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Dangerous factor of Sound Judgment

A variety of factors, beside obvious tilt, may intervene with a player's judgment enough to do serious harm to his play poker results. At some risk of oversimplifying the occurrence, I think that the following ideas take over much of what usually happens. Certainly elements other than those I will list can damage the judgment in poker. Following are the three main elements. These ideas come from analysis of my own experience as well as discussion with and observation of skilled players revealing their problem.

Habitual play a dangerous risk to sound judgment in poker is the adoption of habitual ways of playing hands. Sometimes these are correct under the conditions in which they develop. Game condition may vary however making the sense plays now incorrect.

If, for example, you are playing regularly against many aggressive players and habitual bluffers note that the distinction between the two is unclear as well as a couple of "weak tight" players, you will learn to call down the aggressive players with good holdings very often. At the same time, you will know to fold the same hands when bet into by the weak tight players. In neither case, are you required to exercise more of judgment. You may in fact find you have almost put this aspect of your play on "auto-pilot," automatically calling here, folding there, because you have encountered your rival's styles and a bit of thinking is needed.

The trap is that if you go towards the different game containing different kinds of players, or there is some turn over in the regular players in your game, you may forget to turn off the auto-pilot. It is very easy to continue making the plays you have become used to, without applying sound judgment to the changed conditions in which you now find yourself. In this case you might quickly and incorrectly track your new rivals as "bluffers" or "non-bluffers" because that is what you are accustomed to, failing to consider that they might lie somewhere in between. Finally when you realize that you seem to keep tackling you may take a step back and analyze what you have been doing wrong. Meanwhile you will cost yourself some gaming money.

Habitual play

can occur from excessive observance to a "cook-book" approach to the game. You have determined some useful play for dealing with a variety of situations but poker is a game of continual adjustment and counter adjustment between observing rivals. The plays that you make without variations are dangerous to exploitation by those who notice. Hence, the actual problem develops when you're good, profitable plays become habitual and automatic for you, that they make you more readable. It is very easy to play in a rote, automatic way, but regular failure to apply judgment to individual situations will cost you lot more money.

•  Subtle tilt

Another dangerous mistake in judgment is the subtle varieties of tilt. These can be caused by a losing streak. If an otherwise tight player becomes frustrated very often (or somewhat distressed) about his poor results, the frustration can become a consistent problem, dangerous to intervene with judgment and affect his play on an ongoing basis. If you find that over multiple sessions you are worried with your "bad beats" you have taken or the bad cards game you have getting this problem may be close at hand. Some severe responses, for a better player, are to start playing some sub-average hands that he normally would fold, to overplay some hands (for example raising when he should call or fold) and go beyond calling with hands, maybe declining his calls with doubtfully that his rivals are bluffing or pushing weak hands.

However, anything which shifts your attention strongly away from the quality of your play to your short term results is likely to cause subtle tilt. This can range from concerns over "quitting poker winners" to feeling competitive with certain players. These are focus which only divert from the clear judgment required to make continual correct decisions. Subtle tilt is a wide category surrounding any tough, subtle impact of emotion on your play.


•  Misinformation.

Another riskier factor of sound judgment is the misconception that a player may adopt what contains derives profitable play. It can start with some thing you might read or hear from another player. If it is incorrect, or you misunderstand it, then going for it can cost you more money. For example you might hear from skilled player that "good players play lesser number of hands because they outplay rivals after the flop." While there is some truth in this, it is riskier to take this idea much beyond (especially in hold'em) using it to reducing the play of hands that are below "average." Likewise, there is poker advice available on the Internet which is submitted very indiscreetly and fluently, and enthusiastically accepted as correct by players lacking knowledge. Despite its attractive packaging the advice is not precise. You should determine carefully any poker advice that comes from any line you are not sure of, including assurance you to understand correctly what that other person said.


Plays which are made in the absence of sound judgment may rarely be wrong. For this reason they can be difficult to identify in your play and may continue for some time. Because they are made very often and because some are mistakes which combine themselves during a hand, the cost can add up tremendously. A fierce cycle may develop with poor results increasing your frustration and leading to incorrect play.

It might also happen that these factors of sound judgment work in combination. For instance, being subtly on tilt for a period of multiple sessions, your errors may become habitual, mainly if they are tough by some short term winning results. You may find it difficult seeing them as wrong even after you have decided the emotional factors underlying the tilt. Perhaps, this process is a dangerous one.

Some major mistakes which crop from these losses of judgment in poker will be discussed in poker.

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