Poker is a game swarmed with excitements, amazements, thrills, marvels, tremors, being lousy or perhaps just hoping with joys. It is notorious for its roller-coaster rides across the world. Thus, the game of poker is played for its challenges and remarkable skills.
As in real life, people may not always be open about their feelings for you. Analogous in poker where it is not just about you and you have to be very attentive of people around you. Likewise to this anecdote, we bring you a few more comparisons on how playing poker online is related to real life.
- You are forced to make decisions based on your interpretations and experiences.
- You can never control the cards or situations you are dealt with but you can control how you play your cards or how you react to situations.
- You know you have given your best but the outcomes can still be unbearably wrong. The best thing you can do after that is to keep making the best possible choices.
- Poker is like life, most people don’t learn from their mistakes, they only recognize them.
Calculate Your Probabilities
Luck can sometimes give you a perfect hand or that perfect opportunity, but it’s the skill of playing your cards right that wins you the game. It can be such that someone else might steal your money if they bluff their cards right and make you believe they carry a better hand than you.
You might face a bad breakup or your Aces get cracked sometimes. Probability rules life and probability rules poker. Just like you calculate your probabilities in poker about the hand you are likely to hit, you must be able to calculate the odds of your actions that should favour you.
We tend to overthink in both poker and in real life. Overthinking will decrease your ability to think logically and make decisions based on your emotions. Certainly not a great idea if the stakes are life changing.
Who you know is more significant than What you know
Like in a game of poker, it’s not solely about the cards you got that shall guarantee victory. You must be able to identify the nature of your opponents, the kind of moves they like to play in different situations especially when playing poker online.
This is crucial because there aren’t any visual obvious tells about your opponents in online poker. However, there are other features of online poker games that you can utilize to know more about your opponents such as hand history.
You need to be able to put yourself in other’s shoes to understand how he or she will react to the particular situation you are in and assess your actions accordingly.
Learn and Move On
It’s wise to learn from your mistakes but you will not learn anything from whining over the past. Do not expect to win every hand. Poker games are not always fair, neither is life itself.
Just like whining over lost money in your previous hand can significantly affect your decisions when you play your next hand, sticking to your regrets in the past will only stop you from learning and growing. Remember there is no such concept as failure, you either win or learn.
Know When to Quit
Quitting always doesn’t mean you’re giving up. When playing poker online, if you are facing a series of bad beats and you’re losing more than you can afford to lose, the wise thing to do is to leave the table and catch a break.
You do this to collect yourself mentally and refresh and rewire your brain to think clearly. A walk in the park or listening to your favourite music or getting something to eat can certainly lift your mood and determination to bring in your A game.
Similarly, you cannot really be productive by working yourself too hard. It might just lead to bad outcomes. We all know all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.