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Leave your account of negative moments that left you on the path to giving up poker.
I think that such ideas can be the result of lack self-conscious in your poker talent and skill,cause u can become pro when u can live out all your beats and faults and go further to your aim.That is really tough,that's why we can't psychologically rethink our point cause we even don't know how this statement is important!!!this is my point of view!
Yes I have thought many times to quit playing poker. The past month or so has been the worst for the negative thoughts to get into my head, and unlike other times, I haven't been able to over come them, because I'm just chasing like $25 freerolls from any where I can find them just to have something to play. The bad thing about it, is the fact, that I have not done this in 5 or 6 years. The only freerolls I've played during that time was the CC freerolls. Matter of fact, The CC freerolls is where I won the money to build a good BR in the first place. It just gets to me to play those small freerolls for several hours, and even if I do cash, it's for pennies. OH WELL
last time i quit poker i played 6 months with a 50 dollar bank roll, i went broke and estimetad calculated i payed the site over 300 dollars :s that was like 4 years ago and now i got bk for like month. whats i s not unlikely if i played whole day and paid 1.6$ each day to the site...
I quit online poker for a few years but came back with a new approach and new outlook on it. I also started playing live last year and do take breaks (after two back to back sessions losing 2 BIs each on a small roll) I took about 7 weeks away from live poker to focus on other things in my life and also just get back into the right mindset. I think it varies though. I've lost big pots only to come back a few hands later and play some of the best poker of my life.
Also being real with yourself and expectations. We probably all have stories of running hot whenever we started playing or even a new format (online to live for example). Then when the cards stop coming for a while and we start losing or just barely breaking even we question ourselves for the wrong reasons rather than assessing how we can do better or if we're playing right and still losing coming to terms with that from an almost zen like approach .
If you need a break take one . Poker will be there.
I had a lot of moments like this to be honest.There were a lot of naysayers who tried to bring me down.Now I try to avoid such people in general and my confidence level is a lot higher too now when I'm a bit older, more sure of where I stand in life, I can defend myself and the opinion I have without fearing to do so.
I had a weekend where I literally lost almost every hand, and every buy in was soon taken so fast I literally was amazed. I played so bad, it changed the way I look at the game entirely. Maybe I played too many hands, maybe I played the wrong cards, position, tables, etc... but one thing was for sure, I was loosing bad. I may have not been thinking properly, or I had leaked huge reads, but luck wasn't favouring me on this particular occassion. It was so intense I questioned all my previous luck, skill, time spent learning, and studying, and all the winninings I had accumulated in games previous. I seriously questioned why "I love this game", and what my goals were with it. Were they realistic, and attainable? Was this a bad run, the cards, or do I just suck this much. I am actually still recovering from my battered ego as I write this. It's helping me to understand that for as much as we win, there are times, and places where we stand to loose equally as much. To take the good with the bad, and to be more grateful, and humble when luck is on my side. Be as good of a winner, as I was a looser. One thing I know for certain now, I've never known how many trash hands one can get to flop the nutz, and how many premium starting hands are worthless after the flop. The only difference between the two, is it's harder to fold Queen/Queen over 3-5 offsuit.
I already thought about giving up when I could not deposit and I ended up playing the wrong way, and I was also out of the bankroll limit. So I lost a hand where I had more than 70% chance against an opponent. And at this point I had wagered all my bankroll and ended up going to $ 0. That's how I thought about giving up poker. But it was two weeks, and I decided to go in again, and I had already forgotten all the bad things that had happened to me. My hope for poker is bigger than anything else in my life. So now I'm being careful not to lose my little bankroll again.
I quit Pokerstars for about 3 years recently and it felt good to get away for a well. I was playing 14hour days of poker on my down days and it took a toll on my life outside poker. Switched to live once a week and it was a great release.
Sometimes you need to step away to see if you can step away. If not than its a problem and this is not unsusual by any extent for people to get addicted.
Have you thought about quitting poker? How was this moment?
Leave your account of negative moments that left you on the path to giving up poker.
Never!!!cause when we started then do it till the win.when u think about quitting u shove your weakness and leak of desire to develope.so just teach yourself and there is a thing that it s only our aim to be succesful and nobody else!!!dont be upset and go on to stars!!
Per aspera ad astra!!!
How many funny stories ... Finish poker can and should be only in one case - if you can not win. Poker requires certain mathematical abilities and character traits. If you do not have it - you will not be successful. You will be just a cash cow for professional players and of course - poker rooms. All the rest for success simply requires labor and patience.
I was going to joke and say "Not in the last 5 minutes" but in all seriousness, I've not come very close. Every time I get to wondering why I keep playing (because I'm losing), once I look at hand histories of hands I've lost I can usually see where I made a mistake or I can see where my opponents had a lucky streak. That keeps me going.
Two years ago, I began to lose in cash games, I thought that at the table bots, a year did not play. Spent time on video lessons, watched the video, how others play poker. I think not for nothing !!! Now I'm playing quite differently, it's much better and it's become more interesting to play. I play more tournaments, but the cash games are rare.
I have never thought about quitting my cherished game of poker, I could never quit playing even at micro low stakes. I was taught how to play poker at a very early age and it played a big part of my life growing up so the thought has never entered my mind. I have thought about taking a break though, usually when i am losing hand over fist i will take a few days to a few weeks off and i come back fresher than ever.
I have stopped playing about 3 times, I kept playing a lot on these periods and studying a lot, but with not much return. But some of my friends just kept playing and one of then just won a sunday million (not ITM, 1st place and some 150-200k at the bankroll). I was working a lot and winning to little. So i decided to play and study again and I realized that problably it wasnt being lucrative because, even though I played and studied a lot, I was somehow playing wrong, and I realized that it was the main factor that made me quit, but now Im back!
Yes it happens. Several times I left poker. It has been connected with my failures. But I always came back through some time..
And once I has left poker because of work. There was a lot of work, and I strongly was tired. Therefore it was necessary to give up poker.
All this was because I have no money from poker, it is more than from work. Of course if I earned with poker big money, then I wouldn't stop playing.
Though it seems to me even if you are successful in poker, it is necessary to do breaks. That the head has had a rest that you could look in a different way at your actions.
This my opinion, can someone will tell that it is wrong. But nevertheless I so think
To be the first - don't aim, to be the best - a task.
I think about this everytime I made a coulpe hundred bucks playing live, and then getting a bad beat and going broke. Made me hate how unfair and stupid the game is sometimes when donkeys suck out on you. But then it also gave me incentive to play differently (i.e. not getting the stack in until you have the nuts) to keep losses minimal.
Ive quit online poker. Not an easy way to make money. Theres rigging in stocks, commodities, foreign exchange. Some people dont have jobs. In desperation some people gamble and even play above their limits. Many people dont have an easy life. I feel sorry, thats the way the world is. Microsoft fired 18000 (which is not a small number of people) of its own employees. A powerful company with limitless resources could have helped them to work on new projects, lives get destroyed. I understand sometimes loss making companies are compelled to cut jobs because they dont have a monopoly, they have to compete with many competitors. Thats capitalism for you.
i left poker a few years ago because i was becoming too agressive and emotional. I found i was letting my losses affect my life. This year i returned to poker very rusty but I think i'm back to the level i was when i left. This time I know not to let poker rule my life or ruin my life.