January 22, 2012
I have issues with quiting (poker sessions not poker as a whole) and i have been casually listening to Tommy Angelo's Eightfold path to poker enlightenment when just as i have had my biggest downswing to date they bring up the important issue of quitting when your not ready to stop playing.
Im going to practice quiting, by taking scheduled breaks, even if the games are great. My issue is i cant let a table go if theres a mega fish, i tend to play to long, struggle to stop and play too many tables hoping to be the one who cracks the fish. I need to realise that the games are actually good often enough at 100nl to let that fish stay in the sea (or get whaled by the Japanese) and i will play and focus when i am entirely ready and playing optimally, not just because a fish is on my right.
I plan on taking breaks whether i like it or not at 1hr intervals. I will stand up take a piss and do 10 push ups and 30 sit ups to get the blood flowing. It shouldn't be long enough for me to get booted, just long enough to get my shit back together.
On a side not ive been playing pretty shithouse and i think subtally tilting, this comes at a pretty shit time as i have just halved my hours at work to allow me to focus more on poker and snowboard more. But now i am relying entirely on poker for my travel savings.. Ive always wanted to turn poker into my main income and now i have the oppurtinity so there is no fucking way i'll allow bad play and not enough hard work to stop me travelling.