This is a discussion on poker psychology within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; What do you think that to play poker you have to be psychologically prepared?
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I actually consider psychology the strength of my poker game: meanwhile, I've been trying to refine my fundamentals (I find psychology interesting outside of poker as well though). With this said, I think I did it backwards compared to most players lol; I think most players learn the game of poker well (GTO and math side/straight-forward play) and only later begin to investigate the psychology element of the game.
How important is poker psychology? In my opinion, I think it is not too important - at least not at the lower stakes. You can beat most of those games with zero understanding of psychology by just playing a sound strategy (usually) a tighter game. With this said, I think poker psychology is much more important at the highest levels of play. Why? Because everyone there is already really good at the other parts of the game (or they wouldn't make it that far) and the psychology element may be the small thing that gives them a slight advantage over the opponents.
You also asked about table image. I see poker as a game about people and reading the ever-changing situations. In this mindset, table image will constantly be changing and the best players can adapt to their advantage. Of course, most players won't capitalize on this because they will just be playing their own cards and not be aware that situations have changed. A "situation" could be something as big as effective stack sizes changing, or as small as observing that one player has been getting a run of bad beats lately (if they are tilting from the bad beats, then know that they may bluff more and that you don't want to bluff them much because they may call wider).
In general, I agree with you. Undoubtedly, the psychological training of the player plays a very important role. Obviously, patient and disciplined players have the advantage and will be able to succeed.
Totally agree with you. If some of the phases seem like haven't happened in turn means that it is bound to happen in tge future. Great explanation and great thread and discussion everyone. Hand claps all over the place.