OK, so I'm in the midst of my biggest ever down streak. So far in 2014 I'm in the hole $6,369 over 205 hours of play, around 75 hours of $2/5 NL (-$5,515) and 130 hours of mixed $2/5 PLO/PLO8/BigO (-$1,534), with one brief winning session of $15/30 LHE (+$680).
After 2013, I thought I was really getting the hang of this thing called pokerz. And this may or may not be a "big down streak" (you all can comment on whether or not this is a big down streak obv), but for me, it is big, in partially a monetary sense, but more so in an ego sense, considering where I was at mentally.
Obviously, I haven't "mastered" a damn thing. I'm sure a bit of this down streak is "lol running bad," but I think most of it is me making loose calls, not wanting to fold medium to weak hands because "he could be bluffing," and chasing draws without having the proper odds to do so.
I am a middle school band teacher and an oboist by profession, so I know about practice, reflection, study, more practice, etc. I also know that in poker, like in playing music, it's important to "get in the weeds" when needed (minute thought process, analyzing specific hands, etc.), but it's also important to get a "30,000-feet" view as well - the big picture stuff in other words.
So tonight, I was watching Friday's LATB as I was making oboe reeds, and I heard Greg Dinkin (fantastic LATB commentary BTW) refer to the game something about, "Most people play their A-game on their first buy-in. It's what people do on their second and third buy-in, when they're stuck, that is what's really interesting."
I was like, "Holy f@#$ balls, is he talking to me?!?!!!" So I got out my iPhone and created two filters with Poker Journal, one for all cash games with no re-buys, and one for all cash games with one or more re-buys (FYI these graphs cover my play from October 2011 through the present).
This is my graph of all my sessions with one or more re-buys:
Next is my graph of all my sessions with no re-buys:
What does this mean? Does this mean I don't play my A-game when I get stuck in a session? As a recreational playe, does this mean I should just walk away from the table and call it a night if I dust off my first buy-in? If it means I should "work on something," then what is it exactly I should work on?
These graphs look pretty clear to me that I play terribly when I don't do well on my first buy-in. What are your thoughts? If any of you use Poker Journal or a different session tracker, how does your history look when you have to re-buy vs. when you don't?
Thanks for any and all advise. I really want this down streak to end. Like yesterday lol. Take care,