February 27, 2011
For a brief spell, it seemed like nothing I could do at 10NL was wrong, but as a beginner one thing I should not have underestimated is the enormity of the gulf between when I am playing my best and when I am not. As a result, in a few short sessions I was able to drop 8BI and give back all the profits from my good spell. The thing is that this time I could see exactly what had happened - tilt + not walking away from the table.
So I took a few days off from poker to work on something else and the last couple of days have started right back at 2NL again, where I have focussed on really sticking to the playbook, being disciplined and trying to not pay off. For example, even when I can see that a player is bad waiting for a spot where I actually have enough of an edge (ie position, good cards etc) and being patient when the board doesn't quite go along with my clever plan.
This has paid off well so far and I'll soon be moving back up again only this time with a better game and a bit more confidence in my own ability. The next thing is to be able to identify when I'm not playing my best and quit in a timely fashion. Better watch/re-read Tommy Angelo...