Archive for 'Psychology'

The Warrior Spirit

Posted on22. Mar, 2011 by Gugel.

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Don Juan was a Spanish badass that seduced women and then beat up their boyfriends.  Even though hes fictional, he spoke these wise words:
The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse.
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Multi-Tasking is for Losers

Posted on05. Jul, 2010 by Gugel.

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I have an assignment for you.  I want you to run a mile, juggle 3 balls for 15 minutes and spin a hula hip around your waist 100 times.  Unless youre a well trained circus performer, you instinctively know that you wont get ANYTHING done if you do everything at once.    You have to [...]

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Money Doesnt Motivate

Posted on08. Jun, 2010 by Gugel.

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I guarantee youre not gonna be a great poker player if money is the only thing that keeps you going.
Ill prove it to you.  A study by M.I.T.  researchers had students try to beat a series of challenges.   They did stuff like memorize strings of numbers, solve word problems and shoot basketballs into a [...]

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20 Things Bruce Lee Can Teach You About Poker

Posted on11. Mar, 2010 by Gugel.

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Bruce Lee is widely considered to be the best fighter of all time.  He died when he was 32 from an allergic reaction to a painkiller, but his philosophy and wise words (which are shockingly relevant to poker) continue to be an inspiration.  Here are 20 lessons you can learn from Bruce Lee.
Mental Toughness

Dont fear failure.
Optimism is [...]

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No Money Heads Up, Everyones Solid

Posted on14. Feb, 2010 by Gugel.

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Im kidding of course.  Theres still plenty of weak, exploitable players in HU (despite what some people think).  At many points in your poker career, youll feel like the game is unbeatable.  Weve all been there, but dedication in the face of adversity is what makes the good players great.
Props to IheardJoeblows for creating the [...]

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Cash Out, Reward Yourself Stay Motivated

Posted on28. Dec, 2009 by Gugel.

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We all know that setting goals is an important first step towards success. In a previous post, I said:
Don’t set goals for yourself that are out of your control.  Whether you win $3,000 this month or not is something that’s not entirely up to you.  Set goals on things you can control, like playing a certain [...]

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40 Poker Tips From Sun Tzus Art of War

Posted on11. Oct, 2009 by Gugel.

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Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military tacitian.  His military strategy masterpiece, Art of War ($6.16), has some pretty solid advice for poker players.  Here are 40 great poker tips from Sun Tzu:
Deception

All warfare is based on deception.
When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we [...]

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What Ayn Rand Can Teach You About Making Your Opponent Tilt

Posted on01. Sep, 2009 by Gugel.

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Im almost done with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Shes a really good writer, though the story can get a bit frustrating at times.  Anyway, one of the key points in her philosophy is that guilt is a powerful way of controlling people.  Make them feel guilty and theyll do almost anything you want.  It works [...]

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10,000 Hours

Posted on10. Aug, 2009 by Gugel.

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Back in May, I talked about the three things you need to master to become a great poker player.   But the key ingredient to greatness that I didnt talk about is experience.  Beyond just playing lots of hands, experience includes watching training videos, getting coached, or posting in forums.  The more you play, the better [...]

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Playing Good When Youre Running Bad

Posted on21. Jul, 2009 by Gugel.

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Seth Godin had a great post on his blog today.  Even though hes talking about marketing and customer service, his advice applies really well to poker.  Lets say you have a bike race coming up and you obviously want to have the best time you possibly can.  The thing is,  everyone goes super fast on [...]

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Mistakes

Posted on07. Jul, 2009 by Gugel.

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About a week ago, I made a mistake at $200NL HU vs. Smokin Mokin (a breakeven reg).  Heres the hand in question.
Hero (BB) ($200)
Button ($245)
Preflop: Hero is BB with 8♦, 6♦
Button bets $6, Hero calls $4
Flop: ($12) Q♦, 6♠, 9♦ (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets $8, Hero raises to $30, Button calls
Turn: ($72) J♠ (2 [...]

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The 7 Cs of Mental Toughness

Posted on19. Jun, 2009 by Gugel.

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Practice the seven Cs (Competitive, Confident, Control, Committed, Composure, Courage, Consistency) of mental toughness.
That quote is from a book called Mind Gym that HokieGreg was raving about on Twitter yesterday.  A lot of players (myself included) put mental toughness on the backburner.  But recently, Ive begun to realize how thats a huge mistake.  Jack Nicklaus, [...]

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Your Brain on Tilt

Posted on18. May, 2009 by Gugel.

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This is tilt. This is your brain on tilt. Questions?
Emotional control is what makes good poker players great. Heres an amazing 2+2 post about tilt by mental game coach Jared Tendler. And just in case you missed it, heres my writeup from a while back about controlling tilt.
The Only Reason Tilt Happens
Republished with [...]

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The Biggest Mistake of All

Posted on15. May, 2009 by Gugel.

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To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.
- Peter McWilliams
Youll never be a great poker player if you avoid difficult situations.  The more you get challenged, the more youll think and adjust, and the better player youll become.  The great thing about heads up is that it [...]

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Put Away Your PT3 and HEM HUDs

Posted on11. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.

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CTS doesnt use a PokerAce or Hold Em Manager HUD.  Ansky doesnt use a HUD either.
But I use my HUD all the time.  Maybe they know something I dont.  And the more I think about, the more I see how relying on stats can do more harm than good.  Lets take a really simple example.
I [...]

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Lie Detection

Posted on08. Nov, 2008 by Gugel.

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A detective pounds on the desk and looks the criminal in the eye. The uneasy crook fidgets and cant meet the detectives gaze. It looks like we have a liar here, the detective declares.
Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, fidgeting and avoid eye gaze show absolutely no correlation with lying. I’m here to tell [...]

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How to Control Tilt

Posted on05. Nov, 2008 by Gugel.

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We’ve all done it. We ask ourselves how an idiot can stupidly win so many pots. At some point in our poker careers, we’ve thought that “it’s my turn to win” or “that donks luck is bound to run out!” Unfortunately, that’s not how poker works. Each hand is an independent event. The hands before [...]

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Poker and Emotional Sterility

Posted on15. Feb, 2007 by Gugel.

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Theres an interesting post on the 2+2 psychology forums right now about how playing poker trains you to minimize your emotions. Emotions are the bane of poker players. We want to make rational and unbiased decisions at the table. Emotions just get in the way. The more and more we play, the more we become inoculated [...]

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Ansky on Tilt Been There, Done That

Posted on03. Jun, 2006 by Ansky.

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One of the best parts of my game, and my take on poker in general, is that I almost never tilt or get affected by results. I pride myself on being able to take a 1 outer and not blink, and remove my emotions from variance, the element of the game which we cannot control. [...]

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