Gambling psychology for most people conjures up images of stony faced poker players and their habits and actions (tells) that suggest the value of the cards they are holding.I contend that there is much more to gambling psychology. When we look at successful gamblers, they all have a sound money management strategy, a sound game strategy, a high level of game skills, distinctive presentation and when appropriate, the ability to psyche their opponents.You may contend that that some of these aspects of gambling do not involve psychology. I disagree.The sound money management strategy allows the successful gambler to recover from a number of consecutive losing gambling sessions. Especially in poker, opponents notice these things and the ability to bounce back has a subtle psychological effect on opponents. This also allows you to approach the next session in a better frame of mind than what you would otherwise be in because you know that if you should loose again, you still have adequate reserves to try again multiple times.Without a sound game strategy you will be taken to the cleaners regardless of the game you play or where you play it. A sound strategy simply requires you to play the game to take advantage of all the favorable bets and to avoid those bets where the house has an unreasonable advantage.This allows you to play with confidence because once your strategy has been tested and proven, you know that when you win, your winnings will be reasonable to quite good and on those occasions when you loose, your losses will be relatively modest.Your game skills give you the confidence to adhere to your strategies when under pressure so that you maximize your winnings and minimize your losses. If your game stresses you unduly, either find a game with lower limits or a different game that you find less stressful. If that is not possible, then it is time to find another past time.Your distinctive presentation sends a message to your opponents. That message is dependent on where and with whom you play. Many years ago, I worked as a ringer (cowboy) and long wearing western shirts, jeans and polished riding boots have been both my preferred work and casual wear ever since. In the city, that gives me the image of a hay seed (hillbilly). At the poker tables, that’s great because most of those who do not know me personally will tend to assess me as an inexperienced and poor player.To me these are the unnoticed aspects of gambling psychology that all combine to build your personal confidence and allow you to exude confidence during your gambling session.Virtually everyone has heard about poker “tells” even if they do not really know what they are. Tells are the subtle signs that others pick up on that give them a good idea as to the strength of our poker hand. Hiding these tells from your opponents, requires a great deal of acting skills and practice especially when you suddenly find yourself sitting on a good full house or a royal flush.I recall playing against this stony faced guy who hardly moved or spoke for hours when suddenly the artery on the side of his neck started jumping like he had just run a marathon. He obviously had a hand that he found very exciting. Whilst he could control his voluntary actions, he could not control his involuntary actions. All those who could see that side of his neck folded in turn. If he had come dressed as ‘dandy’ complete with a cravat, no one may have noticed his obvious excitement and his pot would have been much bigger.This incident vividly illustrates the visible aspects of gambling psychology.Lastly, I thought I should do some research to see what the experts have to say about gambling psychology. After a few hours, of reading those papers, the overwhelming thrust was that we were all exhibiting the early signs of abnormal behavioral patterns and if caught early, the problem could respond to treatment. Unfortunately, there are some in our midst where gambling has become a problem.I make a point of never gambling when cash is short because it has been my sad experience that whenever I have gambled in those situations, I have almost always lost and such losses are doubly painful. I have always won most whenever I could well and truly have afforded the loss. Being cashed up removes the stress and reduces the mistakes one makes when playing overly cautiously.To the intelligent gamblers in our midst who have sound strategies in place and who never bet more than they can afford to loose, I say work on the psychological aspects of your game to improbe your edge and Good Luck at the Tables!
Since the dawn of the online poker age there has always been the question of which is better, online poker or live games in a casino or card room? The answer is the same as most poker questions…. It depends. While the two generally have the same rules and structure, you are dealing with two very different games.Online poker obviously has the advantage of speed. Since the dealing is done digitally, there is no time wasted shuffling, dealing, collecting cards, or anything else that the dealer would normally spend time doing. You also save a lot of time by having the pot automatically counted at all times and the rake is taken out automatically. When you add in the built in clock that most sites have for players to act in time, you will get 2 to 3 times the amount of hands per hour or more by playing online. If you also take into account that you are able to play up to 8 tables or more simultaneously, you could well end up playing up to 600 hands per hour or more. This is roughly 20 times the amount of hands that you might play in a live ring game. More hands equals more money for the winning player right? Again, the answer is maybe.Live games generally have much weaker opponents than online games. The downside is that you’ll only get 25 to 35 hands per hour depending on the quality of your dealer. People go to the casino for a good time and don’t generally mind losing a few bucks for the entertainment. This means that you get a lot of casual players, and even players who don’t know the rules of the game. You get a lot of players who seem to do OK at their friday night game at their buddies house and want to see how they stack up at the casino. I often find that a 20/40 limit hold’em game in the local casino is much softer than a 1/2 or 2/4 game online. So you can probably play higher limits at the casino without giving up any of your win rate. So higher stakes means more money for the winning player right? You get the idea.Aside from actual win rate, each form of poker has its own advantages. Live poker is a much more social game. If you’re a social person and want to get out and interact with people and have some fun, you may enjoy live poker more. The internet however allows you to play poker in your underwear (or whatever). You can play at any time and don’t even have to leave the house. This convenience appeals to a lot of people. When you decide whether online poker or going to the casino is right for you, you need to keep in mind why you play poker. If you play for entertainment or a social experience, than live action is the way to go. If you are strictly business, than with rakeback, online poker bonuses, multitabling, and the huge volume of hands, you will probably do better with online poker.So the answer to our question whether online poker or live poker is better… It depends on what you are trying to get out of your poker experience.
If you spend any time on the Internet then you are aware of the many opportunities to participate in gambling online. However, you may not be aware of the many perks of playing online casino games. If you are thinking about starting to gamble online with Internet casinos you will be itching to sign up for an online casino and start playing once you hear about the amazing advantages of playing gambling games online.The main advantage of Internet gambling is convenience. With online casino software you can play all of your favorite casino games without stepping foot outside your house! All you need is a computer and an Internet connection and you can choose from hundreds of slot and video poker machine variations, classic games like roulette, blackjack, craps, baccarat, keno and even bingo twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Games that you would ordinarily have to book a plane ticket to Vegas to play are now at the tips of your fingers. Nothing compares to the convenience of online casinos.Online gambling can also be a great social experience. With multiplayer games like poker, blackjack and craps you can meet other gambling enthusiasts from all over the world. Chat software allows you to carry on conversations with other players while you play your favorite casino games and lasting friendships have been formed between people who would never have had the chance to meet otherwise!If you are a competitive gambler than joining a casino online can be the perfect thing for you. After all, playing Internet casino games is one of the best ways to improve your casino gaming skills. Practice makes perfect and with online casinos you will have all the time you need to practice so that the next time you are in a live casino you will have the casino game skills and strategy to blow away not only the other players but the dealers and the management as well!Online casino games are played by all of the same rules as regular casino games-the cards and tables even look the same. Therefore, practicing playing your favorite casino games on the Internet can help you to improve your game for real! If you don’t know how to play casino games then playing online is also a great way to learn. If you have a trip to Vegas coming up and you want to learn how to play blackjack, craps, roulette or any other popular casino game the Internet is a great place to learn!As you can see, gambling online can be incredibly advantageous. Not only is it a convenient hobby but it is also a great way to meet new friends, improve your casino gaming skills and even learn how to play casino games. With all of these perks you would have to be crazy not to sign up for an online casino and start gambling online today!