As Poker players we go through both success and defeat. Sometimes defeat turns into a downswing. When you go through a downswing it seems nothing goes your way from the cards your dealt, players calling your bluff, missing a flush on the river and being beat by a higher ranking card on the river. It is definitely a frustrating time and sometimes it feels like the downswing will never end.
If your going though a downswing remember everything is temporary and you’ll beat your downswing soon. If your going through a downswing you might want to drop down in stakes and play against weaker players. One thing poker players need to be successful at the tables is confidence. Going through downswings will definitely shake your confidence so by dropping down to lower stakes your giving yourself an opportunity to play against weaker players and rebuild your confidence.
Another thing you might want to try is you may want to simplify your game. What I mean by this is you don’t want to over complicate your strategy and go back to the Poker basics for a little while. Instead of trying to win 10,000 chips in one hand try just winning a couple of hundred chips even if they are just raise and take hands. Winning hands will definitely help boost your confidence even if not many chips are involved.
Another thing I recommend all Poker players do from time to time is Replay their hands!!! This is especially helpful when going through a downswing. Evaluate your game and look for the holes and weaknesses in your game. Identifying these holes and weaknesses will help break your downswing and get back to having success at the tables.
Finally if none of these tips have helped you are likely burned out from Poker. As players most of us spend hours at the tables and play almost daily. Fatigue is bound to set in after playing day after day and week after week. Take a break from playing and use the time you spent playing to focus on other hobbies. You will know when your ready to return to the tables and you’ll be well rested so you won’t make the same mental mistakes you’ve possibly been making while you were on your downswing.
I hope these tips have helped and if your going through a downswing remember it’s just temporary you’ll beat the downswing soon. If you have tips for defeating a downswing I’d love to hear them!