Poker Psychology

Do you enjoy the mental game of poker just as much as the mathematical side? Learn more about manipulating your table image, reading other players’ behaviours for tells, how to stay strong when you suffer a bad beat and more.

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What to Do When You’re Not in a Poker Hand

Ask anyone what you should do when you play live and they’ll often say that tight is right. Because players are looser in the live arena than they are when they play poker online, you can get ahead of the curve simply by playing fewer hands. However, for all the…

August 26, 2021 | 7 minutes to read
Rant: You Have to Work Really Hard to Be a Great Poker Player

Poker is constantly evolving and conventional wisdom says it’s getting harder. Why then do so many pros get complacent, stop working hard and let the game pass them by? After hundreds of interviews and thousands…

April 26, 2019 | 4 minutes to read
Rant: Why Should I Talk at the Poker Table?

Poker is boring as fuck. There I said it. As a live spectator sport it’s about as interesting as watching a Razz final table from the rail of the Thunderdome at the Rio. And it’s…

April 26, 2019 | 4 minutes to read
The Dunning-Kruger Effect: You’re Not as Good as You Think

If you look at the general poker community, where would you rate yourself? Pretty high, right? Or did you just say in the lower third? Come on. Even if you’re only playing recreationally you must…

January 8, 2019 | 9 minutes to read
Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?

Brain training software has never been more popular.  Every day you see people using the programs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and video game consoles. In some ways they aren’t that far removed from multi-tabling…

August 5, 2017 | 3 minutes to read
How to Turn the Power of Sleep into Better Poker Results

Jason Bourne called it a weapon. The Dalai Lama called it the best form of meditation. Daniel Negreanu and Fedor Holz believe it’s the key to becoming the very best poker player you can be….

July 5, 2017 | 6 minutes to read
The Only Way to Win: How to Manage False Poker Expectations

I am in the Rio in Las Vegas playing and working at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). I’ve just been eliminated from a $1,500 buy-in event and decided to sit down in a $1/$3…

May 23, 2017 | 9 minutes to read
How to Play Poker Like a Supercomputer (w/o Being One)

200,000 years ago evolution pushed Homo Sapiens out of the womb and they dropped into the East African dirt. An impression was made, like none other. Despite being well down the food chain Homo Sapiens managed…

May 2, 2017 | 13 minutes to read
The Success Principles of Poker: The Power of Silence

Phil Ivey is the greatest pound-for-pound poker player alive. Patrik Antonius made the online poker world his own. Phil Galfond is an uber-talented player well-respected by his esteemed peers. What is the commonality? This terrifying poker…

February 22, 2017 | 6 minutes to read
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8 Biases That Are Making You Worse at Poker

It’s hard to escape your personal biases. That’s one of the main points behind celebrated Magic: The Gathering pro Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa’s excellent “8 Biases That Are Making You Worse at Magic” that…

February 14, 2017 | 8 minutes to read