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  28-May-14, 23:25   #1
Handling a Slump 0 
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Portugal
Age: 51 (M)
Posts: 1687
What is your procedure for dealing with a slump? Take a break?Play through it?

The last few weeks , no matter which site I play, what game I play I am 2nd best all around. Bubbling in SNG's left and right

Some of it is pure suck out luck for my opponent some of it is bad play due to frustration

It´s my worst run so far in a row where i didn't cash

  29-May-14, 03:53   #2
Joined: Jun '13
Location: Canada
Age: 74 (M)
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Maybe a few days breaake would held anyway it cant be worst good luck for future. Worship Worship Worship

  29-May-14, 04:33   #3
Joined: Apr '14
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 43 (M)
Posts: 11
Iv recently gone through a slump dumped £80 in 1 day on PS, So what I tend to do is play freerolls for a few days, You could also try going into micro stakes and limit your bad beats?

  29-May-14, 06:18   #4

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
Age: 33 (M)
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yeah that's a good tip just above- freerolls are definitely worth taking a shot at, they will calm your nerves a bit- since no financial pressure is involved here. something way lower what you are playing now is also very recommended- you basically want to ride the bad period through by playing something that wouldn't hurt your roll heavily and once you regain your confidence/ bring back the luck you can move back to your usual limits

  29-May-14, 07:40   #5
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
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I also vote for taking couple of days off from poker in general...

It's true that there are some times in which you can have bad luck on a poker site but if this happens on all poker sites then the player itself must be the problem.

Good luck after the poker break!

  29-May-14, 09:17   #6
Joined: Mar '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 49 (M)
Posts: 6783
I think either option is fine, it all depends on how you are feeling. If you are getting bored with playing then a break to recharge the batteries and get your appetite back for playing is definitely the best way to go

  29-May-14, 09:22   #7
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
Age: 23 (M)
Posts: 913
The best thing to do is press alt+f4 and play no more poker on that day.

Definitely don´t continue playing if you see, that you are starting to make bad decisions!

  29-May-14, 12:21   #8
Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 39 (F)
Posts: 2249
For me personally I would find that the more frustrated I got the more I would notice any little thing I didn't like so on a few occasions I would write down the cards and the results of my allin situations and then at the end of the day I would check the results.
When you see it on paper you can see how bad things are or,as in most of the time,I would see that my results had been fine and it would also show me where I had knocked a player out by my QK hitting a straight when he had a set or me hitting a set when he had KK,or similar situations.
I also noticed the more I was getting frustrated the longer I would wait to get good hands,which obviously meant I was easy to read and chip leaders would call me with junk as I only had 7bb left,which leads to more frustration.
Sometimes if I'm getting bored I still write down things like 'won with cbet' or 'nice bluff' just to keep me positive.
All lucky streaks come to an end,same applies to bad luck. Smile

  29-May-14, 14:53   #9

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 31 (M)
Posts: 1561
just take a break Tongue unless ur like super strong (mentally) and you dont think you'll tilt any soon... else it just ends ugly. ive been there Big Smile

  29-May-14, 14:55   #10
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Greece
Age: 41 (F)
Posts: 12233
Since you have noticed that your game has changed and you make mistakes from frustration
as you say, then you definitely need a break to take your mind of it.
Stay away from poker for some time, it will help protecting your bankroll,
plus giving you the chance to do something else instead, like a hobby Smile

  31-May-14, 14:59   #11
Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 39 (F)
Posts: 2249
Hey mober,did you have any particular hobby in mind? Smile

  31-May-14, 15:15   #12
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Portugal
Age: 51 (M)
Posts: 1687
Yeah a hobby it will be fine bot the secret for me is to put your losses away from your mind so that the urge to win back will go away

Despair is a very bad felling when playing poker it almost blinds your thought and you turn stupid and go on making bad calls ,poor judgement which will brind more losses

  31-May-14, 15:17   #13
Joined: May '13
Location: Mauritius
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 2688
My advice for people who are on a downswing is too stop playing for a while, a break will be needed as you will be playing in another state of mind, that is tilting and you can lose more money or bust your roll and I am telling you this by experience, take a one week break or more if need. It will clear your mind and you will be back refreshed and ready to crush , you can take longer breaks f needed!

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