Nevertheless, it’s good to keep Rule 37 in mind:
Rule 37: It’s a mistake to use experience alone to determine what good
poker play is.
Long-time experience can be deceptive. Our memory can be selective.
It can mislead us, overemphasizing some things that occurred and
underemphasizing others. A big win may shine brightly in our memory, yet if
looked at closer, it might not be backed up by good play. Always make sure you are
playing right first, and 토토사이트 then get a lot of experience at it.
Don’t do it in reverse. Don’t reference your many years of experience as proof
that you must be playing right. This kind of self-referential argument is capable of
containing numerous errors.
Similar card situations occur again and again, thousands of times. And some
players have been playing them wrong?for years. Worse, such a player often
learns to do so expertly! In fact, many of them become excellent players,
amazingly adept at “working around” their own flaws and weaknesses. They
become experts at starting out with their own self-imposed handicaps and
overcoming them. They are like track stars who become very proficient at finding
ever newer and more innovative ways to get over the hurdles that they themselves
have put in their own way.
Rule 38: Since poker is a game of positioning oneself to win (but with
no guarantee of winning), there are going to be times when doing
exactly the right thing leads to losses.
There aren’t many sports or games where you can have a lifetime of
experience, make every play exactly right, and lose. But poker is one of them.
This tells us something?it tells us not to approach it like other games.
This is a difficult concept for some players to understand. They ask, “What am I
doing wrong?” And if the answer is “Nothing,” it leaves no rational explanation.
Yet this situation is common in poker. Coolness must prevail. Clinical detachment
and composure need to be embraced.
Rule 39: When we are playing well but getting “burned,” and we simply
ignore this and play on, we are violating one of the deepest instincts of
Avoidance of pain is one of the hard-wired parts of the human brain It is
Avoidance of pain is one of the hard-wired parts of the human brain. It is
organic, a built-in response. Everything we have ever learned suggests “avoidance”
(or change of our behavior) in such situations. We almost have to go against every
fiber of our being to continue doing a thing that we know is right but that is giving
us negative feedback. Every impulse is telling us we must be on the wrong track,
since the strategy we’re using keeps losing. Overcoming this instinct and forging
on in spite of it is part of the mastery of the game.
Continuing to make yourself do things that will work in the long run but that
aren’t working in the short run is one of the hardest lessons of poker. To push on
through this?despite the evidence that is right in front of our eyes?is a necessary
phase in the education of a poker player.
Rule 40: Don’t create a false memory.
When following correct poker strategy, don’t make a special note of the
times it fails, yet dismiss it from your mind when it succeeds.
Many players tend to give inordinate weight to the times when a strategy fails.
It’s human nature. This situation occurs when we get a good hand, bet it hard,
then watch as it fizzles out and loses. Statistically, such a play may be successful
60% of the time and unsuccessful the other 40%, but in our memory we arrange it
so the failed times stick out more. We put a star by these times, underline them,
and remember them “out of proportion” to their actual importance. Doing this can
distort our future play and make us back off from correct strategy. It is for this
reason we must give equal weight to wins and losses and try to see things
Rule 41: Success forms a deep groove in the pleasure center of the
There is no doubt that when something turns out well?even if the steps
leading up to it were wrong?it forms a groove of pleasure in the brain, simply
from having been successful. It may even do this in the face of logic. For instance,
let’s say you once won a poker tournament after staying up all night. You entered
the tournament very tired, nearly exhausted, hardly able to keep your eyes open.
But then you went on to win the tournament. Ever since then, you’ve noticed a
slight pull in yourself to enter tournaments when you were tired. The moral of the
story: The brain is paying attention when these sorts of things happen.
Or a certain hand can have a similar effect?playing a marginal hand and
winning a big pot with it, for instance. The temptation may be to look fondly on
that hand forever after, and thus you may be more predisposed to playing it?even
though it was in fact a bad play. One antidote to this sort of thing, of course, is
large amounts of playing time. Through sheer accumulated volume of experience,
the errant groove of pleasure is smothered over and ultimately driven from the brain.
“Losing burned intensely; winning became tepid fast.”
Fredrick Barthelme -Bob the Gambler