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The Three Emotions That Kill You in Poker


Poker is a card game in which players compete for an amount of money contributed by each player (called the pot). Unlike other casino games, poker involves betting and therefore requires strategic thinking to determine how much to invest in each hand. The goal is to build a strong poker hand while minimizing the amount of money invested.

The game begins with each player receiving two cards. Then a round of betting takes place starting with the players to the left of the dealer. Players reveal their hands and the player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. The game also contains an element of psychology as players try to determine what cards their opponents are holding and how they will play.

In poker, a player’s hand is only good or bad in relation to the hand of the other players at the table. If you have a pair of kings off the deal and the flop comes K-J, then your kings are losers 82% of the time. This is because the other player holds A-A, which beats your kings.

There are three emotions that kill you in poker. The first is defiance, the second is hope and the third is greed. Defiance is the feeling that you must hold your ground no matter what, even when you know you don’t have a winning hand. Hope keeps you calling for that perfect 10 to complete your straight or the two diamonds that would give you a flush, and it costs you money over the long run.