Ups and Downs - They Screw with your Mind
Limit Poker is a swingy game that fucks with your mind. I Just moved up to 5/10 as I was getting bored with the 2/4.I was a loosing player at 2100 hands, sitting at -0.7 BB/100. 100 hands latter I won an extra $500 and now I'm a winning player at 1.7 BB/100. One bad session now will make me a loosing player again. It doesn't matter if I play good or bad. My mind can't handle it. It needs the positive feedback of a good win-rate.This just goes to show you need a large sample size. I makes sense when my SD is $216/hr (21BB/100). I'm going to wait until I hit 10k before I read anything into it. Until then I will just have to assume I'm not a fish.Actually my biggest fear is that I am just a breakeven player. Their must be a lot out there. I can hear them all "I'm just having a bad run, other people have had 50k bad spells, and even 100k. I'll play for 200k hands, I'll be a winner then". After 500-1000 hours of poker, or 10-40 weeks, he's broken even.This is a tuff game to beat. It requires a lot of discipline and self-awareness. I'm finding this is the hardest thing to achieve in poker; strategy and tactics are simple in comparison. I haven't read a poker book that covers this aspect of the game, but it is so important.Trent.
Aah! They're dogs... and they're playing poker! - Homer Simpson