Top Five (5) Online Poker Bad Habits to Stop Now

These patterns can affect your life, as well as your overall success in poker.

by isnortbooze on November 28th, 2017

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.

1. Slouching While Grinding
Remember when you were a little kid and your parents told you to sit up straight? This was likely to improve your appearance and posture. When you are playing online poker, you need to sit up straight for a different reason altogether. When you are slouching down in your chair, you may feel more relaxed, but that relaxation leads to comfort and comfort leads to indifference. Force yourself to sit upright and you will notice that you are more attentive and focused on what is happening at the tables.

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.

50 Thank You Freeroll Ticket
What are some bad habits you need to rid from your poker game? I will be giving out some 50 Thank Your Freeroll tickets to people who comment below. Entries must be received by Friday at 9AM EST to qualify.
Good Luck!

 Filed under: Poker, Bad Habits


abdou: thank you teacher
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:28

Important information You are the owner of the experience

ipath: So true
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:53

This may sound weird, but a habit I got rid of because it without a doubt messed up my thinking and play is eating while playing. Not just snacking, I'm talking about you order a pizza or wings or whatever and pop open the box and start munching down. I've found that to not only screw my though process up by splitting my attention between food and play, but also the sloppy mess of food around me somehow turned my play into the same mess I was creating around me. This might be a one off thing with me but I seriously noticed myself making poor decisions when trying to eat large meals while playing.

USHOULDCALL: Breaking Bad Habits
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 18:44

Wow, I didn't realize that slouching during online play could affect a players focus in the game. I am going to start paying more attention to posture while in a game. One bad habit I have overcome is playing too many hands in the UTG position. It's a way to lose your chips with a mediocre hand or getting into an all in post flop with the 2nd or 3rd best hand. I made the mistake of auto-call last week where I missed a re-raise opportunity and a potential K.O. Thanks for the great article isnortbooze!

Marukh666: indeed great info Mr Top
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:06

indeed great info Mr Top class players must saty away from that BAD things.

Madhatterz: Been making larger bets these
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:49

Been making larger bets these days. Having a habit of trying to always have the best hand is just vain and that's what I'm inclined to do. Winning pots is more fun and goes farther.

1. Keep enemies closer than friends.
2. Keep cards closer than enemies.
3. Keep chips the closest.

Mentat: Mentat response to
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:33

Mentat response to Isnortbooze online poker bad habits

Credentials: more than a million hands played. slept on couch of a winning player. addicted for 10 years.

Thoughts/Self reflection:

A state of indifference stems from disassociation, amongst other factors.
Who am I and what am I experiencing? What is the word who? Exoteric vs Esoteric knowledge.
Does the result of this occurrence matter?
Objectively, it almost never did ... in the long run ...
But everyone knows the burn of a perceived loss. This is one of the building blocks of the game.
But how can you progress here? What is progress in poker where 95% of the players lose?
How will you remember these things and then incorporate them into your game? (~IPATH discussed removing clutter from the deskspace and this reminds me of FengShui:)

1. Slouching While Grinding

Addition: Periodically add yoga to the mix. Bend your knees. Remember to breathe. It's the littles things that come to attention that can earn those hard earned bucks later on.

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.

Well, this makes me think of an excerpt from LET THERE BE RANGE by COLE CTS SOUTH and TRI "SLOW HABIT" Nguyen.
What is a balanced range... Mentat? Well a balanced range is looking at this question like the difference between a speedy cleanup and "How to wash your hair right"
(See number one)
and if you can not outright walk on a treadmill, you could do small yoga exercises to maintain circulation and health and even amp up your session overall.
Pro tip - think of your knees as a 1 2 3 4 sort of thing... when you are in between three and four, return to 1. Flow ~~
Back to poker - the excerpt - uh huh - yeah ............
They weren't thinking about what part of your range you were playing. They just called.
Um..........................lets see what else.....
Satya Nadela, says "People ask me, did I have all this planned out?" He says, "No, I didn't" ....
(Booze) 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.

1endgamer3: Insane
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:39


Ihgb: Да, согласна, привычки в
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 22:55

Да, согласна, привычки в покере как хорошие так и плохие играют очень большую роль. Спасибо.

jura1313: Привет Ihgb
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:18


TrillMyWatch: ....
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 22:58

Act like theres Gum in your hair girl and cut it out

Chris9999: all of it is true
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:02

Auto checking is a bad habit and shouldnt be used at all

ND707: Trust your Instincts...
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:36

One bad habit that I've been working on changing is becoming more confident in my in-game analysis of my opponent's possible ranges, betting patterns etc. I can't even count the number of times my first instincts about a hand were correct, but I second guessed myself and changed my original evaluation, usually ending in an -EV decision. Also noticed I have really bad posture after reading this, so I'm making a conscious effort to sit up straight while playing.

Mentat: This is actually something
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:07

This is actually something else I was reflecting on when I read this thread.

Thinking of that fundamental aversion to taking in money that I have... I've seen it in other ones as well elsewhere...

How can I change this?

Right now my default is to auto disassociate from myself. I look at ppl and be like... wtf these people wear clothes IT'S NOT EVEN COLD HOLY FUCK....

That guy I referenced in my post spoke on empathy being one of the cornerstones of his development and I think that goes hand in hand with developing as a poker player.

I'm going to take everything you have from you.

But only because I live under a bridge and smell like shit.

#Mentat postivie therapy self talk for 50 ticket thanks

*edit - is smelling bad sufficient reason for taking your shit?


RamJam65: I'm going to focus on the
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 01:25

I'm going to focus on the "Slouching" aspect in this article. You bring up a great point here. I once seen an interview with Doyle Brunson where he said he picked the most uncomfortable chair in the room before starting a tournament because it kept him focused and alert. One could learn a lot from this.

Mentat: Hi RamJam65
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:11

Hi RamJam65

They say if you take a cold shower that it activates countless in-used muscles in your body.

Why do you think the body is not alert and what do you think it could learn?

I actually am curious.

(kknow a hoe)

RamJam65: Hello Mentat
Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:10

Hello Mentat

Sorry for such a late reply on your question but I have been extremely busy this week. I think the point Brunson was trying to make was...if you are uncomfortable then it keeps you alert. Being comfortable such as slouching as spoken of puts you in a relaxed mode. Being in a relaxed mode your mind doesn't work as sharp as it does when on full alert mode.

There are several ways to accomplish the same goal as what Brunson was saying here such as sitting up straight in your chair, drink protein shakes right before you start a tournament or cash session, and as you stated even taking a cold shower. It varies from player to player as to what works best.

My advice would be use the best method that works for you and stick with it. Stay alert and focused at all times.

Have a great holiday season!

CrabbyPantz: Well believe it or not for me
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 01:40

Well believe it or not for me , grinding in the daytime is a bad habit for me. I need to be fresh and focused as much as I can (like we all do) but I have other responsibilities, in the daytime and if I get on the tables grinding it can interfere with my daily stuff.

The Betcoin 10mBTC Daily is an example and sometimes I try to late register for it and again it interferes with other daily priorities.

With that said, nighttime is when I need to clock in and work a shift and that to me is being responsible. I also, could sit up straight more when playing instead of lounging like popeye smurf :)

Peyton2016: Bad habits
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:22

I have a bad habit of milking a strong hand after the flop and min betting allowing others to catch up and see cards for next to nothing thinking I'm building the pot, when I'm actually building it for the loose player calling for a miracle.. another bad habit I have is getting on the felt when I know I have a meeting or other obligation and I'm crunched for time.make sure your schedule is open to be able to wait and call with the winning hand instead of donating with weaker hands. But there is times you have to pay them just to keep them honest second best is hard to fold.. Distractions are a game wrecker too make sure to send the old lady and kids shopping before sitting in

Crippledlemming: Playing multiple tables and
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:37

Playing multiple tables and splitting my focus has caught me out more than I'd like to admit to.

Shahista: to name a few bad habits:
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 04:05

1. Playing too long sessions after fatigue has already kicked in.
2. Not having a plan of what tournamens / cash games youre gona play that day paned out ahead of time.
3. Multitasking too many other non poker related activitys taking away focus from the tables.
4. Wasting your timebank without any reason... use it for important decisions instead.
5. Geting mad about bad beats :-( and emotionaly shoving marginal or -ev spots.
6. Not using the break time properly... you'll be sorry half an hour later. :P
7. Jumping into games above your BR too often (occasional shot taking is OK!)

Hope this helps :-)

<3 Long live BETCOIN!!! <3

Ramieres: Playing rested
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:15

Making sure you are of sound mind and fresh / clear headed. My biggest one would be play while you feel like it don't force yourself to play for the money if your not in the mood or have the patience that day to play

samatakin: Talking on the phone while
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:27

Talking on the phone while playing. I always lose money when this happens. Better idea sit out or call the person back later

MysticNinjaCat: Playing too Many Hands Out of
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:40

Playing too Many Hands Out of Position

Defending Your Blind for No Good Reason

Not Being Patient When Short-Stacked

Talking too Much After a Losing Hand

Prematurely getting ready to fold

Counting chips in anticipation of betting

Sitting in the first seat you see

djimiBTC: going on higher limits
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:47

if you losing is good to not jump on higher limits

YaroslavM: Works for me!
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:05

If you have big lost, just stop playing and do something else. Dont get on tilt.

spazballz: 1of my worst habits...
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:03

STAY AWAY FROM GAMES YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND!!! Yet, I have since learned my lesson. Mastering one form of poker is difficult enough. Stick with the game you most enjoy and are most experienced in and concentrate on first becoming a profitable player in this game before even considering learning a new game. Don’t be the fish in the stud game if you are the big winner in the no-limit hold’em game.

minmin88: I think the worst habit in
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:42

I think the worst habit in poker is to play too long for more than 5 6 hours, make you tired, but still try to play, will lose.

SickMetaGame: No value to the chips...
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:01

Finding yourself in the spot where stack has fallen so short that motivation was gone with it, end up shipping it in with some garbage and blaming a rigged rng after getting rivered when hit a miracle flop in the first place. In the nutshell, lolpoker?


BTCNomNomNom: This article hit home for me
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:05

This article hit home for me booze. I have played online for the better part of a decade and not much live but I can attest to most of these bad habits.

I can speak to number 3 the most. Not so much drinking (although I have tilted off a few rolls whilst drunk), but drugs and poker turned into a bad mix for me. A few years ago I has heavy addicted to a certain dissociative drug. This was about the time that I took my shot as a pro poker player. Before this I had played recreationally and never under the influence of heavy drugs.

Well as you can imagine it didnt turn out great. I not only was unable to make a living playing poker, but it got to the point where I couldnt play unless I was under the influence. And being a dissociative drug, I didnt really have a grasp of what I was doing while playing. A very bad situation indeed. I have since turned myself around and love to play completely sober now. ok enough of that story ha

As for number 1, I learned that buying a comfortable chair and staying aware of my posture helps me grind more and stay more focused.

Number 2, I still mix in the slow play like the days of old. I get so sad when I have the nuts and get all folds on the flop or turn:(

For number 4, I rarely chat at the tables and try to keep it as friendly as possible. As they say, dont tap on the glass haha

The one I am most guilty of is number 5. i routinely just auto fold hands, a habit which I have always had but would like to break. I know I am missing valuable info because I usually auto fold and bring up my browser or some other distraction. My worst habit it surfing the web when playing. y

ssesse: Blinds
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:27

Trying to defend blinds very wide is probably my biggest mistake, should change asap

1PEPPER1: Bad stuff
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:30

Eating foods and dinners that make me sleepy, a cold bowl of fresh cut fruit is always good. Do not play for something to do, if it isnt a poker day in your mind , it wont be on the tables either, a few days off is always a good thing. I have a bad habit of auto checking and it has cost me a few times. Playing on Pokerstars and Betcoin at the same time freezes my computer thats a big NONO. Good points in your article ty.

winawyna: Hmm I see
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:10

Hmm I see

bboi68: Response
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:38

Very good tips, it's always important to give 100% focus when playing poker. When focused, it is often easier to identify the subtle tells that are available in online poker. Drugs and alcohol are also definitely a huge risk to one's bankroll. I have witnessed too many people lose too much money because they drank a little too much.

ezock777: Bad Habits
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 20:17

I find that in a long tournament, that about 2/3 rds of the way in, I get bored, then I zone out & make stupid bets.

That's why I like u'r 1st tip, sit up straight, I will do that! Thanks

jramy: Well, this is sad, I have to
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:38

Well, this is sad, I have to admit I do a lot of those which is very sad for me xD
I almost always slouch while playing which leads to me making bad decisions

And I use the auto check/fold it just makes it way easier for me.
I often slow play which is sad as well. It also leads to plays that leads to bad beats which is often a blow for me.

I try my best to overcome those habits and maybe it will help become a better poker player overall.

V10n: Going on tilt...
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:20

Whenever I start to tilt I need leave and take a break or stop playing completely, because I start gambling more and making dumb moves.

haianan: Worst habit, is always
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:44

Worst habit, is always thinking hand is holding the best, and always be dominated by emotions it!
Also, there is no bankroll control.

0163908908: Dont chat
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:19

I thinks bad habit is chatting on the table. You will make dont intend all brain in hand, it make you wrong way to play, You will be annoyed by opponents, such as fuck you or fish. It's best to turn off chatting

isnortbooze: Tickets issued
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:41

Good luck all!

abdou: thank you teacher
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 19:35

Good luck for everyone

simvait: :/
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:51

damn it, I missed this one ;( gl...

DontCallMyAces: Thanks,
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 20:30

for this tips. I like the idea of taking the most uncomfortable chair in the room, like someone said in comments before.
I definitely need to focus on this, I'm slouching in my couch too much ;D

player10: bad habbits
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 23:03

def got some good ones boosie!! but for me the worst habit is playing too long of sessions with no breaks and not eating... next thing I know its 9am and I haven't eaten or moved in 16 hours...

the lack of sleep carries over into the next day, affects my mood and usually means I need a day to recover... add that to the disgusting bad beats and I'm never feeling right the next day....

worldnbw: re: bad habits
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:07

I want to add one 4 female friends. Don't let the boys intimidate you, but know the rules so you can put their ass to bed. There have been men who were not even in the hand who actually told another male player who was walking away after seeing qqq that he won on river with flush, and casino rules state if player walks away he forfeits win. My point is men may try to f u, so bring your whip and beat them into submission.

Mentat: wtf
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:54


richardtkr94: im new here
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:19

im new here how do i actually play poker here? AND I WAN THE FREE TICKET PLS

herbaljohnny: patience and being trained
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:28

i feel chris jesus ferguson was the best at sitting still and always taking the same amount of time it appeared no matter what the play

nursiemaniac: Mentat the Great
Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:02

Please God, let Mentat show up gutshot in my ER. Then we'll see how disrespectful and smartassed he is.

NessoX: yeah
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 02:43

that's right.

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