When I first started playing poker as an 18 year old kid, I was really bad. I just want to put my hard-earned money in the pot when I find out I have absolute nuts. I finally learned that waiting for peanuts is actually the best way to go broke.
If you are not a winning poker player you have flashy holes in your poker strategy, as I did when I started. Let’s go over some of the common drawbacks that amateur poker players exhibit and then outline the steps you can take to ensure you are on your way to poker mastery.
Most poker players think they are much better at poker than they really are. This is probably because most people who stick with poker for long periods of time experience at least some degree of success. Very few people continue to play if they lose the first 20 times they play. The players stopped and moved on to something else. The people who experience immediate short-term success are those who continue to play indefinitely.
The sooner you stop thinking emotionally while playing poker, the better. It is well known that when poker players have things on their mind other than poker, like quarrels with their partners, financial problems at home, or anything else that demands a lot of their attention, they tend to play worse. Those who take the action of their opponents personally are worse off than those who just play their best in every situation.
If someone is constantly raising you up, instead of getting upset and trying to show who the boss is, adopt an ideal strategy to take advantage of their attacks. Don’t think that poker is a game of who can act the macho most.
This early success made most amateurs overly confident in their skills. Instead of working hard to improve at poker, they assume they have to be great at the game. If you want to become a great poker player, realize that you have to spend time at the table being attentive, and your time away from the table studying all aspects of the game.