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  • How to know when to end a session

    Posted by hubs on January 5, 2021 at 11:54 am

    I’m pretty new to poker. I started learning and playing online during the pandemic. I think I have a decent idea of starting ranges, pre-flop play, and when to continue post-flop. However, I have found that my largest losses come when I have 80% or more equity, Villian shoves and gets there. I realize this happens in poker. It’s not chess. However, when this happens several times in a session, I start spewing. When should I end a session? How do I know when I am really “over it” to begin a new session?

    jim replied 3 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • jim

    January 5, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Great question @Hubs and you are already halfway there – recognizing it as a factor causing you to tilt is half the battle. The “good” news is that with your already excellent attitude about how variance is a part of poker, all you need to do is to go through the grinder several more times – getting bad beats laid on you and laying them on others in turn – and you will naturally develop a perspective on how bad beats actually are SUPPOSED to happen some part of the time. Here’s a link to a podcast episode we did a while ago where we talk about exactly that, skip to 49:20 if you want to dive right into that question:

    Ultimately in the long run you WANT to be getting into these 80/20 spots as often as possible so it will even out (I Know you know this, but it’s just worth putting out there).

    As for when to quit a session – I feel like you already have that sense inside you that you are feeling “spewy” – that’s your best self telling you to take a break! You don’t have to quit for the day, but make yourself leave the room, take a walk, take several deep breaths, and then see if you are in the right headspace to keep making good poker decisions one after the next. Listen to yourself! And keep posting here, our whole community loves being able to help as a resource for players like yourself who are figuring out the game in real time. Let’s learn together!

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  • hubs

    January 5, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your thoughts. Those are really helpful. I can tell that I’m getting betting in realizing when I’m I am tilting compared to 6 months ago. However, I still let it get to me more than it should. Does that get better with time as you keep going through the “grinder?”

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