Never underestimate the guy(s) who are winning the money. They may just be better than you in some way that is unknown to you.
Sure, it seems like they are just wild and crazy, playing this junk, sucking out this and that on the river, but I suspect that someone who's willing to risk that much money AND IS WINNING, might not be quite the donk he appears to be at first blush.
There's probably method to their madness. So, my vote would be: smaller buy-in, and if that doesn't help go to a smaller game until you're absolutely sure you're winning again.
Also, you can test my theory that they are better than you for free using play money in Heads-Up play. According to Daniel Negreanu, "heads-up poker is the most skill oriented form of the game. In some ways heads-up poker is less about playing the cards you're dealt, and more about playing your opponent."
I believe there are alot of good players out there that practice their heads-up skills using freerolls
. Sure, it takes the money emotion out of it, but I've found that if someone is practicing poker, he's trying his best to win. Most times, anyway. And just like with real money
, the higher the stakes, the better the player (usually, anyway because you have to build up the 100s of thousands of chips needed by winning, you can't buy them). I've played against many of them. Some of the really good ones make you feel like you're playing Roshambo, and the guy's got your number. No matter what you try, he's one step ahead of you.
I played late one night against a guy for about an hour at a 200-400 table. It was absolutely astonishing to me. It was hopeless. At the lower limits I've beaten many other players at times, but there was no way I could beat this guy. At the end of an hour, I said, "Uncle. Thanks for the game." To which he replied, "Thank you. Take care."
A perfect gentlemen. One could learn alot of from him, I suspect.