Now that we’ve talked about enemies, let me stop and talk about one of the most important elements of poker around: you! You have to make sure that you’re completely and totally into the game. Until you really master your concentration, I don’t recommend playing where you’re going to be flipping through tabs. Trust me, I know all about the tab game — I can easily have 30 tabs going at once, and that’s not really something that leads to good poker. When Facebook is flashing and you’re constantly wondering what’s going on… yeah, that’s not really a good time to think about what’s happening in the world.
If anything, the takeaway here is this: unleash your inner warrior. It’s funny how many people will read that last line, nod, but continue to play nervously in poker.
Let me repeat myself, then: unleash, embrace, and empower your inner warrior. There’s something powerful about being able to lose yourself in poker. This is not a team sport. Those people are not going to be your friends or take it easy on you. They are coming to pummel you. They are coming to make sure that you know they are going to take your chips from you. And if you aren’t playing aggressively at least part of the time, you’re going to find that you’re in for some bad times ahead. The best thing that you can possibly do is make sure that you are always looking at the bright side of things. You don’t want to find that you just can’t get things together. You have to make sure that you’re really focused on victory. That’s what the point of poker really is. You’re either winning, or you’re not. Losing money isn’t a good option, is it? You have to resign yourself to the fact that even if you sharpen your poker theory and knowledge, there are just going to be times where you catch a bad beat. [Read more…] about Get Your Inner Warrior To Come Out In Poker