Originally Posted by Brodermatt
Not sure if this was aimed at me??
If it was, I never once said I was a good player! Clearly not if I can't keep a bankroll! I keep reading that bad beats happen and it happens to all of us, and it hurts short term, but in the long run I will benefit from the bad plays by donkeys! HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS LONG RUN? 4 years is too long lol!
I'm serious about poker, maybe I'm a bit too serious. That could be a reason why I tilt so much!?!?!?
Brodermatt --- The way that you structured and titled your post implies that you believe you are losing because you are "unlucky", not because you believe you are a bad player. Therefore, it was reasonable to assume that you think you are at least an average player that has just been "unlucky". That is why all of the responders got the same impression --- that you think you should be a winning player, but bad luck is holding you back.
The reality is this: bad players lose because they are bad. Good/winning players lose in the short run because they make a bad play (or plays), or they get coolered, or they get sucked out on. In the long-term, though, as long as they are exercising proper bankroll management, the good players win. Some people who are good players lose because they have such poor bankroll management, but that is a separate issue. And some players that are USUALLY good players lose because they spew when they tilt. So they win 95% of the time, but give back their winnings+ when they tilt.
There are many ways to be a losing player, but only one way to be a winning player --- being skilled and exercising good bankroll management. You need to isolate why you are one of the losing players, excluding "luck" as a variable. It is likely a combination of the reasons I've listed above: you probably aren't a strong player to begin with, and then you tilt on top of it. We haven't heard anything about bankroll management from you, but few people are good at it so odds are that you could use some work there, too. None of these things are intended as attacks on you, as most people (around 94%) of online players are losing --- so the odds are pretty good that you're fighting the same "demons" as most of the rest of the online player pool.
If you want to be a winner, do some reading about the mental game and start evaluating and analyzing your play. Learn about bankroll management. And post hands for discussion. If you are willing to study/work at it, you may well find a way to win in the future --- but only if you IGNORE "luck" (because it's NEUTRAL) and focus on the stuff you can control.
P.S. Thanks to those of you that have expressed support for my views. Much appreciated.