re: Poker & real rounders
Originally Posted by zachvac
Maybe it's just me, but no matter how good I was I don't know how I would handle losing something like a thousand bucks in a day
This is really just a mental thing. About two weeks back, I lost $2,000 for the first time in a single day, and it upset me very much. But I never tilted, and I was back to break-even in just a few days.
If you play for a living, you'll get used to this quickly. And since you will always stick with a specific limit and have lots
of buy-ins, you don't have much to worry about.
Personally, I'm still moving up the limits, so when I go on a losing streak it can be pretty tough on me. But once you've "settled" on a limit, these kinds of things shouldn't bother you much. If you have 50 buy-ins and you lose 10, you'll still be in great shape.
Let's just say that I've got quite a ways to go in the mental department
I agree with you in that a lot of it happens mentally. For one thing, you should not look at the absolute value of the money in front of you if you play mid to high stakes. Try to look at it as "chips".
For another thing, you have to have your game together enough to never start doubting yourself. This is where software like Pokertracker comes in handy. If you have 300,000 hands in your database and you're a consistent winner, then that should give you enough confidence and proof that you must be doing something right.
Still, take everything I say with a grain of salt. I don't play for a living (yet), so this is all based on my own observations.