Calling all GOOD Poker Players - I Need Help!
January 10, 2007 1:25pm CST
Okay, dramatic subject....but I truly do. The best poker players know that you need a solid poker face. If your emotions run across your face, you're in trouble right? Well...I have a very emotional face. My boss can read every nuance in my expression which is just not a good thing. He really gets to me sometimes and I have no defense because he'll see it on my face and go what?, don't pull that attitude with me....etc. I don't say anything vocally so it's all in my body language and face. Obviously I need to find a way to keep my emotions in check and not physical. I figured the best people to ask for advice on this would be you. If you know a good method (even if it's not about poker), PLEASE share it, if I don't find a way to get past this, I could end up jeopardizing my career. Thank you in advance.
12 Jan 07
I try calming techniques, meditation, concentrating on other things, whatever it takes appear perfectly calm. My secret is just to allow my whole body to relax and let nothing affect me. I think this has unnerved my employers in the past as they have been ranting at me and see no sense of fear but nothing of insolence either. Although I'm not entirely sure if that is such a good thing as most bosses enjoy the exercising of power over others and may just begin to torment those who stand up to them even just by not flinching- good luck anyway I'm not a particularly good poker player but i love playing and usually do a bit better than break even.
• United States
14 Jan 07
One method is to practice looking at your hole cards in front of a mirror. Do it and analyze your own facial expressions. Also, before you look at your cards, pick 2 cards in your head and pretend thats the cards you're going to see. Also play with lots of friends and ask them what they see in your expressions.
• United States
2 Feb 07
The best way to do this is to just work on it with everything you do. Instead of just focusing on controlling how your emotions affect you at the poker table, you should become more aware of your emotional state at all times, and work on it from there. For example, think about it when you're driving, and think through how different things make you feel. If some guy cuts you off, observe how you react, how it affects your breathing, how it affects your demeanor--everything. Do this with more and more things, and you'll get to know yourself a lot better, especially concerning your emotions.