re: Poker & When is it a good idea to stand and leave?
This depends on what your objective is. is your objective to have fun and you do not care if you lose money?
if that is the case then when you have lost as much as your comfortable losing, or when you get bored.
i Dont condemn losing players playing the game poker is a form of entertainment and if someone gambles with $50 a week people condemn it say the guy has a problem. but even for losing players sometimes they walk away with more then they started. if i go the cinema and spend $50 a week I will never get that $50 back.
yet no one says you have a cinema problem, funny that.
But of course you should never lose more then your comfortable losing or can afford so once you lose whatever your thresh hold is it is right to get out of there.
However if you are a professional or serious player and your objective is to make money from the game long term, then its a bit more of a question.
firstly you need to consider what mental state are you in? if you are upset angry stressed or tired, whatever caused this whether it was running bad at the table an argument with the wife or a bad day in the office you, you would need to ask is this effecting my play negatively?
the answer will usually always be yes the next question is, is the effect significant enough to make playing now negative ev?
the answer will not always be yes, the table may be bad enough compared to your ability to allow you to still have an edge. it is usually yes so get up and leave though.
now if your not in a negative mental state, whether its due to running bad does not affect you or your not running bad anyway, the next question becomes do I have an edge?
this is a tough question and can be hard to be honest with yourself but I find deep down most people know when there out classed or have an advantage at the table just search your feelings and be honest with yourself.
if you find its a tough table time to get up and leave there will always be other days and other games why burn money?
if you find you have an edge stay until the action stops or you no longer do.
other then that you have life commitments GF work college etc. which may also factor into this.