Everybody goes through Bad Runs at the poker tables but it is one of the worst experiences that you will encounter in the game. You can be playing perfect poker during a bad run and still consistently lose. It seems like you are always getting your money in right and it still is all going to someone else. You are missing every draw and everyone else is outdrawing you. Many times these bad runs will last much longer than a single session and can go on for a week, a month, or even longer. If you can continue to play good poker then these losses will be washed away during future play. This is just one of those situations where you have to get through this rough period of time. Here are a couple of ideas that may help you to get through your next bad run.
Watch Out for Tilt
When something bad happens to a player during a poker game they are at risk of going on tilt. Tilt is when you start making plays that you would normally not make because you are upset. It happens to everybody, to some degree or another, so do not think that you are the one that is immune to it. By avoiding playing, while you are on tilt, during this very difficult time you will reduce your losses during this period and improve your overall performance in the longer term as well.
Move Down and Not Up
When players are losing they have a tendency to want to move to a higher limit game so that they can get their money back quickly. This is very bad idea. The smarter move to make is to move to a lower limit game where your losses will be reduced until you get through this period of time. If you do not want to move down in limits then you should at least move to another game at the same limits as the one that you are in or sign up at a new site to get a poker bonus you can clear.
Reduce the Maximum Daily Amount That You Will Risk
You should have set up a maximum amount that you will put at risk in any single session or day. This would be a percentage of your total bankroll. During an extended bad run you should reduce this amount so that you play longer when you are winning and less when you are losing. When you think about it this only makes sense but you may find that it is difficult to do in reality. However if you get used to doing this it will become second nature and will have a very beneficial affect on your bankroll.
Take a Break
When you are running badly it is a good time to take a break from the game. Just do something else. You can take your spouse out to dinner, go to the gym, go to the movies, or just about anything else other than playing poker. Remember there will always be a game that you can play in again so after you have taken your break you can always come back and play some more poker.
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