i don't have as much experience in poker as i do in playing on football and horses. its the same everywhere though. every football season (and i think i play pretty conservative with my br) i have 2 nightmare weekends in a row, and usually another wildcard nightmare weekend somewhere mixed in there. and i usually can't go a week with horses where my br doesn't take a booboo on one day. a couple ppl brought it up all ready that you absolutely cannot get it in your mind that "hey, dammit! i'm a winner, i usually win and i usually do awesome! i need to make up for this loss right here and right now!" because you're gonna catch you a spankin. for instance, by the first kickoff, sometimes even well before, for football, i have my bets locked in, and that's it, there will be no more betting. if my biggest bet of the day is a noon college game, and god forbid i'm incredibly wrong and i lose, then a moderate bet that also was at noon loses...and i realize i've just earned myself a losing day even if the other 2 or 3 bets win...fine, i'm done betting. not going to bother to try to find an over/under somewhere and try to double down, cause i'll lose and it's gonna ruin my saturday, and probably weekend knowing the nfl isn't going to bail me out.
gotta stick to the strategy you agreed with yourself you'd play. the killer of poker i've noticed is that it's not *just* you slappin your forehead and cussin yourself when you get burned...there *may* be some bastard who just got you talking smack, calling you a hick, pointing and laughing about what a moron you are, even when you knew you did the right thing and just lost. it's easy to make things personal, and you really want that dude's connection to drop and get blinded out till he comes back with as low a chipstack as you. and you also want to get him back. screw it though, most the ppl who talk trash are generally having the luckiest day of their life and suck. and just try to forget their handle...find a table they're not playing at. nothing wrong with taking a break i guess but that's never been my style. i can forget about it quick, just know i can't correct it right away.
i guess because of betting football (especially) for quite a while, i've broken the concept of "poker" into "seasons" like quarterly; so it never seems like a rush to make up for a nasty day/week, or a bad month. so if i break even over a "season"...cool, nothing wrong with that at all...make a few bucks, lose a few bucks, its fine. you have to remember why you're doing it in the first place; because you're a bettin' son of a gun and you think its fun. and if you've been at it for a little while, you're probably all right