This is a discussion on When We're Emotional Do We Tend to Make Poor Decisions? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; When we’re emotional in poker, we tend to make poor decisions. Do you agree?
Emotions have effects on decision making. I do make a lot of mistakes when I cannot control my emotions, especially it's is very crucial when playing the final table.
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Not always. I generally play real tight. Getting angry, or "on a roll", gets me to open my range and play more hands. Against certain player-styles that can work to my advantage. Emotions can help as long as you are aware that you are playing differently due to an outside stimulus.
re: Poker & When We're Emotional Do We Tend to Make Poor Decisions?
It depends on the emotion you experience. If the feeling that comes over you comes from a negative result, it is very likely that that consequent feeling is not an optimal state for your game. On the contrary, if you have obtained an excellent result, it is very likely that you will be invaded by positive thoughts for your game. Anyway, you should forget about them in the short term (the results). Instead, self criticism will always be an important factor in balancing emotions and to recognize the areas that need the most work outside of the tables.
At the moment of losing concentration and following the emotions at the poker table, is where our rival or opponent wins the game because the decision making at that time is much more difficult and you have to make bad decisions.
affect emotions, I relax with music in the session, and before the session I try to watch videos that I like to clear my mind and start with a smile, it is an important issue and we should not go unnoticed.