I have only put in 10k hands since my last post,
and I am not very happy with my play during that stretch. I know the
sample size is small, but I really let a little bit of variance impact my
decisions. For the first time since coming back, I started to lack
confidence in my play. I stopped pulling the trigger in situations because I kept having negative thoughts.
Poker is a grind and the swings can suck.
You cannot question your decisions while on the felt. The time to
question your decision making is during your hand history review, your time
with your coach, etc... Poker is like any other sport. Do you think
a Major League Baseball pitcher is thinking about his pitching mechanics during
the 9th inning of a ball game? Do you think Tiger Woods is questioning
his swing mechanics while coming down the back 9 of the Masters? Of
course not!! They are confident in their abilities and they are out there
performing at a high level. Major League pitchers fix their mechanics in
the bullpen, golfers fix their swing on the driving range, and poker players
patch their leaks while analyzing Holdem Manager, posting on the forums, talking to our coach, etc... While we are playing a
session, we should be locked in on the game flow and pounding the EV out of our
Have faith in your abiliites while on the felt. Confidence alone will increae your winrate more than you may realize.
We get out for Christmas break after this week so
I should be getting in a lot more volume. My girlfriend's dad will be
coming into town next week so I will not get to grind as much as I would like. I hope to get in about 40k hands between now and January. Good luck to everyone!!