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From Nervous to Confident: How to Overcome Fear in Poker Tournaments

Fear can be a major factor in poker, affecting your decision-making and game play. Here are some ways to overcome or avoid fear in poker:

1. Know your stuff

Study different hands and situations to build confidence and reduce fear.

2. Stay focused

Keep your attention on the game, the action, and your decisions, rather than the potential consequences.

3. Manage your emotions

Practise emotional control techniques, such as deep breathing or visualisation, to keep fear from clouding your judgment.

4. Keep perspective

Remember that poker is just a game and the stakes are not as high as they may seem. If they're too high, then you need to practise proper bankroll management (see below).

5. Play within your means

Stick to a comfortable bankroll and avoid playing above your means, which can increase fear and anxiety.

6. Focus on the process

Rather than worrying about the outcome, focus on making the best decisions based on the information available.

7. Take breaks

If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a break from the game to recharge and refocus.

By following these tips, you can reduce the impact of fear in poker and play with greater confidence and clarity.

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