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Old Jan 13, 2005, 10:35pm   #1
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...at the never ending quest to perfect your poker game. Even though perfection in poker is fundamentally impossible, I am a perfectionist, and sometimes it drives me nuts at how much I truly suck at poker, and how much I have left to learn. Sure, I'm decent enough to be a winning player as opposed to a losing one, but I know I could be a much better player, and that drives me up the wall.

Anyone ever feel the same?
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 1:06am   #2
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I feel the same. I am an ok player striving to get better. I've done the reading and watching, I just need the hours I always have this pressure on myself that I should be increasing bankroll, as that is how I judge progress (even though there are way more factors).

The frustrating thing to me is when I get on major downswings due to a series of bad beats, bad plays, etc. It is a mentally draining game and really tests you. That's why we love it
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 1:17am   #3
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Every time I leave a table with less than I started with.

I know we can't have winning sessions every time out, that losing *is* an integral part of the game, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow. Particularly in those instances where I know I beat myself rather than be beaten by a better player.

I am hoping that such feelings will fade in a few years after I've played a million more hands and have a little better grasp of things.
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 7:58pm   #4
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Have you ever had a session of poker in which you are in an amazing state of mind, you feel amazing, everything seems to just flow of its own accord, you are aware of everything that is going on, you play perfectly, it is totally easy and effortless, your bankroll soars and it is just an absolutely wonderful experience?

This is what I have had on a few occasions. I wasn't really thinking very much about what I was doing - it was as if I was on auto-pilot and some super-intelligence was running the show. I find that you are more likely to get into this state of mind when you make an effort to calm your mind and to cultivate a sense of total indifference as to what happens on the poker table. In other words, if you experience a bad beat or you make a mistake, you don't let it affect you emotionally. You just accept it as something that is inevitable every now and again. All you do is concentrate on making yourself feel totally calm inside as you play. You allow your decisions to come quickly and you don't think too much about them. This doesn't mean playing with reckless abandon - that is something quite different. You obviously play with caution and with intelligence in accordance with your knowledge of the game and with profitable play. But at the same time, you switch off your thinking mind and allow your working mind to do what it does automatically.

This state of mind is known as 'flow' by psychologists, or 'the Zone' by Americans, and is commonly talked about in the sporting world. If anyone knows of some better ways of getting into this state I'd be very interested to hear them.

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I get real frusterated when 6/8 suited misses, its my lucky hand.
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I'm way better than I used to be, so i'm feeling the progress - had a 150k year last year and up 40k in January this year. Finally broken out of the cycle of 50k years.

If you want me to leakhunt you just hit me up on Skype

Note this is an offer to ozone not everyone although anyone who posts here regularly is welcome to add me and run hands by me etc

Edit: aaaaaaand I just realised this post is from 2005.
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I'm way better than I used to be, so i'm feeling the progress - had a 150k year last year and up 40k in January this year. Finally broken out of the cycle of 50k years.

If you want me to leakhunt you just hit me up on Skype

Note this is an offer to ozone not everyone although anyone who posts here regularly is welcome to add me and run hands by me etc

Edit: aaaaaaand I just realised this post is from 2005.
Back in 2005 this was a nice thing to be frustrated about. Back then the only thing that worried me though was if I should buy crocs.
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I'm pretty sure Ozone is busy working on his MBA
Maybe when he's done, he'll start his own online poker site that serves the US legally and blows away the competition. I call dibs on a superuser account

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