When Should I Stop Playing Poker

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 18:24

When Should I Stop Playing Poker?

Different scenarios where you can quit playing.

Just like any gambling game, it's sometimes hard to know when to stop playing poker. When you are on a losing streak, you may be compelled to keep on playing because you want to win back some of the money you've lost. When you're on a winning streak, you'd also want to keep on playing because you're enjoying your winning moments. When trying to learn when's the perfect time to actually stop playing poker, here are a few factors you should consider:

When to stop playing poker in relation to hourly rates

Some experts advocate hourly rates as principal determinants of a session's duration. The theory behind hourly rates says that you win because you spend time gambling; the longer you play, the more chances you have in winning. This theory, however, oversimplifies the nature of poker games. Being successful in poker doesn't just focus on the time being spent at poker tables. It also has something to do with an individual's mindset, emotions, and moods. You have to keep in mind that each poker game has different results. Your emotions and moods also change, affecting the way you think and play during a poker game.

When to stop playing poker in relation to stopping losses

If you lose a certain amount of money, you stop playing. An advantage you'll have if you follow this idea is that you'll avoid having big losses. You won't easily give in to the temptation of spending all your bankroll when playing several poker games. A disadvantage is that this concept prevents you from minimizing losses during good games. For example, you are in for $5,000.00. If your game is good, then you actually have a chance of winning some of the money you've lost. But since you're following the idea behind stopping losses by quitting once you've lost a certain amount of money, you may never know if you'll really get back some of your money. To deal with this kind of situation, it's best to judge how good the game is. If you think your chances of getting back some of the money you've lost through previous games are greater, then it's probably better to keep on playing.

When to stop playing poker if you're ahead

Having little victories at playing poker could be a good psychological boost if you just came from a horrendous slump. Getting back your confidence can do a lot in your next games. Plus, if your bankroll is not that big, little wins can help fatten up your account.

The downside in stopping your game everytime you enjoy small wins is that victories, especially in poker, don't arrive in increments. Some players experience a series of losses, wins, break-even games, and then a terrific win. In poker, you don't regularly get good hands. You could keep on gambling for weeks but still keep on losing. The bottom line is that don't be too obssessed with small-time wins. Think of your long-term goals when playing poker. You should also know your own limits and always stick to a realistic point-of-view when playing poker games.