The Felt Wars
The more I play this game the more I learn and the more I learn the more I understand that Poker has nothing to do with cards. Yes my friends, it is true. The cards are a medium for a psychological warfare the likes of which the world has never seen. It takes a lot of mental toughness to play this game.
The game is about keeping control of yourself. So what if you squander a third of your bankroll? Should you let it change your game? No. Can you let it posses and obsess you? Not if you want to stay in the game. Should you keep checking your bankroll every ten minutes to see if it has grown? No way. Ask yourself why your depressed one day because your bankroll fell a few hundred bucks, and excited the next because it grew. It means nothing.
It is about keeping control of your insecurities. When you are winning it is easy to think of yourself as the worlds greatest player. The next Phil Helmouth! Watch out WSOP here I come! When you are losing do you think your game suck? Do you think you cannot win? If so you are probably wrong. Take some time and make sure your game has not changed for the worse. Then get back out there and do what you have been doing all along to win! Let these experiences make you dig deeper into your game but do not assume they are because of you.
The game is about keep your self under control at the tables. When you have been rivered for the tenth time that night does it set you off? Are you ready to slam your fist into the monitor or can you take a deep breath and really believe these are the kinds of guys you NEED to play with! If it was a table full of Doyle Brunson’s believe me you would not be winning any money.
I am guilty of all of the above. It takes tough stretched to really bring out the problems with your game. A lot of these problems are not going to have anything to do with the cards. I have had it fairly easy up until now. While this has been a disappointing setback I think I can grow from it. I am constantly trying to figure out why I did so poorly at the 5/10 tables. Some things are coming to the forefront that will improve my game. The mental aspects are always the most challenging and I continue to try and work on those. One of these days I might become a hardened and seasoned veteran of this game we all love. I look forward to that. Until then I will keep sharing my flaws with you all and keep playing my best at the tables.