Early Success

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actionjmac

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Early on I had some minor/major (depending on how you look at it) success in taking first in a 1 or 2 dollar (cant remember) and then a 2nd in a 5R totally about 10k. For the past two-three years I've basically lost it all back. I've reached a couple of final tables since but nothing major. I obviously had bad bankroll management skills. In fact I didn't even know what that was. I wouldn't consider myself a bad player but the results kind of speak themsleves. I've read many books, so I know more and get most poker concepts, but still seem to be losing. So players say that you've either got it or you don't. Im starting to think that I just simply don't have it. This is just a rant and pretty much nothing more then that.
 
KyleJRM

KyleJRM

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Being a winning poker player is very, very hard. That's why there are so few of them.

Knowing the concepts is only half the battle, and for most players it is the easier half. The second, much more difficult half is the apply those concepts with consistency, day-in and day-out. This is where most people fail.

One tilted hand, one session where you just don't feel like playing as close attention to opponents' tendencies, one time where you tell yourself "I feel like gambling, I'm due," all of these can wipe out the narrow profit margins a poker player already has.

Don't be fooled by the woofing that goes on around places like this, with the "I place 90% of my SNGs" or "I'm crushing this limit, it's easy."

The reality is, edges in poker are small. First, you are just hoping to get your money in as a favorite, and usually you aren't going to be an overwhelming favorite. Then, the small, consistent edge you do have is being killed by rake. Between luck and the rake, there's very little margin for error to be a consistent winner.
 
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actionjmac

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Yeah I appreciate the post. I understand all the BS that people spew on here. And I totally understand that the margin is VERY slim. So Im stuck trying to pull a ferguson. I mean I pulled 5k off when I won and lost about 5k due to playing to high. I've been trying to branch out and learn other games. Razz and PLO playing all the freerolls.
 
Semicolonkid

Semicolonkid

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Some players "got it?" Well, sure, everyone's born with whatever talents they have, but you can't tell someone that they simply can't be a winning player. Anybody CAN, it's just most aren't. Sometimes it's a matter of how you think about the game.

Good Luck!
 
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