Using your personality
This month the ProTip shows you how you can use your personality to your advantage at the poker table..
You are a good poker player, right? You know the value of hands. You understand position. You can put an opponent on a hand and you give little away, right? What kind of a person are you? Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Are you aggressive, stoic, timid, adventurous, quiet, funny, quick witted, thoughtful, sensitive, cool under fire, pig headed, inventive, methodical, suppositious, jittery. Do you feel lucky?
Do you think that others see you the way you see yourself? Do you think that other poker players see you as the kind of poker player you see your self as? Do you think that the way you play poker is the way you would expect a person like you to play?
Do you see what we're getting at?
What is the best thing about being a 'rock'? You can get away with more bluffs. What's the best thing about being a 'live one'? You get paid. What, in poker, is the best thing, and the worst thing, about being you?
You can use your personality to help you win at poker. Don't expend a lot of mental energy in a futile attempt to pretend to be what you're not. This will distract your focus from the game. It will fool no one who knows you, and few who don't. Do ask yourself how you are coming across and what is expected of you.
OK, you want an example. Fair enough.
You realise that a player has rattled you. Everyone can see that they've got under your skin. What is expected of you, and what should you do? As a person, do what is expected. As a poker player, do something else. If the person would look daggers at their opponent, do so. If they'd be sarcastic, fine. If the poker player can't wait to out-play them in a pot, show the bluff and gloat.don't do it. Wait, and wait some more. If the chance comes to trap them with a big hand, carry on being yourself and play the hand as YOU would play it. It's the last thing anyone will expect!
Next month we'll show you when a $25 chip is worth a lot more than $25 !
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