Every poker player reading this will at some point experience a losing streak. It happens to everyone and you’re not alone in this regard. Knowing when to pack it up and leave the table can be difficult. Hopefully it’ll be less difficult after reading this. It’s always important to realize that this is something that will happen to you repeatedly throughout your poker career. It even happens to the best players among us. The difference is, it happens less often with great players compared to those with less poker skills. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it never happens to other people.
The first sign that you need to leave the poker table is if you’re gambling with money you can’t lose. Are you putting your grocery or rent money in the pot? If so, then it’s time to leave. Many people will make the mistake of thinking that somehow they’ll earn the money back. They’ll go with the train of thought that it was a bad beat and now everything will be okay. There could be many factors as to why you’re losing so much money. It could be that you’re tired, steaming, or you may even had too much to drink. Save the cash to pay your bills and you’ll be at the poker table sometime again soon. It’s best to leave in situations like these than to get yourself in even deeper.
Don’t be surprised if you go through long periods of time without any good cards. This is what’s often referred to as being card dead. It’s not unheard of to sit at a table for a long time without ever seeing two cards you can play. This can often times make players play hands they normally wouldn’t. If this happens to you, don’t call or raise it with weak hands. It’s best to cut your losses and go home. There you’ll be able to find something else to do or just simply relax. Not every hand will be a good one and you can’t force any two cards to be pocket aces. Accepting that you’re card dead is just a part of the game.
Tournament play is quite a bit different than cash games. It shouldn’t be a shocker to anyone that they don’t finish in the money in every tournament they play in. Being knocked out before the bubble is something that you all should expect to happen quite a bit. With that said, cash games are quite different. It’s easy to lose a lot of money fast when playing cash games. It’s going to be vital to your poker career that you know when to call it quits. You may want to sit down and play for a few hours, but that’s not how it works sometimes. You don’t want to allow your judgment to become clouded by having a losing streak. You’ll make the situation worse and your wallet will have a big dent in it.
Losing is part of every sport. No one is a winner all the time. It’s something that every competitive person has to accept at some point. It’s not easy and getting used to it will take time.
Keep in mind when you leave the poker table you’re not admitting defeat
All you’re doing is making sure that you don’t do anything stupid. Most people reading this don’t have unlimited funds to play poker with. You’ve got to keep things in check so you can continue to play without putting yourself in financial jeopardy. This is the main reason why you want to put an end to a losing streak by simply getting up from the table. It’s going to cost you way too much money in the long run by not doing so.