Poker is played at casinos in an atmosphere of prestige and excitement. But the professional poker player must not be affected by those elements or his concentration may be compromised, and at the poker table, you better not be compromised.
Poker is one of the most interesting and intense casino games, because of the human factor. The element that makes poker a ‘people game’ is the emotional factor which is in the gaming lingo also known as the ‘poker face’.
The ‘poker face’ term is used in many other areas of life, but its origin is from the poker table, where players do their best not to reveal the quality of their hands. The strength of one’s hand can be revealed by its emotions which are displayed by allegedly simple physical reactions such as: facial expression, rapid hands movement and perspiring.
Naturally, people have different reactions to similar situations, but the mood needed to be determined at a poker table is extremely basic: does the player have a strong hand or not. One can check such definations and scenarios at an online gambling portal or through one of the books that have been written on the subject, but when a person knows the answer to that, he is definitely on the right track.
What we have established so far is that the first emotional capability is to hide your real emotions at the table. Now we get to the second emotional capability which is emotional sensitivity. It is not enough to be able to hide your own emotion, it is also necessary to learn how to read your opponent’s emotions as well.
There is no such thing as a strong hand or a week hand, but a relatively strong and relatively week. The history of professional poker showed that in some cases you can win the game with a pair, as long as your opponents believe you have a strong hand. The game is not determined by your hand but by what the other player think of it.
I do not think anyone can be a good poker player because it is very emotionally demanding and requires a basic quality that either you have it or not. But even this quality need to be developed and stretched far as possible. The key to improving your emotional skills is, like everything else, hidden in practice and lots of it.
Nobody is born a good poker player, but a person can certainly become one, after a great deal of practice. But how to know when have done enough? That is easy-you can never practice enough.