About a year ago, I would have said that I had more confidence and focus in playing either cash games, tournaments or sit n go’s at various types of poker games. Somewhere along the line, that left me.
I began to suffer some losses and could not put a handle on to what was happening. I was playing a type of “ABC” poker, but was also mixing up what I was doing so that I would not be too predictable.
Slowly my losses began to accumulate in both cash games, Sit n Go’s and small entry tournaments. While I still liked playing poker, I really did not like losing.
Slowly I stopped playing as much and as a result stopped blogging as much, tweeting as much and online socializing, as much as I used too.
In short, I got into a rut. There was even a pile of unread CardPlayer magazines on my bed-stand. A few months ago, I started reading some motivational books as well as the un-read magazines.
I am not saying that this has helped my poker game but at least I am working on my attitude. I had even found a June 2009 Bluff Magazine that had Daniel Negreanu on the front cover and an interesting story about him. This issue had a lot of good articles and stories. The two that caught my eye and helped me were tittled “The Power of the Inner Core” by Sam Chauhan and “Finding your Poker Focus” by Joe Beevers.
It was exactly in these two areas I needed work on.
Saving that “old” magazine was helpful. I have since ripped out those pages and review them whenever I feel the need. I know that this has helped me and I hope it helps you as well.
Do you have a favorite poker magazine? What about them helps you, teaches you, or encourages you to be a better poker player and all around person?