All too often I hear people blaming their bad run in poker on a case of bad luck. While bad luck might be the reason you’re not doing so well, more often it is because you are making some rookie mistakes that are affecting your game. Today, I want to cover some of the reasons that you might be running bad and how to fix the issue before your next game.
The first problem that plaques a majority of the poker world KampusPoker is tilt. Many players when they hit a bad situation or two just pop their top and go insane. As you can imagine this makes their playing style a little more aggressive, in fact a little too aggressive. This is where you see rookies trying to catch dreams on the river when they know they should have folded pre-flop. This is where we separate the winners from the losers. In poker a bad beat or two is bound to happen. Winners shrug it off and continue to play a solid poker game, while losers just give up and dive deep into tilt.
There are a couple ways to fix this problem. If you cannot handle the bad beats of poker, then simply stop playing because you are certainly going to continue losing money time and time again. Stay strong through these rough patches! You do not want to start chasing your money in these situations. This will only lead to you playing hands you know you shouldn’t be and losing even more. There is always another day and another game, remember that.
Another big problem that I see on a daily occurrence is a lack of fundamentals. You do not see a person just hoping into an airplane without the proper lessons, and you shouldn’t be at the poker table either. Many rookies learn poker from one of two places. They learn from a relative that doesn’t know how to play themselves or they learn from the absolute worse place ever, television. I don’t know how many times I have seen rookies ship their poker chips across a table because they tried some extensive move that they saw Dan Negreanu do on the World Series of Poker. Well I have some bad news for you; Daniel Negreanu is a professional and most likely spent the preceding hours if not days setting up that move.
To fix this problem, the bottom line is just pick up a book. Learn a little bit about poker and some techniques before you sit down and start throwing your money away. Otherwise your lack of fundamental poker knowledge will always leave you at an enormous disadvantage to your competition.
A mistake that many have to realize applies to everyone no matter what your skill level is playing in tough games. If you are the ninth best poker player in the world, well that’s great. But if you are seated at a table with the eight top poker players well then you’re the sucker. This is just as important to your bankroll as your ability to play poker itself.
There is a quick fix for this problem, suck it up! Swallow your pride and put your ego away. Sit down play for a little bit and if you see that your opponents are better than you, well then you might want to interest yourself in a game with less skilled opponents.
A big part of poker that you will become aware of after a while, that actually has quite a big impact is predictability. This is incredibly easy to spot. If you were once a winning player with your group of friends, but for some reason now you are losing time after time than I would chalk the mess up to predictability. The short story is that you have played with them enough for them to develop a basic profile of you.
The key to fixing this flaw is to simply mix it up! If everyone you play with know that you are a conservative player that never bluffs, well then guess what time it is? It’s time to take them for the ride of their life and throw a bluff at them. Start adding some creativity to your game.
The most trivial reason that you’re losing is nothing more than an ancient case of bad luck. Unfortunately poker is one of many things that is susceptible to the luck factor. I mean let’s face it; you just cannot beat a player that keeps on flipping of a four of a kind every hand. But if this is your only problem, then you better be happy.
There is only one way to handle bad luck, keep playing. The longer you play poker with a solid strategy the less likely that bad luck has a role.