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The downswing... What to do?

By: Sentras @ 07:08 (EST) / 340 / Comment ( 0 )

Three weeks ago I had a nice bankroll playing the NL10 (0.05-0.10). I always played 250-300 hands of zoom in a session and write down my balance in a excel. I like to have a graph about how my bankroll is going. (I don't buy software yet, as my bankroll doesn't allow it yet.)

But also I like to work around strategizing an optimal way to help myself. Making these files doesn't only allow you to see it visually in a graph. You can also make estimates on how many more hands you need to play etc. Besides being busy around your own play or others. Will significantly improve your game.

Lastly I know there are players out there having a hard time using bankrollmanagement. This also helps you as an inside motivator to keep playing the same limit instead of going up too fast.

But out of nowhere I started losing every hand and lost so many buy-ins. Either with flush hitting against me, Set over set, backdoor draws, AAcracked. You name it, we all have been there. Then you've gotta ask yourself what am I doing wrong? Is my play sufficient enough or not? If you know your play is good enough, don't doubt it! Keep playing your game and maybe try to improve in certain spots.

I'm a very stubborn player and as my downswing kept coming I was confident I could work my way up again, so I remained playing NL10. BIG MISTAKE!! Also I love MTTs and to gamble, hell thats why we all love poker. But with my last 80$ I started buying into various tournaments, where again I busted with having my money in good. My bankroll ran all the way down to $20!!!! How in the hell did I let it go so far?? There is frankly no excuse, but I'm sure more people are making the same mistake.

I decided to stop playing for 2-3days. Shrug the downswing and the losses of me and start fresh. Luckely my mentality in poker is really good and rarely ever tilt. (Thank you "The poker mindset" by Matthew Hilger & Ian Taylor: A must read.)

Since 9 november I started playing again actively everyday. Either learning poker more, watching livepoker or playing it myself. I was briefly concidering playing NL5, but then talked some sense in myself. Don't be stupid you only have 5buy-ins. While with NL2 I have 10 buy-ins. This time I started to pay a little more attention to the players around me. Picking up tells and stuff, (very easy in zoom) Even though it might seem hard! It's easier.

And the grind started at a level I find so low. But never have I put so many hands in one session? By god I could play 2hours in a row and actually enjoying it immensly!!!

See my next blog on how I approached the 0.01-0.02$ zoom stakes. Fairly profitable and very stable. What is different and how I read or mark players.


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