This is a discussion on A , B or C within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; If you are running really bad but playing good what should you do ?
A- Take a break
B- Keep playing but study new poker strategies
Your choice is dependent on "how" you are losing and your mindset/state of mind.
A - Take a break: This is true if you are not playing your "A+ poker" or are tilting etc. Even the best players take breaks for a day or two sometimes: poker is a very mental game and a refresher can help a lot.
B - Keep playing but study new poker strategies: The "keep playing" part goes with the "take a break point above" but the "study" part is always a must. We should always be working on our game. The game of poker is always changing. The math is the same, but player tendencies come and go so the best players in the world need to adapt. The moment you stop learning is the moment everyone else begins to surpass you.
C - Quit the game altogether: this is is a real possibility if you lose the love of the game or can't handle the tilt, mindset, bankroll management skills or many other reasons.
In my view, everyone will run bad eventually; variance is real and cooler hands/bad beats happen to everyone. If you are constantly on the "bad luck" end, then investigate if it really is "luck" or not - maybe it isn't really luck-based. If it is indeed just luck, then the game will eventually turn around for you if you just have faith in the system and your abilities. In the meantime, you can keep studying and learning (as always anyhow).
I wouldn't quit just because of some bad beats, but if you really are tilting too much, or lose your motivation to play, then quitting is understandable as well.
Good luck; it will probably turn around after a while
Hello! I do not consider myself a good player, but I noticed a pattern in the game, you can lose for a long time even with strong hands, after several defeats, when the opponent has little chance of winning on the turn, but he gets a big combination, I go out and take a break. Best regards, Sergei.
Volume is the solution for that but personally I can't play for example 50+SNG or MTTs per day. So you keep playing no matter how bad you run.Be sure your plays have a positive expected value in the long run and that's all.
After break and study you can start off by playing the awesome freerolls that Cardschat has:
If you're playing well and running bad just continue to make correct decisions to the best of your ability with the hands you're being dealt. Variance is a bitch so at times you feel you're playing bad when you're actually just running bad. If you start getting heated and feel a bit tilted : a : take a break. If you are playing bad and making poor decisions, b : access strategy : take a moment to adapt to the play at the table and find out why you're losing, switch gears and avoid those situations. It's a metal game and if you're not able to handle the beats it'll eat you alive.
I suggest option A, take a break. It is very important in poker to be rested and focused. And constant playing can be quite exhausting. Even good players. Take a couple of days off and enjoy other forms of entertainment. And when you rest, continue where you left off.
You can not choose the option A because you have to learn how to play with pression, the option B is best because s0metimes the games go bad, and you lose 80% of the games. So yoh have to learn how to lose without be nervous. And the win gonna come.
For me the purpose of playing poker is to win the money not to play 'well'.
If I loose I would stop immediately ( 1 ) and try to answer the question -why or how did I loose ?
Then 1, or 2 depending on my assesment.
Playing well but not getting the results normally will not send me away from the table. Mistakes and lack of focus though is whole another story. All that does is creates frustration and it is time find something else to do. Euchre anyone?
"Luck comes and goes but knowledge stays forever."
Put me in the A and B category. I think if you are in the session you need to take a break and just rest your mind for a day or two. Afterwards look for new strategies and practice them so you can used to the idea and mix up your play. Also, go back through your hand replays and see what you would do differently as anybody can learn from their mistakes.
I like A and B, but I think I would go for A. Go have a coffee and a snack, return in an hour. If it stays the same then try B and if that does not work, it is just not your day. That is my advice, what I actually do, is get upset, tilt and lose all my money.