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Four lessons for success from a poker champ

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Four lessons for success from a poker champ

Poker success doesn’t happen overnight – it takes stamina and persistence. The same can be said for success in the real world, as well. There are four main guidelines to follow to help a player achieve success in either realm.

Stick to your guns. If a plan is working for you, stay with it, even if you may encounter a few bumps. The end result is what you are after, and if your approach is providing the overall results you expect, even if you incur a few losses along the way, stay with it and be patient. Time will show you to have made the correct decision.

Having said that, though, be prepared to alter your game plan if new analysis reveals that a change is needed. Poker is an ever-evolving game, and it’s important that you know how to read the signs and make modifications accordingly. Listen to the cards – they’ll tell you how to advance most effectively.

Defeat is going to occur. It’s a part of life; it’s a part of the game. Be prepared to accept it, and then move on. As we’re all taught from an early age, losing helps to make us stronger. Use the losses to learn how to improve your game for future matches. Keep the focus on your end result.

On occasion, players experience an incredible winning streak, which makes them feel invulnerable, possibly resulting in making poor decisions. Don’t fall into this trap. It’s important to realize that both failures and successes don’t occur as a result of one single action. Always be willing to analyze the situation and be prepared to adjust with the ups and downs of the game.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.