For people that only play poker as a hobby, getting burnout on it might seem like an impossible feat. After all, it’s a game that is meant to be fun and the fact that you can win money with it is only an added bonus. However, the same people that don’t believe in poker burnout are the same ones that only play when they feel like it. In doing this, poker always remains fun to them since they’re doing it purely as a hobby.
The people that do get burnout on playing poker are the ones who are trying to transition from being a recreational player to being a full-time player or just regular pro. For these people, it’s very important to take preventative measures to ensure that they are not going to lose their passion for the game.
The first and most obvious way to avoid getting burnout on playing poker is to take breaks at different points. When you’re not running so good a week-long break away from poker can definitely be the ticket to renewing your interest in poker and can even help improve play.
Another thing to do to keep poker fresh is to try different variations of the game besides Texas Hold’em (or your featured game). Most poker rooms offer a variety of games such as Omaha, Omaha HiLo, 7 Card Stud, Pot Limit Hold’em, etc. Even if you don’t intend on making money with these variations it’s still an excellent idea to play them for something different.
One more way to keep poker fun is to help someone else get better at it. When you teach another player the basics of the game it exposes you to their enthusiasm and this can be very contagious. Hopefully, it will be contagious enough to keep you happily playing again and again.
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