It depends on the situation. If I'm making mistakes, not reading the table well, then yeah, find something else to do. If it is anything else besides getting bad beat or someone who gets extremely lucky, keep playing.
"Luck comes and goes but knowledge stays forever."
every poker player has to have a certainty in mind: you will never win every day, it is practically impossible. If you are playing correctly even then you will lose most days, but on the days you win that there will be few, you have to do your best and try to get to FT, because that is where the poker money is and that is what it will make up for all the other days you missed.
You can mentally prepare yourself before the game. Say I am going to play with 3 buy ins. If you lose it all early, you earned some free time. If you win, good job you made some money.
I only play MTT, so I go in knowing I will pay XYZ tournaments today. If I lose early I get extra time for myself to do other stuff. So whatever that happens I am going to be gaining something. Beside bubbling out.
If you study your game and think you are playing well but you are having bad luck, then it may be so. Aces lose to lower pairs. Triplets are stamped against colors, and hands generally die on the river more often than you think. My advice in these situations is to stay away from the game for a while. Take a breather, gather strength, and play again when your mind is fresh and in order, ready to start playing again. However, what you don't have to do is start changing the way you play to compensate for that bad luck. Focus on the fundamentals, find good hands on the preflop and try to play the strongest poker you can. Over time, luck always changes.
It depends on your mental strength. I play mostly mtts and sit and goes of up to 360 players. Not hard to run bad in key spots and wonder what am I doing wrong?
If you are playing your best and getting your chips when you are ahead and not winning , what can you do differently? Not much.
Even after you take a rest will your approach be the same or different?
Life is not just sitting down in a room and making money. Go out and talk with your friends, your family. You will feel relax and have the energy to continue your work. Good luck to everyone trying hard every day to have a better life.
take a break in poker as in life there are bad days where everything goes apparently wrong the difference is that in poker you can stop and turn off your pc or device unfortunately in life you cannot do it, that's why every time you have a bad day in poker you must take a break from everything related to it to start again with the tranquility and necessary concentration, how long should the break be? all the time you need to stay focused on the game again
My own experience tells me to do anything else but play poker... I mean, it's not the case of you are a pro I guess, in this case I guess you should learn how to isolate you mind while playing you know?! I mean, forget all your problems...
But if you are playing as a hobby and not expecting exceptional results out of it, the best thing you can do is to stay out of the tables.. otherwise you will be much more likely to lose money
If you're on a bad streak, don't fight it. If you have to play, play a freeroll; or the bold move, walk away from the game. Think big-picture: The longer you stay away, the more positive Karma, luck-wise you are building.
Like anything that goes the wrong direction, being around it more normally will make things worse. What I like to do is to go outside and get fresh air. Whether it is gardening or a walk, as long as I can get away and literally change my mind for awhile, I find it it to be helpful and healthy.
Make a calendar of freerolls in Google Sheets (Excel Online) and play them. Look for sweepstakes, promotions, free contests. There are so many of them on the network that if you are really a patient player, you do not have to deposit again)) and check other rooms too
Bad days at poker affect on your state hard if you are deep in poker for a long period of time. For me, when I fall in maybe 2-3 tournaments having almost nuts and afterwards lose with some 1 or 2 outs, then I shut down my computer first step.
Go outside maybe for a fishing or riding bike for about 20-30 km easy mode with some 90 dance music, or work something else that is my hobby, even do some DIY.
I find DIY a lot helping for my bad days, when I'm loser in something convert that into a winner in different job, where you feel good after you finish it.
Knowing that you are making something on your own, give you positive vibe, because you know that you are worth for something.
If I think it is best to get away, I did not do it after a few days that my hands played well but the river ends up killing me, and playing levels of NL2 and NL5 in the end I lost almost all the bank that I had right now I am starting again to recover my bank
Take a deep breath, close your laptop and dedicate yourself to other things than poker so that you can clear your mind, after a few days you will see that you play better and there you will find your good game again
Tilt will consume you if you do not walk away for at least a day or so. Tilt will make you feel like there is no hope, but you can overcome if you know you're a winning player. Stay positive and do something that brings you joy instead if you're running bad.
The best thing is to stop playing, rest, take a break and try again the next day, with a clearer mind and not be affected by the constant bad results that make us want to recover everything quickly and thus end up losing everything.
stop getting worked up over short term results. everyone has bad days in poker. heck, if you want to call a 'bad day' any day you don't profit, then i'd say 75% of my days are 'bad days' in a given month.
but that's a silly way too look at things because poker isn't a short term game. so, at the end of a month, if i'm still profiting overall, does it matter if 23/31 days are 'bad days'?
When I am on bad days, I play freeroll or take the day off to relax my mind. Not every day you will win, but the important thing is to know how to stop on bad days. May these days be the time for you to relax and be ready for the next day.