The importance of keeping your cool

By no means am I an expert in playing poker. I don’t even consider myself as a good poker player, but I’ve realized a lot of things after playing poker consistently over the past couple months.

In poker, you win with some big hands like a full house or a four of a kind. Then you also lose to some devastating hands, such as a three of a kind to a straight.¬† You can’t win every single hand in poker that you play, but what is important is how you handle your losses. One of the key things that I have learned while playing poker at least a few times a week is that when you lose you have to keep your cool. Shrug off the loss, analyze what the opponent did to win your chips, and maintain focus on the bigger picture which is WINNING!

There is no one perfect strategy in poker. There are many different ways and techniques people use to play poker. My way is to use the calculation of probabilities. It works out for me most of the time, but sometimes I lose to some people who just go with their guts.

Here an important probability to note:

Ace-King off suit has only a 46.67% chance of winning compared to a pocket pair such as pocket twos which has a 52.75% chance of winning,

Ace-King off suit compared to pocket twos

Ace-King off suit compared to pocket twos probability

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Ever get fooled by a cookie?

Have you ever gotten fooled by a cookie? Because I have and I was very very disappointed. At first I thought that the cookie was a chocolate chip cookie and I was very excited, but it turned out to be a cookie filled with raisins. Don’t get me wrong, I like raisin cookies too, but I like chocolate chip cookies so much more. Has anyone ever been fooled like

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Raisin Cookie

Raisin Cookie

that or am I just the only guy out there that’s had this happen?

Success, Success, and more Success

Have you ever felt like you were on a role and that nothing could stop you from doing the right things over and over again? You may ask yourself how am I doing this? Well the answer may lie with how successes effect us mentally.

Earl Miller from MIT was quoted saying that “success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure,” and because of this our brains are less likely to change what we do in order to produce the same successful results.

Take golfing for example, when you hit a 300 yard drive and all your friends¬†congratulate, you tend to feel pretty good and your brain says “got it!”. As a result, your body is more likely to do the same thing it did last hole.

Human BrainThough this may be true, things can get complicated when you over think what you did the last whole and as a result wind up shanking the ball!