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Keeping the Passion for Poker Burning

Guest Post by Ivan Potocki, June 9, 2014

Poker Passion
 

Although poker is a fun and exciting game, it also has a darker side padded with disappointments, feelings of unfairness, and bad luck that you can't seem to get rid of. Many of us start with a lot of enthusiasm for the game, but during the course of time, it often gets lost along the way. What can you do to keep your passion for poker burning?

To be completely honest, it can really get tough after a certain point. Maybe this is not true for a minority of players who were born with a real, natural talent for the game. By its nature, poker can often be a very boring game, as you can spend a lot of time at the table, waiting for that right spot, and when you finally find it, one bad beat can send you on your way. One bad beat after another, and the feeling of disappointment starts creeping in. A really bad run of cards for a longer period can even make you ask yourself: Why do I even play this stupid game?

The fire is slowly burning down, and you need to find a way to refuel it once again. There are a few ways to do this. One of them is studying. Taking a look at the game from a completely different perspective, when you are away from the tables, can help you rediscover those things that made you fall in love with the game in the first place. Learning about all the infinite possibilities you have once the cards are in the air may amplify your desire to see these things in action. Once again, you will feel invigorated and eager to get in the mix.

Variance in poker can sometimes borderline with cruelty - that’s just the way it is. In order to put things into perspective, you must realize (again and again) that whatever is happening to you, or already happened to you, is happening or will happen to other players as well. Instead of focusing on those few lucky ones who may have struck gold right from the onset, try watching some mental coaching videos or discuss whatever is bothering you on the forums. My advice here is to ignore trolls - they are common on the poker forums - and pay attention instead to  the many serious players willing to offer their advice or share their experiences. You will realize that most everyone is struggling - you are not the only one. You are not targeted by poker gods. That's just the nature of the game.

 

poker passion

Poker is my passion! I love playing poker; I enjoy writing about poker tremendously. Even so, every now and then I find myself in an emotional state where I need some help to keep the passion burning. At first it was tough. I would think to myself: I am just not cut out for this; I better quit while I am ahead and all that. But then I started doing some of the things described above, and realized that a temporary loss of the passion is simply part of being a poker player.

This is one of the main reasons I wrote this article. At the end of the day, you wouldn’t want your emotions to get the better of you at the felt. And, it is no different off the felt. Poker is a game of reason. You need to apply your mind to every decision you make related to the game. We all have a love-hate relationship with poker, but if you want to succeed, you need your love for the game to prevail!

 


Ivan PotockiIvan Potocki is a veteran Titan Poker player who was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and spent part of his childhood under war conditions. He studied English language and literature and discovered Texas Hold’em while in college. After working different jobs he turned to poker full time and this serves as his main source of income.


 

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