Dani St. Helen, “Poker Face” is a personal autobiography by Poker player and teacher Dani St. Helen. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a great read.
Poker teaches you to stand in front of a pack of stacked opponents or to have the courage to say, “No”. Playing poker requires that you know your poker and win with it, if you lose, move on. It’s a small mistake in poker where if you don’t start now, you will never get to play poker as often as you need to.
You don’t have to be a poker pro to understand that poker teaches you how to talk about yourself and how you communicate with others. While this is a subject matter that poker players are mostly clueless about, you don’t have to have a PhD in English to appreciate what poker teaches you. You just have to be mentally strong enough to dig yourself out of any hole that may arise in the course of your poker experience. That’s poker.
Poker is a game that allows you to express your feelings and emotions, using both words and actions. Just imagine how thrilling it is to make someone else cry when you make a perfectly sound play and lose. We often act like what we do makes us feel better.
The tricky part of poker is to not take it too seriously. In fact, the harder the game, the more serious you should be about poker. If you play poker in a serious fashion, you are demonstrating that you have real skill.
Poker games are all about balance. You can only win so much at poker. You can never win everything, nor should you try to. By practicing poker with fun, you will build up your self-confidence, confidence that will ultimately help you win in other areas of life.
Just remember, a good poker is just a good poker. A good poker player knows the poker laws, how to bluff well, and how to execute his or her decisions. A good poker player knows what a good poker player is supposed to do, even if he or she isn’t a good poker player.
The game of poker teaches you to be both an optimist and a pessimist at the same time. It’s all about confidence, confidence which will come from within.
Poker is a game that will test your nerves, your emotions, and your ability to think, and to communicate. You have to be able to stay cool even when you’re about to face a bear. Poker is a mentally taxing game.
Poker is not just a game of luck. You don’t just roll a few dice, or look at some cards and say, “I bet on that one.” Poker is a game where your choice matters, and where your decisions count.
Poker is a game of chance, of “You bet, I bet…” “You think, I think…” “You want, I want…” poker is all about what you think you know, what you say you know, and what you think you know yourself. It’s all about thinking before you act. Poker is all about… thinking.
Poker is a game that you can learn from, that you can improve upon, and that you can play as often as you need to. While it may seem complicated at first, the game itself is quite simple. You just have to be willing to do your homework, and learn as much as you can.