re: Poker & Thoughts on dealing with bad runs/losing.
Originally Posted by white_lytning
I recently have had my longest and most costly run of bad cards/poor play/losing sessions. I play live cash games only (2/5 nl) and had a run of 9 losing sessions in a row. I can't count the number of runner, runner losses, and nuts on the flop -- money in ---lose to flush/straight. Anyway, I think its over finally, (winning the last three in a row).
Lucky for me my bankroll management is pretty good and I am able to stay at the same limits without really having anything drastic happen. But this losing streak really played its toll on me. I understand the idea of playing poker as one continuous session over a year, or life time span, but when you hit a bad streak, its hard to deal with.
I tried to remain positive, review the good aspects of my play, and then I took a break from playing. I usually play 3 to 4 times a week, I took about two weeks off, kinda refreshed, thought about things, and now have a renewed confidence at the tables. I'm trusting my reads and instincts and my hands are holding up. It always easier when your hands hold up.
What do you other people do when they go on these runs? Tips to remain confident and positive? Anything you do to turn things around?
I talk about this all the time, because it's sooo important:
The first thing you MUST understand... there are no such things as streaks (good or bad). There's only THIS HAND, THIS MOMENT!!!!
Your "streak" happened yesterday, and tomorrow hasn't happened yet. Stop looking in the rear-view mirror, and start focusing on THIS NEXT DECISION!
THIS TOPIC IS EXACTLY WHY MOST POKER PLAYERS ARE LONG-TERM LOSERS, OR CAN'T CONSISTENTLY MOVE UP LIMITS...
These "streaks" kill players' confidence, and create doubt, etc. The ones who 'make-it' are the ones who understand how important it is to focus on...
THIS HAND, RIGHT NOW, THIS MOMENT... EVERYTHING ELSE IS EITHER IN THE PAST OR FUTURE!