In our years of poker playing, we have had our own bouts of stress about the game. With this in mind, we wanted to share three good reasons why you should stop stressing about poker. Poker is a great game but there is no denying that it can be quite stressful when you are part of that world. It is easy to get buried in preparations and strategy.
We have totally been there and we wanted to share a bit of wisdom about it all. Here are three good reasons as to why you should stop stressing about poker:
There is only So Much Preparation You Can Do
When you want to be good at something, it would make sense to read up on related materials. As poker has quite an age to it, there are a lot of resources that you can tap into to try to improve your own game. When it comes to poker, it would be good to pick up tips from professional pokers—after all, they do this for a living.
However, there is a time when you need to understand that there is only so much prepping you can do to really stuff your understanding of the game. You will actually need to play the game. Even then, you will come up with scenarios that books and resources have not prepared you for. Stressing over poker shall end up being a detrimental to how you play the game itself.
Luck Plays a Big Part in Poker
You can study up and plan on what strategies you have when you get certain cards. However, there is very little assurance that you will get the cards you need. Luck is a great factor in the game of poker. It is all about doing what you can with the cards that you have. It is all about bluffing the other players into believing you have a better hand than you actually do.
There is no point stressing over something you have very little control over.
It’s a Game
Poker is a time consuming hobby/source of livelihood and it should be treated with a modicum of seriousness. A common issue even in the casual play is that people often take it too seriously. When there is money involved it can be fairly easy to forget that you are playing a game. As a game, it is meant to be enjoyed. Stressing over a game can come off as rather ridiculous in the grand scheme of things.
If you find yourself taking poker too seriously, it is no longer healthy. Even professionals know when to take a step back when they find themselves no longer enjoying the game. It would be better to take a bit of a break and stop stressing rather than fall out of love with the game altogether.
With this in mind, you should give your relationship with poker a long hard look. What little reminders have you picked up from this article and apply in your life?