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Rule For Winning poker

Introduction

No course on winning poker created by me would be complete without a penetrating look at “ Rule #1.” Those of you who have been reading my work over the years know about this important concept and can skip on.  For you who are experiencing my teaching for the first time, draw close and listen up.

RULE # 1

There are many “ Rules,” but only one has a number. Rule # 1 states: “Play Happy Or Don’t Play.”

Ignoring this Rule could be hazardous to your bankroll and, more importantly, to your peace of mind.

Some readers will merely scan the pages of this Course, looking for specific tips and information on how to best play the game of seven-card stud. Anything else is of little interest to them.

If you are one of these readers, reconsider.  Be interested. Keep reading.  This is quite probably the most important playing advice outside of Poker strategy that I can give you.

It is more of the “stuff” of winning poker.  I believe it has universal application. Roy’s Rule # 1, “Play Happy Or Don’t Play,” is truly my number one consideration when playing poker.

You’ve seen players getting angry cursing, throwing cards. Obviously, they are in no condition to play. But they remain in the game while their proficiency deteriorates. They think they’re playing as well as ever.

They aren’t. There are several terms for this condition: “going on tilt,” “getting your nose open,” and “steaming.”  It most often happens when a player is losing.

When it happens to you, you should leave the game. You should but you probably won’t.

Play happy or don’t play.That doesn’t mean you have to be joking and laughing and slapping people on the back.  But you should be able to approach the game with a pleasant attitude.

If you’re unhappy about your situation, why do you stay in it?  To get the money?  Fat chance! When you’re playing unhappy, you aren’t playing your best game, especially if you’re unhappy because you are losing.

You start reaching-playing lesser hands-or chasing, most often against a player who has given you a beat.  You’re going to show him a thing or two about poker.

More likely, unless you get very lucky, he’s going to show you another winning hand and take even more of your money. Remember, he’s not angry.

He’s probably quite happy with his wins and is playing his usual steady game. You’re the one who is chasing with inferior hands against his normal starting values.

And while his head is on straight and he’s playing his best strategy, your mind is too busy being angry to play as well as you know how. You’re not alert. You miss things you should see.

You don’t have to be in a towering rage for emotions to affect your play.Just being grumpy will do.

Sitting silently while your guts are churning, waiting for your chance at revenge, will bring you to the same place. Forget being angry at the dealer.  Your anger is an attempt to make him feel guilty.

He won’t.  he has dealt 100 times as many hands as you’ve ever played, and each hand had at least one loser. He knows he’s not responsible for the cards you get (or how you play them).

In that respect, he could just as well be a robot sitting there distributing cards. Forget revenge. The other players didn’t do anything to you.

They just played the poker cards they got, the best way they knew how, trying to win the money-the same as you were doing!

How do you forget the anger, forget the revenge?  Release them.  And how do you do that?  By realizing that your anger, and its effects, are in the only location they can be-within your own mind, and nowhere else.

Nowhere else. And the only person they are affecting is you. You have a misconception that someone did something to you, unjustly.  They didn’t.  They were just leading their own lives. Mental Preparation

By correcting this misconception, you release the anger.  No attack, no anger.  No anger, you have peace of mind.  With a peaceful mind, you play better.  When you play better, you win more.

 

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