Do You Have Experience And A Good Base, But You Cannot Make The Leap Of Quality?
If this is your case, do not worry. Try to target yourself, a work discipline and a banking management system. It’s time to fight to prove yourself that you can become a regular winner.
In recent times, I have had the opportunity to meet a few players who had the same problem.
All of them had been playing online poker for years and, despite having enough experience at the tables and with a good base learned by trial and error or forming with books, forums, videos, articles or schools, they could not make the leap of Quality .
The management of banking was not his forte, nor the planning of their game in relation to money and time available, and their chances of success.
They were the typical players who put € 20 in a room, played low buy-in tournaments or freerolls; Raised the account to 200 € ; And then they would be gambled , playing all tournaments on the grid regardless of the price, or sitting at the cash tables of NL 50 or more.
Evidently, his life was a roller coaster and almost always ended up with his cashier to zero, with the feeling that the software mistreated them, and with the “obligation” to start generating money again from free tournaments.
To all of them I have proposed a major change in their understanding of poker.
The lack of discipline is the cause of their ups and downs, the solution is to set goals according to their banking management.
The objectives must be very specific. What is there to play? In how much time? How many hands or tournaments are we going to play? How much to win? How many levels do we have to climb?
Therefore, the objectives must be measurable. Our objectives must be translated into quantitative variables, such as ROI, ITM or EV bb / 100h. We can also look at the volume of play (number of tournaments or SNG played, or disputed cash hands) or in the hours of analysis and study. Qualitative variables (such as making fewer mistakes) can also serve us, but as long as we try to quantify them.
The objectives must be attainable. Although we can be ambitious, it is important that we know where our limits are so we do not force them too much. The tiredness or frustration that comes with starting to feel that we do not meet them is not good partners at the tables.
Objectives must be realistic. It does not make sense for us to consider unreasonable achievements in light of our possibilities. We must be honest with ourselves and set ourselves real goals, which motivate us to fight every day without losing the illusion.
The objectives must have a defined time frame. We must know how much time we have to achieve the goals, so that we can easily assess the degree of compliance with milestones as the days go by and avoid relaxation or loss of discipline.
And, finally, the objectives must be consistent with our bankroll management system. In order to fight for our goals it is essential to play inside the bank; otherwise the “threat of ruin” (that is, the risk of losing everything) can be very high and turn our purposes into just one more attempt of ours tumultuous career in the online poker world.
Winning by playing poker not only depends on the cards that come out in each hand. Aspects such as discipline, willingness to learn and grow, honesty, humility, banking management and the ability to work are, in my opinion, the most important.