For a long time, poker psychology was not included in the list of disciplines for study by those who learned how to play poker games. Most of the attention was paid to the mathematical component and technical education. Only in the last 15-20 years, the psychology of poker has become the subject of active study and use in the game.
In the modern world, the psychological component is divided into two subspecies — self-control and miscalculation of opponents. Let’s look at each one separately.
Self-control in the psychology of online poker
The apparent simplicity misleads many, even very experienced players, and despite their experience and knowledge, the adoption of verified and correct decisions gives way to emotional impulses that end in loss.
In further cold-head proceedings, the player is surprised at how they were able to make this decision, if the correct one (that the decision would have been correct proves the result of the hand) was dictated by:
- common sense
- mathematical calculation
- the situation at the table
The “rejected” psychology in poker also manifests itself in another format, when a player, contrary to common sense and calculations, begins to play the starting hands with scanty chances of winning. Each decision seems to the player correct and understandable but does not lead to the desired result.
There is a special term for this state in poker — tilt. The term stands for “clouding of the mind” of the player, when they perceive the game reality inadequately, therefore not reacting correctly to it and losing. The state of tilt can occur in both the novice and the perfect pro.
Miscalculation of the opponents’ game
The second main point of Texas poker psychology is the miscalculation of the opponents’ game at the table. It is very important to study each player at the table. You should understand why, in each case, your opponent made a particular move. You also need to determine whether the player was right in their actions and what general logic they pursued based on the results of the distribution. It cannot and should not be correct from time to time, but the calculation of its vision of the game will help to make a forecast for actions in the future and use it for their own purposes.
The psychology of online poker is mutual and your neighbors at the table perform the same manipulations with you as you do with them. This means that in addition to controlling the tilt and constantly calculating each opponent, the player faces the task of misleading the poker players who calculate it.
At first glance, it may seem that the task is impossible, but you need to do all the actions in turn, so that the techniques worked out to automatism do not require time to use:
- Game analysis. Record and analyze hands you’ve won and the whole session. Determine where the game became tilted and resulted in a loss. Find the signals in your game that predicted problems and focus on them in the future. As soon as these signals appear, increase your concentration or give up the game.
- Typical mistakes made by players. With experience, you will begin to notice them subconsciously and use them in the game. At first, it is better to record them and compare the actions of opponents who committed them in different situations.
- Practicing counter techniques to mislead opponents.
As you can see, if you move smoothly from one task to another, there should be no difficulties.
Strive to be a level above your opponents. A two-level preponderance will render knowledge in vain, since a player who can read an opponent’s opinion of their cards will be useless against a player who can’t read them.