Originally Posted by slycbnew
In SSNLHE, the authors mention that Sunny Mehta had a 40 BI downswing playing $200NL preparing for the writing of that book in the section on BRM, but achieved a solid winrate over several 100K hands. That had to take several 10K hands to recover from - their BRM recommendation is 100 BI's!!! - so a breakeven stretch over a substantial number of hands is to be expected.
I would get concerned if I had a 15-20K hand breakeven stretch and I didn't think I had a serious leak in my game - not panicky, but concerned. Getting a review from a respected peer/better player can go a long way toward reassuring you whether you have fundamental flaws/tilt that need work.
I had a pretty terrible June (and knew I had major leaks in my game), but I think I've identified enough of my major leaks to have a solid July, in large part from everyone's feedback/discussions in this forum (including from you, thanks for that incidentally).
It scares me the size of the swings we can encounter whilst playing.
Especially when I can only manage 4 tables and around 15hours a week, a 40BI swing would no doubt set me back a good couple of months.
Getting reviewed by another player would be good but it is not something you can reasonable ask. I've tried it twice in the past and they can only really review your big hands. Thankfully both times they identified some leaks but I suspect most people's leaks do not come from their big hands.
Every big loss we have tends to be scrutinized thoroughly both by ourselves and on forums. I suspect my leaks would likely exist in the little pots and small fundamental plays I never think of posting and our so numerous they are impossible to check by a peer without spending hours on end looking which of course would be an unreasonable demand.
I think I shall start to focus posting my smaller hands to find leaks. Rather than post my big ones for reassurance.