Illusion Of Control

There is a tendency to overestimate the influence of our decisions on other external factors.

This happens a lot in poker.

We tend to think that we have absolute control over the development of the game when we play poker, forgetting that (in the short term) luck is a really important element.

On many occasions you can lose without it being at all your fault.

Sometimes we even try to justify our losses in a session by highlighting a fuzzy abstract game in order to sleep well at night. The reality is that there are times when we have simply had bad luck. It is necessary to go ahead and avoid worrying about something normal.

Problems can arise when trying to correct problems that do not really exist.

Even the best players in the world have had moments where they have lost money, even the biggest have periods of losses, including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and the rest of top players.

Chance also makes us win sometimes, not because we have everything “under control” and because all our decisions have been correct, but because we have been lucky.

If you want to be successful in poker, you must accept that you do not have control of all the results, that in a tournament or a session the importance of luck is very great.

Focus on the outcome

The tendency to judge a decision by its result rather than by the quality of the movement at the time it was taken.

This point is closely related to poker and is somewhat similar to the previous one: the illusion of control.

In 2006, Jamie Gold won the WSOP main event (and $ 12 million) using an unusual strategy in which he often told his opponents which cards he had (though he sometimes lied).

Most professional players do not find this decision as a sound strategy.

Since then, Gold has had very little success in the poker world, except for having played some free tournaments. Even he himself has admitted that he is not one of the best poker players in the world despite having achieved a record victory.

Nor did the professional players see their style of play completely change to try to emulate Gold.

This is why it is important to avoid focusing on results in poker. The first thing you should fix is ​​in the process and the results (always in the medium-long term) will come alone.

There are countless bad players who have won big tournaments over the years.

You could even win a poker tournament by going all-in on each hand, but that is not at all the best strategy.

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