How to Discipline and Persevere in Poker


Poker is a game of skill and chance, but it also requires discipline and perseverance. This is an excellent skill to have if you want to be successful at the game, and it can be difficult to achieve when you’re first starting out.

Discipline is the ability to follow a plan and stick to it, even when you don’t feel like doing so. This skill is vital for a poker player, as it’s easy to waver between being aggressive and playing cautiously, or between bluffing and playing conservatively.

The best poker players are disciplined and persistent, and they don’t let bad beats eat away at their confidence or ruin their enjoyment of the game. Phil Ivey, for example, often shows little emotion after losing a hand, and it’s important to understand how he reacts in order to improve your own play.


To be a winning poker player, you must have a solid strategy for every type of hand you encounter. A good strategy is the combination of a sound understanding of the rules, an accurate estimation of odds and percentages, and the ability to adapt your strategy based on experience and other circumstances.

It’s a skill that evolves over time, so you need to continually refine your strategy by self-examination and analysis. This can include reading a lot of poker books, discussing your game with others, and examining your results.

You should also be able to read other players. A good poker player knows how to read other players by looking at their betting patterns and noticing when they’re raising or calling. This is a great way to find a player’s strengths and weaknesses, and it can be used to predict their future moves and make more informed decisions.

This also helps you to choose the right limits and game variations for your bankroll, so you can be successful at the games you play. Be sure to choose the limits and game variations that will be most profitable, and then commit yourself to playing those games regularly.

Poker is a very complicated game, and it takes skill to make a good decision in it. Sometimes, you need to know the exact cards of an opponent and his or her reactions to certain decisions, but this information is not always available.

If you have the correct cards, your ‘optimal play’ is a mathematical exercise to calculate the odds of connecting with a flop or complete a draw and using this probability to predict his or her reaction to your decision. In other cases, a good decision is the one that comes as close as possible to your ‘optimal play’ with incomplete information about the cards of your opponent and his or her reactions.

Poker is an extremely skillful game, and it takes years of practice to become a good poker player. But even the best players struggle from time to time.