What Can Poker Players Learn from Real Life Experience?
Here we would like to explore how real-life experience teaches better attitudes and behaviors for better poker and how poker can teach attitudes and behaviors for better life experiences.
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The Power of Visualization
Seeing an opponent’s hand in poker allows players to know exactly what course of action to take. Since we cannot actually see an opponent’s hand, we have to visualize it!
There is a famous quote that hits at the core of the power and beneficial effect of visualization:
“Don’t judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”
How is That Quote about Poker?
Walking a mile in another’s shoes means seeing the world from his or her perspective. How has he handled this hand? Why did she raise from early position? What do we know about his or her tendencies?
There are some slang poker terms that are quite derogatory. One such term is “nit”. A nit is said to be a very tight player. Poker literature has a lot of advice on how to demolish nits over the table.
All of these negative articles about nits are the opposite of walking a mile in his or her shoes. It is the opposite of the positive benefits of visualization.
Top Businesspeople Cultivate the Power of Visualization
In business, brainstorming where no idea is too foolish or ridiculous to be put on the board leads to clear visualization of both a problem and a solution.
In a famous tournament hand, Daniel Negreanu studied the board and ran the betting sequence in his head and, as “unlikely” as it seemed, concluded that his opponent had either pocket fours or pocket sixes giving him a winning four-of-a-kind hand.
The only way Daniel Negreanu could come up with that conclusion was through his highly developed powers of visualization.
Poker is Always about Interacting with Others
A true introvert has a hard time playing poker because they don’t enjoy interacting with other people. The opposite is the self-centered player who is so busy interacting with himself that he loses sight of what his opponent is thinking and doing.
In terms of dealing with people, the middle ground is the best place to be since it gives players the chance to pay attention to an opponent without drawing attention to oneself.
The cliché, “the customer is always right” was always a camouflage from the business owner who knew that this time the customer was dead wrong but it would be bad business to say so.
In poker, the opponent is “always” right even when they are very, very wrong. The key to winning bigger pots is to get the opponent to think that you think that they are right when you know that they are dead wrong.
Understand the Dichotomy of Aggressive and Patient Play
Not that we didn’t say passive play. The dichotomy is that players have to cultivate aggressive play in order to get better and win more but they also have to be patient.
Aggressive play is attractive and patient play is not. Overly aggressive players play too many hands. They play too often in early position. Aggressive players miss signs that an opponent has a great hand and bets into a powerhouse hand.
Still, learning how to get opponents to put more money in the pot when you have the nuts is key to winning in poker!
Aggressive and Patient Play Can be Described as Attitude and Behavior
Aggressive play is the most important behavior in winning poker and patience is the most important attitude in winning poker.
Aggressive play is important in real life, but it has to be tempered by patience. Without patience, a new business will fail while without an aggressive approach to selling the business, it will also surely fail.
An aggressive approach to courting someone is important but patience makes the attraction more mutual. In the context of courtship, the meaning of aggressive is a lot less aggressive than it is in poker but simply asking for a date is an aggressive act!
Understand and Embrace the Concepts of Attitude and Behavior
Everyone understands these concepts on the most basic level. A person who has a bad attitude but can control his or her behavior in crucial moments avoids prison! The person whose behavior reflects his or her bad attitude spends a good deal of time in prison.
Poker has a “prison” of sorts. Tilt is a kind of prison. Being too tight or too aggressive in one’s play is a kind of prison, as well.
What Constitutes a Good Attitude and Good Behavior?
The healthy poker player is one who can let a bad beat roll off his or her shoulders. They learn from errors of judgment. Tilt is the worst kind of behavior a poker player can exhibit. Tilt prevents recovery from a mistake or a bad beat.
Having a good attitude and behaving properly contributes to recovery and recovery translates into more won pots.
In real life, a good attitude and proper behavior rewards individuals in business, in friendships, in courtships, in neighborliness, and in a generalized happy lifestyle.
Baseball Has Much to Teach Poker Players
The single most important fact that baseball teaches poker players, and should teach everyone, is that it’s a long season. In Major League Baseball, they play 162 games in about 180 days. This is hard to do well over time!
It Takes a Lifetime to Master All of the Nuances of Poker
Poker excellence takes a similar amount of time. It is not easy to learn poker math, but mastering poker math can be done over “a long season”. There is so much to learn in poker that without the attitude that “I learned something today” even if what I learned is not a whole lot, contributes mightily to the long-term project which is to become a much better poker player, win more often, and simply win more.
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