Tag: adjusting & adapting

Aug 31 2020

When Was The Last Time You Checked Your LAP?

“Awareness precedes choice, and choice precedes results. ” -- Robin S. Sharma L.A.P. = Look, Analyze, Personal-CheckA new subscriber to the Exceptional Poker Email List once wrote me to say that the number one thing he was struggling with at the tables was: "to leave the table in time when i begin tilting and playing very loose.”This is a pretty...

Jul 03 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 5 of 5): Summary & Homework

Turning Losing Into Winning “Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.” -- Carol Dweck Poker can be frustrating, especially if you let it be. It’s one thing to say there are three ways to lose and all of them are good (even though it’s true), but it’s another thing to accept that fact in the heat...

Jul 02 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 4 of 5): Bad Play

Winning When Losing With Bad Play “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” -- Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins Now we come to the third and potentially worst way to lose a poker hand: bad play. To illustrate this, let’s return to the Kings vs Sevens example, but this time let’s turn the situation around. We’re...

Jul 01 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 3 of 5): Bad Cards

Winning When Losing With Bad Cards “I waited all night for a playable hand. Fold, fold, fold. I finally pick up Kings. Life’s good, right? Yeah, right! I run straight into Aces and lose my entire stack!” Sometimes in poker, we are dealt a very strong hand, but our opponent gets an even stronger one and we lose. This is not...

Jun 30 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 2 of 5): Bad Beats

Winning When Losing With Bad Beats “Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career. ” -- Mike McDermott, Rounders Imagine that you have a pair of Kings, the villain has a pair of Sevens. All the money in your respective stacks goes into...

Jun 29 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 1 of 5): Introduction

Learning to Profit from Poker Losses “It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -- Bill Gates The Thrill of Victory, or the Agony of DefeatWe all like to win. Winning a hand of poker feels good. In fact, our brains are wired to release testosterone whenever we do something like...

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