Poker is not an easy game to take up as a career option by any means. Apart from just playing the game well, several skill sets are required to survive and make it in the world of professional poker.
Recently, the Skrill Team (Online payment processor) made their way over to Fedor Holz’s apartment in order to speak to him about his poker life as well as the positives of their platform. Holz had some very interesting tips to share for upcoming poker players, according to pokernews. A few of them have been listed below.
Tips from Fedor Holz that could help you on your poker journey:
“Find the right stakes for you. Don’t play higher than your bankroll allows you, set certain limits,” stated Holz. “Even the best players take hits. Even the best players can go on long stretches of not cashing. If you end up broke when that happens, you haven’t practiced proper bankroll management. You can be so good at poker, but if you’re not disciplined at the table and off the table, you’ll never make it,” he added.
Holz also went on to say that if you win a tournament, you’ll probably feel like you’re on top of the world. However, even if you’ve won a tournament and feel like you crushed the entire field, getting too confident might be dangerous. You might feel like you should be playing higher stakes than you currently are because you ‘soul read’ every other player at the table. Nevertheless, registering bigger buy-ins than your bankroll can take is a dangerous thing to do.
Handle Losing Better:
Losing is a big part of the game of Poker. You could do every single thing right and still lose, or you could do everything wrong and still win in poker. However, in the long run the right decisions will eventually pay off. This is why tilt control or ‘learning to be a better loser’ is a huge part of becoming successful poker player, according to Holz.
“I really believe that this is one of the most underrated things that people don’t work on: being better losers. Really constantly understanding that losing is just part of the game. I think really dealing with losing all the time is one of the key things in poker. I mean, I’ve lost hundreds of thousands of times in my career as a player, and you have to train this, you have to get better at it, and it’s gonna be more and more important every time you play because you lose more and more. The key is to win more often than you lose,” said Holz.
“The fact is, having a good understanding of the fundamentals of the game is a big part of being able to deal with downswings. Having the right mindset is the key to it because it’s basically having this routine of when I lose, I have to inject logic again and tell myself it’s part of the game,” he added.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle:
Taking up poker as a career instantly means long hours sitting continuously on a chair. According to Fedor, keeping up your mental and physical condition are extremely important. “Treat yourself well; work out, eat well,” he says.
“If you’re playing some great poker, you’re not alone. There are plenty of others on the same level at your stakes. What can set you apart, though, are other things surrounding your play at the table. If you’re able to play your best game for longer periods of time than your equally talented peers, you’re going to make more money,” stated Holz.
“So search for parts of your life where you can do better. Because a sound mind and body help you become the better player. Sleep is probably one of the most underrated things out there as well,” he added.
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