This is a discussion on Defining upswing & downswing re: variance within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; If you have experienced an upswing, how do you define that? I know variance hits us all and I don't want to turn this into
If you have experienced an upswing, how do you define that? I know variance hits us all and I don't want to turn this into another bad beat thread but I am certain that i've never experienced positive variance.
Have been playing very casually for about 8 years now and the story is always the same; build up my roll a little by going through a short periods where the best hand holds up and then have it crash back down again through long periods of consistently implausible beats. 3-4 games go my way and 12-20 games that'd make you want to throw your laptop in a ****ing river.
Is an upswing where you would consistently get it in bad and win? Surely the flip side of what's standard for me is to profit from -ev situations? Therefore am I leaving money on the table by NOT getting it in bad?
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No, of course you are not losing money by not getting it in bad. We tend to remember these absurd bad beats, but instead we should focus on the other hands we have played. Bad luck happens to everyone; these downswings you are experiencing may be caused by "smaller" losses in which you could have played the hand better. I would grab a sample of these fringe hands and start posting them for other's input. You may surprise yourself by fine tuning some scenarios that may seem more mundane.
8th August 2018, 1:18 PM
Jon Poker 
Poker at: ACR
Using a program like poker tracker to log your hands for later review can be really helpful. I know some people do not like a HUD but i enjoy mine - either way thats a feature you do not have to use. The ability to review my hands from multiple sessions is great - its one of the best suggestions ive ever gotten and it does help for sure. I try to review at least 2 - 5 hands every day, even if i havnt played for a day or two, its good to keep your mind sharp and will help you identify what you have done wrong in certain spots