The deadly sins of poker
Some of the deadly sins of poker are as follows:
Ignorance: A poker player who thinks he knows everything there is to learn about poker will never grow in the game. Unless, of course, he tries to open his mind to new ideas and become receptive to things he could learn from other players. When people do not understand something, they tend to be judgemental. You can eliminate this kind of thinking by accepting that there is so much more you will always need to learn about poker.
Lack of Bank Roll: You cannot really make it big in poker if you win in small limit poker but lose in bigger limit games. The money you've earned in small limit poker will just evaporate easily in bigger limit poker if you are not careful. Do not rush to win big time. Everything comes in due time.
Reading Books: For sure, you will learn a lot about poker by reading books about the game. But still, nothing is better than playing poker hands-on. It's a mistake to read books on poker and go around assuming that you know everything about the game. Application of what you have read is much more difficult than just imagining the strategies you've read in those books.
Not controlling emotions: If you let your cards control you, rather than you controlling them, then you are not yet a good poker player. A good poker player does not easily get upset by a series of bad cards. Remember that you can still win even with a bad hand, it all depends on how you play. Also, do not let your poker emotions get mixed up with your life outside poker.
Rigid and mechanical: It would be better for you if you play not just one type of poker strategy. You need to be versatile and unpredictable if you want to win games.
Pride: Thinking that you are the best poker player around will get you in lots of trouble. Being consumed by your own greatness you tend to be more relaxed and less concerned in your poker games, and you will not be able to "see" what the others are really doing. Unless you open yourself to the possibility that there are better poker players than you are, you will lose more of your games. When you underestimate your opponents, you tend not to play your best, so you are not pushed to your limits. Pride limits vision.
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