When to Quit Part 3

Pernille Ravn

Now that we've gone over enjoyment, bleeding, drought and engagements in part two of this series, part three outlines four more reasons you should get up from your seat at the table.

This formula is getting far beyond my comfort level; thus I'm going to assume it's outside that of most of you as well. If you're interested in reading more about the hieroglyphics above you can find the page here.

For the rest of us, what you need to understand is that you will always lose playing against an opponent with an infinite bankroll, unless you have an edge of skill large enough to compensate.

If you view everyone in the world as one opponent, they combined do have an infinite bankroll. No matter who you beat and break, there will always be another person ready to play you (unless you're Archie Karas).

This means that you need to have a skill level above the average skill of all the opponents you will play in your career. If you do not achieve this, you will eventually go broke. (Or, since you live a finite amount of time, you'll get lucky and take the upswing and die before infinity has the time to deliver on its sinister scheme).

The good news for us, is there will always be thousands of players online more than willing to give you their money.

In the last three articles, we've become acquainted with various reasons a player should make the choice to stand up from the poker table. All players will experience some or all of these symptoms at one time or another.

It's my hope that, after reading these articles, you'll catch the problems early enough to walk away before they cause any serious damage to your roll.

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joe 2009-10-19 19:13:00

Great articles. The only problem for me is that even when I know the tell tale signs, i'm aware i should quit, I'm tired, i'm bleeding chips. I'm tilting, I'm chasing money etc... All of these logical thoughts are gone.. I can't quit even though i know i should!

My biggest problem is money tilt. I play heads up, sp its quite clear that i can double up at any moment. I'm profitable with an average roi of about 10percent in lower stakes. But my actual profit is much lower due to these money tilts!

Does anyone else wish poker sites had an option to limit buy ins to a percentage of bankroll? Of course, it wouldnt be in the poker site's interest, but i'd love it!

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