Originally Posted by baudib1
I'm someone who used to play a ton of MTTs, and I got burned out really quickly on them.
This advice isn't going to be for everyone, and may not be what you want to hear. I'm not really an MTT player anymore, so take it with a grain of salt:
1. Try playing other forms of poker. Start at the smallest stakes obviously. Play stud or razz or PLO, mixed games. SNGs. HUSNGs. Something that will keep your interest, because you are learning a new game, so it won't seem too routine and you won't get bored easily. At the heart of it, all poker games are the same: You need to make correct decisions, develop reads, etc. It helps the poker brain to branch out a bit, and I bet you will find that learning other games will also teach you things about playing NL MTTs.
2. You may not like this, but I firmly believe that almost no one should regularly grind MTTs in large volume. The variance in MTTs is insane. Downswings can be monstrous. MTTs are easily the most frustrating form of poker to play. You're trapped within the time constraints. Missing a hand to go to the bathroom is a minor disaster. MTTs are endurance tests, and drain the soul.
If you find your concentration lagging but you still want to play a ton of MTTs, you might want to try brain exercises, or meditation.
thanks for your reply, was great. i think the last point you made about brain exercises or meditation might actually be the sort of thing that is required. i am not in any way bored of mtt's, i am really raring to go and excited at the start of a session. but there comes a point way too early in the session where this goes and is replaced by me becoming almost irritable and distracted, and unable to concentrate. it is frustrating because i feel unable to fully put in a days 'work' when playing.
yeah mtt's are deffoo not easy, but i love them and can't see myself doing anything else. i find cash/ sng's etc pretty boring. i don't mind playing them for an hour or so every so often to sharpen my deep stack playing (in cash) or kind of final table/ short handed than a 9 handed sng replicates (with out any $ effect of course.) i deal with the downswings fairly well as well, as well as the upswings. i don't get complacent when i do well, keep watching videos etc and only gradually increase the $ filter i have on, so i can't reg for tournies above a certain amount unless i Satellite them. likewise with downswings i will decrease the filter.
for example in May i deposited $300 on Pokerstars
after going up and down and winning/ losing. got it up to a peak of $8k including one or two withdrawls, then lost a bit/ withdrew a bit and transferred some over to Full Tilt. so left myself just over $5k, i had the filter on at around $35. then was down to $1.8k at my lowest point, where i had decreased the filter to $15 (this was at the end of October.) then went on a massive upswing and got up to over $12k in the next 1 3/4 months. lost like $1k the past week but still pretty happy overall. although i only remember the last couple of sessions so not as happy as i maybe should be haha. i currently have the filter at $35 which is a bit nitty but i play a lot of tournies, so if i had it at say, $60, or even $100 (going by 100 bi's) then i could rapidly lose my roll. and anyway, i have sat'd in to basically all the biggest tournies anyway and the normal ones of around $100 have tougher fields anyway. so there's no rush. bought in to a $109 turbo the other night because i do quite well in turbos and wanted to see what the tourny was like. this is the highest i have bought in to, although i've sat'd in to higher. the players are pretty decent and don't spew off chips bar maybe the odd 1 fish at each table. ran A K in to KK and AQ in 3 way ai. didn't flop miracle A
anyway, i think i am pretty suited to mtt's and can handle the variance over all. but yeah i will dabble in to PLO cash, sng's and NL cash etc occassionally. i think brain training or something similar is what may be needed.