re: Poker & How do you play your streaks?
Originally Posted by nc_royals
Im Going to drop it. We will agree to disagree. Obviously you cant predict variance but I can sure recognize when Im in the middle of it and will choose to grind at a lighter price and when it turns around I will return to my normal bankroll games. It's a choice not exactly a right and wrong answer.
I get what you are saying. And when I do it -- and I do -- it's because my confidence is getting hammered, and I need to build that back up. I can usually do that at a lower level where the battering is not so financially painful, if it continues. The move down is more psychological than BRM-driven.
If things do not improve at the lower level, then I figure I need to fix me. Either something has gone wrong with my game or I am tilting more than I thought (not quite the same thing.) (I'm usually pretty aware of tilt.)
Usually, I do better at the lower level, my confidence gets better, and I can move back up again with some comfort.
I don't care much about winnings, since I am not close to a pro and do not need to stay at any particular level. I like to play, and I like to play more when the game is going well and when my head is clear. When I feel a bit of control. I don't often worry about getting back the lost money in short order, aka "levelling yourself." I worry about levelling my own self, not my bankroll. If moving down can help with that, that's my goal. The bankroll will follow.
Then there's the factor of regular wins vs regular losses at a particular table. A streak becomes pretty obvious, whether it's happenstance or playing ability. At any table where there is a luckbox, you may see others become more careful against him while his streak lasts. And they may swoop in on the unlucky one. It's a factor. Not a huge one, if it's simply variance. But it can have an effect on both you and the others. An unlucky streak is a reason for me to switch tables -- sometimes. Even a lucky streak can be-- if one is getting way too much respect. Not to change the variance, but to clean the perception slate. Plus a bit of superstition, I guess. God knows I've turned around a bad streak at times because others get sloppy against me.