Returning player needs advice

    • wittsy171
      wittsy171
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.08.2011 Posts: 9
      I have not played in about 8 months now due to moving house and other things I have had to take care of.

      Anyway I went back on Stars when I had an hour and tried zoom what a bad idea..bank roll destroyed. Less then $50 put it that way.

      Then like a idiot a few days later went on the 6max tables (not zoom) at the micro stakes and it just got worse.

      My tournament game is ok i think came 28th in a 200/300 player field on 888 in a $5 MTT last week. Honestly I prefer MTT's to cash but you need to have a few hours for them if you want to get to the final table.

      I feel like I have lost touch completely. I have had advice to leave stars and try another room but I play on Stars to avoid the black jack and all the casino games on other sites and also stars has amazing software.

      How can I get back to having a solid all round game again? I didn't think taking a break would just melt my poker brain. I have been reading articles and all sorts on here but how do you incorporate this into the game?

      Currently thinking about a new bankroll...any advice is welcome

      Love you all
  • 3 replies
    • TinoLaan
      TinoLaan
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.10.2011 Posts: 6,411
      I don't think starting completely from scratch is necessary, to be honest. However it can certainly be useful to drop down a limit or two after such a long break, especially if your game seems to have gotten significantly worse.

      What I think is most important though is that you quickly start studying the game again in a manner that is effective for you. That's the way you can get to having a solid game again.

      As far as incorporating the content of articles/videos into your game, there's multiple ways. You should try and figure out what's most effective for you though. Some people prefer to make big diagrams with what to do in each scenario (if x occurs, do y), other people prefer to take just small notes while reading an article or watching a video. And others will simply watch the video multiple times to really let the content sink in. And there's probably a ton of other ways to do it than the ones I listed here.

      Again, try a few methods out and see what works best for you. :)
    • Topdog2904
      Topdog2904
      Bronze
      Joined: 08.04.2012 Posts: 33
      I had this same problem, but it's good that you can see your game is poor.

      I first tried to read the strategy articles again, but this became very boring and wasn't suited to my level. Especially only having access to bronze and silver.

      The best way I found is to play the small stakes and build your confidence back up. You can afford to make mistakes and still be a winning player, and even if you lose it won't be too damaging. After the hand, think about what you could have done better or what you did wrong. You need to be able to have an unbiased opinion on your own play.

      Hand evaluations can also provide you with an unbiased view of your play.

      Just keep playing, it's like riding a bike ;)
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,923
      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      I don't think starting completely from scratch is necessary, to be honest. However it can certainly be useful to drop down a limit or two after such a long break, especially if your game seems to have gotten significantly worse.

      What I think is most important though is that you quickly start studying the game again in a manner that is effective for you. That's the way you can get to having a solid game again.

      As far as incorporating the content of articles/videos into your game, there's multiple ways. You should try and figure out what's most effective for you though. Some people prefer to make big diagrams with what to do in each scenario (if x occurs, do y), other people prefer to take just small notes while reading an article or watching a video. And others will simply watch the video multiple times to really let the content sink in. And there's probably a ton of other ways to do it than the ones I listed here.

      Again, try a few methods out and see what works best for you. :)
      This pretty much sums it all up!

      Thank you Tino :)