The game of poker has gone through many challenges over the past few decades but it continues to be popular with poker players from all over the world. Poker has turned out to be a profitable career for a lot of players who have consistently invested the time, money, and effort in improving their gameplay and enhancing their skills.
Major tournaments, both live and online, have also continued to offer mammoth prizes, attracting new players aiming to be successful in their chosen path. However, it is safe to say that it will not be a smooth journey for all poker players, considering the complexities and the various highs and lows involved in the game.
Apart from that, there are a number of poker myths that have been around for ages which has continued to influence some players’ perspective about the game, hampering their progress.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most successful poker pros, you need to flush these four common poker myths out of your system:
Poker Is A Game of Luck
While it is true that poker involves an element of luck, what helps a player win is actually their skills, strategy, and decision-making abilities.
Getting lucky in some huge pots does not guarantee you the chance to be successful in every major tournament out there. Poker isn’t gambling, and poker pros who have reached the pinnacle of their careers did not do it because of luck. They worked hard for it and used their skills.
Maybe luck was on Chris Moneymaker’s side when he defeated a more experienced opponent during the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. But Chris Moneymaker was also smart and talented enough to maneuver things and make them work in his favor – remember the so-called “Bluff of the Century”?
If you want to be a successful poker player, don’t focus on the luck factor. Instead focus on improving your skills and overall strategy!
Anybody Can Be A Poker Pro
A professional poker career is not for everybody. It’s not as easy as you think. Playing poker for a living is still a challenging “job”. You don’t just sit there, wait for good cards and then take home massive sums.
While being a poker pro brings in a lot of advantages, such as time freedom and more opportunities for growth, behind the scenes, players need to observe a great deal of discipline to stay on track.
Players need to keep learning about the different aspects of the game. They need to manage their time and bankroll properly, they need to learn how to make the right decisions, as one wrong move could take away everything they’ve worked hard for to have. They need to learn how to have a consistent run and be active at the tables so their earnings don’t easily run out.
Above all, poker pros need to have mental fortitude as poker involves a lot of variance and downswings. If you’re weak mentally, then a professional poker career is not for you.
Always On the Hunt For One Huge Win
Six- or seven-figure paydays, and even bracelets and other poker accolades are great accomplishments for poker pros but their goals go beyond just clinching that one major win.
For the real pros, playing poker is a grind. They need to earn consistently. They don’t rest on their laurels. The journey continues even after conquering major tournaments. That’s just how it works for them.
Poker Pros Risking Massive Sums of Money
Television and the poker media has propagated the false assumption that poker professional players actually put a large amount of their hard-earned money on the line during major competitions. Well, this isn’t the case most of the time.
The truth is that the majority of poker pros play on a stake. This means they only put a portion of their money on the line, not all of that cash you see scattered on poker tables during televised sessions. Some people called “backers” actually invest in players in exchange for a share of their winnings. High rollers even do that to each other to deal with variance.
Most poker pros know how to manage their bankroll. They might spend a lot of money playing, especially in high levels, but they sure know when it’s time to stop.
So, if you want to be successful in poker, it’s about time you ditch these myths. Continue learning, improve your skills, and never give up!