Winning a Poker Game

Whether it is a cash game or a tournament there are many things a player takes into consideration before playing to win. Winning a poker game is not just about being a kick butt poker player; other things come into context both prior to the game and during it.

Planning for the win is not a simple task; although to some it is their life style and therefore simpler. Whether the tournament or cash game is online or live certain things should be taken into consideration to firstly prepare.

Usually preparation is the key to winning a poker game. The following things should be taken into consideration for online play:

  • Ensure you have rested well
  • Ensure you have had nutritious food
  • Ensure you have NO distractions such as the phone and children
  • Ensure your internet connection is stable
  • Ensure your computer equipment is running well
  • Ensure you have the appropriate bankroll so you are not stressing about a possible loss
  • Set an alarm
  • Make sure you have drinks and snacks handy
  • Do not drink alcohol (although this is debatable with some people)
  • Pick times when the overseas competition is at their weakest (A key winning factor)

Preparation for winning a live poker game is not that different:

  • Ensure you have rested well
  • Ensure you have had nutritious food
  • Ensure you have the appropriate bankroll so you are not stressing about a possible loss
  • set an alarm and be on time (unless you are like Phil Helmuth and plan on being late)
  • Make sure you have drinks and snacks handy
  • Do not drink alcohol (although this is debatable with some people)
  • Pre pay your buy-in when possible so you are not worried or stressed pre game
  • Wear suitable, comfortable clothing
  • Take your poker equipment such as Mp3 player or Ipod (if you use them) and sunglasses etc

Many people debate on the luck versus skill theory in poker. I debate it is mostly skill but luck helps. Winning a poker game in my opinion goes beyond both of these. I call the third "the zone".

Any player on any given day can take down even the biggest of tournaments and cash games if they are in the zone. Anyone that has played a game of poker would have felt "the zone" at one time or another. No matter what moves you make them seem to pay off, you keep getting cards; good or bad they pay! You feel on top of the world, invincible and unbeatable – you are in the zone. Every huge win I have ever had I have been in the zone and as above completely prepared. If you are prepared and zoned winning a poker game is easy.



Source by Kattrine John

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