How To Win in Poker Using Psychology
Learn to Get the Very Best Out of Yourself; Be Confident
How would you like to become the next poker news star? Gosh, that sounds rather tempting, doesn’t it? Though, is it possible? Can someone with an average knowledge of poker strategies become a master player?
The answer is both yes and no. First of all, you need to have some elementary knowledge in order to play. However, if you want more than this, there’s a long road ahead of you. We said long, but not impossible.
Understanding the body language of your opponent is crucial to this game. Since we assume you don’t have any telepathic abilities, you are destined to use psychology to ultimately win the pot.
Try to forget the everyday issues you struggle with on a daily basis. You need to keep your mind sharp and clean from any disturbances. We know this is not a simple task. But keeping your mind fixed on your opponents mimics, gestures, and body language is essential.
Don’t forget: you have to master your own emotions, avoid making any expressions, and try to make the opponent do what you want him to. This may seem like an impossible mission, but the more you practice your coolness, the more successful you will become.
We all know life isn’t fair, and some people have to go the extra mile, while others have a natural talent for certain things. This is no time for lamenting the unfairness of life; instead, use this frustration to prove to the world, and to yourself, that you can do anything you wish.
You don’t have to be the best one there is, but try to be the best you can be. Overcome the problematic tasks, and have confidence in your abilities. Use this advice in every aspect of your life; not just poker.
Get to Know Yourself (Both Your Weaknesses and Your Strengths)
How can one expect to read their opponent if they don’t look at themselves first? Therefore, before you sit at a poker table, you need some practice; try to master the control over your emotions and expressions. Don’t let your eyes be the window of your soul; be the mysterious winner everyone has trouble reading. It is the ultimate bluff, guaranteeing some sure results.
Remember, your opponents will change frequently, but the only person that’s always there is you. An exceptional poker player knows their limits, when to fold, and when to walk away. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to give up. Still, this just means that you are a mature person who can handle anything thrown at them.
The fact of the matter is, poker players tend to be fairly delusional; never accepting the mistakes they make or taking any responsibility for their actions. How many times have we heard the infamous line “it’s not my fault I didn’t raise at the right moment, it’s the opponent’s fault for not folding when I wanted them to”.
Don’t be that person — the classic stereotype of a bitter poker player. Because you can do so much more if you accept your mistakes and, the most important thing of all, if you learn from them. Never blame others or, God forbid, your luck.
When You Conquer Your Ego, the Competition Will Be Defeated As Well
You can be fierce and confident all you want in front of the mirror, but when it comes to the showdown with the competition, you feel underestimated. This is fairly common, and don’t worry, and you can overcome it.
Everyone feels that way; it’s in human nature. In poker, this feeling can be even harder to accept. Like the fact that you are losing money isn’t hard enough, you still have to deal with something else as well — your pride. This is a hard thing to swallow.
Leave your ego in front of the casino, as far away from the poker tables as possible. You don’t even have to pick it up on your way home, leave it hanging there.
Consider the fact you cannot always be the best; some opponents are just smarter, stronger, or even better than you. Perhaps they have a better strategy, more luck, or experience… who knows? Maybe they swallowed their pride more times than they can count, you cannot know that for sure. Instead of holding a grudge against them, focus on yourself and admire them for their commitment and dedication.
Grow your confidence. Without it, you will always stay an average player in the best case scenario. But, be careful with this one, don’t fly too high to the Sun, or you’ll get burned. Find the balance between confidence and pride. Be brutally honest with yourself. This is an absolute must; it is easier said than done, but if you pay attention, this can protect you from getting tilted every now and then.
Mind Your Table Image
Never forget your table image. Never put your guard down — your poker face. Think like your opponent; try walking in their shoes to figure out their moves and decisions. Don’t just think what would you do if you were them, try to read them and think accordingly.
Once you master this style of playing and the psychology behind it, the sky is your limit. If you want to be even more badass, ask yourself: what are his thought processes? The psychological war between you two, assuming they are also a high-level player, can go on forever.
The Ultimate Game of Minds; The Bluff; The Poker Face
Bluffing is one of the most important things, when it comes to the game of poker. It encompasses all the tips we’ve discussed thus far. Players bluff to make their opponents fold — in other words, to fool them into thinking you have better cards than them.
For sure, the manipulative abilities of an individual are on trial when you play poker. Having a good hand, or a bad hand, it doesn’t matter; you can beat everything if you become a master at bluffing.
Control your emotions, learn to read the opponents intentions and hide your own. Don’t let your pride get the best of you and cloud your judgment. Stay cool, and don’t take complimentary drinks, or at least keep it to a maximum of one or two per session.
Now you know, so go out and practice. Be the best you can. We promise anyone can do it, with a bit of practice. Be confident, know your opponent, and try to overcome your own flaws.