Improve your poker skills

Do you want to be a successful poker player? Then you must know yourself and your best and worst personality traits. Knowledge of personal weaknesses and strengths is the alpha and omega of all poker players, at least for those who want to improve their poker skills and make a profit while doing so.

Decide whether poker is a hobby or a job

As a poker player, you will need to make an important decision on what level you want to play. It becomes much easier to control your playing as soon as you have decided for yourself whether poker is a hobby or an actual career. A hobby is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. If it's not - then stop playing! If poker is your job, then you are supposed to consider it as a job. However, if you find yourself thinking your occupation is boring too many times a day, you had better reflect on the possibility of choosing a different career path.

Get to know yourself

Whether you intend to turn poker into a hobby or a profession, you always have to know yourself and have the strength to look at your own weaknesses and strengths. It is harder than it might sound. Poker players are generally known to blame downfalls on their opponents or bad cards, or make up other possible excuses. And when there are no excuses left, it's easy to blame the lack of luck (or say that the opponents just got the rub of the green). Anyone who wants to call himself 'a good poker player' needs to look beyond bizarre excuses and analyse what actually went wrong and if the mistake can be adjusted before it occurs next time.

How's your ego doing?

Playing poker - or any other game or sport with confrontation of other players - automatically triggers the winning mentality. Unfortunately, poker also challenges our fragile ego. Meeting defeat is difficult and good poker players must constantly check their ego and never allow themself to think negatively. Losing your ego will knock your confidence to the ground; consequently eliminating your chances of winning. When facing difficulties in poker, make sure to tackle them in the best possible way by simply believing in yourself. However, keep your ego in check - hubris is never a good thing.

Never play upset

You might as well throw money down the drain if you are considering sitting down at a poker table while being angry, sad or upset. Your skill level is automatically being lowered when you are upset or worried. There is no point in playing if you're in a bad mood. If you're already at a poker table when becoming sulky, it is time to leave the game. Do something else for a while, dispel your negative thoughts and return to the game when your positive mindset is back.

To become a better poker player, you must distinguish your strengths and weaknesses