We should have a certain degree of responsibility in everything we do. And we should keep this in mind also when playing poker and other casino games. Poker should be approached responsibly, already from the first game for real money. After all, you will play for real money sooner or later.
Playing responsibly is important, regardless of whether we are playing live (tournaments or cash games) or online. We need to keep in mind how much we can lose if we are unlucky in cash poker, or how many times we are willing to buy back into a tournament so that we can play with sufficient aggression. These are important decisions. Furthermore, they need to be made before the game itself, because during the game we won't be able to think about money in the same rational way as before the game started. This financial plan will allow us to adhere to our game plan, which will in turn lead us to success.
Being in a good state of mind is a significant factor in playing poker responsibly. If we are in a bad state of mind, perhaps due to problems in our personal life or at work, it is generally a good idea to avoid playing poker for money. Doing so could mean avoiding a very large financial loss.
If you already know that you have a gambling problem, tell your family or friends or seek out professional help. Important information on this matter is also available here: