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  22-Feb-14, 17:26   #1
Characteristics of a Successful Poker Player 0 
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Disciplined = The most successful poker players know when to stick to their guns and when to throw in the towel

Focused = You have to keep your eye on the game and pay attention at all time

Prepared = When you sit down at the poker table, you have to be ready to play cards, both mentally and physically

Fearless = The majority of successful poker players have downswings, but they keep moving forward

Control Emotions = A good poker player knows he has to keep his emotions in check

  22-Feb-14, 17:46   #2
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Very good points and all are so true and valid if you want to become/be a good poker player.

One more thing would be the ability to stick to brm, if you brake that rule you go down Fast!

  23-Feb-14, 12:53   #3
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I think the two most important things are discipline and focus. These two things should run hand in hand and if you can control these two things you should always do well. But a little bit of luck always goes nicely with these to!!

  23-Feb-14, 13:38   #4
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yep being a good poker player you need to have disciplined if you want to make serious money, if you play casually and want to have fun, by all means go crazy and play big tourneys once in a while. If you can afford to reload too then have fun.

But if you want to make money discipline is one of the step you need to take to make money. Mental game also is very important. If you have that poker will be fun and money will come on your lap!

  23-Feb-14, 14:36   #5

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Luck - you forgot one of the most important factors, but all the things you mentioned are very true. And I don't mean luck in general, I mean luck at the right times, in the right pots, in the right tourneys against the right player. So many pros have launched careers from one big game where things went well.

  23-Feb-14, 23:06   #6
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Some more Characteristics
Aggressive = Similar to being fearless, you can’t let others control the action at the table. You need to be willing to demonstrate your abilities, and even bluff when necessary, to make sure you’re the leader, not the follower in the game

Ambitious = Poker players continue to improve when they keep striving against the odds

And for me the most important

Cheerful= Remember, at the end of the day, it’s only a game. Don’t get caught up in an opponent beating you on a single hand. Starting fights over a game is lame. The game of poker should be fun. While you can make a lot of money if you’re good, you should still enjoy

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