These patterns can affect your life, as well as your overall success in poker.
Over the last few months, we have discussed the positive changes you can make, both in your game and as a person, to increase your poker winnings. In this article, I will relate some of the negative things you do that could be affecting your bottom line. A bad habit is an undesirable behavior pattern. These patterns can affect your life, as well as your overall success in poker. While they aren't easy habits to break, you can beat these demons by repetition and positive reinforcement. Below you can find some of the habits that you should put a stop to immediately.
2. Slow Playing Strong Flops
This isn't the 1980's. Sometimes the trickiest thing you can do in poker is represent what you actually have. People expect a continuation bet out of you anyways, so you might as well stay balanced and do it with your strong hands as well. There will be times when you lose value in a specific hand where your opponent folds instead of taking a stab at the pot, but in the long run you should win more by getting extracting value at the right times. Obviously this depends on your opponent. It is especially handy when you are up against calling stations or people who like to float the flop.
3. Drinking and Doing Drugs
Don't worry, you can still do these things! But it is important to avoid them the day of a grind session. Also, if you are using something like alcohol that creates a hangover, make sure to use it in moderation the day before you play. Drugs and alcohol affect your thought process and your brain should always be in top form to maximize your wins and minimize your losses.
4. Chatting at the Tables
Poker is a game of information and any information your opponent has on you will be used against you. It is best to just stay silent and if you must talk to someone, do it in the Betcoin Player Chat. One of the worst things you can do is point out when someone made a bad play. Even if this doesn't affect you directly, it will teach your opponent that they did something wrong and they shouldn't get a free lesson. If you are angry after a bad beat, don't let the table know because they will find a way use your tilt against you. And most importantly, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. There is no reason to berate someone at the table. That kind of thing scares away new players and frankly, is just rude and uncalled for.
5. Checking off the Auto Actions
Sure clicking auto-fold may speed the game up by a couple seconds, but it is a bad habit to get into. For one thing, you should wait to make your decision until it folds around to you. Maybe you will pick up someone else's timing tell along the way and decide to come into a pot where you have position on them. Or perhaps you will have a change of heart and decide to try and steal the blinds with weak holdings from late position. You should also avoid the auto-call button for reasons which are more obvious, like maybe someone will bet more than you expected. Or maybe they will bet less than you expected and you will lose value. Basically, you should wait to analyse your decision until it is your turn to act because that is when you will have the most information.
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