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by: Chris Bibey.
Poker is one of the most mentally exhausting casino games that you will come across. If you have never played a hand of poker, you cannot realize how much it takes mentally in order to succeed.

Although your skills and strategy will have a lot to do with your earnings, the way that you approach the game from a mental point of view also has a lot to do with your success. Here are three details that will weigh on your mind as a poker player. No matter if you just started playing or have been around the game for years, you will have a difficult time escaping these potential downfalls:

1. If you are any sort of poker player, losing is going to hurt. To go along with this, losing is something that you cannot avoid. The best poker players lose all the time, and it is safe to say that you are not going to be any different. The problem with this is two fold. 1. When you lose a hand you lose money. 2. Losing can drain you mentally because you may begin to second guess your skills. When you are on a losing streak it takes a lot to keep your head in the game while continuing to fight your way back to the top.

2. Facing intense competition can be tough on all poker players. When you are trying to manage your own hand while also watching others at the table, your mind can and will begin to race. Luckily, once you become more skilled and experienced, things will usually slow down for you a bit.

3. Are you prepared to play for hours on end? If you get involved with poker tournaments, you better be. When playing in a tournament, as long as you keep winning you will have to remain at the table. Are you tough enough mentally to play hand after hand for hour after hour? 

These points are not meant to scare you away from playing poker. Instead, they are to show you that being mentally tough will help you to realize your full potential as a poker player.

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