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A Hopeless Case: In Poker, Experience Kicks the Butt of Hope

In Internet poker, some hope is always useful. (Pandora did us all a favour when she opened up her box after all!) But too much hope shows weakness. At the Church of Texas Holdem, we know a thing or two about hope, but we also have plenty of experience!

Church of Texas Holdem Psalm #1:

Hope is a weaker force than experience teaches us it should be.

Yes, there will be many times when you're losing a hand and hope to improve. But I'm talking about hoping that your game will get better on its own without doing the hard work yourself to make it better.

If your car breaks down, hoping it will mend itself does nothing. The same applies to your poker game. If there's things which need a service, take care of them, because hoping you will get luckier won't work very well.

You should first learn that winning poker means playing less hands. The more hands you play, the less likely it is that you're playing only WORTHWHILE hands and junking the danger hands.

Playing too many hands is a sign of inexperience. Before too long, you will find yourself hoping against hope that your dominated KT vs AK improves by hitting the miracle ten.

How can you win more at poker? Not losing is the same as winning. If you work out how to not lose so often, the wins you do scoop in will accumulate faster!

In order to continue improving your game, you must make a positive commitment to studying poker. Drop by the Church anytime for more helpful advice!

Here endeth the lesson.

Submitted by:

Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Ashley Cotter-Cairns is also known as Father Ashley of the Church of Texas Holdem. Lost in the poker wilderness? Visit http://www.church-of-texas-holdem.com to receive the teachings of the poker gods!


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