re: Poker & Cold wave of cards, how do I handle it?
My VPIP used to be in the 17-20% range and one time I hit a downswing. I decided until it passed I would really tighten up my starting hands so much so that I would bring it down to 10-13%. When the downswing passed I could go back to playing normally again. It worked. But it worked so well i realized that this ultra tight style was an overall winning style and not just a quick fix.
Right now at .25/.50 my VPIP is 12.58% covering over 4300 hands played and a win rate of 3.07bb/100 hands. This is at full ring games, not shorthanded.
I know I don't have the standard 10,000 hands played at this level that is usually the defining point as to whether or not you can make any determinations, but all I can say is it seems to work well.
I don't know what limits you play, or if you play FR or SH, but my suggestion is to tighten up to say a 12% VPIP or lower and I think you will find your cold cards/downswing may end quicker than expected. You may even want to continue with this ultra tight style if you find it works well for you.