Most of us usually have a grip on ourselves whenever we are playing poker. We manage the game, and know when to walk away, if we need to. But for new players, the win becomes less relevant in the face of a new game’s temptation. So my new poker friends, it is important to flag up a few strategies you could use in managing your budget and temptation in the poker world.
The first important thing to remember is- never play over more than you can afford to lose. This is the most crucial rule you must always remember. Do not for the sake of your sanity and bank account, go over the amount you can afford to pay off. A good game of poker is incredible but it should never let you into financial trouble. Also, remember to split your entire bankroll for the day in a way that you don’t lose all your money in one go. In parts, you will be able to play for longer, without losing much money.
Knowing you player type and investing accordingly is the safest idea. By this, I am not repeating what I said earlier. You must get into a game knowing whether you are playing for recreating or trying to make a profession out of it. If it is recreation, remember that your spending threshold should be way lower, because it would be quite ineffective to lose money before you even won it. That does not mean you go reckless if you want to be a pro. The only upside here is that, even if you suffer a loss, you learn something, which takes you a step closer to becoming a pro.
The next point would sound rather silly, but it is as important as anything I might suggest. Follow your instincts. If you feel like you should not go over $20, don’t. Leave it be for the round, at least. If you feel like you have won enough and it’s time to quit, do it. More often than not, you will see players groaning in frustration because they had a feeling they should do something- you don’t want to be one of those. Remember that losing in one game, or in one round shouldn’t take obliterate your long-term vision of being a good player. So forego the more lucrative options at time to apply a stronger strategy and come out even stronger.
Finally, remember to play with a clear mind, since poker as a game is capable of bringing out every frustration you have. Also, remember to quit a bad game as soon as you realise it is one, whether you win or lose in it.