Poker’s a day to learn and a lifetime to master- Robert Williamson III.
This is absolutely true. I have seen many people learning about poker but its only with time and experience that one can master the game. The online poker games are like an addiction and I cannot ever get the most of it. There is a constant effort that goes into reading different poker books on varied details of poker. It’s a never ending process that must go on if one wants to get better in the game ever.
The key factor to success not only in poker but in any other sphere is discipline. There is no doubt luck involved in the game, but the discipline involved to continuous learning and continuous practice cannot be undermined. “How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?”
“All your life, son” ~Michael Pertwee
Amateur players play the game just for fun and leave things to chance, however the professional players do not leave anything to chance. The professional players are well aware what could possibly happen in the game and what kind of chances occur. They take every possible advantage of slip by the opponents, are calculative at current odds and also retain information on recurring patterns. Since a pro is always aiming at winning, he does not leave anything to chance. Being able to pit your wits against literally hundreds of other people is really exciting and ultimately the biggest single challenge for a poker player. - Tim Page
Mastering poker does only involve discipline alone. It is imperative that you are aware of the types of poker games and identify which is suited best as per your capabilities. Identification of your own strengths and weaknesses in a game is essential for success in the game. Self introspection is needed for attaining success in the game. Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life. – Anthony Holden
A player must be able to identify difference between limit and no-limit poker. If a player is disciplined enough not to yield into the temptation of the game, this reflects by his self control. Limit poker will always see the disciplined players playing with a cautious and cool temperament. This is observed by their moves which are small, the way they gather opponent’s information and the kinds of hands they play. In contrast in no limit poker a disciplined player will show aggression before the flop.
You have it in your power to turn a bad-beat around simply by realizing this simple truth: The more bad beats you encounter, the luckier you are. It’s a sign that you are playing against opponents who continually take the worst of it, and if you can’t beat someone who always takes the worst of it, you can’t beat anyone. – Lou Krieger
Practice and self discipline is a continuous effort to help master poker.