I'm Currently going through the hardest time of my poker career so thought id make a post to see if anyone can offer anything extra to what I'm doing now, and also to maybe vent a little.
I'm a 100-200NL full time reg ( i used to play up to 1000 NL a few years ago but stopped playing) who has had respectable results over the last 2 years, winning at 2.7 PTBBs. In December I had my first losing month for 2 years and I have been on the worst down swing by far that I have ever encountered.
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As well as the obvious EV issue I'm also running badly situationaly and am constantly being coolered ( eg flop boat opponent flops quads, set over sets etc)
This bad run has made me work harder than i ever have on my game, and I have fixed some leaks that I wasn't aware of before the Down swing.
My Typical Routine on a playing day:
7 AM Gym
9 AM watch a lego poker vid ( taking notes etc)
10 AM Go through previous days play and analyse hands from it.
11AM - 7PM Play ( usually 90 min sessions taking a break of at least 15 minutes after each session
7-10 PM Relax ( family time)
10 PM Read hands posted on forums make notes
11 PM Bed
My sessions used to be a lot longer than 90 minutes but I have shortened them so I can try and play my "A game" throughout the session, I have also reduced the amount of tables I play from 9 to 4-6.
A common theme currently is I go 5 buyins down in the first 15 minutes ( usually all EV/ cooler related) and I quit because I'm not confident I'm able to play my A game after that. I then feel sorry for myself for a while, do some more study and finish up for the day, feeling disheartened and tbh pretty shitty. The following day I try and prepare myself mentally as well as I can before hand but I definitely feel apprehensive about what's coming and not very confident.
I feel that my Game is in the best shape it has ever been and on a positive note the leakes ive fixed should really help long term.
Maybe i have always totally underestimated Variance ( ive used the variance simulators etc) and was just fortunate i hadnt had a period like this yet. I realise poker owes me nothing and I'm working my hardest to improve the situation, if anyone has any further advice on anything else i could be doing to help this it would be appreciated.