The most important question in poker
I have finally realized that, for myself, the most important question that I can ask is: "Should I play right now ?" As a micro player, the strategy really isn't that hard. Raise, don't limp, isolate limpers, respect position,play good starting hands, value bet and Baluga Whale theorem. EZ game right?
I know all of this and I am capable of doing them. The problem is, sometimes I'll fire up a session when I'm steaming from a rough day at work or a spat with the wife, or whatever, and the next thing I know I'm down a couple of buy ins due to this wonderful "process":
"He's a fish, these cards are junk, but I'll outplay him" or " He's bluffing, I'll call him down" , or the ever popular "Only an idiot would keep calling with less than the nuts on this board and he couldn't have called with 6 2 off suit preflop. I'm firing that third barrel." Anyone else ever done that?
When I'm in a correct state of mind, I crushed at 2nl and 5nl back on stars (after my newbie phase) and 4nl now on merge. I believe that the only reason I'm not playing at least 25nl is my recent inability to "just say no" when I'm not in the proper state of mind. So that's my challenge to myself. I am committing myself to only playing poker when I am in a proper frame of mind, calm, rested, and not distracted. I'm working on developing a pregame routine to encourage this.
So, fellow CC'ers, what do you do to ensure that you are in that poker playing, fish crushing, printing money state of mind?