Poker strategy is written about by every Tom, Jerry, and Harry. However, in my frustration at the shortage of worthwhile poker outlook ‘heuristics’ (handy little rules of thumb), I decided to do something about it.

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Here are ten little heuristics to improve your awareness and focus at the poker tables.

1- A good poker player is one who doesn’t get in his own way

2- You are only as good as your C-game

3- Awareness is curative (thanks to Timothy Gallwey for this one!)

4- A great poker player is one who can analyse herself without rushing to judgment

5- Experimenting and curiosity came before ‘rules’; never be bound by conventional theory. ‘Rules’ are created after discovery through creativity.

6- You will never be great if the desire to study only arises when on a bad run

7- The only thing that truly matters is this decision in front of you, right now

8- Tilt is not entirely a bad thing; a little bit of poison strengthens the immune  system

9-  We must bankroll with excessive, almost embarrassing conservatism to truly focus on the long game

10-  We must prepare for even the most remote possibilities, as they are often the  most impactful

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Do you agree with my ten heuristics? Let me know which are the most useful – and which you take issue with.