Month: August 2020

Your goals – what do you want to achieve in poker?

The goal is the most important thing in the life of every person and it is these goals that determine our behavior, both at the poker table and in everyday life. So, the stronger the goal is, the correspondingly more intense the energy will be, which is aimed primarily at optimizing the game aspect. In turn, after reaching the set goal, you can set new ones, which, in turn, will only refresh the game, significantly increase motivation, maintain energy levels and allow you to enjoy the results.

Of course, we all started somewhere and our goals are not always perfect from the very beginning. However, in case you still don’t know what you want to achieve in poker, what tools you need and how to measure progress correctly, it is likely that overload will become an insurmountable stumbling block in front of you. Let’s try to figure out how to set your goal in poker.

What do you want in the end?

It is impossible to mark a goal if you do not have an end, clearly marked point. This is quite logical, because how exactly will you be able to determine whether the goal has been achieved or not? Yes, of course, if the goal you set has some material result, it will not be so difficult to realize it, but how to realize the goal, say, to overcome tilt?

So, in order to achieve a quality or procedural goal (they were indicated above), you will need to be as clear as possible with the end point at the moment when you set yourself the notorious goal. So, going back to the tilt example, let us designate that it will be overcome at the moment when you have experienced several serious downswigs without making any mistakes related to anger. Thus, having formed several clear, tangible goals for yourself, you can see where you are going and enjoy the results that have been obtained.


The player needs to clearly define their own goal in order to ultimately make it easier to assess the process you have already achieved. For example, if you are not focusing on the ultimate goal, but want to come to some process (for example, to increase concentration while playing), write on paper, why is it so important to you?

After the next skating rink, you will thus be able to check the correctness of your direction and understand whether you have achieved the desired progress? Distractions, in particular, play an important role in the quality of the game – determine what exactly prevents you from concentrating and how often it happens.

Increase the number of targets

In this case, everything is simple enough – you need to be sure that you will reach your minimum goal on the way to the maximum goal, which, in turn, pushes you to work harder. Thus, having achieved the first goal, you will get some self-satisfaction and results, but you will have something to work on that day. And even if your schedule goes wrong for one reason or another, a high goal will save you from potential disappointments due to unfulfilled work.

How to properly realize your goal?

Do not forget that in the thorny world of poker, moving towards a goal, you will encounter a huge number of decisions – they, in turn, either lead to the final goal, or lead away from it.

Despite the fact that efficiency will not always be at its best or will become absolutely perfect, you should not give up and keep working towards minimizing the number of mistakes. If one day you realize the difficulty of making truly competent decisions, this will speak, first of all, either that at this stage it is not possible to reach the goal, or your level of training leaves much to be desired.

What do newbies need to know about bluffing?

 The most important part of the game, which gives poker that originality and uniqueness, is the bluff, and it is the bluff that is perhaps the most curious and, most importantly, spectacular part. This statement is especially true for an audience that is just starting their poker career and has not yet understood the theoretical side of the issue.


Agree, few people are able to appreciate the discipline of your game, being unfamiliar with the mathematical expectation. And if you are faced with a negative session, when the expected action was not in sight and you never hit the board, pocket tens became the best starting hands. In such a situation, more lucky beginners will simply say that you absolutely lack skill.


Let’s get back to the topic of storytelling. Pros position bluffs exclusively as a tool for making a profit, there are absolutely no peculiarities, from the point of view of game theory, here. In addition, to be able to bluff you do not need absolutely any special volitional qualities, you only need a little knowledge in the field of psychology. Let’s try together to identify the skills that are important for a successful bluff and analyze the essence of bluffing as such.


As part of the game


If you watch a few Hollywood movies that feature poker, you can come to the conclusion that poker itself is a bluff game. And uninitiated people, among whom your friends, acquaintances, relatives or friends probably appear, are of the opinion that every poker player is a very gambling person and he bluffs even outside the poker game.


Today, things are stubbornly going to the fact that an inextricable link is established between the word “bluff” and poker, these words are almost synonymous. Bluffing is an integral part of poker, but it cannot be something special for you as a professional player.


When is a bluff justified?


The key rule that you need to remember is when is the notorious bluff justified? If the probability that opponents fold, and the player, in turn, will take the pot, is higher than the pot odds, this is a justified bluff, expressed as a positive mathematical expectation of a bluff. There are not so many situations when bluffing is indisputably appropriate, and often it turns into a struggle of characters.


It is strongly discouraged to bluff against an opponent who is incapable of critical thinking or has no interest in increasing his own income from the rink at any cost. It is worth avoiding the so-called autoresponders like fire – there are a lot of people who are not able to refuse to answer your bets.


Let’s say that even before the cards were dealt, you made the decision that in this hand you would bluff all your opponents out of the pot for no good reason – bad news for you.


You need to act according to the situation, it is quite difficult to give clear recommendations about when you should bluff. We recommend choosing a time for bluffing when opponents have hands in their range that he can fold – the notorious fold equity.