Keep Your Focus
There’s a lot going on during a game of poker. There’s the card in the deck, the cards you can see, the cards you can’t see, and the cards that get knocked and no one sees. There are your opponents and their tells. The betting history of each player in the game and in the hand. There’s probably someone smoking. Other people are most likely talking, and it is not about the game. If you are in a casino, there’s loud music, the clank of slot machines, the wait staff walking by and the exalted cries of someone who just hit it big.
That’s why you must learn to keep your focus. You need to make sure that you can eliminate distractions and let your brain absorb the information it needs to play the game. If you can’t do that, you will miss a tell, forget a bet, or misremember what cards you kept and which ones you tossed away.
Fortunately, focus is a skill you can learn and improve simply by playing poker in less than perfect circumstances. Play video poker in public places or at home with loud music. Work on remembering everything that transpired in the game so that when you play for real, you are either prepared for distractions or, better yet, much sharper when you play in environments without them.