Introspection In The Game Of Poker
To be taken to the level of art, any complex activity requires deliberate and elaborate introspection. So much so, that even to be able not to engage in poker, one must be able to know oneself more intimately than most people are willing to. Introspection is difficult because our consciousness struggles against self-revelation; because self-conscious thinking is hard and the only way to be good at introspection is to be constantly self-conscious; and because it is easier to dissolve in outward activity rather than deal with your own character. That is why many people who would gladly play less poker paradoxically play more and more, yet have no idea why they do or how to stop. According to Pkv Games, there are thousands of players that try to quit poker but end up playing it again and again as soon as they find a lucrative bonus/offer.
You might be playing poker because you can’t figure out what else to do with your time. Those having no purpose for what they do continually perform pointless activities. If you are not willing to undergo the rigors of introspection, one way out of the dilemma is to focus on poker as a game of winning against all odds. Just because you haven’t had a winning poker year, doesn’t mean that a win isn’t just ahead, and nobody likes to lose in this devilish game.
You should concentrate on the fact that you must decide whether to keep playing the game or leave. The decision will have an immediate impact on your profits from the game and you know you cannot afford to lose. Now it has become apparent to you that the only reason to remain in the game is the odds are with you to win. Think about your ultimate goal, not whether you are winning or losing at any given time. You may be on a hot streak or in a cold spell, but what is important is the overall net gain. If you reason it out and see that however great the game is going now, that at the end you will suffer a net loss, get out now.
If you wish to play safe and adopt a hit-and-run strategy, go ahead. If your goal is to win, though, you must play with clarity of mind and know when to hold and when to fold.
Realize this, all cards are dealt with all players with a random mathematical chance, having nothing to do with lady luck. Becoming a nervous wreck when you get bad cards or getting high on the good ones is nonsensical. However, self-fulfilling prophecies do have some validity as psychological phenomena. A really good game and a lot of luck impress upon others that you are a good player. This builds up your confidence and allows you to play more aggressively, while your opponents are now feeling weaker, playing in a more cowardly manner, and even more disheartening to them, feeling unlucky.
So, what is important here, is to not let this happen to you. Allow yourself some introspection and you may even find that you are afraid to take chances and may really think that it is wrong to do so. Admit to yourself that this is you and this idiosyncrasy alone must not control what you do in life or in poker.
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