January 29, 2012
After a few more trips to the local card room dusk till dawn without success for several months (and very few times in recent times that I feel i've come away and thought i've played anything like my 'A game'), I've decided its time to take a break from casino poker at least for the next month. Within February i'm going to work through 'the mental game of poker' book in my spare time, I may watch some videos again, and only play a little online (nothing like my usual grind, but I will play a few hours).
I feel if I only play a small sample, it'll allow me to spend some time reflecting on sessions, post a few hands, etc, and get my A game back on track. Quality and not quantity is the idea here. In my few years of playing this game, my successes, be it a live tourney cash or a deep run in an online MTT always seems to fall along the times that i've put more into game when i'm not playing, but reflecting on concepts, hands, etc.
I feel that live especially i'm simply feeling a little 'burnt out' TBH. On the short drive back from the card room over the last few months i've said to myself "why did I play that hand/those hands so badly when I know I should have folded?" or "I really need to take a break from there as I keep donating and its showing no sign of going away". Its when you have these inner monologues that really it gets to the stage that you need to take time away from it.
Not only that, but i'm going to stop playing my usual tourneys when I do return, i'm simply going to try online sattelites into bigger live events each month. That way, I can get into better structured/juicier prize pools than I'm currently playing for cheaper, and if I don't, i've only spent a few £ trying, rather than 3 trips / month that is costing me considerably more.
I feel my plan is logical and I know deep down I should have done this long before now, before Christmas in fact.
Anyway, let's see how this goes.