Originally Posted by Jazzmaker
I personally think it takes refocus and a good run I was forced to take a long break and when I returned I came back more focused on winning and less on money. This has helped me look at the long term rather than the short and therefore exercise more patience in mtts and rings. I think this helped a lot for me to come back (good runs help too!) but what about you guys?
I wouldn't tilt my whole roll, but I've experienced major dips where I feel like I can't win and I'm losing all the time. What helps is to take a break, think and read about what you need to get back to, then come back and play your best.
It sounds like a simple thing, but it's hard to do. Caro says it. Always play your best. Be honest: those losing streaks are almost always because you get loose or ****y or sloppy. Bankroll management takes care of the normal luck fluctuations, and bad luck - if you're honest - is rarely the real factor over a long losing streak.
So I simply come back, start at lower limits and concentrate on playing tight aggressive poker. My stats when doing well show I see 20% flops or less.
You say think of the long term. I disagree. It's thinking long term that gets me into trouble. I want to make this much money or get back the money I lost, and it causes impatient play. I think of the short term. What's the best way to play this hand and this session? I win what I win and have to be happy with that. My confidence is restored when I have a string of winning sessions, even if those are small wins.