This is a discussion on Poker breaks within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Does anyone else take a break from poker when they are down or having a bad run and not play real money poker for a
I'm doing a short break from poker, poker takes lots of strength and energy, I try to play every tournament efficiently and is that for a long time does not add up and you beat the players who are playing badly, they are much weaker than you, but they win and you lose and can't do, you can't get even minimal prizes, not to mention how to win poker tournament you lose motivation, you lose the mood, give up, you are losing money and do not believe that there will come a white strip and you will begin to take shape and you start to get at least the money and sooner or later win a poker tournament. I take a break from poker to unwind, accumulate strength and energy, restore my psyche and nerves, and relieve stress. I'm not a machine or a robot, I'm a human being.
Although I rarely take breaks, I am convinced that a break can be very helpful. After the break, I become more patient and concentrate better.
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I play every day, even when I lose )), but it's not tilt, everything is under control.
I can not play for one day, and then because I have other things to do, or with friends decided to drink beer )), and I drink very rarely, and consequently breaks in poker are also rare, one day in 2-3 months.
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I play poker an average of 4 days a week, so I don't actually need a break. But, in any case, a break is a better option than continuing to play when you are unlucky and losing your money.
It is definitely healthy to take a break when things are not going well in poker ... even the great poker professionals go through moments of bad luck ... and they recommend taking a break ... that does not make you be a bad player ... to the point that you stop playing poker for good ...
Long ago, I made a rule for myself... I only play poker when I'm in the right mood to play poker.
If I'm not "into it", then I won't play, because I know I won't play my A-game and won't play my best.
Luckily, I'm not playing to earn a living, I play for the fun of poker and the money is just a nice bonus. So I don't have to set a schedule and stick to it, because poker isn't the way I put food on my family's table or pay the rent.
I would imagine this is the most difficult part of playing poker as a primary source of income, because to be a "professional" you will have to often play poker when you're not really into playing poker, and in my opinion that's a recipe for disaster.
As a recreational player with a somewhat demanding day job, typically I can not play nearly as much poker as I would like, so taking a break from poker is not typically my concern.
On a positive poker note, I have no kids in the house and my gal also plays poker, so there are certain weekends where I am afforded many hours to play poker. I have found a recurring theme where I may play 12+ hours of poker on Saturday (and this may be after 4-6 hrs Friday night) and win or lose (makes no difference), it comes Sunday and I need a break... not interested in playing poker, even though I have time to play... just kind of OD'd on it! Come Monday or Tuesday, I am ready to squeeze in an hour or two of poker.
But regarding taking a break when running bad, yes, some days when I intend to play quite a bit of poker, I am just not into it, maybe other things distracting me, early results not good, I am not feeling it, I call it quits (if I am smart, that day!). Just not a poker day!
Bottom Line: If you are not feeling it, do not force it! Take A Break and Come Back Refreshed and Ready to Win!
Went been card dead for days and the tilt keeps getting deeper. That's my sign to take a break for a week or 2 and just focus on reading poker books. Jonathan Little and Alec Torelli are good books to start reading and focusing on the fundamentals of the game. Sometimes we intent to forget and a good book would remind us were we made our mistake and learn from it. But if you grinding on the tables, always remember to stay humble and play your "A" game all the time. Distraction and emotions are the only things that could beat you in the game
I only play 2-3 days a week, normally for around 4 hours a session, so I never really suffer from "burnout" or poker fatigue and it allows me time to review my game which is really what I think a lot of amateur players don't do, or don't do well.
If you're playing everyday without a break and without study, you are going to make mistakes. Making mistakes without giving yourself to refresh your mind or the chance to recognise those mistakes and fix them, you're going to have a pretty rough time of it.
Also, while having a break to reduce tilt and refresh your mind is good, if you're not fixing leaks in you're game, you're going to need a lot more breaks than you would like. Better to take time to regularly review your game and play a fairly regular schedule.
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I don't remember taking even a one-day break this year. I have accounts in several poker rooms and even if I do not do well in one, I will make up for it. And this is how it is. It's hard to do without it. Of course, you have to be able to use common sense in the game all the time because you can fall terribly low.
Sometimes I also take a break, and usually it helps me save my money. I believe that the game should be fun and not disappointing. I also believe that a break helps to improve concentration and increase the chances of making a profit.