Originally Posted by NCfoldem
Oh, man ... you make it sound so sensible. I'm tellin ya Noob, I make good decisions .. I can go a couple of weeks without being behind in an all-in sometimes, and of course my game is far from perfect, but how much should I be willing to lose on my way to winning? I have had payouts, winning months also, but really am not willing to have multiple bad days. I'm not a gambler (at heart), just like the skill involved with poker. I hijacked this thread .. my bad. I apologize to OP.
Doesn't sound like a hijack, really. Your post seems to be right in line with the spirit of the OP.
I'll say it again just so I don't misrepresent myself: I'm certainly no expert here.
But some of the very important things we all need to learn about poker are very simple and not at all difficult to come to terms with.
Did you see Doyles little blurb on PAD? "It's not about winning or losing, folks, it's about making the right decisions".
You ask how much how much you should be willing to lose on your way to winning? I think the answer is - whatever it takes. If you are making the right decisions, it doesn't matter what you lose (assuming your playing within your bankroll).
You say you're not a gambler, and oh man I can relate. Part of the problem with my game, I think, is that I'm way too easy to bluff. I just don't want to do too much gambling.
I think good poker players are gamblers, but they are gambling with odds
that favor them. You will never win at the craps table because no matter what you do, the odds will never be in your favor. Over the long term, you will always lose.
Making the right decisions at the poker table will tilt those odds in your favor, so in the long term you will win. Keep playing, keep making the correct decisions and power through losing the 4:1 and 5:1 situations. Over time you will win. It couldn't be more important to emphasize: You hit your set and the donk calls you down to hit his gutshot on the river. You know it just as well as I, you want him to be making those calls all day long. The few times you will lose there, smile and know you played it correctly. (ok, punch the cat and know you played it correctly ...... whatever).
I truly believe part of Phil Ivey's success (on top of his finely honed poker skillset), is a sense of when he should gamble and a very enthusiastic willingness to do so.
Ah, it's just thoughts and I imagine they are worth about .02.