Originally Posted by RickH2005
"If it ain't broke-DON'T FIX IT!!"--I also have a rule in live poker(one I WISH I could follow on-line)-I take $XXX.XX to the table and allow my-self to either WIN that amount or LOOSE that same amount! And when $XXX.XX is won OR lost---I'm gone! Why? 'Cuz the 2 times I raised that amount---I walked away loosing, when, had I stuck with my already proven fact, I would have walked away winning! Lending to that age old addage----"If it ain't broke-don't fix it"!
This is what most too many players don't understand. Unless you're "leaving" the game forever, you're not really leaving. You're only "delaying" the next hand.
The game doesn't stop when you get up, because it's ONE LONG SESSION... which is why if the game is good, and you have the proper BR... NEVER LEAVE WHEN YOU'RE WINNING, AND HAVE A BIG EDGE -
You're currently up 30 bb's or 2 buy-ins. What if I told you you'd be up 50bb's or 5 buy-ins? You'd, of course, wouldn't leave. We don't have that guarantee, but we do have is our ability vs. their ability. If your ability is better than theirs... PLAY PLAY PLAY!!!!!
If you're afraid to lose your "winnings," you're playing the wrong game... or at the very least, not maximizing your potential winnings. I used to be this guy - leave when I reach (X) amount, but then wondered why it was very difficult to overcome those days when I wasn't running well.
Answer: Because I never maximized the days when I was running hot, and had a significant edge. I made one of the biggest mistake you can make in poker... I left in the middle of winning streak (because I was afraid of giving it back). What's the difference in the next hand being today... or the next hand being tomorrow? Nothing - it's still, and always will be, the next hand! Now that I'm staying when my edge is big, my wins are waay bigger.
Leave only when you're not playing your A-game, or when their A-game is better than yours!