How to be a Disciplined Poker Player

Discipline is the art of the best poker players around. It has everything to do to mental toughness, self-control, and good temper. Discipline often leads to the prevention of emotions from influencing actions; the total concentration toward the game; and continuous objective thinking, which analyzes past actions, carry out present actions, and plan ahead.

You can practice discipline by following few of these action that develop certain kinds of control.

First, while playing consume no food or beverage so you would stay aware of the game.

Second, do not display feelings and especially swear. That way, you try to suppress your emotions and control them.

Third, sit up straight and keep both feet on the ground. This simply posture help you keep alert on the game.

Fourth, you develop optimal concentration, by staying in the game. And you do this by memorizing important hands played and the performance of each player.

Lastly, mentally take note and criticize each play to develop objectivity.

A pro usually gets better as the game winds down during the late hours primarily because he stays disciplined and in-control of himself. Conversely, his opponents loses their concentration while the game progresses further. Furthermore, when opponents win or lose big, they become less objective and become more prone to the dictates of their feelings.

If there's a lose in disciple, this can quickly turn a good player into a poor one. A breakdown in self-control, consequently deteriorates the plays and the ploy of the player. Deterioration can happen to anyone according to the situation, but it can also be induced when a player has long losing or winning streak, or when he enters a high or low stake game, or a bad play or bet, an upsetting remark, or by boredom, by personal problems, etc.

To prevent deterioration, a good player tries to be disciplined all throughout the game. He adopts these maxims so he could stay focus:

Winnings or losing the pot is not important

Every well played-hand, either won or lost, is always a victory.

Each poorly played hand is a defeat (even if it wins the pot).

A lack of discipline takes more money out of you than there is to any pot.

Always be reminded that a bad play to a good player is like an alcohol to an ex-alcoholic. One shot at it and it breaks the momentum of success.

Discipline also stays after the game. In a post game, a player should always record information on what he has learned from the game. He then reevaluates these notes to plan ahead and to maintain edge odds over his opponents.