How to know when you should stop playing poker
Knowing when to end a session of online poker can be tough. With the action flowing 24/7 and available on your laptop, walking away from a losing session can be almost impossible. Walking away from the tables down money can be rough, so here are a few signs that you should end you session and try your luck another day.
If you feel like you're losing control, stop
One sign that you should walk away from the tables is when you feel like you are losing control of your emotions. Losing control of your emotions at the poker table causes you to play bad and will cause serious damage to your bankroll. Even if you are up money on the session having a hot head and losing control of your emotions could cause you to give it all away on one misplayed hand to the other players at the table. Being able to know when to stop a session due to tilt is just as important as being able to read the other players at the table.
If the results of one hand begin to cause you to play bad it is best to take a break from poker and clear your mid. Many players begin to tilt because of the results one hand. While one hand can have lots of money riding on it a good player never lets that get in their way. Losing hands like Ace King suited to pocket queens is a part of poker and if you can’t deal with losing playing poker may not be for you!
Another sign that you should quit a session is if you lose a large portion of your bankroll in a short period of time. Whether you are an amateur player or veteran shark losing a large amount of your playing money will have an effect on your thoughts and play at the table. Even if you believe that your losses are not causing you to play bad it very likely is impairing your thought process, causing you to play poorly and the other players at the table are sure to take notice.
Don't be afraid to drop stakes
If you still have the itch to play poker after going on tilt try dropping down to the micro stakes or learn a new card game. While it might not be the biggest stakes on the internet playing against weaker players at low limits can give you a nice boost to your confidence. While Texas Hold'em is the most popular card game online other games like Omaha as well as mixed games are growing in popularity. Try sitting down for a few hours at the play money or micro stakes tables to blow off some steam! It can be fun to learn a new game and it will make you a better Texas Hold’em player in the long run. Often time’s games like Omaha are softer at the higher limits than Hold’em! Talk about a good reason to learn a new game!
While quitting a poker session can be hard these tips will help you find the right time to cash out your chips. One of the best skills you can possess as a poker player is knowing when to play and when not to play. Losing control of your emotions, sitting on one hand and losing large portions of your bankroll in a single session are all good indicators that it is time to leave the table. Being able to walk away from the tables is a great way to minimize your losses and always be on your A game.