Originally Posted by Ronaldadio
I`ve been going through a bad patch as some of you will know after reading some of my recent posts.
So, when things are going real crap, what do u do???
You gotta find out what is causing your downswing. As I've read in the book "The Poker Mindset", there are 3 causes of a downswing:
- Poor skill
- Poor luck
You can't do much about #3 except identify it as bad luck by analyzing your play (hand histories) and making sure you made the correct plays.
But the first 2 are what we all need to work on continuously. Always analyze your play and keep track of your stats. Then when you hit a bad patch, compare those stats to those from when you ran good. You may pick up on something that is easily changed.
And a breather is always good to get rid of tilt. Heck, a beer usually helps me. I also like to drop down in stakes while I cool off so I can still keep my head in the game while I take some of the pressure off. I fact, I am also in the midst of a bad spell right now and I think I'm going to drop from 50NL to 25NL for next month. Build both the BR and my confidence before I step up again.
So analyze your stats AND your tilt. You will be glad you did.