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Importance Of A Poker Ego

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If you are a professional poker player your are aware that there are many ups and downs with the job. During the downswings you will feel like you can’t win anymore.  During the upswings you will feel like you are unstoppable and are on the top of the world. There are many professional players who claim that you need to leave your ego at the door in order to be a success. I agree and disagree. You see, total unbridled confidence and optimism can be detrimental since it can delude you into believing you are much better than you actually are. However, once you are legitimately good confidence and ego can be a good thing.

What my HUGE ego does for me

I know I am better than you!

When I sit down at the table I am very confident in my abilities. I know I can read hands better than you, comprehend frequencies better than you and alter to my opponents actions superior than you. This self-confidence didn’t just come from thin air.  I achieved this from obtaining good win rates over huge samples and continuously re-affirming my belief that I am a very skilled poker player. This confidence allows me to play consistently, not tilt, and be happy during downswings.

I am comfortable going to war with regulars!

I think this is part of being stubborn and having a huge self-image. Your win rate might be lower overall if you skirmish with regulars but if you sit out every time the fish busts you don’t develop a “fear factor” in your opponents. If you continually battle regulars and frequently win your self confidence will rise and players will fear you. There is no better felling than having the other players sit out when you sit in.   When they instantly do this, you know they are scarred shitless of you! Fear is a powerful weapon.   Utilize it to your advantage!

Downswings don’t exist anymore!

It’s important when you lose to analyze why you lost.  You need to look at your hand histories after every session and examine the outcomes. Eventually you will rarely make mistakes and this will translate into a tremendous ego. When you are confident and happy in your play, the results will not matter.

Sure, there will be some mental pain when you drop eight buy ins in a session but if you are confident in your skill level the eight buy ins wont seem like a big deal and downswings will no longer be downswings. They are just small bumps in the road. Supreme self confidence gives you belief in your abilities and allows you to shake off downswings better than your opponents. Understanding you are superior than everyone else allows you to look at the big picture.  In other words, you may not be making money at the moment, but you know that the future will give you exactly what you deserve. When you doubt your abilities, you will not be playing your best and things will most likely start or continue to go wrong.

My ego stops me from tilting!

My self image is that I am an awesome online poker player. I have worked on cultivating this image and believe my opponents are conscious of it also. I have built up a reputation of being good and every great play I make will add to this reputation.  On the flip side, every tilty or spewy play will detract from that image.

I derive mass pleasure from playing good in the face of difficulty. Nothing feels more satisfying than getting coolered numerous times and being able to stick through it, play awesome and start making money again. I also derive mass pain with losing control, tilting and playing bad. This allows me to snap back into the moment whenever I believe tilt is grabbing hold of me.  I constantly remind myself that the other five players at the table are worse at poker than me.  If I play my best, the money will eventually always come to me.

Ego gives me fear of looking bad or playing bad. Being a great poker player is part of my identity so no amount of run bad or coolers is going to make me play bad.

Do you still think ego is a bad thing?


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