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Discipline: Part IX

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Dec 09, 2015


This is the ninth of a series of columns on discipline, which is essential for anyone who wants to be a professional poker player. So far I have discussed avoiding tilt, finding good games, physical conditioning, and begun the discussion of mental conditioning. First, I looked at general mental conditioning—how to keep your mind sharp. Then I looked at poker specific conditioning—ways to study poker. The last and in some ways the most important topic in this series is building and maintaining a bankroll. Before starting in on such a complicated and important topic, I want to relate a little history. I was recently cleaning out a closet, and came across a stack of Card Player magazines from 2003 and 2004. I glanced through them and found that much of the advice, even mine, was sadly outdated — a nice way of saying dead wrong. In an issue from February ...

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