There are two traps that can cause hindrance to your winning streaks in poker, and if you can avoid these two traps then you may become an ace player. You therefore need to know the ways in which you can avoid falling into these traps in poker.
Bad beats or bad stakes: These traps can be said to be almost unavoidable; you willhardly find any players who have not fallen into such traps once or twice. You might get outdrawn in few pots in one row or you can have terrible bad beats in the river. The tendency becomes after facing such beats is to play vigorously with the single aim of getting back all the money that you have lost in the games. Even the most experienced players tend to do such mistakes many times and it is the biggest trap to fall into because this does not happen often. You might become lucky and get back your money but then there are times when while playing in this mood and wanting to win money can be really a foolish tactic. Impatience would make you prone to mistakes while the other players would play tightly. In the end you might end up losing more and more money. There are ways in which you can stop yourself from losing more money and these are:
1) Stopping the play for some time: It might be a hard one to do but it can be very effective and it is very effective often. If you wait for some time and play then you would get back your composure and you can play with clear mind also. When you play with the clear mind then you would not commit mistakes that you might commit when you are impatient and there are chances that you would get your money back.
2) Playing the low no limit tables: Those of you who would find it impossible to stop playing for a while for them it is better to try out this option. When you enter the lower stakes instead of higher stakes then even if you lose some games that would not affect you so badly. If you can win some games then it is even better. You would gain the confidence in your game and you would be able to try your hands at higher stakes again.
Boredom: You might find this to be strange but it is often seen that you might lose and fall into traps just because your mind has become bored of playing constantly. You might want to continue with playing and winning but your mind would become tired playing constantly and that is the time when you start losing and falling into traps by other players. Thus it is even more dangerous than a bad beat. To avoid this situation and gain control of your mind again you should follow these tips:
1) Take a break from the game: You can only be at your best when your mind feels like playing again and to make that happen you would need to give your mind rest for some time. So stop playing the games and instead read books or listen to music or pursue your hobbies.
2) Withdraw money: If you are still continuing with the games then use less money and tell yourself that you must restrict yourself to small amounts until your mind is again ready to take more dangerous stakes. It would help you a lot.