12 Powerful Chanakya Teachings a poker player should know

Chanakya was a great scholar, economist, philosopher, strategist and the royal adviser of India’s first emperor Chandragupta Maurya. Chanakya documented most of his teachings in his book, “Arthashashtra” that covers topics of management, economics, politics and administration.

The advice of Chanakya is relevant even in this modern world. In the world of poker, his teachings and principals are really valuable and meaningful which the players can implement on the game table.

Here are the best “Chanakya Niti” to follow which are extremely beneficial for a poker player.

1) Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions-Why am I doing it, what the results might be, and will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

Determination and preparation are necessary before sitting on a poker table. Always maintain a practical approach to analysis your winning potential to get the real picture and possible outcome of the game.

2) Learn from the mistakes of others, you cannot live long enough to make them all yourselves

Observing others can help you a lot to reach perfection in the game. Good or bad gameplay completely based on one’s skills and experience, but the lessons you learn from others’ experiences by studying their behavior and the mistakes they made in a certain situation, enables you to easily identify your weaknesses and areas of improvement.

3) A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”

Too much generosity and honesty can make you vulnerable on a poker table. You cannot survive in the game when you play against ruthless and cunning competitors. A player needs to balance his game and implement poker tricks and tactics to increase his chances of winning in the game.

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4 ) The king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives

Identify and make your move at the right time is crucial in a poker game. To sustain in the game, never wait for too long for the right opportunity, instead create the opportunity.

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5) We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only  

Negative thinking and dwelling on the past can cause you great losses in the game. It is okay to make mistakes as they teach you a lot. Sometimes failure is a bliss if you consider them a lesson for the future and move forward.

6) The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.

Setting the objective after careful consideration of the situation is important to maximize the likelihood of winning . Being focused, confident, and committed towards your goal is the key to rational thinking and implementation of knowledge and skills on the table.

7) He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy, but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.

Depending on fortune never benefits you in poker for a long run. To get desired results, constant improvement in your gameplay is necessary. Discipline, hard work and perseverance are most important to win in poker rather than luck.

8) A learned man is honoured by the people. A learned man commands respect everywhere for his learning. Indeed, learning is honoured everywhere.

Skills, expertise and experience help you earn success as well as to understand what’s good and what’s bad in the game . Knowledge is the solution to every problem in any field of life. 

9) Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

It’s okay if you don’t have the best cards in your hand. Deception is an art and takes time to learn but it helps you to make your opponents thinking and confused about your cards. Always “keep your fangs visible” to the world even if they are fake.

10) The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

Never let anybody know or predict your gameplay. Competitors can befriend you to learn about your weaknesses, experience, and gaming style. Be friendly but also learn to be unpredictable on the table to prevent people from manipulating the game and taking unfair advantage from you.

11) As soon as the fear approaches near, attack, and destroy it.

Fear kills your enthusiasm and affects your natural gameplay. Just remember that you can still play better than others even if your opponents have more experience or chances of having a better hand than you. Courage and tenacity can move mountains. Consider the challenges as an opportunity to learn and defeat fear and nervousness to achieve success even in adverse circumstances.

12) Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

As mentioned above, never reveal your secrets to anyone as a poker player. Actions are louder than words. Just act according to your game plan and control your tendencies and emotional outbursts to prevent disclosing your cards and game pattern unintentionally to your competitors.


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