Online Texas Hold em Poker: Having the right poker mindset


There are times when you are playing Texas Hold’em, either online or in a live game, when you experience bad beats. No one likes getting sucked out on when you have a 4:1 advantage, but it is part of the game. My book (The No B.S. Guide To Winning Online No Limit Texas Hold’em) addresses in depth how to deal with bad beats and how to have a healthy poker “mindset.” I believe this is an important part of the game that many players, especially online ones, are sorely lacking in. You have to find a way to deal with the inevitable bad beats in a positive manner that keeps you in the position to continue making good decisions and playing your best poker. If you do not, you will never become great at Texas Hold em.

For example, I had a tough weekend. It seemed like any time I had a big hand, I came up against pocket Aces.  Not once in 5 tries did I crack anyone’s Aces. If that wasn’t bad enough, I was continually sucked out on when I was a huge favorite to win the hand.

I lost a hand in the Full Tilt Daily Double tournament when I called an all-in with K-Q with a Q on the board. My opponent had Q-8. Sure enough, 8 on the River busted me out instead of doubling up.

I lost nearly on the bubble of a Full Tilt 90 player Sit n Go when I went all-in with A-K, my opponent turned over A-Q, and sure enough, a Q came on the Flop.

I lost 2 hands where my sets were beaten by higher sets, and of course, I lost twice with pocket Aces when they were cracked by 6’s and a player playing T-2 suited made his flush draw.

I could go on, but what would be the point? All the above hands  illustrate the fact that sometimes luck just does not go your way. In fact, it all goes against you. Things have to be running pretty bad to lose hands like the above confrontations, let alone all on the same day. However, you cannot alter the way you play the game. Even if you do not go on tilt, sometimes all these bad beats can affect your thinking. Pretty soon you are playing scared poker and you will never get anywhere like that. The right play is the right play, whether or not it happens to work out that particular time or not.

If you are a 3:1 or 4:1 favorite, you got your money in at the right time, just let the cards fall where they may. The worst thing you can do is let it get in your head. Take a break, take a walk, drink a beer, whatever it takes, but do not let it make you angry. For me, in this case, after these beats, I just shut it down for the day. I have as bad a temper as anybody, and before my laptop went sailing out into the driveway, I just turned it off for the night.

Sometimes all you can do is just realize that it is not your day and try again another time. It may not be any fun, and it sure makes you mad, but just don’t allow it to change the way you play poker.  Realizing this will, in the long run, make you a much better player.

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