10 key points that relate poker play to sports performance.
Interestingly a lot of poker strategy applies to competitive sport, particularly
at an elite level where the mind game is most important and will make the difference in a winning performance. This is equally significant
in a less then perfect performance by your opposition due to your mind games. This is not to advocate taking up poker but elements
such as risk, confidence, image, tactics, decision making are important in poker as in Lawn Bowls.
BODY IMAGE - playing and looking
like a winner will increase the pressure on your opponent and the likely hood of mistakes, poor decisions and execution of skill.
YOUR LUCK by being in the game! More opportunities increase luck or good fortune. Play the percentages and be rewarded with a big
result. Great players create luck by increasing the opportunities or frequency of an unexpected result. Again this is directly related
to RISK and VALUE.
TACTICS and PLAN - thinking ahead and measuring or remembering the outcome will help you devise strategy based on
a winning formulae. This does not mean it will work every time but most of the time you will gain by having a strategy and tactics
PATIENCE - winning takes time, sure it is great to "blow the opposition away" but this does not happen easily and if it doesn't
happen are you ready and able to work yourself into a winning position. This takes time and patience and then act when the opportunity
or moment arrives.
CONFIDENCE and BELIEF - self belief is essential. If you don't think you can win then you probably won't. Confidence
is powerful and a strong attribute of a champion even before they become a champion.
READING YOUR OPPONENTS - Part of this mind set
is to predict what the opponent will do next if? Run a few scenarios through your head and come up with a definite plan… be prepared
to take RISK if the reward is great (VALUE) but equally important is RESPECT for the opponents skill. This is not a weakness but a
strength in your understanding and maturity as a competitive player.
INSURANCE - minimize loss by adjusting your game. Play position
then convert, fold your hand if you are not confident or the downside could be great. Stay cool and wait with PATIENCE for the next