For me playing poker is not just about attempting to win money, it is also fun. The turnaround of hands is a lot quicker than when you play in a casino or with your friends. I have played on some days when I think that I will never be dealt a decent hand. It is very tempting to try to make something happen by betting on a hand which in reality I know I should throw away. This is a risky strategy and you need to be patient as your time will come.
The people who are making the money in online poker rooms are the ones who have this patience. A lot of people can easily get bored and can soon see their money or chips dwindle away.
I would like to make it clear that I am by no means a professional poker player; for a living I work for a composite door company where I sell, as you can no doubt imagine, external doors. I also help people to stop stuttering in my spare time by running a one-to-one speech course and by a variety of self-help stammering cure options.
There will always be the nutter type of player who we will come across from time to time – these players are ones that bet large amounts on virtually ever hand. These players may win a lot of chips in a short period of time, however in the long run will always lose.
Poker can become quite addictive, therefore only bet what you can afford to lose. Play the game as a hobby and enjoy it, you are more likely to win with this attitude. I know people who attempt to win a certain amount of money per night and then go chasing this figure if they start to struggle. I would have to say that this is not the best idea. I personally have realised that there are times when I will be successful and times when I will not be. With the right approach and as the last two years have shown me, I should win in the long term.