Poker Psychology Strategy

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.

If You're Not Using Deliberate Practice in Poker, You Won't Win

My son is a math wizard. I hated math. I guess that gene got lost somewhere along the slippery slope. I was talking to him about his math GCSE and he was so confident about getting…

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How to Get Home Court Advantage in Poker

It was December 2011 when I saw the switch move into the ‘on’ position inside the mind of Marvin Rettenmaier. He was sitting in the Casino Di Venezia in Venice; not the elegant, oldest casino…

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How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself at the Poker Table

I looked like the Elephant Man. I had a swollen left eye. My lips were Jagger-esque. And my nose would have broken had a fly landed on the bridge. It was a good punch. It…

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16 Reasons Why You'll Never Win at Poker

The whorls on my feet and toes look grotesque. “Are you getting out or not?” asks my wife as she wipes the bathroom mirror with a towel, hairbrush in hand. I can’t seem to shift. I…

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Let James Woods Be a Lesson: How to Avoid Poker's Table-Talk Tax

Do you remember when James Woods beat Doug Polk? It was one of the highlights of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). The pair clashed in the second round of the $3,000 No-Limit…

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16 Things I'd Tell Younger Me Before I Tried to Be a Poker Pro

There was a time when playing poker for us was akin to a heroin addict watching the blood bloom in the barrel. “Imagine if we could do this forever?” It was a question posed by…

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Find Your Stick: 9 Things Daredevil Can Teach Amateur Poker Players

There are 26 hours of intense, pleasurable Daredevil action on Netflix right now. I’ve loved every minute of it. The Netflix Original Series has broken the old superhero mold and created a new one. Along…

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How Anxiety in Poker Gets You to the Learning Zone

Why is it so hard to get out of your comfort zone? Why is it necessary to do so? And how can poker help us in that? Everyone always says we should learn how to…

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Here's Hoping: How to Generate Hope in the Face of Poker Variance

I want to talk to you about something that has been all over social media since the WSOP. I’m talking about hope. The question is: Is hope necessary or just an asset? In the dictionary…

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Pre-Flop Table Talk is Massive Poker Tell for Amateurs (Video)

Zachary Elwood has quietly built a near monopoly on poker tells strategy. The author of Reading Poker Tells and Verbal Poker Tells recently added an online component to his poker tells portfolio with a poker…

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