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Why Emotions are a Poker Player’s Worst Enemy?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 /

When you are playing poker, there is one thing that you should keep in check at all times and constantly remember: Do not get emotional. Unfortunately that is a lot easier said than done and all too often even experienced players end up getting emotional to their detriment.

“What Happens?”


If you do let your emotions get the better of you then you will start to make decisions that are emotional rather than rational. Under normal circumstances when you have a cool and calm head you may be able to properly calculate the odds, weigh the risk vs. the reward, read your opponents, and make the right call.

When you get emotional however, most of that will go out the window. Often you will convince yourself that you are ‘winning’ and make a rash call or raise as a result. At times you may even know that you are behind but convince yourself that you will be able to scare your opponent into folding – despite there being no evidence that they are unsure of their hand.

In short, you could end up risking a lot of money and losing it all – just because you were ‘on tilt’ (as it is referred to in poker vernacular) and emotional. That is why emotions are any poker player’s worst enemy when they are in the game.


How to Keep Your Emotions in Check


The first step to learning how to keep your emotions in check is to start to understand the situations where your emotions start to flare up. Normally this can happen when you are behind by a lot, or when you’ve recently lost a hand that you should’ve won, or when you have had a string of bad luck.

At the same time you may also have the opposite sort of emotions when things are going well, and could get overconfident – which is just as bad. When players are overconfident and feel they are ahead they tend to make poor decisions as well because they miss crucial information or feel that they are ‘invincible’ and end up calling bets with hands that they really should have folded. 

In any case, once you’ve identified the situations where you normally do tend to get emotional – you need to start to consciously be aware of them and reign yourself in when they happen. For example if you’ve just lost a hand that you should’ve won you should immediately be aware that you are at risk of making emotional decisions – and be extra careful as a result. 

It will take time for you to be able to fully control the situations where you get emotional, and a lot of that will only come by constantly being aware of it when it happens. At the end of the day however the benefits of training yourself to keep your emotions in check when playing poker make it more than worthwhile and it could be quite literally the difference between winning and losing.

Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree - Review

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A high-ranking member of the Swan Guard is suspected of stealing the sacred Magic Seed that helps keep the nature in balance. Now that strange cracks are happening all over the Dire Island, home of the Swan Kingdom - you need to help the Swan Princess catch the sneaky thief before the kingdom falls apart.

Mystery Trackers: Train to Hellswich - Preview

Sunday, July 24, 2016 /

Join the Mystery Trackers in their eleventh adventure. Your train is attacked by a group of creepy supernatural creatures, can you survive this train to hell?




Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil - Preview

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The Isle of Wight has always been a place surrounded by mystery. Through centuries many different civilizations lived there, and they all left some traces of their existence: castles, old towns, shrines and temples. Sometimes, precious treasure and jewelry were things they left behind. But, occasionally they used the island to hide the things that should be hidden forever. Unfortunately, they never accounted for human curiosity and lust for the unknown in their equation.

Moai IV: Terra Incognita - Review

Saturday, July 23, 2016 /

We have now come to the fourth Moai game and our main characters, Hero and Bright Light, are now proud parents of Hika-Ri and Koa-Ri! After a wave of natural disasters hit the island, the villages are destroyed. Help Hero and friends restore the settlements and explore the new territories in this latest Moai sequel.

Dead Reckoning: Snowbird’s Creek - Preview

Thursday, July 21, 2016 /

People of Snowbird’s Creek are as cold as the weather out there. Strangers are not welcome, not even ones who want to start a new, prosperous business. Lives of locals are intertwined in many ways. Friendship, love and years-old disputes dictate the rhythm of life. Has the idea of a one man caused more than just a raised eyebrow? Can jealousy motivate someone to commit a murder? And how can you hide a murder, if you know everybody?

Best New iOS Sports Games You Should Try

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 /

If you have ever browsed through the App Store's Top Charts, you are most likely to have seen several sports games crowding the charts. Sports Games is one of the most popular application categories on the App Store. Whether you like playing actual sports or not, the comfort of getting competitive and winning races right from your own couch is undeniable. What's even better is that most sports games on iOS are free to download. Here are some of the best recent titles curated for your leisure.

NBA Live Mobile

This is a must-have application for all NBA fans. EA partnered up with NBA to offer a full basketball experience right on your screen. NBA Live Mobile comes with all of your favorite teams and players from the Association and a variety of game modes to keep you entertained. Top that with stunning visuals, impressive control system and easy-to-learn instructions - this is the best free NBA-licensed game to date. The only bummer is that as a free-to-play game, the playtime is restricted by the energy system, which can be a little money-hungry.

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team

EA is no doubt the King of sports games, as this second recommendation is also from this giant developer. Again, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team featured all of the real-life players you adore, as well as a top-notch production and plenty of online competitions to join. However, the game doesn't stray far from the previous versions, making it somewhat repetitive. Still, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team is a well-crafted game that is addicting enough for all FIFA worshipers out there.

Tap Sports Baseball 2016

As mentioned, the problem with many of the sports games is that their new versions are not actually that different from their predecessors. Although Tap Sports Baseball 2016 faces this same industry-wide issue, it doesn't mean that the game is not enjoyable. Tap Sports Baseball 2016 allows you to manage the teams and tournaments, along with showing off your skills on the fields - making it an immersive experience. As a free-to-play game, paying for in-app items will help you progress significantly faster, but the game is totally free if you have enough patience.

Deer Hunter 2016

Sports games on iOS are not restricted to traditional sports only, but extreme sports and more obscured choices are also available. Deer Hunter 2016 is a well-produced hunting simulation from Glu Games. The missions are carefully mapped out and the animals are beautifully animated. Deer Hunter 2016 is a fun and satisfying hunting game, if not a little too easy.

These are only four of the many impressive titles in the sports games' universe. If you want to get more serious with sports gaming, check out bettingtop10.com for eye-catching deals on sports betting games.