Anyways, after watching my bankroll suffer through a massive downswing over the past 4 months (from 80K to 40K) and feeling my psyche burn out gradually from all the bad beats, misplays and blown opportunities, I've made a decision over the last few weeks that poker might not be for me.
I am considering putting poker aside, salvaging the winnings I have left, and most likely map out a return to the workforce after trying out poker as a career. Anyway I'll reward myself tomorrow with one more MTT Sunday as a sort of "last hurrah" and take a good long break from the game after that, regardless of results.
I'm not posting this to reap pity or complain about luck. I know this is a poker forum,(it does feel kinda good to vent here because if I vent to my friends and family, they'll just tell me how I should have never played poker in the first place bla bla) but I just wanted to know if there's anyone out there who has felt this way or any stories about people who couldn't cut it in poker but moved on to better things.
Anyways, good luck everyone.
Thats tough bro, I am feeling the same way over the last few weeks, lost my passion for the game, lost about 20% of my bankroll. But as you said, if your bankroll was at one point 80k, you most likely can play good poker, so take of 3-4k of your remaining bankroll, think of it as in investment, and take yourself and a loved one of a nice week vacation, refresh your mind and body and come back. The game can be brutal along with the downswings. I am taking a few weeks off before WCOOP and taking a little vacation, I hope this helps you and can help you regain your passion. Best of luck to you, keep me posted with what's going on.
I work full time Mark and play poker as a hobby so cant relate. However, if you are feeling burned out by poker, then by all means take a break and go back to the workforce. FYI though, the workforce has its hard times and share of burnout too.
Poker is an emotionally taxing game, especially MTT's, and it is not worth it for some people to play seriously, even if they can make good money from the game. I know a few people who were solid winning players who gave up the game because it fucked with their day to emotions and relationships with others. Poker, especially online, can become consuming for some and tempt them to play when they have better things that they should be doing. It is different for everyone and some people can only play when the games are good and completely forget about even the worst losing sessions right after they happen and not let it bother them, but this person is pretty rare. For these people, as long as they can make a reasonable income, poker is an awesome job. Freedom to play whenever you want, no alarm clock, no bs commute.
My best advice to you is to take a break from online and go play live. Even if you have to make a road trip out of it, stay in a cheap hotel and grind some live cash games and you will see that the players in live games still play like it is 2006 and you will have a great chance to book some wins and get your confidence back. Or you can just ship the million and finish 2nd to me in the FTOPS tomorrow and all will be good :) GLGL
well there is a chance your playing slightly over your bank roll...u said u had 80k BR a few months back but looking at your profile u made 55 k of that in 1 single score...not saying it was purely luck but im seeing alot of 150 $ + buys ins ranging all the way up to 500 $ once again i just glanced quickly but a 40 k downswing playing 200$ + MTTs and putting in a full sunday of volume is really not that big at all...esp if u compared it to the swings of a HSMTT regular...just my 2 cents..
just ban yourself from cash games imo. good luck :)
edit: someone link him to the "most makeup how long" thread on 2p2 plz
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