Can you remove emotion pride and ego from your poker game?
I think anyone who can remove emotion pride and ego from their poker game
will instantly become ten times more successful regardless of their skill level. Beginner's luck in my opinion is usually a lack of expectations and therefore an acceptance of whatever happens which results in profits more often than not. It is only when a gambler convinces themselves they should win or deserve to win, etc. that emotion and pride can wreck a bankroll.
I had a friend who I gave poker lessons to for several months - taking him from the point where he would pay off a bet and a raise on the river with ace high to the point where he has won several tourneys with over 1000 1st place prize (live) However, at some point he convinced himself he was the greatest thing since sliced bread and has since had dramatic downswings. For the last year, he has lived a roller coaster ride way above his financial means and I finally had to distance myself from him - which was hard because he paid for poker lessons and gave me 150 dollars anytime he won more than 1000. Ultimately, the money and our friendship just weren't worth the negativity and anger he displayed when taking bad beats or when I told him I thought he played a hand poorly - example - calling a preflop raise and re -raise with 22 out of position board comes QQ10 5 4 and he triple barrels into two opponents - I didn't teach him that.
The whole experience has made me get back to my lifelong philosophy to only gamble when I am feeling optimistic about life in general and to pretty much stick to live limit holdem and Omaha with some blackjack
thrown in- Im taking a nice two week vacation from Michigan
winter to go to Florida
and play golf every day and 5 -10 limit every night so my question to all is how often has pride or ego hurt or destroyed your bankroll? Are there any zen masters out there who truly feel they not only refrain from tilt but convey a confident and optimistic outlook ? Also, who feels that playing live is much easier to be social and friendly while online leads to the worst of human emotions both in your opponents and yourself?