This is a discussion on 5 Best Ways to Keep Yourself from Winning at Poker within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I was reading a CardsChat article about thoughts that can sabotage your game:
5 Stack Crippling Thoughts In Online Poker
Even though we know controlling our
I lost the urge to bluff-catch a long time ago. At the limits I play those bigger bets (especially at the end) almost always mean my opponent has the goods. I've proven this theory with literally millions of hands. It's about as ironclad as it gets.
Even though we know controlling our thought processes can help improve our playing, it's very easy to believe these thoughts.
For me, it's a combination of calling to see what someone has ("they must be bluffing") and not having a stop-loss so I chase my losses ("keep playing until I'm even). Which are you most crippled by?
They are probably bluffing
I can't fold now
I must bet
What's another few bucks--I'm already stuck a lot
I'll just keep playing until I'm back to even
This is one of the best threads ever. In fact, thoughts are very powerful. They actually orchestrate our lives and if not controlled, they could be very hurtful.
#1 and #4 are my weakness but I've been working on it and I'm doing better lately.