To say poker can be a frustrating game would be putting it lightly. But to go along with those frustrating, smash-your-mouse weeks you also get weeks like I've been having.
Poker players as a whole are an interesting lot. When we are winning, playing and running well, we tend not to talk about it. We feel that for whatever reason our winning is not a topic of conversation.
Maybe we don't feel right talking about the money we make or maybe it's the fact that we don't want to jinx it.
Either way, when someone's in the middle of a heater you're likely to hear nothing about it.
Of course there's nothing wrong with that. I mean, do you find doctors or lawyers bragging about the money they make? Not really, so it seems normal to keep that information on the DL.
Then why when we run like s**t do we need to tell everyone? This incessant whining, which we are all guilty of (me especially, though I've gotten a lot better), is pointless.
Why focus on one aspect of the game and not the other?
When you are in a lengthy downswing it consumes you. You feel like there is nothing you can do to bring yourself out of it and you're just going to lose forever. You wonder how you ever won before, focusing on every single little beat you take.
If you allow yourself to focus on the bad beats and the bad runs more than the good ones, they are always going to be more pronounced. They're going to feel longer and they are going to suck a whole lot more.
So when those heaters come around you should acknowledge them. They don't come around very often - when they do, you better enjoy them.
Which is why I am writing this blog - I want to put it into words and solidify it in my memory because I know as well as anyone it won't last forever.
I want to be able to look on this post during my next downswing and read this and be like, "Yeah, heaters are sweet and yeah times are tough right now, but it's just part of the game."
So, risking the bragging curse, I am here to officially state that I am running like god.
Here are some hands from over the weekend, where I savagely cooler some people and/or show my epic table-selection skills.
Deep-stacked tables + fish = SHIP
This is an interesting hand imo. I think that sevens can flat in this spot. After I bet the turn into four people, get called in two spots, then still fire huge on the river, I think it's pretty clear I have a monster. The A-J call is fairly lol as well but he was the mark.
Last but not least another great table-selection hand. I get redemption from this hand same guy, about 10 hands earlier. http://www.pokerhand.org/?3791114
So that's it, your standard run-of-the-mill poker/I am on a heater blog post. I weathered the storm, 30,000 hand break-even streak in cash and 1,000 45-man turbos. Now in the wake of my turbo cash I'm looking to extend it even further.
Which leads me to my poker tip of the month: Don't look at your account balance. This is something I have been doing as of late and IMO really helped me pull out of my swong.
Fire up, play your best poker 100% of the time and when you are done you are done. Close down your windows and you're finished. Don't bother looking in your balance to see how you finished on the session.
Poker is a long-term game; it doesn't matter if you were up four buy-ins in a day or you were down three. Ultimately, as long as you played your best, you really shouldn't care one way or the other.
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