Trusting Your Gut Instincts at the Poker Table

“Trust your gut” is a phrase we often hear. It’s the inner voice that often guides us to successful outcomes. Many decisions from top leaders in every profession will tell you their gut instinct drove their decision.
How many times have you been at the poker table and pair of cards no matter what they are jump at you to play. It’s not an ace ace but an unsuited two and three and bingo out comes a pair of threes and a two. Joe blow went all-in with a pair of aces and you walked away with the pot! Gut instinct rules and we all have it. It’s just developing it and tuning into it while playing. One great example of gut instinct is when Fedor Holz went all-in with a seven and eight of spades and won the One Drop Tourney at the WSOP.
Gut instinct is vague and unable to be comprehended in simple terms. It’s when you fold a pair of aces and the winning hand is a flush or two pairs. It’s when you go all-in with a pair of twos and win with four of a kind. It’s all around you at every poker hand. How many times have you debated whether to call and either folded or played and won or lost. You have to believe in your gut instinct and your game will improve dramatically.
Gut instinct hands don’t come very often but you have to be in tune to the board when they do. It’s true by folding you can come out ahead and when many hands are dealt that look and are duds you can lose grip on staying fit for deciding when a hand is a winner. But, you have to . If you want to win the game of poker, you have to tune into each hand good or bad and decide if this is worth playing. Often, it’s not only a high pair that wins pots.
Trusting your gut instinct really depends on repetition. You must play over and over to develop your trust. As you win tournament after tournament you can say “it wasn’t luck at all. It’s really about good, gut instinct decisions.