Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I need a slump buster

If there is anything such as a poker slump buster, please let me know.

It has been a while since I have had a significant winning session. Or a meaningful tournament payday. And over the last 2 months I have dropped 20% of the bankroll.

It has been frustrating. Draws don't hit for you, but the other guy hangs on to the river to fill the gutshot straight or 10 high flush. Your K K runs into A A or they have Q Q and flop the two outer. When the hand does stand up, the pot is small. You know, nothing works in your favor the way it was over the last couple of months when you were booking steady, profitable winning sessions.

I sat there thinking about it in the WWdN last night (gone in like 30 something, not even lasting the first session). I felt like I wasn't getting any hands. But was it that I wasn't getting any hands, or was I playing too timid? Was I not pushing edges that I used to? Was I just way too tight? Was it bad play beating me or was my play bad?

I have read others go through slumps before. I guess it was only a matter of time before the same would happen to me.


Chilly said...

Sounds to me like you need to play some donkey poker to clear the pipes and then take a break. I rec' .25/.50 limit or some $10 Max NL action. Play like an idiot for about 2 hours and then take a break until Monday.

You are in a slump and off your game. If you were a Brewers pitcher we would say that "In addition to his lack of talent, his mechanics have gone to hell."

Donkeypuncher said...

Dude, I feel your pain. I had a bad drunken tilt night on Saturday. Then the last few nights, nothing but losing sessions.

I'd gladly do Natalie from the Facts of Life if it got me back on track...

StB said...

Chilly, you sure know how to kick a man while he is down. Why not take my beer away from me and force me to drink that AB crap?

Drizztdj said...

When I strung together five losing months, I took a step back and watched more then played.

It may seem stupid, but just watching and trying to guess hands and betting patterns helped.

It forced me to pay more attention to the other players no matter what I was playing, something I only did during blogger tourneys.

fairnbalncd said...

I'm currently on a poker 'walk-about' for my own mental well-being.

Puh-leeez let me know of you come across the Holy Grail of Pokerdom full of wisdom.


Huge Junk said...

When I'm doing terribly I will usually track down Nightranger on FT and take him for a bunch of money to remind myself that I don't suck.