Dealing with Poker Swings
Having downswings in the game of poker is natural-- everyone goes through them. Bad beats, tilt, hot streaks, cold streaks, etc. are all part of the game and a good poker player understands these factors that can affect one's game. However, the hard part is overcoming these hardships and keeping your head up in order to stay focused and avoid huge losses. Overcoming adversity is especially tough when the downswing continues after you have taken measures to cool it off...
I've been playing poker for quite some time and, I have gone through the normal swings of the game (both the ups and downs). When I'm experiencing the Ups, I try to prolong my sessions to take advantage of being on my A-Game. Conversely, when I go through downswings I take some time off the tables and review my hand history to see how I can fix leaks and improve my game so that I can try to manage the downswings.
However, after having done extensive study and putting in the extra work, the downswings seems to continue. Right now it seems like it's not going to end for me and it's taking away a lot of motivation and passion for the game. When I'm involved in tough spots and gather enough information to make a reasonable decision during a hand, and it turns out the I made the right decision but somehow I end up losing- it gets really detrimental and frustrating.
So, how do you deal with Poker Swings? How does swings affect your game? Do you play the same way regardless if you're winning or losing? How do you adjust?
*Any advice/feedback on how you deal with downswings will be highly appreciated. ")