Run from the Shaking Hand

Now that you understand the proceedings of seven cared stud play, a word about emotions and behavior at the pkr table.  Anytime you it down at a pker game, you should be playing with proper attitude.  Noted author and professional card player Roy West calls this the rule of “Play Happy or Don’t Play,” and it’s fine piece of advice.  A negative attitude will distract you, throw off your play, and destroy your chances of winning.

For this reason, don’t attach unnecessary stress or negative emotions to your pokar game.  If you’re at the card club to win cash for the bills, you should not be there.  Nor should you be playing if you are dead set on getting “revenge” for the rough session you had the last time you played, nor if you’re ticked off because your card buddy teased you for playing poorly at your last game.  While you, of course, want to come out ahead any time you play, you must realize that not everyday can you be a winner.  Sometimes, the cards just might not fall.  Maybe you’ll stay in, only to see your 10s full of deuces (10 10 10 2 2) lose to queens full of 8s (Q Q Q 8 8).  Sometimes these things happen.

When you play, you should always remain calm.  Be in a good mood before heading down to play.  If you’re angry, or feeling pressure to earn money you badly need, stay away from the poker table.  Work off your anger at the gym or pick up some overtime hours.  When you are playing, it’s also crucial to watch yourself and avoid hasty bets or foolish raises.  Don’t let boredom destroy your careful, strategic play.

When you’ve been sitting there for an hour and not had a chance to play many hands, it can be all too tempting to chase cards.  You start to think, “Well, I’ve got an ace and a king,” ignoring someone else’s ace and king staring at you from the board.  Maybe you decide to throw in a buck to see more cards.  Pretty soon, that short stack that was in front of you is gone, and you’re reaching in your wallet for another fifty-dollar bill.  Stud is a game of patience.  Play a hand only when you think you have something with a good chance of improving.

Going on “tilt”

“My game was going fine, and then I lost a few close hands and went on tilt.”  Ever heard such a phrase from a poker player?  When a player speaks of going on tilt, he’s talking about losing his patience and playing recklessly.  If you do that, you turne from a card player into a magician who, as his first trick, makes the stack of chips in front of him vanish.

It’s easy for anyone to go on tilt.  A player on tilt stops using sound judgment, and starts playing anything.  Maybe he suffered a bad beat from another player and is now out to “get him” by staying in with hands he shouldn’t be playing.  A player on tilt is desperately hoping that the trash hand he’s holding will transform itself into something good if he stays in to see all seven cards.  Nine times out of ten, that trash hand will go from a little bit of trash to a lot of trash, and Poker Palyer will lose a lot of money in the process.  If you feel yourself getting too frustrated, pick up your chips and cash them in.  Go for a walk until you feel you are levelheaded enough to play well again.