3 Key Questions that Improve Your Mental Game in Poker

PBC Project
27 Mar 2024
27 Mar 2024

Today, we will discuss an effective method for self-improvement. The idea of the method is straightforward but with its proper application it can significantly improve your skills and abilities.

Despite its simplicity, implementing this method can be quite challenging.

3 Questions Technique

The technique or the method is focused on correcting mistakes.

When a mistake occurs, the player should answer three simple questions:

  1. What happened?
    This question helps us understand the context of the situation.
  2. What did I learn about myself in the context of my mistake?
    This question aims to identify internal reasons for the mistake.
  3. What am I going to do with my mistake?
    Answers to this question will provide specific tasks, the completion of which should fix the internal issues led to the mistake.

Let's go through each of them.

1. What happened?

I was playing poker, and my opponent hit their two outs on the river, causing me to lose my stack. After that, I lost control of myself and started spewing.

2. What did I learn about myself?

There are some situations in the game where my emotional state becomes inadequate, and I start tilting and losing money.

3. What am I going to do about it?

  • I will analyze the reasons why my mind entered such a state and compile a list of similar situations so that in the future I will know in advance what might upset me.
  • I will add training sessions in my schedule focused on emotional awareness and self-control.
  • I will utilize breathing techniques to quickly correct my emotional state in such tilty situations.
  • I start learn and develop a 'stop-tilt' strategy, leaving the tables when I begin to tilt heavily.
  • I will work on my beliefs that led me to tilt. I will write them down and create a list of counter-beliefs that I will repeat before each session.

Of course, this method can be applied not only to mental poker aspects but also to strategic ones. 

Implementing it comprehensively will yield maximum results in self-development for you as a player.

In general, this method makes sense to use in everyday life as well, to achieve a transition to a new higher quality level!

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