Originally Posted by Brave_n_Crazy
I am, for all intents, new to no limit ring games as I haven't played them in years and when I did I paid no mind to whether I was winning or losing. My question is one I never quite answered for limit either, but here I am wondering specifically about NL.
How do you plan your exit strategy at a table? I would assume you don't want to leave so long as you are winning, but how do you decide that it's time to go? On limit I would leave a table if I lost 25% of the winnings I had made or if I dropped below 75% of my initial buy-in. Obviously, in NL these are extremely tight numbers.
Two examples from today:
On a 2NL table I won a huge hand and was up $1.71. By the time I left the table (due to external forces) I was down to a $1.01 profit. While I'm quite happy with a dollar, the extra .70 would have helped make up for the second table.
On the second 2NL table, I was up about .93 when I lost $2.00 to higher trips, leaving me with .93 on the table. The two players to my left were both completely nuts, reraising almost every hand or going all-in on the flop even with absolutely nothing. I hung on for about half an hour with no real profit or loss, then busted out on a 2-outer to one of these two.
I have been playing following fx's guidelines to 2NL so my play is fairly tight and aggressive, but I don't bluff or fish. I am thinking that perhaps, given the position of being first to act in front of two loose cannons, I should have left that table sooner rather than hoping to get all-in and double up. On the first table, I really don't know what I should have done.
Any thoughts? (wish I could link Kenny Rogers here ...)
I feel like I've said this a thousand times but I'll go again so I'm not spamming too much.
You sit at a table and after a couple rounds you can tell if it's a decent table or not. If it's a good table then stay, if it's a bad one, leave and find a better one. That's how we start.
So we have a few tables going and we're playing well. We keep playing until one of these things is no longer true. If one of our tables becomes a bad one, we leave and open a new one. If we start to get tired and we're no longer playing well, we should leave all our tables and come back later. If we start to get tilted and can't shake it off after a couple hands then we leave all our tables. If we get a bad beat and feel like we're about to rage tilt, leave straight away. If we're up loads of money and the tables are good then keep playing and take even more money.
Basically it doesn't matter if you're up or down in or out or shaking it all about. It's about how well you are playing and how good the tables are. If you aren't playing well because of tilt then leave, simple as.
The only thing I would suggest, especially for newer players is a stop loss. People tend to play worse when they're down a couple buyins (everyone's limit is different) but say you know that you play worse when you're down a couple buyins, well set that as your limit and always quit as soon as you hit it. It stops those -10buyin days resulting from tilt.
A few other hints. Auto top up to 100bb's. Don't focus on results so much, it's all one long session whether you're up on one table or not. In cash games you can rebuy, so don't treat it as busting or something like that, you're making decisions and using money as a tool, you won't bust because you should be able to reload and keep playing at all times.