No matter how good your poker skills, you will have wild swings in your idn poker game, whether playing live or playing texas holdem poker online. These swings are just part of the game. How you handle them will go a long way toward whether or not you’re a successful, ie profitable, texas holdem poker player. So how do you handle the swings?
The swings you get in texas holdem online poker can drive you flat out insane. If you don’t learn to handle them, you’ll be in big trouble, both emotionally and financially, neither of which you want. If you’re a naturally emotional person or poker player, this is an extra big challenge for you. I know that from experience. As an athlete growing up, I was an emotional player. I would use any thing I could, such as a bad call against my team, to get myself emotionally fired up. I played better that way. Some people play a lot worse when they let their emotions get the best of them. This can be especially true in poker.
If you let your emotions control you instead of the other way around, you’ll find yourself making bad decisions in your texas holdem sessions. And that leads to one thing and one thing only, going broke. It’s tempting, after a number of bad beats, to think you can force a winning hand by raising big with that 2-7 offsuit in your hand. But your anger isn’t going to force the cards to flop in your favor.
You begin to think the texas holdem poker online sites are cheating you, the poker gods are against you, and no matter what you do, the one card your opponent needs to beat your powerful hand, will come down on the river. I don’t know about you, but when that happens to me, I’m tempted to toss my computer right out the window. Or take a sledge hammer to it. Ah, that feels better. Of course, then I’d be out a computer, too!
It’s hard not to get angry when you hit one of these low swings. But getting angry isn’t going to change your fortunes. The only thing that will do that is to keep your emotions in check and keep making the right decisions during your poker game. If you do that, you’ll get out of the bad swing. As hard as it may be, you have to keep a positive outlook during the bad times.
If you start making bad decisions, you’ll just dig yourself a deeper hole. You start chasing draws, making bad calls, raising when you shouldn’t, etc. and then you wonder why you can’t get out of that rut your in.
Don’t chase the cash. What do I mean by this? Some people subscribe to the betting philosophy of doubling up. What does this mean? Let’s say you’re playing blackjack and you bet $50 and lose. On the next hand you bet $100. You lose again. On the next hand you bet $200. You lose again. And so on. The texas holdem poker version of this would be to step up in limits, say from the $1 – $2 table to the $4 – $8 table, in order to get your cash back. Bad idea. Don’t step up, step down. It’ll take longer to build up your bankroll but you can regain your confidence. Practice your game with a lot less risk. While your profits may be smaller, so will your losses.
Focus on making the right decisions during a bad swing in your texas holdem poker online games and eventually you’ll find yourself playing winning poker again.