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Just Admit It!

By: PSO-xflixx @ 16:22 (EDT) / 611 / Comment ( 4 )

Click, think, click again...the session is in full swing and it's not going into the right direction. Boards run out like they have been designed by the devil himself and my opponents are going out of line to make decisions hard for me. Overbet? Ugh, guess I'll just fold.

Well, at least I feel like my A-game is still there...isn't it? Wait, here comes the first big preflop pot at table 1:

...standard, what's more to say. Meanwhile in Russia at a different table I get minraised by my hyperaggressive friend again, so I will just shove and hope it looks bluffy to him. There we go - snapcall!

...he even apologizes in chat by saying "Sorry, put you on AK!". The plan is what counts, right? Next spot agains a recreational player makes me finally celebrate in joy when he minraises my turnbet. I fistpump and hope to stack his Jack:

Another backdoor beat and one bad river call later I call it a session. My A-game is gone through the door that opened up to leave all the negative thoughts into my ambitious poker mind. It's time to quit - just admit it!

I feel pretty good about myself. I have actively enforced a decision that I subconsiously knew was the correct one. It stops the bad habit of going into loss chasing mentality. I had planned 2 hours for my session and I was already on overtime, my A-game was gone and it was more than obvious the only reasons I could find to keep on playing was "Need to get unstuck!" or "Haven't stacked the guy yet!" - which of course are purely irrational reasons to continue.

As a poker player I feel I have to make +EV decisions all the time not only during a single hand but also in every other aspect of my poker life. Things like session planning and timing are things that I still need to improve on.

My month is going well regardless so there isn't even anything I could complain about. Instead I can be happy and proud. I feel home on 100NL this year and I select games well on 200NL while focusing on improving my game against the regs. It's a constant struggle. Every time I quit a session and start looking over some hands I am astonished on how much there is to learn, even in the hands I won.

I need to keep working hard in all areas of my poker life, and admitting that is always the first step to improvement.

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