Yes, sometimes I find myself unable control my ego. Especially after having a good winning pot streak. You should control it and play by the rules that your brain tells you. Don't do your things cause it will not workout. Luck is short term but ability follows you in the long process.
I think that when you refer to the ego you mean all its wrong part or am I wrong? Because really ego is all we are, not going into the subject of the word ego so much, I feel that when I get angry I look more at a single player against whom I lost instead of seeing the complete panorama of the tournament, That's when I start to conflict, both with myself, and with the game pattern that has already been giving results, it is a sure loss if you let the ego control you in these cases. Regards.
I usually have a good ego control going into the tourney but sometimes you just wanna scratch someone's eyes out. It's seems to be at the end of tourneys when the slightess thing sets me off like extremely slow play
Discipline in poker is a very important thing without which you should not play.The factor that you are not alone in this world who is unlucky in this or that hand can help you fight with emotions.Each of us is defeated.Attitude to the game is what you should be concerned about.this is a game of both you to her and she in response.
If my ego is granted audience it reliably informs me that as a sleeping goat, an Ungar incarnate, every pot from every position with every holding is an entitlement. Every opponent should fold whenever faced with my open or raise and anything else but mucking is an insubordinate affront. When I win, it's skill. When they win, they got lucky.
Now, let's consider if any aspects of this perspective might harm our expectations or be detrimental with regards to our decision-making process... :icon_scra
Gut feeling tells me we might be able to find something unhelpful there... :laugh:
To me, playing without ego means acknowledging that we have no right to win, regardless of our history or how we play, that in the eyes of probability- we are all equal. Also that there is mutual respect, we are considerate of our opponents, play with integrity and we win & lose as graciously as possible.
As someone who grew up idolising The Brat before ever becoming aware of the aforementioned, growing out of referring to opponents along the lines of 'European idiots who can't even spell poker hunny' (or colourful alternatives) and relearning how to think about the game has been paramount!
I've said it before and I'll say it again- check your ego in at the door before you sit down to play, you can pick it up again on your way out! :biggrin:
Sometimes we go through that at a gaming table, we do not tolerate that a rookie or "fish" wins us a hand or wins us a hand by luck and starts talking at the table and that makes us fall into the traps of the Ego and we We can make mistakes looking to win the chips to the "fish" at the table, we must make decisions patiently and wait for a good moment to make our best play.
"The ego is not your friend"
If you take poker seriously it's a good important subject to learn how to control your emotions instead of letting them control you. Same with ego but it's a bit different because because you dont want to be soft in order to maximize your profits.
Yesterday, I was playing against a player that was in every hand and shoving. I finally, had a decent hand to go up against him..and I won the hand. Was very happy. But, in the end, the player called my huge pre-fop bet when I had pocket QQ. Flop came and I shoved all in to learn he flopped the straight with a 5, 8. to the 4, 6, 7 on the board. He took me out. I just don't understand players that call a huge bet with such mediocre cards. In a way, it makes me feel like its set up. Do others feel this way at times? online poker playing is much more difficult than live games.