--just a tool for keeping score. When you start with 100 chips, whether they cost 1 cent ...


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Poker is a game about ranges. As such, there is no cookie-cutter answer to questions like this. You want to figure out the range of villain, and figure out how best to play against it. For example, if you opened in UTG and villain called from UTG+1 and he does this with a range of {AQ+,JJ-99} then it's probably best simply to check/fold on the flop: he has ...


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If you're playing a Zoom table where you don't necessarily get to pick up on the tendencies of other players, always try to take into account what the rest of the board looks like. For example, when the flop comes A-X-X, do the XX cards give a possible straight/flush draw? If the board is A-9-8 with two clubs and you're getting action, its likely the ...


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Having favourite hands is more of a goofy thing to do in order to reduce boredom. Many professional players have such favourite hands because they'we been playing for many years and can afford it. The problem with having something like this is that you immediately lose objectivity. Emotions must be avoided at all costs in the context of poker; having a ...


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One thing I've seen in tournament play is over betting prior to the flop with JJ-KK if you don't want to see them busted. I try not to do this myself unless I'm short stacked. It is common to see AA by the river since many players will call a typical bet or raise with A+anything. If I have any pocket pair and see an overcard on the flop I'll typically bet ...


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The gambler's anonymous site has a list of 20 questions as a starter. Some things to note about addictions in general: It is not about the quantity but more about the emotions and behaviour. The CAGE questions can also be applied (in part): Has the person ever tried to Cut down but couldn't? Has the person ever got Angry when questioned about their ...


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The short answer to your question is that the psychological factors (PF) in poker are considerable to a high degree. It has been said that poker is a mind f*** game played with cards. Online the PF is rather minimized, relative to a live action game. Since a lot of players started online they tend to have a more mathematical dominance in their approach to ...


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Every Person has it's own daily phase of best concentration. For most of them it's in the morning after breakfast, for some others it's in the night when everything is dark and silent. Both periodes make sense, figure out when you have your personal best and play at this time. Anyway playing a lot of poker will help you because situations repeat and you will ...


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Americans can't play much online poker since Black Friday because it's illegal for banks to process transactions to or from online poker sites. There are a few sites, such as Merge and the like, which will allow US players but they are relatively low volume compared to PokerStars and Full Tilt. If you're looking to play the highest amount of fish you should ...


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There was a fair bit of discussion about this back in the poker boom days on DeucesCracked. The conclusions were mixed (and based on very anecdotal data). Three items of consensus appeared: Names in CamelCase and names that referred to "grinding", "graphs", "ev", "flips" or any other regular slang denoted a "regular" of some sort. Not necessarily good ...


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If I'm the one opening with a raise, I'll represent the Ace/King with a c-bet. If I get called, I'll shut down and look to check-fold to a bet. If somebody calls my c-bet, they almost always have the Ace, or have the Ace beat. From a 2nd level perspective, if I've opened the pot with a raise, the Ace is one of the cards I'm supposed to have in my hand. So ...


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I dont know how much of an affect it has to be honest, I dont really care what someone's username is or what picture they have, i just play them the same as anyone else. One thing I would say is that the name can sometimes help socially. Using PKR as an example as you have, my name on there is Daddy_Cool (cannot even remember why), this usually gets ...


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Stop thinking of it as "I won 1$, that's not much" and start thinking of it as I won a buy-in or two buy-ins. Start asking yourself what you want to use poker for? If you're playing cash games and want to play them for the sake of earning a side income or main income you need to change that attitude. You need to decide in x months I want to be player y level ...


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Not sure this is an appropriate question here. If so I will delete. It even has a name : tilt Even very good players will go on tilt. You just have to step away from the table. The table is not going to try and calm you down. One of the most famous tilts is the Matusow meltdown. Not just playing too many hands but then hanging on all the way with ...


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If you are referring to the Tendler and Carter book, the section 'Improve your C-game' two things are stated. Firstly, "Your C-Game [are] the cracks in [our poker] foundation ... There is always some mental component to our C-game." and secondly "Breaking through mental game problems make it much easier to eliminate tactical mistakes. In order to fix a ...


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I don't know about an app, but I've always found it helpful to leave the table and go for a walk when I go on tilt, or even after a single bad beat. Physically removing yourself from the environment is far more helpful than staring into a screen.


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The way you played pre-flop in both cases was fine. Maybe you could have raised more each time, but that's not the point here. In the AA case, you were raising when the current pot was 250 (50 SB + 100 BB + 100 UTG limper). In the QQ case, you were betting into a pot of 350 (50 your SB + 100 BB + 200 for two limpers) with two limpers. Further, you were SB ...


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so the profit center guy sees you as a sucker because in his opinion you are playing way to tight, right? If thats the case, the guy won´t expect you to bluff that often, so bluff more often when you are in a pot with him etc... I would like to have a seat to his right and would add some hands to my opening range to play IP with him. If he is aware of your ...


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I always ramp up my review efforts when I am running bad. At minimum, I will double the portion of my time spent studying and reviewing hands. I also run them by other players I trust. During extended down runs, I find that I may end up needing to take some time away from the tables to unwind and get my head straight. That could be a day or two, or it could ...


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Firstly, you must know that competence (high win-rate) and volume are the only real enemies of running bad and downswing. Secondly, I recommend you the book The Mental Game of Poker, written by Jared Tendler. You will find many things about tilt and all the psychological aspects related to the game of poker. Thirdly, you must know that going through a bad ...


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I know the feeling I have been playing well for months but always seem to be on the end of bad beats. I use HEM2 and most of the tournaments I play I am finishing +EV but not cashing. I tend to do one of two things when I am on a run like this: Take a break for a few days, keep studying and reading forums like this, but stay away from the tables. Change ...


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There are plenty of scenarios in which it is more than OK to play hands like Q8o, Q8s, and definitely Axs. There are also plenty of scenarios where you should be folding these hands rather quickly. Whether or not you do fold them should be completely independent of sentimental wins and losses. Instead, play them or fold them because it is the most ...



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