re: Poker & Ego check....Lessons from the hood....
IMHO, I think ego is a good thing to have while playing, but it can be dangerous. Life the expression goes, if you're at the table for more than 5 minutes and you can't spot the sucker..... guess who it is? You gotta play you're game with confidence, with a good mix of knowledge, instinct, follow your gut, stay relaxed and focused, have fun, and realize variance is a pain in the a$$. Variance is killer in online poker due to the amount of hands played! It's insurmountable compared to live play, and you gotta be confident in your abilities! Ego can get you in a lot of trouble and personally, I think if you're ego and exceeds your confidence, than youre in for a world of trouble, esp when you go on tilt. Thinking youre the best, and having confidence in your game are two completely different things, and you need to decipher between how confident you truely are with your game, and how confident you THINK you are, hoping, wishing, and dreaming about making it big. It doesn't happen overnight, and it takes alot of dedication to actually become a GOOD, well rounded poker player. So, thats my rant, and if it doesn't make alot of sense, I'll reiterate later but I just read this and had to put in my two cents. and for me, it all comes down to reading a player, reading my hand, and then finally, going w/ my gut instinct! Don't let your ego, for example, call an all in call with KK, when there is an A on the board and your gut in SCREAMING, you dont have the nuts after reading your player, and reading your hand.