Poker can be a highly emotional game due to players taking the risk of facing bad beats as well as the fact that a lot of money is up for grabs. Even though every player should make all efforts to keep their composure during game play, sometimes it is best to simply step away from the poker table. In order to do this effectively, the player should know the factors that contribute to this smart move and how not doings so can negatively influence their behavior.
Many behaviors a player engages in while away from the poker table can influence their game play while at the poker table. Some of the main factors include being under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, tired, distracted, or stressed. If you are ever faced with a situation that will impact your game play for the worse, it is always best not to play poker at all.
Drugs and Alcohol
If you use drugs or alcohol right before or during the time you are slated to play poker, you will most likely make bad playing decisions. Even basic math skills can escape a person who is buzzed or drunk, making their odds of winning the pot slim to none. This is also true for raising, and making bets while engaging in drug or alcohol use. This situation is always worse when playing in-person as opposed to online because other players will view you as an easy target. Everyone knows the poker player who is drinking heavily during the game is a laughable competitor at best. (more…)Read more