Originally Posted by Dorkus Malorkus
When I get tired/bored/tilty, and/or when the game gets too tough. I will often enter a session with the aim of playing for a set amount of time, but I rarely stick exactly to it, one way or the other.
I'm not a great believer in setting stop-losses (or stop-gains). Poker is one long session, and finishing up or down in one particular session shouldn't affect your mood as long as you feel you have played optimally. As long as the game is good and your mindset is still optimal, it makes no sense to leave if you're a certain amount 'up' or 'down'.
I think setting stop-losses are only good for players who don't have the discipline to recognize tilt and keep emotionally stable. If the player is the type who gets frustrated with losses, focuses on what he is down, and tries to get agressive and "make it all back at once" stop losses are needed until the player learns restraint.
Of course if stop loss is used as a way to limit bad play, then it really should be more of a "stop bad", where someone recognizes they are on tilt, playing bad, making lazy calls, and stops their current session. The benefit of this is that they may already have been on a rush and up $100, and turned around and lost $50... sure they are up for the session, but they need to take a break or fix their "mindset" before they go on.