“What do I want to do with my life?” I bet you have had that question
rattling around in the dusty recesses of your mind for quite sometime
Getting dressed and leaving the home is not so much as a drag, but a
complete write off in terms of costs, the thought of attending an
interview scares you to death, and you don’t really know too much about
anything, and everyone new in the world of business always starts out on
the lowest rung on the ladder meaning lots of work for minimal pay. Well have you ever heard of online poker?
If you want to become great at anything then there needs to be the
right blend of dedication, motivation, skill, willingness to learn from
your mistakes and sheer volume.Volume is one of the most
important concepts any new online poker player should grasp if they want
to earn a decent wedge at the table. if you look at all the best players there was at least one
point in their careers where they put in huge volume. Sadly there’s no
substitute for hard work.
2# Time Management
If you have ever played Football Manager, Tomb Raider or Resident Evil
you will understand the power the video game has over your senses.
Normal sensible people are dissolved into agoraphobic crazies as the
game consumes their lives for months on end. Surprisingly, this type of behaviour doesn’t necessarily bode well
with those ‘other people’ who are crucial to your life, a point that is important to note if you want to make online poker an important part of your life.
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘familiarity breeds contempt?’ Well in online poker that phrase has been changed to ‘familiarity breeds cracking online poker players.’ I’m not talking about learning the game in a generic kind of way.
Instead, I am talking about moving online poker into your life in a
routine sort of way. Turn everyday into a ritual. Tell your brain to
expect the expected and slowly but surely you will get into a rhythm.You need to prepare properly and get into a routine. It
doesn’t matter if that routine means eating, sleeping, getting errands
done, showering, turning your technological distractions off…whatever
you need to get into gear and focus. If you're tired and stressed then i doubt you are going t shower, dress and travel on down to the nearest casino, so don't log in at home with the same mindset
4# Start Small
Always remember that the giant Oak started life as a tiny, insignificant seedling, great achievements take time. If you are just starting out in the online poker world
then play for tinier amounts than you might want to. The little monster
in your head will be telling you to play higher, but if you do you will
probably lose too much too quickly and give up. So if you deposit $20,
don’t immediately play for $20, play for $2 or something similar, and
give yourself a chance to gain experience.
5# The Right Equipment
Everyone knows the importance of making sure your equipment is in
good working order, but do you have the right equipment to start out
with? When you start out in the online poker world you probably have no
idea that there are technological ways to improve your game.Make sure that you experiment with your equipment until
you find something you are comfortable with. Take your screen view for
example. try a black table background layout and colored cards
for maximum overview. The card backside is bright and this helps me
understand how many players are in the hand. Hide all other
unimportant stuff like avatars which takes my focus away from the hand.
6# Never Play Tired
You will know within yourself that the best levels of performance you
have delivered in any area of your life have come when you have been
full of energy. It’s admirable to stay awake for 48-hrs at a stretch but
not very advisable.You should never play when you are tired, when you are tired start telling yourself off and protect yourself from going on tilt. At the extreme you will start to not
care if you win or lose just because you want to go to bed. So stay sharp,
prepare and make sure you are full of energy and focused when you play.
7# The Right Mindset
The greatest thing about online poker is you can play it whenever you
want, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to use it as a
vehicle to blow off some steam after arguing with the wife or a long day at work.You should only play when you’re in a good frame of mind.
You should never force yourself to play, and if you get this feeling
then switch off and do something else. It’s so difficult to make decent
folds when you are slouched down in your chair wishing you were on a island beach somewhere.
The online poker-sphere can be an intimidating place for someone who
is new to the game. There are so many bells, whistles, lights and
colours that you could be forgiven you are at a fairground. Take a deep breath and relax…The first time you play poker online could be intimidating.
There are so many buttons to press and more exciting noises than a
Vegas Casino! Just relax. Don’t try to play every pot, or bluff every
hand. Patience is a virtue, the longer you’re initial deposit lasts you;
the more experience you will get. The more experience you get; the
higher your win rate. This comes ‘full circle’ enabling you to play more
with your money, and hopefully win a bunch of bankroll!
9# Pay Attention
Technology has become such an ingrained part of our life that your
good lady can be forgiven for tweeting whilst you are on the nest. It’s become a part of life to wake up and check your e-mail or social networks before kissing those that matter to you.Pay attention, every bit of information you can take in is very valuable for the learning process. Watching every bet and thinking why each person is doing what they’re doing is great for considering how to play your own hands in future and for getting reads for the present. I think too many players fail to use their downtime between hands to continue learning from others.