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What Do Real Poker Players Feel?

Don’t let poker take over your life

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Jun 11, 2009

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My friend was depressed and angry. He had been on a long losing streak, and his last session was disastrous. Because of two bad beats, he lost several buy-ins. He asked me, “Do you know what real poker players feel?” “I’m a real player, so I guess I know.” “No, you don’t. I’ve never seen you get upset about poker. Real players get upset once in a while. I’m a real player, and poker is the center of my life. Lots of players feel the same way. “People who have jobs or other ways to occupy their time aren’t real players. They may play well, but their heads are in a different place. I study constantly, talk about strategy and hands all the time, and do everything I can to master the game. “When I’m winning, I’m cheerful, smiling, and nice to people.” He smiled, almost laughed, and then went on. ...


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