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Expensive Testicles Very often the most potent threat to a poker players poker playing life comes from sources completely unrelated to the game of poker itself.

Obviously everyone can and does (except Neil Channing and Roland De Wolfe, of course) experience the inevitable “downswing” but a lot of players have the discipline or bankroll to play though this and come out the other end “still in the game”.

The greatest threat to a poor player is their inherent lack of ability, the greatest threat to a good player, can be the propensity some seem to have of playing while under the influence, normally alcohol, and this accompanied by a big ego can lead to an early exit from the poker scene of some very promising poker players.

Female players seem not to experience this problem as much probably due to having more sense and fewer testicles than their male counter-parts.

In terms of finances there are many suggestions as to how many times the big blind you should have in your bank roll in order to sit in a particular game. I personally thing whilst it is needed to assume that all players are similar in terms of suggesting maximum table sit downs in relation to bank roll the truth and reality is that it very much depends on the individual players ability to adequately assess their own skill level (again testicles can hinder this ability) and also to adequately make a reasonable table selection and game type when sitting down.

After all you can be the 10th worst player in the world and providing you are sat at a table with the nine players below you then should not need too big a bank roll in order to remain profitable long term.

If you are so unlucky that you could lose say 15 full buy-ins in such a game surely you be struck by lightening long before you ran out of cash. Obviously this would be more likely if your opponents were mindlessly aggressive as then the luck factor would be greatly increased and your skill edge, or their buffoon disadvantage would be somewhat negated.

There is an element of the peter principle in that many poker players constantly strive top play at the highest level possible (again often testicle induced) regardless of whether or not that will actually improve their overall profitability or effective “hourly rate”. This even happens when the player concerned at their existing play level is winning more than they could spend (excluding those with a sports-betting, drug and/or hooker addiction).

It is almost as if they are trying to find the level at which they can lose at so they have a pitiful story to tell or maybe they feel it is better to burn up and die than plod along quietly (my personal choice).

My personal view is that you can operate of a bankroll of 4 times the full buy-in per table (if online) PROVIDING you have the discipline to make sure that you are sat at a table where the skill level of your opponents is generally below your own. That is obviously based on a truthful, self-analysis of your own ability rather than the one your mum might suggest or the one you might give when exaggerating your profitability to acquaintances or in the chat box online.

If you are settled at your level and beating that level then if you start to run bad you should consider taking a short break, to ensure your mind is right. You should also consider moving down a level until you regain the confidence that will have inevitably suffered as a result of the bad run.

If you are a tournament player I would suggest that you never play a tournament in excess of 5% of your total bankroll at the time of the tournament (unless you have won a seat via a satellite).

Many players make the mistake of playing in tournaments that are far to great a percentage of the bank roll simply for the kudos of competing or the “chance to win a big one”. They fail to grasp that generally speaking the higher the buy-in the lesser the “edge” and smaller the “value”.

This can be expanded if you are independently wealthy or are doing something else to generate a bank roll.

You may have a decent job outside poker or you may be playing STT or cash in order to supplement the cost of tournament entries. I think that online this is the best way to go.

Playing cash can generate a regular nice profit and you can use a portion of that to play the tournaments which are probably generally regarded by most poker players as the most “fun” to play and certainly offer the most potential glory at the end.

I am certain that there are far more successful cash players than tournament players and whilst a good cash player can easily win a tournament a good tournament player will find it harder to win regularly at cash. So those that base their playing on just tournaments will probably fair a lot worse than those that generally play cash but then also play the odd tournament.

Sit and Go tournaments when played and multi-tabled “properly” will also have swings but a decent SnG player should easily be able to generate a decent monthly profit, particularly if rake-back is taken into consideration..

I speak from experience in this as I am involved with a bankrolling organisation. We originally allowed the tournament players to simply play what they like, within 15% of the daily bankroll limit. When a large portion of them began to run badly at the same time it was like an ex-wife venting her frustrations on your bottom

We have now realised that both from the player and the business perspective it is significantly preferable, in terms of over-all profitability for all tournament players to play SnG or cash in order to supplement their tournament play. Obviously they need to be properly prepared for this additional activity and once trained appropriately they can expect to make regular profits and, at the same time, have the pleasure of playing their favoured tournaments with the chance of the cash and glory of a big success.

Thu, 16th December 2010

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