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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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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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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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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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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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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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Most winning, disciplined grinders do not get involved in gambling in other games like roulette because they are disciplined. They are winning players because they understand the math behind poker and how to ensure that they have a winning edge over their opponents. Understanding the math behind poker will help them understand that playing games like ...


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Kahnemans theory is slightly more nuanced. You are actually supporting his evidence with your example as he found that people are more risk averse when they are winning and conversely they are more risk seeking when they are losing. So in your example, when a player is losing they may be likely to take actions that in retrospect are more risky/uncertain ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not that way. The cut off is not a good position to bluff in. That was a 2 bet pre-flop - one raise. On the flop you have to put AQ in his range. He called a raise pre-flop. Check raise the flop is a show of strength but it is also expensive. It was a small re-raise - you were giving him 4:1 - he bet out he is not going to fold to a small re-raise ...


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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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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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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'm completing the book Hooked; how to build habit-forming products. Its claimed that roughly 1% of people who engage in a habit-forming activity, such as gambling, develop an addiction. Alexander Fitzgerald, a professional poker player who has worked with many casino gaming companies that involve poker says that according to the data from those companies ...


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I would strongly recommend doing some mindfulness exercises. Recognising your own tilt is really useful and allows you to deal with it. Being aware of your current state of mind will give you a clear advantage in poker and in life in general.


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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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