Don't Fall Into This Trap
I , originally, wasn't going to write about this, but it's driving me crazy!
To say, "I'm running bad" means that I can see into the future, and can tell you that I'm going to lose (X amount) of hands in a row. I can't see into the future (if you can, then disregard this post), and I'm never RUNNING bad! I have lost hand after hand, day after day, but I'm still not running bad. To say that I'm running (X) is to say that I'm currently losing (X), when the only thing that I can lose is this current hand.
What took me over the edge today, was player on my right... Two limpers to him (LHE), and he only limped w/ AdKd, saying, "I can't raise this. I'm running so bad." No he's not. Yeah, he's lost (X amount) of hands in a row, but he's not RUNNING anything, and still MUST raise this. We're either +EV, -EV, period... In limit, we're going to win more than our fair share, and have to win as many bets as possible when we've got the best of it. NL may be different, whether we raise or not, as we could be deceptive, and snap stacks. No matter the game, play each hand for it's current value, rather than focusing on the losses in the past, or the possible beats in the future.
He did the same thing later w/ JJ... just ridiculous. I hear sooo many players complaining about "running bad," when there's literally no such thing.
"I've run bad in the past" may be true, but "RUNNING" means we're currently doing...
We're currently playing these cards, that's all.