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Old 06-12-2021, 02:51 PM   #1
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Ivey's views on getting coolered

Probably a fair amount of you have seen Joey Ingram's interview with Ivey.

At one point, Joey asks how Ivey deals with losing massive pots when he knows that he played it well. Ivey's reply: "I love it." He went on to say that it's such a natural part of the game that you have to enjoy those moments too.

In full honesty, what do people here think that it would take to reach a mental place where losing a big pot could be even an enjoyable experience?!
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Old 06-12-2021, 06:09 PM   #2
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

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Probably a fair amount of you have seen Joey Ingram's interview with Ivey.

At one point, Joey asks how Ivey deals with losing massive pots when he knows that he played it well. Ivey's reply: "I love it." He went on to say that it's such a natural part of the game that you have to enjoy those moments too.

In full honesty, what do people here think that it would take to reach a mental place where losing a big pot could be even an enjoyable experience?!
Hi Brodsky:

The answer here is simple and it's covered in a couple of my books. The key is to understand that variance is good for a top payer like Ivey. He clearly understands that if he won every time, meaning that the variance in poker would be close to zero, they he would have no games to play in.

See my latest book Cardrooms: Everything Bad and How to Make Them Better for a discussion of the "Proper Balance of Luck and Skill:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880685647...=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Old 06-14-2021, 05:13 AM   #3
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

Hi Mason,

I understand his reasoning – I'm just curious at what level that same consciousness tends to sink in among low stakes grinders .

Thanks for your response and the link to your book!

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Old 06-14-2021, 06:42 PM   #4
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

I wouldn't say "I love it", but some time back I got coolered and when I saw it and said "nice hand", I discovered I meant it. It comes from a deep understanding of what is going on. Besides, providing positive feedback to someone for playing badly is ultimately going to cause them to lose ... and they won't understand why.
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:35 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say "I love it", but some time back I got coolered and when I saw it and said "nice hand", I discovered I meant it. It comes from a deep understanding of what is going on. Besides, providing positive feedback to someone for playing badly is ultimately going to cause them to lose ... and they won't understand why.
How is coolering someone playing badly?
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:39 PM   #6
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Hi Mason,

I understand his reasoning – I'm just curious at what level that same consciousness tends to sink in among low stakes grinders .

Thanks for your response and the link to your book!

Best,
Brodsky
If anyone gets coolered over and over they get frustrated. The more poker you play the less frustrating it gets because you start to just accept it more and move on. Also, you will learn what is and what isn't a cooler. A cooler should not really upset you that much because its unavoidable.
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:52 PM   #7
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

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Hi Mason,

I understand his reasoning – I'm just curious at what level that same consciousness tends to sink in among low stakes grinders .

Thanks for your response and the link to your book!

Best,
Brodsky
Hi Brodsky;

I agree with your implication. Most low limit players don't understand how good variance is for the game, and some high limit players are probably deficient in this area. Obviously, Ivey does not have this issue.

There's also much discussion of this same idea in my book Real Poker Psychology. Here's an excerpt from page 8:

Let’s look at an example. It’s no-limit hold ’em and you’ve flopped top two pair against your weak playing opponent’s bottom pair and somehow he calls your bet when you move all-in. Notice that this is a pretty good spot and your opponent’s chance of winning can be as low as 8 percent, approximately a 12-to-1 shot, depending on the exact cards that are out. However, 12-to-1 shots do come in, and when this happens it can be quite annoying.

But there’s another side to this. Suppose the 12-to-1 shot could never come in. That is, the probability of your weak playing opponent winning this hand is not in the 8 percent range but is actually zero. What does this mean?

Well, it’s my opinion that there wouldn’t be any poker games since it has now turned into a game like tennis where the weaker player virtually never wins. The fact that the expert does occasionally get drawn out on is the hook that keeps the games good. So what this means is that having the weak player win a few pots like this, and having some winning nights as well, is not only good for the game, but good for you.


Also, here's a link to the Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Poker-Ps...s%2C217&sr=8-1

In addition, I read every now and then that my book has little to nothing in it about poker psychology. Either these people have not read it or have no understanding what "real poker psychology" is about.

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Old 06-14-2021, 07:56 PM   #8
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I wouldn't say "I love it", but some time back I got coolered and when I saw it and said "nice hand", I discovered I meant it. It comes from a deep understanding of what is going on. Besides, providing positive feedback to someone for playing badly is ultimately going to cause them to lose ... and they won't understand why.
Hi Jay:

I agree with everything that you say. In addition, let me point out that your positive comments will help assure that this bad playing opponent keeps playing for a long time. And that's probably the most important attribute of them all.

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Old 06-14-2021, 08:00 PM   #9
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If anyone gets coolered over and over they get frustrated. The more poker you play the less frustrating it gets because you start to just accept it more and move on. Also, you will learn what is and what isn't a cooler. A cooler should not really upset you that much because its unavoidable.
Hi matt:

In addition, everyone who plays poker seriously needs to understand that if you play long enough the probability of getting coolered is 1. That is it definitely will happen. But this is part of the "hook" that keeps these bad players playing. Again, there's more discussion of this in my psychology book.

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Old 06-23-2021, 09:42 PM   #10
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

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In addition, I read every now and then that my book has little to nothing in it about poker psychology. Either these people have not read it or have no understanding what "real poker psychology" is about.

Best wishes,
Mason
I see plenty of psychology just in those paragraphs from the book included in your quote, and I will definitely read the book once I get my fundamentals in order. One of the books that helped me a lot is "Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players", by you and David Sklansky, thank you for writing it.
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Old 07-15-2021, 05:16 AM   #11
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

I think that follow mixed up point that we gain from playing and other who are experts
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Old 08-26-2021, 07:22 PM   #12
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

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Probably a fair amount of you have seen Joey Ingram's interview with Ivey.

At one point, Joey asks how Ivey deals with losing massive pots when he knows that he played it well. Ivey's reply: "I love it." He went on to say that it's such a natural part of the game that you have to enjoy those moments too.

In full honesty, what do people here think that it would take to reach a mental place where losing a big pot could be even an enjoyable experience?!

Bankroll management is very importsnt for this. Low stake recs often dont care for that aspect.
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:32 PM   #13
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

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I see plenty of psychology just in those paragraphs from the book included in your quote, and I will definitely read the book once I get my fundamentals in order. One of the books that helped me a lot is "Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players", by you and David Sklansky, thank you for writing it.
Hi zinzir:

Don't buy the book right now. An expanded version of Real Poker Psychology should be out in about a month. We have told Amazon not to sell the original version but they still have it up.

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Old 09-26-2021, 10:39 AM   #14
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Re: Ivey's views on getting coolered

I have found that once you have reached your potential like Ivey and played and won you can smile at those because you know you will get your turn and it could be even worse for them. Most problems here come from
not having the experience of how such things are like a circle and go round and round. Also the bad gamblers need to win now and get out, they call it a " balloon" as in luckmoney that you end up giving back. I think if you get coolered to.much you are playing to low, small stakes is nothing what PIvey is in, it is true who ever give him that beat is probably not very good and will be supporting Phil as long as he plays.

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