Poker Psychology

These articles, many from poker book author Ian Taylor, look at poker psychology discussing such topics as bad beats, downswings, tilt, and controlling your emotions.  Ian Taylor and Matthew Hilger wrote the classic poker book, The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success which discusses these topics in more details.  


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  • Poker Emotions : Is Poker Controlling You?

    Poker Emotions : Is Poker Controlling You?

    Anyway, something that really stood out to me was a subject that had nothing to do with actual trading: most of these rare extremely successful traders (including the ones who had families) were completely immersed in the world of the markets. A lot of them were into currencies or foreign markets and would often be in and out of bed during the middle of the night as they glued themselves to their monitors.
    Poker Tilt Tips : Your Guilty Conscience

    Poker Tilt Tips : Your Guilty Conscience

    Back in the late 90’s, before he became sidetracked with writing songs about Michael Jackson, George Bush and vomit, Eminem released a catchy song entitled ‘Guilty Conscience’. It was a song about the two voices that talk to you, one ‘bad voice’ (played by Eminem) representing temptation to commit crime or do what is wrong and one ‘good voice’ (played by Dr Dre) representing logic, reason and morality.
    The Many Faces of Poker Tilt

    The Many Faces of Poker Tilt

      While many players will tell you that they never go on tilt, this is rarely (if ever) true. What they probably mean is they never notice they are going on tilt and/or they don’t tilt very badly.
    How Not to Tilt

    How Not to Tilt

    Across different poker games, there is one thing that can be counted on: there will be players going on tilt. One often hears hold’em players complaining about losing large pots on the river (“oh man, another suckout, I can’t believe this”).