Originally Posted by theevildub
Every time i buy in for $200, and i build a stack to around $800 or $1000 .... i start to make riskier calls because i feel that i have so many chips i can take more chances. I also get into situations where i already have $150 or so into a pot, and im pretty much forced to call another $100 or so on the river. Every now and then, ill flop top set, go all in, and lose to runner runner flush/straight, or some other stupid hand. So by taking my PROFIT off the table, im locking in my winnings, and guaranteeing a winning day.
This is your problem. You treat poker as a game of "protecting your winnings", not a game of maximising EV. If you're ever concerned about protecting your winnings, that means you're playing too high stakes or out of your comfort zone. Drop down to a stake you can handle. If you get your money in as a 60% favourite (top set vs flush draw), then you should be happy. If you're not happy taking those chances with deep stacks, then drop down to a lower stake.
I've won so much by allowing myself to get deep-stacked against fish. I've stacked off 300bb deep with AA vs AKo preflop. I've stacked off 300bb deep with a boat vs flush on the river. When you find fishy players that think that a hand worth 100bb is a hand worth 300bb, you can really take advantage of that and win huge pots (or at least get your money in as a favourite to win).
The deeper the stacks, the more skill is involved and the less luck is involved. If you're a winning player and you're properly rolled for the stakes you're playing, then you should love to play deep-stacked. Why get 100bb in as a 60% favourite (EV of +20bb) when you can get 500bb in as a 60% favourite (EV of +100bb)?