[quote=transformpoker;2346320]Variance in poker is difficult to handle. As humans, you expect the right decision and hard work to get you to a goal. With poker, that isn't necessarily the case. 50 buy in swings can be soul crushing.
Some suggestions for handling the variance (of the scores of possible answers) are
- It's a game with particular properties - Even with a bad run, unless you're the one making poor decisions, it can be helpful to tell yourself that poker is just a game with particular properties. If sometimes the cards line up one way and cause a large losing streak, it could just as easily have happened the other way. Poker is a zero sum game, so one player's downswing is an upswing for other players.
- Set a stop loss - Stop losses are when you quit playing after losing a particular amount. The advantage is that you eliminate to a large extent the possibility of making very poor decisions when on tilt. It may also cause you to miss out on good games when you've just been unlucky a bit.
- Play your A game - When your win rate is higher, the chance that you are going to lose is lower. So make sure that you're playing when your win rate is the highest it can be. Sometimes it's worth beating up on weaker players, but when you're going to play a limit that challenges you, make sure you're up for the challenge.
- Game select - Same as "play your A game" just with different parameters. If you play with people who decrease your win rate, then your chances of losing are increased.
- Use the proper bankroll - With too small a bankroll, even a world class player's risk of ruin is 100%. You simply must have a sufficient bankroll to play the game you want to play or you are just allowing variance to pillage the few buy ins that you have. Typically for a No-limit game, and for a player with a fairly good win rate, you'll need around 30-40 buy ins. You can certainly be more aggressive with that number if you're willing to move down the moment you can't stand the variance. The main idea here is that with a large bankroll relative to the buy in level, the more likely you are to make good decisions that aren't based on money or fear, and the less likely you are to have your bankroll eaten up by the variance monster.
Thank you all for your reply's I will learn on how I can self discipline my self when it comes to my brm skills, alsoo when I am on a bad run and a big thank you to Transformpoker for that reply I'll keep everything which is said in mind and will stick to it