This is a discussion on Self-control within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; How important is self-control in poker? If you were to rank it, where would you rank in level of importance? What would you rank above
Of all the poker strategies that experts use and suggest to players, the most important is self-control. it is an essential element for those who want to become masters in the art of winning at poker. it is impossible to put in place good strategies without good discernment. effective poker face and excellent reflexes. All these qualities are unfortunately lost once the emotions get involved. The best way to develop self-control is to rehearse and practice over and over to keep your cool.
For me it's the most important skill that you can develop to be a successful poker player. Of course be good in reading the others players and know everything about poker theory are the skills that will make you win a big prize in tournaments or cash games, but if you don't have self control you will ended up losing all the money that you work hard to win.
For me this is also the most important thing in poker. Especially in tournaments it is so important to keep yourself in control and to focus on your opponents.
Don't go with the craziness in the first hands. And especially when i get further in the tournament and have a lot of chips, i tend to play small players quickly. But at that moment i should not do that and quietly wait for the right cards. So yes, for me the most important thing in poker.
And oh yes, not being drunk also helps
I think patience and discipline are the most important things in poker. But patience and discipline are an integral part of self-control. That is, I believe that only a player who can control himself can be patient and disciplined.
Self-control and discipline I think is the most important trait not only for poker, but also for a person to achieve any goal. Without self-control, you will not be able to force yourself to do something, learn something new, become the best at something. Therefore, this is the most important feature. With hard work and patience, you can surpass any intelligence in poker.
Self-control and discipline I think is the most important trait not only for poker, but also for a person to achieve any goal.
I think that's 100% true but for poker I think self control and discipline are even more important. If you want to be a great recreational chess player you have to work hard at it but you won't get bad beats in chess and you're not playing for money. When you lose a chess game there will alway be at least one mistake that you made that led to it, and basically your opponent outplayed you. OTOH in poker you can play a better game and still lose money to an opponent who it not as skilled as you are.
For me it is the fundamental part of every Poker player. If we do not have self-control we will end up losing everything always. Knowing how to face bad streaks, knowing when to leave and when to stop playing a game, and dealing with bad losses of large amounts of money and being able to stop and try again in the best way, is one of the fundamental and most important things you should have a poker player.
Rationality, I would rate higher. Self-control is important. But you also need to give an outlet to emotions, especially in poker. You know yourself when a big Bank is going to the pulse quickens. When the crucial moment and I don't think that the vegetable will go far in poker. I like these types of players are more open, such as the type of Daniel Negreanu.
It's a thing i still need to learn. Tilt is a bad thing, when i lost 3 buy-ins i should have gone to bed, but no i decided to play spin 'n go and lost another 3 buy-ins. Now i just move off from my pc and chill. Baby steps but i am better with every day.
I have alway been like this, when i used to play Lol or Dota i couldn't go to bed with lose, i had to win, instead short session i stayed few extra hours.
Also i think good bankroll is crucial, i get frustrated cos my bankroll is getting smaller and i can't afford another deposit for this month. If i could spare 100£ every month i wouldn't bothered with tilt.
What do you mean as self control? Control of your emotions or keep your strategy or money management or game of chance only? I think if you start to explain I'll find that all of the aspects are included in some way. As I understand this - if you have self control you play according your strategy. And your strategy is everything I wrote upper. It's volume of bet it's chance of stacks it's change of hand, position and your opponents styles and etc. If you don't have it you'll lose your stack by making mistakes one by one.
Without self control you wont be able to win a good tournament, you will lose cricial hands in the game, you will basically lose every single cent you bet.
Right on! I've asked many people before "what they think is the most important thing a person needs to have to be successful in poker?" & no one has ever said self-control. I feel it is the most important thing. Thanks TulasMoreno!
Self control is extremely important. In all aspects of life.
1 - Reading other players. Knowing the hand an opponent has is an advantage that is trumped by nothing else.
2 - Patience is so important. Poker is a game of waiting. If you aren't willing to accept the fact that you may go an hour or more without winning one put, you won't profit in the long run.
3 - Self control. Having the discipline to fold strong hands and refraining from bluffing can mean the difference in winning or losing any game.
4 - Odds. Knowing your outs isn't always helpful and can actually keep you in hands that turn out to be a loss. But it can also help win pots. This goes hand in hand with self control. Sometimes you should fold despite favorable odds.
5 - Body language. Don't let others tag you as a fish who has all kinds of tells.
I have noticed that a bad player with self control tends to always be in your game. A lot of great players lose that self control because of the lie they tell themselves that they are Ready to take it to the next level.
How many times have you seen some grind a tourney make it to final with a huge stack but once he gets it in his mind he loses self control. He starts Raising bigger and taking more risk to end the game quicker. Ten minutes in the final table and hes railed wondering why his luck is so bad.
SELF CONTROL is the most important thing in life as well as poker. Learn to control your self and you will see a different YOU.
For me it's the most important thing! It doesn't really matter how good you are at poker, if you can't control your mind you will be ruined as a player.. you gotta learn to control your emotions... Otherwise poker won't work that well for you
I think it's one of the most important things to become a good poker player. If you let your emotion affect you and you lost your control you will make many mistakes. And if there is a thing more important than self-control, I think it is studying, your knowledge about poker. You can not play well if you just have a little understanding of poker, especially modern poker. Top players even have to review their hands with others. So I always read books or watch analyzing from pro players to improve my play when I have time.