Psychology of Poker

The ‘Psychology of Poker’ – It’s said that everyone has tells in poker. There’s always something that will give someone away when playing, whether it’s a twitch, putting their cards down fast or slow, a smile, a widening of the eyes.

However the psychology behind that statement is a solid tool to use in any strategy that you eventually settle on.

[Poker and Life] [Playing Poker] [Tilted] [Player-Image] [Fun vs Money]

[Player Types] [Skill vs Luck] [Bluffing] [Strategy Guides]

[Slow Play] [Bankroll Strategies]

Understanding what poker psychology is.

This psychology of poker isn’t really a psychological discipline – instead it’s a collection of observations about behavior and play style.

It’s called the psychology of poker simply because it’s an easy and mysterious shorthand that gives the techniques more weight, and makes them seem harder to learn than they actually are.

In truth, understanding someone’s play style and keeping your own reactions in check are the two main uses for understanding poker psychology.

The key elements.

There are two key elements to using the psychology underlying play styles to your benefit.

That is understanding your Own play style and understanding how others See your play style.

As a tertiary measure you can try to work out another person’s play style and reveal their tells with a series of strategic games and ‘moves’ in poker, testing boundaries and seeing if you can reveal their weaknesses – but be careful not to reveal your own.

Our articles in this section will talk about how to test other people’s play style, and look at basic psychological profiling.

We’ll also talk about bluffing, semi-bluffing, slow playing and different poker player types.

Blended with our articles on the styles and strategies of play, are some tips and tricks that should give you a solid edge against other poker players and support your winning streak long after simple luck is no longer part of the equation.

So please enjoy all the learnings and any insights into the game of poker and the different play style of players – that these psychology of poker articles are able to give you…

Psychology of Poker is a collection of observations about behavior and play style.

Understanding someone’s play style and keeping your own reactions in check are the two main uses for understanding poker psychology

Our articles in this section will talk about how to test other people’s play style, and look at basic psychological profiling.

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In regards to Bankroll Management Not rated yet

Great article! So many players play over their bankroll these days. You see it all the time when a player sits in with 1/2 the buyin or less.

[Poker and Life]: – While it’s true that poker is only a game – and that games are recreational and (sometimes) even pay, poker has some deeper truths to share about life, in general.

[Playing Poker]: – When playing poker, there are things you should ask yourself before getting into a game. If you’re getting into a poker game for reasons other than…

[Tilted]: – So what is this and why is it important? Basically a state of play in poker where you, or another player has been tricked into playing less than optimally…

[Player Image]: – Just as we make judgements about people on first impressions, when you sit down at a poker table, you are probably going to size up your opponents…

[Playing for fun vs playing for money]: – There are several types of poker games, but the main difference between able to play poker for fun versus playing for real is that playing for fun usually involves…

[The basics types of Poker players]: – You can group player types broadly into one of four types – made up of a combination of two characteristics – loose or tight, passive or aggressive.

[Poker Skills vs Poker Luck]: – An article in Science Daily showed that Michael DeDonno (PHD candidate) provided metrically measured, empirical evidence that skill is more important than luck in the game of poker.

[Bluff Poker]: – Or bluffing as a tactic is a great way to hedge and limit the risk and ‘shake out’ people that have a weaker hand…

[Strategy Guides]: – For testing poker profiles, once you know about all of the different types of player Images you can encounter…

[Slow Play]: – Is a tactic or type of play that is the opposite of bluffing in general terms – it’s a type of play that looks strange on paper, but can prove to be very profitable if used properly.

[Poker Strategies]: – Around managing your ‘bankroll’ isn’t just about ensuring that you’ve always got money to play in tournaments you’re interested in – it’s about understanding when to move on…