February 14th, 2011
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Do you know what a poker grinder? He is a player who cannot pull off the table, whether at a land-based casino or an online poker room. The player feels to lose something if he stops, and so he cannot get up. This attitude is bad; poker is a game for players with good discipline.
A good discipline at the poker tables includes not chasing bad hands, choosing the best hands and focus on reading the players. Being able to get away from the game is a good discipline. But this is not easy for all players, when this is essential to know how to play good poker.

The problem is mostly with online poker players. Even if you play poker may be the way to a certain amount of financial rewards, it is not really the way to achieve financial freedom if you are at risk of compromising your personal freedom.

Online poker is played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Every moment away from the poker tables is not a missed opportunity, because being slaves to a virtual poker table is not the way to live life. Some players give up on sleep, even to eat, or spend time with friends.

These grinders are the kind of players who take their laptops to the bathroom to keep playing, for fear of losing a hand. You know who you are! When everything else becomes secondary but to put a dime more at the poker table, something is very wrong. The time away from the poker table has a positive value and no one should play long sessions of poker without taking a break.
A balance and a certain perspective have to be maintained. If you want to read about how to do this successfully, read the writings of the pro poker player Barry Tanenbaum. Daniel Negreanu is another pro who manages his time well with a balanced approach to living life with the poker. You can learn a thing or two about life and how to play poker from a professional like him. According to Daniel, “time is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”

It is very important to move away from the table and the player Amy Calistri uses a very good analogy: she compares the fact of playing poker 24 / 7 to a horror movie. In fact, she says that if you’re in a house full of murderers and if you are chased by them, what do you do? You don’t shower for a break, you go out of there, and this is what the online poker grinder needs to do, leave the table and leave the house!

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