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Hello Hawkeye,

Having an immense love for the game is always a great starting point in my opinion for being a successful poker player. But I see that you are struggling with some basic concepts such as bank roll management, being too results oriented and having a short term outlook on the game. This is causing you to display your C game tendencies hence adopting a "gambling approach to the game", putting yourself under too much pressure to win every time you sit at the table. I hope some of the points below can help you:

1) Results oriented to Task oriented - As humans our minds are generally tuned to focus on the positive or negative result of the session which is not always in our control. This result affects our mood. Instead, we have to try to train our mind to focus on certain tasks instead. For example "trying to focus on making the best decision every hand" is a little too broad and difficult to focus on so we need to make the tasks more specific in order to really train the mind. Some example tasks could be: "marking key hands during the session", "focusing on choosing optimum bet sizes", "analysing our opponents tendencies", "playing structured ranges pre flop" etc. Try focusing on tasks instead of results and you might see some improvement. Pre define the tasks before the session.

2) Right attitude - Making mistakes is part of poker, striving to play perfectly is an exercise that will always end in frustration and disappointment. Developing the right attitude which focuses on learning and making improvements will get your mind off results and more towards improving as a player. Focus on putting in your max effort and doing your best.

3) Find your strengths - After your session try and write down 3 things you did well and are proud off. After many such sessions you will find your "key strengths" and you can remind yourself of these before each session.

4) Prepare for randomness - Many players that start on the path of improving their game get met with unforeseen circumstances. Sometimes we can lose 4 buy ins very quickly despite having prepared for a session. You need to prepare for these scenarios before hand, how would you react? etc.

I hope some of these points have helped you. I'm sure other forum members will have some better ideas. With regards to bank roll management you must be honest with your financial situation, only playing games where the result will not affect you.

Be rich in EV and not in chips and the hard work will pay off

Good luck.

March 19, 2019 | 5:01 p.m.

Thanks @phrikshin. This gives me alot of clarity

Dec. 3, 2018 | 2:29 p.m.

Hi I have been playing poker for 7-8 years. I play low stakes live cash games and live tournaments. I have been very happy with my progress over these years and I'm always hungry to learn more.

I want to add to my bank roll by starting to play online poker regularly and I was wondering if Its important to use a HUD in order to be a successful online player or can I manage without one?

Any help would be appreciated.



Dec. 3, 2018 | 12:33 p.m.

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