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.

Poker Tells
Live & Online Poker Tells You Can Often Bank On

Tells and poker – a pseudo-science which sometimes seems to work and sometimes seems to not hit the mark at all. To start with, most amateur poker players have the wrong ideas about which poker…

March 11th, 2012 | 18 minutes to read
Poker One-Liners We Can All Do Without

Poker abounds with quickies – one-liners that seem to carry a cartload of wisdom. Some indeed do. Some favorites of mine are: Doyle Brunson’s “Never go broke in an unraised pot” The uncredited “Small hands,…

February 16th, 2012 | 6 minutes to read
Why You Lose the Most Money in the Last Hour of your Poker Session

The final hour of a poker session is less cosmic and certainly less dramatic than it would be in a sci-fi novel or an end-of-the-world movie. But most players have no idea how dangerous that…

January 26th, 2012 | 21 minutes to read
Why Do We Play Poker? It's Not to Make Money

An article I ran across recently in a respected magazine began with this: “The object of poker is to win the most money. That’s it – that is your goal. That’s why you’re playing poker.”…

January 16th, 2012 | 6 minutes to read
How to Handle Stress in Poker

Poker is: (a) A stressful game; (b) A game people play to relax; (c) Both. I chose “(c).” Your answer will depend. What’s it depend on? On your approach to the game, the stakes you play…

January 2nd, 2012 | 13 minutes to read
How to Win at Poker: It's About Decisions, Not Results

The point of view expressed in the title of this piece is, I have always believed, so obviously true that no sensible poker player could doubt it. However, the other day I reiterated it to…

December 21st, 2011 | 6 minutes to read
F U: Why Swearing in Poker is Good For You

Just about the most popular shirt you see around these days has FCUK emblazoned across the front. There isn’t a soul this side of a two-year-old minister’s daughter who doesn’t know how to flip those…

February 2nd, 2011 | 4 minutes to read
5 Essential Tips for Dealing with a Poker Downswing

If you’ve played poker seriously for any amount of time, you’ve probably hit a downswing. And downswings can be downright demoralizing. If you play the game long enough, though, they are as inevitable as the…

January 20th, 2011 | 4 minutes to read
Are You a "Good" Poker Player or a "Winning" Poker Player?

Most people assume a “good” poker player is a “winning” poker player and vice versa. I don’t think this is right, but differentiating between them is a bit tricky – maybe more than you think….

January 7th, 2011 | 5 minutes to read
Grit & the Grind: How Great Poker Players Get Great

Jonah Lehrer is an interesting guy, an Ivy graduate and a respected journalist. He’s got a deep interest in psychology as well as poker, and that makes some of the things he’s written about very…

June 25th, 2010 | 5 minutes to read