Originally Posted by awmm1983
You have to explode with joy when you nail the river or get in to a fight pre flop with your aces. You celebrate the moment. When you get sucked out or play like a donk you have to feel like a fool and let it go. Otherwise you turn into a rock and that's no way to live your life. I don't think we should have negative emotions, however,i don't think that means we tar all emotions with the same brush. If we didn't feel so foolish when we screw up we wouldn't learn and we wouldn't play if we didn't feel joy. If it's just about the money then i think you lose your soul. The money will come if you are a good player, right? Cristiano Ronaldo was never not going to win the European cup just because he shows emotion.. I mean , when John Terry scores a header he doesn't not show his emotions and yet he regains his focus to defend again. When Buffon saves a penalty he jumps with joy. He's still the best keeper in the world. I know poker is a different game but i like analogies.
When you decide to play the game seriously and play thousand of hands daily for years, it becomes a routine. Standard hands play themselves out alot of the time and you re-live the same flips over and over and over. Your decisions must be based on logic and the outcome is irrelevant.
If you play the hand the right way,yes the money will come. I never jump from Joy when i get aces (UNLESS IM IN A TOURNAMENT IN A CRITICAL SPOT).
When playing cash ,objectivity is key to winning(or losing).
Sure the recreational player will be happy when he wins a flip but for someone who has won and lost a gazillion flips,it just turns into a routine, a grind if you will.
It's like getting excited when you drive your brand new car. After a few months of driving it, the feeling of joy or whatever kinda neutralizes itself because of repetition.
I'm not saying it's not good to feel happy or sad. Im saying that allowing emotions to dictate your decisions is probably EV-.
@the part you said its not right to live your life like a rock. I agree but living your life like a rock and playing poker like a rock (maintaining emotional stability) are two different things.
All in all, if you are at a point where your emotions influence your game then, this is probably a leak.