Mar 29, 2020

The Psychological Side of Poker

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Is Emotional Health Significant for a Poker Player?

Playing or doing the same job for a long period of time can tire anyone. Although playing poker for a longer period of time is a thrilling and rewarding process, it has a strong emotional impact. This article won’t talk about having a major dent to your bankroll, but the amount of mental strength it requires to be at peace.


This is one of the most important qualities a poker player has and it has the capability of making or breaking a player’s career. However, people erroneously think that patience is only limited to waiting for the best hand to come your way. Patience can be waiting for the right tournament to start which has a format that you’re good at, instead of randomly playing because you wish to.


Poker players generally study the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents but never focus on their own weaknesses. Each hand and your opponent’s reaction to it increases the level of stress in you. So, it would be smart to observe what causes you to tilt? What are the reasons behind the pressure build-up?

Therefore, it is advised to take full breaks from playing on a regular basis. Sit back and relax, and try not to think about the hands you played. Abstain from self-analysis in this period.

Climb the Levels

Whenever you’re at a table, always notice who are amateur players and who are highly experienced professionals. This will help you learn a lot from the professional poker players and eventually climb the levels. Make sure you target the right kind of player to oust him/her from the table and equally respect the presence of the pros.


Tilt is an inevitable barrier in the psychological well-being of a poker player. It is natural for a player who researches and self-analyses his/her gameplay, consume study material and still lose at the felts. It is a feeling of disappointment because they folded to a bluff, got their bluff called and many other reasons. Make sure you never allow it to control you and how you play the following hands.

Emotional health should be a priority for everyone. When you stick to one particular kind of lifestyle, it becomes a duty towards yourself to give yourself some breaks. Indulge in self-analysis, but over-analyzing is also not a healthy practice.

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