The myth of the new winning player

mattlessingerI get a lot of emails from readers telling me similar stories. They have registered on a site of poker in particular and have immediately started to gain. After awhile, they lose what they earned and even a little more. Then, they m write me to ask why they are no longer able to beat players online as easily as they did before.. Some even suggest that their site manipulates their results, letting them win at the beginning, after their registration, giving them false hopes, then restart their money.

First, let me tell you that if you adhere to this nonsense, you should seriously take a look at yourself. Even Phil Hellmuth n is not so self-centered. Do you really believe that poker sites you would watch and to say: "it must be hell for players at his table. "Everything that c is important for us is that he wins. And a few months later: "we want to be certain what he lost. C is really laughable. This n that is certain, c is n matter what poker site with a good reputation, is interested as to honest parties. Poker sites do s worry not if you win or lose; they only want you to play.

However, even if the sites do not handle your results, to win early and lose later is quite common. I think qu a surprising number of players earn their early and that the majority of these end up being losers players long term. I do not think that this phenomenon is difficult to explain. There are at least three reasons why this recurring pattern takes place:

#1 you are more attentive as a new player.

I personally opened several new accounts for players, and j so could see their level of concentration from the first hands. For their first sessions, their eyes are glued to their monitor. They ignore all external distractions while focusing on the action. They pay attention to every bet, to each raise, and each showdown, in addition to note every new player who s sitting at their table. With this level of observation, all they should need is decent maps and some skills to become a winning player.

Even if a player is not new to poker online throughout, his level of attention is usually higher when he tries a new site, since he wants to record all the differences between the new site and former l. Alternatively, its excellent level of observation should greatly improve its performance. On the one hand, I was also witness to a lot of players who have played on the same site for many years and thought that they no longer need to give their full attention. They play on multiple tables while watching TV, answering the phone and eating a sandwich. They give only a fraction of the attention that they gave in the past, and then wonder why they don't get the same positive results. The site not the cheating; they are cheating themselves.


#2 you focus more to build your bankroll qu to preserve

C is similar to what is often seen at the Boxer in the making. While he rose through the ranks, he dreams d a world title, making it s hard exercise, eating well, study the scope of his future opponents, and remain generally disciplined. But once he wins the title, its habits are starting to take the edge while he appreciates the fact d be made at the top, which allows another young, hungry and competitor, to dethrone it. Poker is not really different.

When a player starts his career online, he could have a multitude of goals. Might want to try to improve its general skills at poker, mount limit, or just make a certain amount of extra cash. But whatever the motivation of the player, the d motivation a player who built his bankroll is usually more focused. However, once a player proves that he can win, its intensity often begins to be hesitant. It appears that he can turn this ability whenever it wants, as it s was a d bulb switch. If only c were so easy! What he does not realize when it has too much confidence in him, is that he began to slowly a few bad habits. Usually, when we realize it, it is too late for s discard. All too often, in the meantime ourselves our form to rebuild our bankroll, we we transform player winning to losing player.


#3 you play probably higher than your level of incompetence

Alan Schoonmaker, columnist for Card Player magazine, introduced me to this expression, taken from a book called the Peter principle, which I think is spectacular. In a nutshell, it means that, if you mount limit, you will eventually reach a limit where the competition is simply better than you do are. And unless you limit resdesendiez - at a level where you can beat the competition - you will be doomed to be penniless.

Generally, I believe that players ride limits too quickly. They play a few sessions of $3-$6, show a profit, and then include that they should try the $5-$10. Some time passes, they show a marginal profit in the $5-$10, and decide that the $10-$20 could make them earn more money. But because they did not put the hours required at the lower limits, they do less of money at the $10-$20, and begin to wonder why they are no longer as much silver qu d at their start and why they became losers

Put simply, they made two errors. They did not remain at a level that they could beat, and therefore, they have not enough sharpened their skills to give a good cushion to face the next level.

My suggestions
If you want to be a winner in the long term, you must avoid the pitfalls which j have spoken above.

That is to say, you must:

  • Acknowledge that you are responsible for your results. Do not put the blame on the poker sites.
  • Be always careful when you play, whether you're playing on the same site since 3 hours or 3 years.
  • Maintain a high level of intensity, even if your bankroll is a comfortable level.
  • Have demonstrated a constancy in winnings to a limit given before go to an upper limit.
  • Acknowledge that you (or anyone n d other) have limits. When you have achieved your level of incompetence, return to the previous level you can beat.

If you want to make sure to become a winning online poker player and that you follow these five principles, you will establish a successful online career. And then you will have no reason to subscribe to the myth of the 'new winning player.