Originally Posted by acky100
good luck mate, looks like the valley is rising now so keep it up! and remember you will lose hands and what ive started to do is everytime i lose, say nh to the person and get on with it, theres nothing wrong with losing if you made the right play, you just want to stay clear of tilting! also if you're playing cash games make sure youre set to reload everytime you lose any money this way you wont be looking at a medium stack thinking "gotta make this back to 100BB's"
Yes I know I will continue to lose, but finally my winning sessions are a little bigger than my losing sessions:
158 table sessions (2nl)
81 winning sessions, average amt won: $ .79
77 losing sessions, average amt lost: $ .61
Win pct: 51.26%
I've also made some unofficial rules for myself:
If I bust out I leave the table.
If I double up, I leave the table.
If I lose 1/3 of my stack before I win a hand I leave the table.
If I sit down and see someone has a monster stack ( $ 6.00 or more at 2NL) and I see that this player is winning pot after pot I leave the table.
If the table becomes shorthanded (7 or less players) I leave the table.
I also try to play 3 tables at a time for one hour sessions and then take a break. If I close a table for any of the reasons I listed above I just go with 2 tables. Toward the end of the hour I will de-select auto-post blinds on the tables and play each until the BB comes around again and then stand up. Also I have learned my lesson about trying to 'get even' or trap someone: if you look at poker as a zero sum game(minus the rake), then the money that bad players win by getting lucky eventually comes back to me so I no longer take it personally. I feel that all of these measures really help to prevent or reduce the effects of tilt.