‘’At some point during your poker career, you’re gonna run worse than you ever imagined possible’’ –Anonymous poker champ
The question is: How does a player handle a brutal, long downswing where losing 5 buy-ins in a row is just a tip of the iceberg, where every flip lands the chips away from your stack, where you whiff all the flops completely with premium starting hands? As a result, even the weaker regulars and recreational players seem to get the best of you lately, and your confidence has long gone down the floor.
As the swing gets bigger and everything seems to work against you in the game, you start to question your plays that made you money before. Did you lose the ability to make money with poker, or is it really just variance only? It’s hard to be objective in that situation. Most players are asking themselves where they went wrong and is there something to stop the downswing & endless bleeding of chips at the tables.
Here’s a short answer to those two questions: Not anywhere and nothing. If you’re sure you’re still playing your A-game often enough and you’re a solid player overall, then you are doing nothing wrong. Nor did you choose to play in a game that made you lose that much (unless you’ve recently changed your main game into one with less edge available).