When to get up..
This is my first post and I'm going to write about something that's been bothering me lately. I've been playing poker since I was a kid. Always had a knack for the game. Now I'm almost thirty. In my early twenty's I dabbled in online poker at fulltilt and when the sites shutdown I stopped playing. Well about six months ago I started playing again at my local casino. The past six months I've played a lot of poker. I've also started playing online again. I've been reading and studying at various poker sites
and I've gotten serious about the game.
So .. here is my question / concern. I play 1/2 no limit at my local casinos
. There has been a few times where I bought in for $200 and after a few hours play I'm sitting on $700 to $900. But I wind up sitting there another four or five hours and my stack dwindles down to nothing.The most recent time this happened was this past weekend. I went Sunday and played around 3pm and a few hours later I'm up close to $1000. I left the table after a few players got up and went ate. I came back about an hour later and in two hours lost everything in front of me. The cards seemed to completely turn against me. I lost one hand with a straight beaten by a flush to a guy who had been bluffing all night so I thought I had him made. Another hand I flopped a set and lost to a straight where a guy called my preflop raise with 4, 7 and makes his straight on the river. Then to top it off I had pocket A's and went all in and lost to three sevens. I maybe played one or two other hands so I was playing tight.
Now I'm aware of tilting either way. Happy tilt, angry tilt. I'm aware of my emotions at the table. I didn't come back to the table Sunday after dinner and think I was king and could do whatever I want. The cards literally stopped coming my way. The times this happened to me before this it was a little different. I made bad calls and lost big pots but what I've been asking myself and I'm asking you guys is.....
Should I be getting up after I double up or triple up my stack?? I'm aware that I shouldn't get up after I get a big pot off someone. I would never do that, but if I've trippled up or doubled up and even if it's only been a couple hours and I have the time to sit there another four hours should I just leave?? I'm beginning to think it's like playing against the casino. Time is against you and the longer I'm there the worst my odds
Now there has maybe been one or two times where I lost a lot of my winnings due to a bad call that I made. I can accept that, but more often that not it seems my stack dwindles down to nothing after I've doubled or tripled up. So I guess I should leave when I'm up like this or sit there and only play the best of hands, high pocket pairs, and AK, and only play when I hit the flop. I feel like this is whats stopping me from taking the next step. Maybe I'm not playing my hands right after I've doubled up. Maybe it was all luck at first. What are your thoughts and advice??