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Mike Caro--The Mad Genius of Poker: Today’s word is... “REMEMBER”

How did poker become such an important part of my life? Sometimes I think back and wonder why I turned out this way. I’m trying to remember, and in today’s self-interview, I’ll ask myself some questions about that.

 

Exploring my poker past might not fascinate you the way it does me. If that’s the case, I apologize for this column.

 

I estimate that there are almost 3,000 meaningful events that could be remembered, bringing me to where I am today. So far, I’ve only actually succeed in remembering about one hundred. Maybe examining a few of those will be interesting to somebody besides me. Let’s find out.

 

Question 1: Why did you get involved in playing poker seriously?

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The MAD GENIUS of Poker: Today’s word is... “ENCOURAGE”

Some players look disdainfully on opponents who play poorly. I don’t.
 
Instead, I try to encourage bad habits and bad decisions. And, by coincidence, today’s word is
“encourage.”
 
This self-interview discusses why bad play should be encouraged rather than ridiculed.
 
Question 1: You say you shouldn’t be disdainful of poor play. But isn’t that a natural reaction for a superior player?

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Mike Caro, The Mad Genius of Poker: Today’s word is... “FINESSE”

Well, I had another break-even week at poker. And I mean exactly break even, because I’m enjoying my hermitage deep in the Ozarks without poker. No wins. No losses. No games.
 
However, I’m about to fly to the Dominican Republic in a few days on business and will be investigating the public poker scene there. Yes, there is poker in the DR! It reminds me just how off-track those who want to banish poker in the United States are, with our game’s popularity thriving worldwide.
 

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Today’s word is... “WORKING”

There’s a fear that runs through poker. It’s the fear of going to the well once too often – succeeding too many times with the same play. Because of this fear, many players adjust needlessly, throwing away a lot of potential profit in the process. That’s what I’m going to talk about in today’s self-interview. We’ll learn that if something is working (today’s word), it’s often a mistake to shift gears. But there are exceptions.
 

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The Mad Genius of Poker: Today’s word is... “PROBLEMS”

During the past two weeks, I’ve delivered seminars at a World Poker Tour Boot Camp in Las Vegas and at sea during a Poker Player cruise.

 

In going over the tips and concepts presented, I tried to identify some tips that players might have problems understanding.

 

In this self-interview, I’ll talk about winning advice that is frequently ignored, forgotten, or poorly implemented. Ready, set, go…

 

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Today’s word is... “TURN”

While looking over and thinking about questions I’ve been asked about hold’em, I’m seeing a huge omission. Almost none of these questions have been specifically about how to play the turn. (In case you’re just getting started with hold’em, the “turn” is the name we give to the fourth face-up board card. The three-card “flop” precedes it and it is followed by the final “river” card.)
 

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Today’s word is... “ADVENTURE”

If a stable, predictable personal history is important to you, don’t choose poker as a profession. I’m in the mood to reflect on a couple of my life adventures.
 
Admittedly, my life fascinates me more than you. So, if this isn’t your cup of tea, well, I’ll see you next time and have a nice day. Here’s today’s self-interview.
 
Question 1: Can you remember the first time you took poker seriously?
 

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Today’s word is... “PRIDE”

Some players lose because they enjoy playing poorly. And that’s fine with me. For many of us, poker is a serious struggle to win. We depend on the money. But others approach poker quite differently. They may know they’re going against the odds with inferior skills, but the adventure is fun. They have other sources of income, and money they lose is a recreational expense. Without these players, we wouldn’t win.

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Today’s Word Is … “Expectation”

Expectation matters in poker. If you’re just guessing, you probably have a poor understanding of what should happen. That often causes confusion, frustration, and the destruction of bankrolls. I’ve seen it happen too many times.
Today’s word is “Expectation,” and this is my self-interview about it.
 

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Today’s word is... “Compulsion”

This is about poker, but first I’m going to make psychologists mad again. I don’t like the profession. Don’t misunderstand that statement. I’m intrigued by psychology and believe it should be one of the great branches of science.
 
Unfortunately, it isn’t. Psychology is all about people—their moods, their beliefs, and their reactions. (Okay, there’s psychology for animals, too, but this isn’t about that.) Psychologists should separate their feelings, opinions, and biases from their observations. But, if you’ve read any contemporary books by popular psychologists or seen their television appearances, you realize that many of them are governed by their own emotions.
 

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