Originally Posted by naruto_miu
Ok, we've all heard of it, it happens, it's part of the game! Down-swings....But this is the thing I can't comprehend, wont comprehend, and am not going to comprehend! Look I've posted on here acouple of times, I could'nt win for nothing, no matter what I did, how I got in, and what 2 cards I held, I lost. And I've also posted about (I can't even recall) how many times, I've held KK, and Ran into AA, but really is this a down-swing? Is there such a thing as a Down-Swing? Really? I mean I just can't understand, this because, I mean there's players that are constantly winning, and yet they win how? How can they be imune to these "So called, down-Swings".
That would be the same as implying that, "The sites", have some-sort of controll over your Good/Bad Run of Cards, correct? Which then leads to the So called "Rigged" theory. Now like I state I really don't believe in these "Down-Swings", I just some it up to I lost because I could'nt spot his set, or I could'nt spot his gut-shot straight or W/E reasoning I choose to justify it at the time in questioning, (Does anyone of this make any sene ).
I here so many ppl on here talk about these Swings and I really just don't get it, plz explain it to me. I mean there's got to be something I'm really missing here.
Plz and Ty
A book I read called "The Poker Mindset (http://stickspoker.blogspot.com/2008/04/book-review-poker-mindset-by-ian-taylor.html)" has a very good section on downswings. It says that there are 3 main causes: Poor play, tilt, and bad luck.
We as players can address the first 2. We can work on improving our game with practice, analysis, and study. We can work on combating tilt by learning what causes it, how to overcome it, and by putting poker in proper perspective.
But the last cause is beyond our control. Luck cannot be changed. There are things that we can do to change our cycle of play, thus changing the rate of our luck. The these things include changing the type of game we are playing (drop down in stakes, switch between cash and STT/MTT, or switch between NL and Limit) or changing the frequency we play (play more, play less, or take a break). If we do take a break, we can still remain immersed in poker by studying, reading, HH analyzing, watching video, playing play money or poker video games, etc.
So all is not lost. There are plenty of ways to approach a downswing. Just keep searching for what works for you.