For all you massive card playing fans out there you might say there is no bad time to play poker, in fact the more you play then the better you get, right?
Well actually – yes I suppose that is true on the whole, but there are still some times to avoid the poker room and head for something perhaps a little gentler like playing bingo online for example.
It is a well known fact that your general mood will affect how well you play poker, and ultimately whether you are likely to win or not. If you are excessively tired or under the influence of alcohol then you are better off sitting this one out; conversely if you are wide awake, sober and alert at four in the morning for whatever reason then that might just be the ideal time to sign in and take advantage of your position of strength!
It is never a good time to play poker if you are in a bad mood either – perhaps you are angry or frustrated by a situation at work or saddened by something in your personal life. Whatever the reason you will be distracted, lack judgement and definitely not perform at your best. Take a deep breath, step away from the PC and maybe come back tomorrow when the red mist clears.
Another thing to be aware of is signs that you are getting in over your head. If you are relatively new to the game of poker then keep the stakes low until you get a better sense of what is going on and gain some more skills. Big money games are for experienced players and you may need to hang fire for a while. Play poker online or in person and always try to compete at your own level. Have fun!