Tilt Control and Reasonable Future Goals: Your opinion?
This will be a fairly thorough post, but I really wanted to see what everyone thought about this. I'll start this off with a little background info.
(This post by Irexes is a great segway into what I want to discuss)
I started playing seriously online right around when I joined CC, in May/June 2007. I picked up Sklansky's two gems and threw a bunch of $100 dollar deposits on a few different sites. It didn't last long as I went outside my banrkoll and didn't play quality poker, expecting things to go my way. After a few more deposits, I started to hit my stride on Full Tilt in August of that year. I took out something in the $300 dollar range, but I still wasn't seeing that consistency. I continued to lose money, even after cashing for $1200 in a large tournament on Absolute Poker followed by a big $900 cash in UB's Sunday Major, the 150k Guaranteed.
Essentially, I knew I had the capabilities to play at a higher level if I played consistently, I would make fairly deep runs later on the 150k Guaranteed, but occasionally I would buy-in straight up, as opposed to satellite'ing in like I had before.
Once again, I'd take money out and spread it around to various sites. To get to the point here, I would continue to exemplify strong play and successfully take $100 deposits near the $1k range fairly easy. Each time though, I tend to suffer a strong set of bad beats and I can't take myself away from the table. This pushes me to play out of my limit, under the angry and misguided perception that stronger play at higher limits with offer me more ample opportunities to display my poker prowess and abilities. Every time this happens, my bankroll goes nearly kaput and I have to build up from square 1.
Fast forward to today: After another downswing on Absolute Poker (after turning $50 into $500 in a week and watching it dwindle away once again), I decided to take a different approach. With nearly 20k FPP's on Full Tilt, I decided to just play solely 1800 FPP $26 token satillites, and after winning ~5 tokens and turning this into cash with more solid play in SNG's/MTT's after that, I managed to build the roll back to $126 or so from nothing. After a really solid week of play with SNG's following this (see: http://www.cardschat.com/f46/definition-running-good-119245/ ), I once again find myself right near the 1k mark, trying to keep it this way as opposed to watching it slip away like it has in the past.
Essentially, I'm going to set solid goals this time (that I actually plan to follow). Why I didn't do this successfully earlier is a bit disturbing and unbecoming of myself:
1) I'm sticking at the 20-30 range for a long long time. Nothing past $33+$3 SNG's until 1.5k-2k.
2) I will stop playing if I lose anymore that $150 in one sitting, if my roll dips anything below $650, this will be pushed to the $75-$100 range)
3) I will stop playing anything more than 3 tables at a time, realizing that SNG's involve more focus (especially if you run deep in each SNG) towards the later stages and require you to be on top of your game if you plan to win it.
4) I want to hit the $2k mark by the middle of August, which shouldn't be that hard if I play within my limits and continue to play strong. It's all about downswing survival and recovery because it's going to happen eventually, I just need to compose myself when it happens.
Here's where you guys come in. A few probing questions:
1) What are your best tilt control measures?
This is my first real stab at trying to set substantial limits on my play and ensure I continue playing successful, I feel like I play really solid poker when I'm focused and playing at comfortable stakes. My ROI is always much higher and I play much smarter, fundamentally sound poker.
2) How do you pull yourself away from a really rough session?
3) How much post-analysis of your play do you after a rough sitting?
4) What other advice would guys who've built substantially large broll's (Chuck, bw, Irexes, etc.) have in terms of pushing their play to a consistently higher level (not necessarily in terms of stake, more regarding consistent quality of play)?
Any input is appreciated. If all goes as planned, this could be a great reference thread because I feel like I'm not the only one whose been in this spot before. Everyone loves the thrill of playing higher stakes, but a lot don't know when they need to play low and when they have the ability to play high (myself included). I definitely consider myself a winning player, yet I know that I have some flaws I need to correct before I can become a consistent