Today I wanted to talk about playing poker against friends. When I first started playing Poker I would always feel bad if I was playing against a friend and winning their chips. Over time I realized that I shouldn’t feel bad.
I realized I shouldn’t feel bad because we all signed up to play the game and the objective of poker is to win the most chips as possible and be the last player standing if your playing in a tournament.
Over time I realized that my friends don’t have a problem taking my chips away from me and I shouldn’t feel bad for taking chips away from them. Understand that it’s nothing personal. It’s simply just business. Now whenever I play against friends I try to play the best to my ability simply because we both signed up for the same game.
Their goal is to take my chips and my goal is to take their chips. Don’t get me wrong we can still be friendly at the table and have a fun conversation but their goal is the same as mine. Win the most chips as possible. I notice this problem in mostly new players. They aren’t sure how they should play against a friend at the table. My advice is to not feel bad if you win your friends chips. It’s nothing personal. It’s just business.