Raise or Fold:  A Year of Risky Business

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One Simple Test to Determine If You Are Playing Above Your Bankroll

...If it makes you angry when a player draws against odds and gets there.

If you are playing within your bankroll, this should bring a gentle smile of delight to your lips (accompanied perhaps by a mental fistpump and exclamation of "Yahtzee!!!"). You should be able to deliver a sincere-sounding complement to the fish, reach into your wallet ~ virtual or ortherwise ~ and reload with a song in your heart.

If you cannot do these things when an inferior player wins a hand, or when you get your money in good and you're just outdrawn, you are either way too prone to tilt, playing at limits that you are not comfortable with, or both.

Move down in stakes and learn to meditate.

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Blogger joxum (Denmark) said...

you can take that to the bank, for sure!

Add a "book" label to that one...


12/31/08 10:57 PM  
Blogger James said...

I just tell myself I lose far more through my own mistakes than when an inferior player hits. Come to think of it, I don't see many inferior players!

1/1/09 10:06 AM  

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