Learning to Grind

 

If you want to make it anywhere in big time tournaments you’re going to have to learn how to grind. This is an integral part of the game of poker and requires that you exhibit unusually strong mental toughness. This doesn’t come naturally to a lot of players and it can definitely be improved with practice. A lot of players really don’t know the value of actually learning how to grind though. In this article I will briefly go over just what exactly grinding in poker is and how you can train yourself to become better at it.

Grinding essentially refers to playing through rough spots or playing through fatigue. There is a large school out there that says that you should simply walk away from the table, usually cash game tables, when you start feeling fatigued or you start losing money. I would usually agree with this in most circumstances. Sometimes it’s just not going to be your day or you’re going to be tired and you’re going to start missing things. You can’t exactly just get up from a table when you’re playing in a tournament though and walk away. You have to fight through the fatigue and your losing hands. This is the only way you’re going to be able to be successful in any large tournament.

Learning how to grind can be somewhat difficult and different players go about it in different ways. Usually what I do is take one night out of the week and play much longer than I would during any normal playing session. This will help you to learn how to play through fatigue and keep you mind focused on what is going on at the table. Learning how to play through rough spots requires that you immediately know the mistakes that you’ve made on past hands. This means that after every hand you play, whether you win or not, you should try and examine whether or not you played a hand correctly. If you’re not sure then you should ask a friend or submit it to some kind of poker blog.

When you go through a rough spot the idea is to minimize your losses as much as possible. This requires that you be aware of whether you’re playing solid poker and making correct, logical decisions. Knowing that you’re still playing good poker will give you the confidence you’ll need to successfully compete in future hands.