First, let’s look at the factors of losing big. Novices tend to suffer from major losses due to inexperience with the game. It’s easy to get distracted by rarer cards in your hand and lose focus of the big picture at the table. If a player is focused solely on going in for the kill and winning big there is a good chance that they will make a mistake that will cost them the game. For example, if a player is dealt an Ace and a Jack, that’s a pretty good hand. However, if a tight conservative player makes it $15 to play, there is a good chance that they also have a good hand. Everyone else at the table folds, but what does the player with the AJ hand do? If they see the bet they have probably sealed their fate of losing the hand. The tight player probably has AA, AQ, AK, KK and so on. This tunnel vision that comes from focusing only on the win often leads to disaster.
Keeping a tight reign over emotions is essential for succeeding at poker. Many players allow themselves to get angry at a loss, especially if the loss was big. They may even decide to try to get revenge on the player that beat them. Having it out for another player is the final nail in the coffin for this player, and a session of big losses is secured.
The key to successful poker playing is to put plenty of distance between yourself and the action happening on the table. Think globally, and always focus on the fact that it’s a game; there is nothing personal about it. If you can keep from getting personally invested in the outcome of the game and look at it from a purely impersonal angle, your thinking will be clear and you will be able to make the best decisions time and again. Also, never bet anything you’re not willing to lose. Always bet money that you could do without. Losses happen to the best, and sooner or later it’s bound to happen to you.
A lot of misconceptions surround online poker and online gambling in general. Many people believe that it’s illegal to play poker online. In this article, we will explore the legal aspects of poker and online gambling from a player’s perspective.