As you can imagine, with Brett Favre coming to Minnesota, my job at KFAN radio has turned into a complete whirlwind. New storylines every day, countless radio interviews, scattered ESPN appearances (can’t complain about that), and a national focus on the Vikings.
Of course, because of this, my poker sessions have been shaved thin. In fact, they’ve been almost non-existent. And when I have played, I’ve been getting my ass kicked. And because I strictly play sngs, (mostly $50 turbos), a bad stretch can really take a toll on one’s bankroll (off the top of my head, I’ve probably only cashed in about 5 or 6 of my last 50 sngs… just awful).
It’s almost unrealistic how poorly I’ve run over the last couple weeks, but instead of boring you with the ridiculous 2-outers, I’ll just trust that most people know what I’m talking about.
And instead of sitting here pissing and moaning (which is what I REALLY want to do…), I’ve come up with a few bullet points of advice for myself and others in regards to running poorly on the felt:
1.) Always play within your bankroll… If you don’t, it’s impossible to withstand the worst of swings. Variance is VERY REAL in poker, and it WILL come back to bite you at some point.
2.) If you are consistently getting your money in good, but can’t seem to avoid running into bad beats, DON’T CHANGE YOUR GAME! Analyze carefully and honestly. Are you on tilt? Or are you just really unlucky?
3.) If you are unlucky, and if the deck keeps giving you the cold shoulder, make sure to keep a POSITIVE attitude. If you’ve played poker long enough, and if you are a winning player long-term, the luck will swing, as it always does. Keeping a positive attitude helps your overall well-being.
4.) Take breaks. Running poorly and losing money take a toll on other aspects of life, and it can seem as if things will never turn around. I recommend working out, going for a run, happy hour with friends, whatever.
5.) Listen to Huey Lewis and the News. If that doesn’t work, try Journey. One of those two bands is sure to pull you out of any poker funk.Phil Mackey is a sports radio personality at 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. He's also the editor and publisher of Minnesota Poker Magazine, and the co-founder of the Minnesota State Poker Tour. Contact Phil at email@example.com