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Thinking Like a Loser

It’s sure to keep you losing

by Ed Miller |  Published: Dec 24, 2010


Most poker players think like losers. I know this because most poker players tell me in excruciating detail how they think about the game. Whether I like it or not, I’m going to hear a player’s lesson on why raising with pocket tens is a dumb idea — and then I’m going to hear how lucky I was to spike a 10 on the river. Thinking like a loser is sure to keep you losing. Why? Because it means that you are focused on the wrong things, and this poor focus will prevent you from improving. Here are some things I hear players say that represent loser thinking. I’ll discuss why they are bad, and then suggest some ways to turn that negative energy around. 1. Bad-beat stories Bad-beat stories are the worst. They are pure negativity. No amount of brooding will change even a single river card from now ...

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