What should you think while playing?

    • YinYangS
      YinYangS
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      Joined: 09.10.2010 Posts: 1,077
      What should we think while playing? What should be on our mind while on a session?

      I'm an MTT player. and I would like to share my thoughts on this subject and hopefully get helpful comments and suggestion from you guys also. I'm hoping that this thread can help you also on your game.

      Why do we play? We play poker of course to win and profit money. But we all know that our inner psychology and mindset will greatly affect the outcome of our games.

      While playing, we would usually think "I want to win. I will win." There's no problem with that but sometimes, our thirst to win will lead us to make bad decisions and mistakes. We will sometimes want to chase that flush draw even if pot odds are against us or chase that unreasonable gutshot straight draw. Or sometimes, because of excessive watching of poker on TV, we felt like we should play like them and we could win like them but it does not always work like that.

      Of course, there are those unavoidable moments when we would go on tilt and the thoughts that would keep lingering in our mind is that, "What a bad player that guy is." "Oh why the world is giving me bad luck." "I will have my revenge and get my money back as fast as possible." And of course, you'd lose concentration. Worst case scenario, the next day, you'll be wondering why you are seeing "$0.00" on your bankroll.

      On the extremely negative side, there are those players that has no confidence in themselves and would think that, "I know I'll lose." "They are way better than me and I have no luck." Negative thinking won't do you any good.

      It helps to be positive while playing but what should we really think while playing? I am adopting this mindset and in fact I have it on screen so that I could read it every time while playing. "I will make the right decisions every time."

      I believe that by making the right decisions every time, you'll eventually optimize the potential of every hand you play and in the end, win and profit. It takes discipline to adopt such mindset and I admit that I myself haven't mastered it yet. But it has helped me a lot on my games. By adopting this mindset, you'll be able to capitalize every situation to your advantage.

      Also, I would like to share to you my "7 Things A Poker Professional Should Always Remember"
      1. When to fold
      2. When to raise
      3. When to call
      4. When to bet
      5. When to check
      6. When to go all-in
      7. When to stop playing and just relax


      I'm hoping to become a recognized pro someday and I know there's still a long road to go. I wrote this blog to sort of remind myself also. I only started last October 2010 and I have already turned $100 to $1500 from MTTs alone.

      Please follow my blog as I try to profit every day and make a very long streak.
      Making the longest profit days streak

      Wish me luck. I wish you luck and see you at the tables! :f_biggrin:
  • 10 replies
    • shehanshah
      shehanshah
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      Joined: 02.12.2010 Posts: 385
      "I will make the right decisions every time."

      Its weird i have the same attitude as yours. Do youmind-read or sumfin. :tongue:
    • YinYangS
      YinYangS
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      Joined: 09.10.2010 Posts: 1,077
      Originally posted by shehanshah
      "I will make the right decisions every time."

      Its weird i have the same attitude as yours. Do youmind-read or sumfin. :tongue:
      Maybe. I might not be aware of it. hahaha :f_biggrin:
    • alejandrosh
      alejandrosh
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      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 4,346
      Don't think about tv poker, also winning and losing doesn't matter as you said all that matters is making the best plays when possible.

      things I think about when playing poker :

      1. I want to be the very best
      2. like no-one ever was
      3. dun dun dun du du
      4. to catch them is my test
      5. to train them is my cause
      6. I'll travel across the land
      7. searching far and wide
      8. new pokemon to understand
      9. the power that's inside
      10. pokemon gotta catch em all (it's you and me)
      11. I know it's my destiny
      10. pokemon oh you're my best friend
      11. in a world we must defend
      12. pokemon gotta catch em all (our hearts so true)
      13. our courage will pull us through
      14. you teach me and I'll teach you
      15. pokemon! gotta catch em' all
      16. pokemon
    • YinYangS
      YinYangS
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      Joined: 09.10.2010 Posts: 1,077
      Originally posted by alejandrosh
      Don't think about tv poker, also winning and losing doesn't matter as you said all that matters is making the best plays when possible.

      things I think about when playing poker :

      1. I want to be the very best
      2. like no-one ever was
      3. dun dun dun du du
      4. to catch them is my test
      5. to train them is my cause
      6. I'll travel across the land
      7. searching far and wide
      8. new pokemon to understand
      9. the power that's inside
      10. pokemon gotta catch em all (it's you and me)
      11. I know it's my destiny
      10. pokemon oh you're my best friend
      11. in a world we must defend
      12. pokemon gotta catch em all (our hearts so true)
      13. our courage will pull us through
      14. you teach me and I'll teach you
      15. pokemon! gotta catch em' all
      16. pokemon
      i love the pokemon song!!!!!! :f_biggrin:
    • acceleration123
      acceleration123
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      Joined: 11.12.2010 Posts: 5,311
      I like this attitude ! Will adopt it too !
    • NightFrostaSS
      NightFrostaSS
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      Joined: 25.10.2008 Posts: 5,255
      Originally posted by alejandrosh
      Don't think about tv poker, also winning and losing doesn't matter as you said all that matters is making the best plays when possible.

      things I think about when playing poker :

      1. I want to be the very best
      2. like no-one ever was
      3. dun dun dun du du
      4. to catch them is my test
      5. to train them is my cause
      6. I'll travel across the land
      7. searching far and wide
      8. new pokemon to understand
      9. the power that's inside
      10. pokemon gotta catch em all (it's you and me)
      11. I know it's my destiny
      10. pokemon oh you're my best friend
      11. in a world we must defend
      12. pokemon gotta catch em all (our hearts so true)
      13. our courage will pull us through
      14. you teach me and I'll teach you
      15. pokemon! gotta catch em' all
      16. pokemon
      :heart: :heart: :heart:
    • Wriggers
      Wriggers
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      Joined: 21.07.2009 Posts: 3,250
      Originally posted by YinYangS
      Originally posted by alejandrosh
      Don't think about tv poker, also winning and losing doesn't matter as you said all that matters is making the best plays when possible.

      things I think about when playing poker :

      1. I want to be the very best
      2. like no-one ever was
      3. dun dun dun du du
      4. to catch them is my test
      5. to train them is my cause
      6. I'll travel across the land
      7. searching far and wide
      8. new pokemon to understand
      9. the power that's inside
      10. pokemon gotta catch em all (it's you and me)
      11. I know it's my destiny
      10. pokemon oh you're my best friend
      11. in a world we must defend
      12. pokemon gotta catch em all (our hearts so true)
      13. our courage will pull us through
      14. you teach me and I'll teach you
      15. pokemon! gotta catch em' all
      16. pokemon
      i love the pokemon song!!!!!! :f_biggrin:
      WHo doesn't :s_cool: :s_cool:
    • w34z3l
      w34z3l
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      Joined: 03.08.2009 Posts: 13,297
      Here is my list

      1. Prepare for trouble
      2. And make it double
      3. To protect the world from devastation
      4. To unite all peoples within our nation
      5. To denounce the evils of truth and love
      6. To extend our reach to the stars above
      7. Jesse
      8. James
      9. Team rocket blast off at the speed of light
      10. Surrender now, or prepare to fight.
    • Jim4rdo
      Jim4rdo
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      Joined: 03.10.2010 Posts: 1,252
      Originally posted by w34z3l
      Here is my list

      1. Prepare for trouble
      2. And make it double
      3. To protect the world from devastation
      4. To unite all peoples within our nation
      5. To denounce the evils of truth and love
      6. To extend our reach to the stars above
      7. Jesse
      8. James
      9. Team rocket blast off at the speed of light
      10. Surrender now, or prepare to fight.
      s**t's just gone down...
    • joeldowey123
      joeldowey123
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      Joined: 09.06.2010 Posts: 961
      Originally posted by Jim4rdo
      Originally posted by w34z3l
      Here is my list

      1. Prepare for trouble
      2. And make it double
      3. To protect the world from devastation
      4. To unite all peoples within our nation
      5. To denounce the evils of truth and love
      6. To extend our reach to the stars above
      7. Jesse
      8. James
      9. Team rocket blast off at the speed of light
      10. Surrender now, or prepare to fight.
      s**t's just gone down...
      haha love this :f_love: