Poker Games: The Mind of the Pro
Putting your mind in labor is the stuff the make amateur poker player into pros and pros into legends. A thought working straight out during a game succeeds in any situation. To bring your mind to analyze, you'll first need the foundations of thinking: discipline. Try practicing this in every poker game and you've got it made because you leave much room for your mind to be analytical and objective. Analytic thinking is a requisite for you to understand and predict what you're opponents will do. You'll need to think objectively so you can plan the proper actions.
But they are truly easier said than done. Imagine, here's how a pro assesses a poker game: He continually thinks about poker, and only poker, during the action. He takes a quick glance on his card to spare more time in observation and thought. When building a hand, his thoughts concentrate on strategy instead. And this is what succeeds in any game, any player that thinks ahead and can form several tactics based on anticipated hands. So when that hand does come up, he can quickly adjusts his game play and make an educated guess more accurately.
When not involved in a hand or a showdown, the pro studies the game, gathers more information and starts to plan future strategies. He makes continued analysis on the play itself and its conclusions. He sees this time as an opportunity to gather more data than he does in actual play because does not have to analyze his cards. Cards are in fact a distraction. Legendary poker players never relies on their cards for their wins. Most of the time, they don't need them, the game just tells them that they do.
He always keeps himself grounded intensely on game, concentrating, and staying focus, which takes away his nervousness. On the contrary, the player thinks about the consequences, because when they do happen, the pro can adjust to it methodologically.
Just think about it. Maximum thinking labor and analysis in poker equals to maximum returns. Say, because of analysis, the pro wins an average of $40/per game. Now, using this formula: 5 hrs/game X 50 games/year X 40 years/poker life. The pro averages $57,000 per year. Now, for a lazy player, who puts his mind occasionally to the game and wins an average $5 per game. That's equivalent to $1,900 per year. That's still good enough for players making poker games as a sideline. In every case, good minds in poker get compensated in either public or private games.