Lind's Golden Rules of Poker

Over the last few years I've written down some "golden rules." These are rules for playing professional poker that all players should adhere to.

Most of these are personal rules I created to keep my own play and actions in line. Some are rules I follow, and others are rules I wish my opponents would take to heart.

I can only wish I had known all of these, and followed them from day one. Had I have done just that, I would have a significantly larger roll right now.

In no particular order:

  • Always play within your roll
  • When you make a free card play, take the free card
  • Only play poker with a positive and clear frame of mind
  • It's better to get bluffed than make a bad call and lose your stack
  • There is no room for ego in poker
  • Above all else, we play poker to make money
  • Every action you make should be made for a reason
  • Never educate another player at the table
  • No one wants to hear your bad beat story
  • Being 99% to win a pot is not 100% to win
  • If you think someone has you beat, they probably do
  • Roll with the punches, accept your losses and don't let them run your life
  • Control your temper
  • If you set a limit, goal or rule, stick to it no matter what
  • If you feel like you're in over your head, stand up and leave
  • There's more to life than poker
  • Never correct someone who mentions a piece of incorrect poker logic
  • Remember to shower - biological warfare is not acceptable
  • Play on reads and odds; ignore all hopes and prayers
  • Respect the integrity of the game
  • This is a gentleman's game - act like one
  • Your goal is to get to the point of consistently playing mistake-free poker
  • Don't tap the glass

These simple rules are more valuable than any other poker resource I have ever come across. Take these rules to heart now, or spend the time and money to learn them yourself the hard way.

Trust me when I say that to learn these rules, I've lost more than enough money for both of us.

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