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Confession number 3 – I’m a Drifter Donkey There are many classes of donkeys and all of us have fit into one or more categories at one time or another in our poker journey. The Beginner Donkey – This is the player who got into poker because they read a book, watched a DVD, seen edited poker on T.V., played a home game, or any other number of reasons. They think they are ready for the big game and just jumped right into the shark infested waters without enough knowledge to succeed. What most of us don’t realize is they really don’t yet deserve to be called donkeys at all, as most beginning players just don’t know any better and given time, they can and most often will improve to a level of play that will be above your own. The Recreational Donkey – This is another player type that doesn’t really deserve the moniker of donkey. Yes, they may exhibit a lot of the characteristics of a donkey in their play, but the truth is that they are playing for the sheer enjoyment or thrill of the game. They understand that they are going to lose, and they are okay with that. Beware, however, that some of the people you consider as a Recreational Donkey, are in fact Recreational Sharks who play just as good as many pros out there. The Drifter Donkey – This is the player who drifts in and out of different levels of poker skill, and while they may exhibit some moments of greater poker excellence, more often than not, they will err on the side of the true donkey and will make just enough mistakes to keep them in the red. They may have some, or even a lot of poker knowledge, but have problems properly applying the information to make them a success. The Tilted Donkey – First, there isn’t a player alive that hasn’t become a victim of being tilted. Your ego has more to do with this than anything else and if you can control your ego and accept that tilt is a part of poker, you can recover from it. The Tilted Donkey plays pretty much like any of the other types of donkeys and can get worse as they become even more tilted. A good player will recognize and take advantage of this donkey and may even try to put them into a deeper level of tilt to keep the money flowing in their direction. The Donkey – This player has all of the characteristics that epitomize the Donkey. Some of these types have a lot of poker knowledge, but they don’t care how they play. Others have little poker knowledge and believe luck is the only way to win. Some of these donkeys will play tired, drunk, high, or will intentionally argue with others thinking that’s poker. They can be insulting, rude, condescending, and will always think they are playing the right way, even when they throw a bad beat out at you. I’ve talked about some of the types of donkeys that you will encounter at the poker table, but what are the characteristics of a donkey. That’s something to talk about in my next blog. Till next time, Ric AkA Punky159
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