Playing a winning hand in poker requires a lot of discipline and grace.
There is no room for mistakes.
A single oversight can kill.
It's not about math or reading your opponents.
The most important skill for a winning player is self-control.
Don't play more than your bank account would allow.
Don't tilt if you feel you should.
Don't crumble after a couple of hands and you're not winning.
But what good does it do if you don't? Winning players listen to other people's bad beat stories.
If ever you do, don't just listen.
Evaluate the player's story.
Think about why he lost.
While the person may focus on his loss, focus more on "why" he lost.
Center your evaluation on the root of the loss.
It's not about the surface flaw.
More often than not, it's two or three steps earlier in the game when the person made the imminent mistake-a risky or incorrect play in the hand, perhaps.
An objective analysis of the game will allow you to get at the root and see the "real" mistake.
While evaluating other people's play, you also evaluate your own.
What you do best, just enough and below expected performance.
Try to think of potential ways on how to improve on the three.
Poker is a game of chance and versatility.
A combination of different techniques and maneuver can be employed to guarantee a winning hand.
But as always, you have to go down at the roots.
Game selection or table selection is considered by some as the most significant poker skill.
Pick out the game that is best suited to your capabilities, play, and beat the crap out of it.
That may be important but it's nothing compared to the fundamental skill of a real poker winner.
Every game that you play right now is a culmination of all the games you've played before.
Poker is not a game of the moment.
It is a result of your well-conceived strategies and techniques.
Playing with regular opponents allow you to set the stage for many tactical plays minutes, hours and months before you totally blow them off.
Your previous games is a step up towards leading you to gaining more self-control an the proper attitude.
Always set your goal as a winning player while taking into consideration your finances.
A positive outlook is needed when playing hands.
If you fail on a couple of hands, don't drown on your emotions.
Each game is a separate entity from the previous or next.
If all these are set in their proper places, each separate action that you take will be stemmed from a concrete, perceptive foundation.
Discipline brings forth other poker skills, tactics and maneuvers.
Every chip of winning strategy and brilliant philosophy should be applied or else, it's pointless.
Everything is wasted if you don't practice discipline.
There is no other way to discipline.
Discipline is the only way.
So, if you want to be a perceptive, blissful poker player, work everyday on your self-control-every minute, every hour, everyday.