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Because they are so profit oriented, winners keep conflicts impersonal. If someone angers them, they do whatever it takes to become cool and detached. If they can’t control themselves, they walk away. It’s another example of our principle: winners’ thoughts control their reactions to feelings

Winners also depersonalize conflicts because they accept that poker is based on impersonal conflict. The objective is to take each other’s money, and everyone’s money is the same. They want to win as much money as possible, and they don’t care who loses it.

They accept that only one player can win each hand, that deceit is just part of the game, and that being bluffed, sandbagged, outdrawn, and outplayed are not personal challenges or insults. They are just parts of the game. When they lose a hand, they calmly move on to the next one.

Losers take conflicts personally, especially when they get unlucky or outplayed. They may blow up and vow to get even. Some very competent players—and many more incompetent ones—curse other players or think that someone is out to get them. A few will even throw cards or chips at people. They may yearn for revenge and take foolish chances to get it, costing themselves much more than they lost from the original “insult.”

Some winners exploit this vulnerability by showing they have bluffed, bragging when they have caught a miracle card, or occasionally laughing at the loser. Then they sit back and take advantage of his anger and desire for revenge.

Doyle Brunson put it bluntly: “Treating a bluff emotionally is one of the most common and costly mistakes a player can make…. You’ll see grown men get bent out of shape after being bluffed out of a pot. They start playing angry poker instead of rational poker. Often the result is catastrophic.”

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