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how to be a poker champion

Sep 5, 2008
If you are reading these lines you are surely taking your poker game seriously. You want to take your art to the next level. Here is how.

So what do all the best poker players have in common these days?

* The winning player is always in the zone. He always makes cool calculated decisions at the table even when he suffers bad beats.

* The good player understands poker theory and basic probabilities. He can calculate pot odds easily and always uses common sense and logic in his decisions.

* A winning player understands the swings involved with the game and has solid bankroll management skills. This ensures his long term success at the tables.

* A lack of ego. The winning player doesn't take the outcome of specific hands personally and knows how to put things in perspective when things aren't going his way.

The games have gotten much harder since the MoneyMaker boom unfortunately. The skills that are bulleted above are not enough to make it to the top these days, you need something else.

What are the skills required to become a top notch player in today's games?

* Today's elite players have a feel for the equity their hands hold against their opponent's projected ranges. They can break down hand ranges based on numerous factors.

* The good player always brings his A game. He rarely deviates from optimal play because he never tilts and is unaffected by short term results.

* The outstanding player spends hours a day on forums analyzing hands and discussing lines of play with his peers. He loves the theory aspect of the game.

* A discipline like no other is often what is required to make it to the top. If you have an edge and the discipline to not go on tilt you will be successful.

Hopefully this article will serve you well in your quest to become a better poker player.
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