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What Constitutes Good Poker? Is it Discipline or Innate Talent?

What Constitutes Good Poker? Is it Discipline or Innate Talent?


What Constitutes Good Poker? Is it Discipline or Innate Talent?

by Thomas Kearns

Talent is an ambiguous word. The extent to which a person's potential is revealed depends on the goals that person sets. Nobody ever relied on pure talent, unless their output was entirely spontaneous or simplistically minimalist. What distinguished the greatest players in any discipline has always been their willingness to be talented, their willingness to train themselves. Most people have potential and know what talent is, but they either romanticize it or knowingly avoid it, preferring an easy life.

Top players take a hard look at their abilities and do not run from the strenuous and unfamiliar. They are their own best critics and care about becoming ever better at whatever it is they do. The big winners. as well as everyone else that plays the game. have a sense of what talented play is relative to current poker tradition. What separates them is that they reach beyond whatever talent they have to impose upon themselves a rigorous pattern of discipline.

Successful players practice, practice, practice and learn abundantly from it. This experience and self-education translates into efficient methods of handling every given situation.

So, talent is disciplined, and undisciplined talent is luck. Your basic amateur is heavily dependent on luck. Taking a chance is the thrill that keeps them at the table. The pro with disciplined talent is hell-bent on reducing chance to the lowest point possible. He is not interested in adrenaline rushes or surprises with the odd win. The pro's objective is to empty his opponents' wallets on a consistent basis, no matter how weak or strong the opponents may be. He is doing battle against chance and against the proven methods of good players.

Method begins with self-analysis. If you can't stand recording your weak points, you will never learn. Indeed, many people cling to activities they are no good at and will not be convinced that they would do much better at some other game or practice. Often people are so much interested to be actually good at something as to indulge the fantasy of good living. That is why there will always be good business in poker for the professional player.

A professional poker player will start out by determining which poker to play. Limit poker is far more challenging than no-limit poker. Limit poker, to be played successfully, calls on a player's patience and cautiousness. It requires time to gain experience to gradually build knowledge and strategies of play in many situations. No-limit poker is the antithesis, requiring seemingly random bouts of aggressive behavior while maintaining control and playing in a cool, calculated manner.

Among the most common flaws in "talented" and overconfident amateurs is their inability to restrain themselves. They concentrate on the fact that they are "good" at this and neglect the strategic advantages of a timely retreat. If your purpose is not to flatter yourself, but to maintain a consistent record of success, you will have to temper your narcissistic tendencies and learn to leave when there is no way to win or when you are loosing control.

It happens to everybody; sometimes the pressure may be too much to handle, but the good player will be able to recognize this and will always prevent the situation from becoming worse by drawing the right limit.

About the Author:
The author is a successful limit cash game player. He plays poker online and receives Fat Bet Rakeback as well as Aced Rakeback.

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