It is a challenge to have a mental control and play well, that is the main emotion or feeling that I have when starting the game session, already in the game there are several emotions and I keep them under control to stay focused
Worry, regret, excitement, anger, worry, happiness, etc... I experience the full gamut of emotions during a tournament, and I have done a fairly good job of learning how to control them, rather than allowing them to control me.
After having played on Poker Stars for the past 2 to 3 years since they allowed us "free" Americans back onto the site... I have learned how to handle my emotions properly. I know a lot of people think play-chip poker is useless, but it isn't - the play chips, which obviously have zero real value, is what finally allowed me to conquer my emotions... because why would I ever get angry at something that has no real value? Eventually I realized how stupid it was to get angry over a game that is supposed to be fun!!
So these days, I try to stay on that even keel, I never get too down or too upset, but at the same time I also try to never get too up, too excited about a big hand or a big victory... well, big victories still get a decent fist-pump, I'm not a machine. LOL
But after learning this great game for the past 2 decades... the two emotions I would list for myself are:
1. Fearlessness - aggressive poker is winning poker
2. Positivity - I am entirely confident in my poker skills at the table, mainly by never playing above the level that is proper and correct for my bankroll, I follow the 100 rule which means I divide my current bankroll by 100, and that amount is the maximum buy-in for me. With so little of my bankroll at risk in any one tournament, a real money tournament feels just like play chips to me. It feels exactly the same as when I crush the play chippers on Stars, so I feel the same level of fearlessness and positivity this way. Good luck at the tables!
"In order to live, you must be willing to die." -Amir Vahedi at the 2003 World Series of Poker
(RIP Amir, I hope you've got a big fat cigar up there in heaven!!)
1. Fearlessness - aggressive poker is winning poker
2. Positivity - I am entirely confident in my poker skills at the table, mainly by never playing above the level that is proper and correct for my bankroll, I follow the 100 rule which means I divide my current bankroll by 100, and that amount is the maximum buy-in for me.
" I used to be aggressive because it was all I knew...now i am aggressive because i know it is winning play". Garry Kasparov
positvity is of course essential...thumbs up...bankroll management....i have another philosophy...one should play at the highest stakes that one can beat...ie be a winning player long term. However 'comfort zone' is essential...scared money as we all know, is dead money.
one should have no emotions at all at the table...the natural joy at winning a (big) hand should be put aside as soon as the next hand is on the table. As should the natural downer after losing a hand.
I know that emotions don't help in the game. To achieve results in poker, you need a neutral state of mind, in this state it is easier to reach the alpha state. And in the alpha state you have a very high chance of winning the tournament.
Several emotions,start with me calm and focused 5 minutes before the tournament then someone calls me 2 minutes after the start and my range of hands increases a lot, at this point i'm not very calm anymore but i try to stay focused
I think Stephen Chidwick is the zen master of poker, if you ever want to watch how one of the best poker players in the world handles their emotions... just watch him, find a video and learn from the best. The dude is an absolute rock, not exciting to watch in many ways, but for those trying to become the best player possible... just watch him play, there's nobody else in the game that impressed me more with their ability to control their emotions. It's boring to watch, I'll warn ya!! But so what. Top notch.
I have some typical emotions that I feel during the game. It is a pleasant euphoria, excitement and admiration. In general, I can say that poker brings me only positive emotions, and regardless of my results, I never feel disappointed.
My emotions during the game can be very different, and in a few minutes everything can change dramatically. I know that you need to control your emotions, not get angry when you lose, be calm and keep yourself under control, but ...... I can't always control my emotions, sometimes they win. However, I'm sure it's part of poker!
There were cases that I was even mad a couple of years ago, because of the game, I even smashed the mouse against the wall, but now everything is in order, it happens that I can get angry, but this is a trifle, but I already try to control myself
Is concentration an emotion? Haha somehow I donít think it is! Seriously though, I am a pretty ďheart-on-my-sleeveĒ kind of person, but I really try to leave that part of me out of playing poker. Afterwards (I.e. when my session is done) I can have my reactions to various hands, but I try to stay as neutral as possible in game in order to allow my brain the most space for the math/logic!
None at all. I think itís better for your game to leave emotion out of it. When I play a 2-5 session I bring 2k with me and just forget itís even my money. If you can put yourself in that mindset than it cuts out any feelings you might get when somebody sucks out on you or anything. I see people all the time get so tilted and angry when they take a bad beat it only makes you hemorrhage money.
re: Poker & What emotion do you have when you play poker?
Actually I am trying to control my emotions during the game but to tell to truth is very hard for me and quite often I am losing controls when bad beaten. The worst thing when you have cooler and kick off from good tournament.
Hi! I feel a lot of emotions when I play. And I like most of these emotions. Sometimes there is a strong anger, but sometimes joy and elation. The most frequent emotions are excitement, excitement, hope, inspiration, anticipation.
At the beginning of my career, I was very worried and afraid of losing or making a wrong move even on tables with virtual chips. Now I have a good sense of patience and over the years the acquired skills have dulled my emotions. I play calmly.