This question is for ONLINE PLAY ONLY. When you start to play for the day, whether it be ring games or SnG's, what goes through your
head? What is your stratergy? I try and double up which just isn't working. Do you play to make a certain percetage increase on ur bankroll?
Do you sit to make xxx $? Do you try not to lose? Basically what should i be concentrating on becasue i find focusing on doubling on, harms me
more than helps me. Many thanks
Before you build a house, you must have a solid foundation and terrain prep or all the hard work will go to waste: the basement will be floded because rain won't drain properly, the cement can crack, plumbing might malfunction, etc.
For poker, it's the same thing. Many people sit down and they start to think about rads, bluffing, doubling up right away. This is wrong since it doesn't take into account or minimizes key aspects of poker: BR management, table selection, game selection, etc. Online, it's very easy to pop 30$ on NL50 and try to double up without thinking: live, you have to buy chips, sit down, post, wich make it a hassle and a deterant for non-degens to play way above your bankroll.
So before you start thinking about stuff like "not wanting to lose", read up on bankroll management and the basic ABC skills. Poker is about the long run and the long run is longer than you might think in your wildest dreams: ie. 10k hands is a drop of salty water in the ocean for many online players, so their focus clearly isn't on "doubling up" all the time.