As the game of poker grows, so does the baseline level of knowledge.
Edges start getting harder to find.
And to be the best, you’re going to have to go places where others are not.
Once you’re good at the game, what’s going to separate you from the pack is going to be how tapped in you can get to the flow of the game, make subtle adjustments on the fly, and learn to trust your instincts.
In other words, intuition.
It’s a concept that can be used to justify bad plays––I’m as guilty as anyone of doing this.
But, when you’ve got it tuned in, you’ve got a weapon that can really turn the tables on even the most seasoned opponents.
The keys to mapping out an intuitive process at the tables that will take you to the next level:
1) Become solidly rooted in the foundations of poker that matter most (like maybe a preflop boot camp, wink wink). Drill them inside-out until there’s no question to you about what the standard play is 99.9% of the time.
2) Tune in to your intuition as you play, and learn to differentiate that feeling from a feeling that seems similar, but is actually rooted in adrenaline and fear.
3) Trust the real intuition and ignore the fear based impulses.
Every great player has gone through this process whether they know it or not, and it’s what allows them to get to the top––and stay there.
Master this process, and you’ve got yourself a winning formula for life.
Till next time,
Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%.
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