It’s very hard to walk away from anything that is addictive, and poker is most definitely addictive to those of us that play it almost daily.
Even if the whole money aspect of the game was taken away, we would all still probably continue to play in the free money tables just to get some sort of rush going.
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However, since all real gambling does involve actual money, it becomes extremely difficult to stand up and walk away from the action, especially when you’re losing. This is why having the discipline to recognise when its time to stop is so important.
I’m very lucky in that I seemingly have no trouble walking away from a bad poker session. Blackjack, on the other hand, is a completely different beast, and after almost a decade of playing 21 I still can’t quickly and easily pull myself away from the table.
However, since I don’t take Blackjack seriously as a form of income, I don’t really pay it too much attention. That is not the case for all of my peers, far more poker players rely on the money they make in their sessions both as their primary and secondary revenue source.
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The psychology behind walking away is simple, as the experts point out that you should leave a losing session when you are mentally drained, physically tired and/or in a poor state of mind.
The reasoning is that when you feel bad your ability to make informed decisions is hampered. Bad moves in poker lead to losing pots, which result in having an even worse attitude.
You can normally tell when you’re not playing your best or are suffering from a poor attitude, but that’s also when your willpower is at its lowest, making it hard for you to log off.
It is absolutely crucial that you begin to develop the discipline needed to do this though, as it can only have a positive effect on your bankroll and future sessions.