Can You Run Bad in Poker For Months? (It Might Surprise You)

Can You Run Bad in Poker For Months?

Can You Run Bad in Poker For Months?

People
ask
me
all
the
time
if
it
is
possible
to
run
bad
for
months
on
end
in
poker.
The
term
“running
bad”
by
the
way
refers
to
a
sustained
period
of
bad
luck.

For
example,
your
pocket
aces
get
cracked
over
and
over
again,
you
lose
flush
over
flush,
they
hit
their
miracle
cards
against
you
on
the
river
seemingly
every
time,
and
so
on.

This
is
actually
a
completely
natural
thing
in
poker,
which
we
call
a
“downswing”
and
it
happens
to
everybody,
sooner
or
later.

But
many
people
are
actually
a
bit
surprised
at
just
how
long
a
downswing
can
last.
So
in
this
article
I
am
going
to
discuss
if
you
can
run
bad
in
poker
for
months,
and
what
you
can
do
about
it.


How
Long
Can
You
Run
Bad
in
Poker?

So
how
long
can
you
actually
run
bad
in
poker?
Well,
technically
it
can
last
as
long
as
it
wants
to.
Poker
is
just
cold
hard
math
at
the
end
of
the
day.

And
the
one
thing
that
I
have
learned
from
playing

millions
and
millions
of
hands
is
that
the
more
you
play,
the
more
completely
insane
statistical
anomalies
that
you
will
encounter.

If
you
think
about
it
though,
this
only
makes
sense.
If
you
sit
there
flipping
a
coin
a
million
times
eventually
it’s
going
to
land
tails
12
times
in
a
row
right?

So
in
my
poker
career
I
have
had
multiple
instances
where
I
ran
far
below
EV
(expected
value)
for
over
100,000
hands.
And
I
was
absolutely
convinced
that
I
would
never
another
hand
of
poker
again.

This
is
why
if
you
read
my
poker
blog
here
regularly
you
will
know
that
I
often
quote
this
number
(100k)
as
the
bare
minimum
thresh-hold
to
draw
any
kind
of
reasonably
accurate
conclusions
about
your
poker
results.

And
people
have
told
me
many
times
that
this
number
is
way
too
high.
I
am
crazy.
But
this
is
because
they
don’t
want
to
believe
that
it
can
actually
take
that
long
to
get
your
true
results
in
poker.

After
all,
playing
100,000
hands
of
poker
takes
an
entire
year
for
some
people
even
if
they
multi-table
online.
If
you
play
live,
playing
this
amount
could
take
years.

But
when
you
have
played
10+
million
hands
of
poker
like
I
have,
then
and
only
then,
will
you
begin
to
understand
the
real
nature
of
variance
in
this
game.

If
you
haven’t
even
reached
1
million
hands
played
yet
in
your
poker
career,
believe
me,
you
haven’t
seen
anything
yet.


You
Can
Run
Bad
in
Poker
For
Months
or
Even
Years

So
to
answer
the
questions,
yes,
you
can
run
bad
in
poker
for
months
or
even
years
on
end,
especially
in
the
case
of
tournament
players.
Any
long
term
poker
pro
will
also
tell
you
the
same
thing.

And
this
is
unfortunately
why
so
many
people
struggle
to
win
at
this
game.
Because
they
never
get
past
the
short
term
in
poker.

I
have
people
coming
to
me
all
the
time
claiming
that

online
poker
is
rigged
because
they
lost
over
a
sample
of
5,000
hands.

But
anybody
who
takes
poker
seriously
knows
that
5,000
hands
is
not
even
close
to
a
statistically
representative
sample.

And
so
herein
lies
the
problem
with
the
game.

Most
amateurs
do
not
play
even
close
to
enough
hands
to
get
to
the
long
term
in
any
kind
of
reasonable
time
period.

Heck,
even
many
pros
don’t!

And
this
is
especially
troublesome
for
somebody
who
is
brand
new
to
poker
and
happens
to
begin
their
career
on
a
bad
downswing
(which
can
and
does
absolutely
happen
all
the
time).

These
people
very
often
just
end
up
quitting
the
game
completely
and
never
even
give
themselves
an
opportunity
to
succeed.


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Can You Run Bad in Poker For Months?

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These
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What
Can
You
Do
to
Stop
Running
Bad?

So
what
can
you
actually
do
when
you
are
in
a
downswing?
Is
there
any
way
to
stop
running
so
bad
Well,
I
hate
to
be
the
bearer
of
bad
news,
but
sadly,
no,
there
isn’t
really
a
whole
lot
you
can
do.

Brutal
downswings
hit
every
poker
player
at
a
certain
point
and
all
long
term
pros
have
experience
several
of
them
and
remember
them
vividly
(if
they
even
survived).

However,
there
are
a
few
small
things
you
can
do
to
help
mitigate
the
damage
of
running
bad
for
months
on
end.

Firstly,
and
this
might
sound
extremely
obvious,
but
just
get
better
at
poker.
If
you
need
to
study
some

advanced
poker
strategy,
go
do
that.

If
you
need
to
hire
a
coach,
join
a

poker
training
site,
study
advanced
poker
strategy
books and
so
on,
go
do
all
that
too.
The
bottom
line,
is
improve
your
edge
versus
the
other
players
in
your
games.

Because
this
will
do
more
than
anything
to
lessen
the
impact
of
running
bad
for
an
extended
period
of
time.

If
you
can
learn
to
steal
a
few
more
pots
from
them
for
example,
this
will
lessen
the
blow
of
another
big
bad
beat
loss.

This
is
why
I
focus
so
heavily
on
aiming
for
the
optimal
or
absolute
“ceiling”
winrate
in
whatever
games
that
you
play
in
all
the
time
in
my
poker
books
and
here
on
my
blog.

The
reason
why
I
was
able
to
survive
so
many
absolutely
soul
crushing
downswings
during
my
poker
career
is
because
I
often
was
among
the
very
biggest
winners
in
the
game.

This
helps
soften
the
blows
considerably.

A
weak
reg
with
a
small
winrate
(bb/100) for
example
might
lose
5
buyins
in
a
bad
session
where
I
only
lose
2
or
3
buyins
because
my

winrate
is
higher.

This
is
much
easier
to
handle
from
a
psychological
perspective
when
you
are
losing
every
single
day
for
weeks
or
months
on
end,
like
I
have
many
times.


Create
a
Clearly
Defined
Quitting
Strategy
When
Running
Bad

The
next
way
to
mitigate
the
damage
for
an
extended
period
of
running
bad
is
to
create
a
clearly
defined
quitting
strategy.

And
what
this
really
does
is
lessen
the
impact
of
tilt.

Your
biggest
enemy
when
you
are
in
the
midst
of
a
brutal
downswing
that
last
for
weeks
or
months
is
tilt.

Tilt
is
the
frustration
that
builds
inside
of
you
due
to
another
bad
beat,
another
cooler
and
so
on,
which
causes
you
to
make
poor
emotional
charged
decisions
in
future
hands,
instead
of
calculated
rational
decisions.

Tilt
ruins
bankrolls,
dreams
and
even
careers
in
this
game.
I
have
seen
it
happen
again
and
again.

And
this
is
why
it
is
so
crucially
important
that
you
are
able
to
simply
get
up
and
walk
away
from
the
poker
tables
before
any
real
damage
can
be
done.

So
for
me
personally
I
use
a
Stop
Loss
of
5
buy-ins
during
normal
times
when
I
am
running,
well
normal.
This
means
that
if
I
lose
5
full
buy-ins
for
a
cash
game
(500
big
blinds),
then
I
am
absolutely
done
for
the
day.

However,
during
periods
when
I
am
in
a
lengthy
downswing,
I
shorten
my
Stop
Loss
to
just
3
buy-ins.
This
is
something
that
all
poker
pros
do
as
I
discuss
in

The
Micro
Stakes
Playbook.

And
the
reason
why
I
shorten
my
Stop
Loss
during
an
extended
period
of
running
bad
is
because
I
know
that
my
fuse
is
much
shorter
overall.

I
don’t
care
how
stoic
you
are,
how
much
you
meditate
on
mountaintops
and
do
yoga
marathons,
weeks
and
months
in
a
row
of
getting
slaughtered
in
every
hand
you
play
at
the
poker
table
is
going
to
get
to
you
at
a
certain
point.

You
are
going
to
start
to
feel
resentful.
You
are
going
to
start
predicting
future
losses
and
get
that
hopeless
feeling
that
you
will
never
win
again.

So,
because
I
am
well
aware
that
I
am
more
emotional
during
an
extended
downswing,
I
know
that
I
have
to
be
more
disciplined
than
normal
with
my
quitting
strategy.

So
if
I
lose
3
buy-ins,
or
300
big
blinds,
I
am
outta
there
for
the
day.


If
You
Are
Running
Bad
Right
Now,
Hang
in
There

I
guess
I
will
finish
up
here
by
just
saying
that
if
you
found
this
article
by
googling
“running
bad
poker”,
or
some
variety
of
that,
I
want
you
to
know
that
I
feel
your
pain.

Because
believe
me,
I
have
been
there
countless
times
myself.

The
one
thing
that
you
need
to
know
right
now
is
that
it
will
end.
No
more
how
brutal
they
are.
No
matter
how
dark
it
feels,
downswing
do,
mercifully,
always
end.

You
need
to
understand
that
all
the
bad
beats,
the
coolers,
the
missed
draws
and
so
on
are
not
normal.
And
your
results
right
now
are
not
representative
of
your
true
prowess
as
a
poker
player.

What
you
are
going
through
right
now
is
a
test
of
how
strong
willed
you
are
to
get
through
this.
Because
truthfully,
most
people
crack
under
the
pressure
when
it
happens
to
them.

They
go
on
mass
tilt
and
literally
just
give
their
bankroll
away.
And
this
is
the
#1
reason
why
most
people
lose
at
poker
in
the
long
run.

Poker
is
an
absolutely
brutal
game
sometimes
but
you
need
to
remember
that
it
is
also
all
in
your
head.
Everybody
will
eventually
run
about
the
same
over
the
long
run.

The
only
difference
between
the
big
winners,
break
even
players
and
the
vast
majority
who
loss,
is
how
they
handle
times
just
like
this,
running
bad
for
weeks
or
months
on
end.

This
is
when
you
get
to
prove
yourself
as
a
poker
player.


Final
Thoughts

So
can
you
run
bad
in
poker
for
months
on
end?

Sure,
you
absolutely
can.
In
fact,
this
is
a
completely
normal
occurrence
that
will
happen
to
every
poker
player
at
some
point.

In
fact,
it
even
happens
to
world
class
pros
like
Daniel
Negreanu
as
he
discusses
in
his

Masterclass
training
program.

And
while
terrible
downswings
can
make
you
feel
utterly
hopeless
and
lose
all
confidence
in
your
poker
game,
you
have
to
know
that
they
are
not
representative
of
reality.

They
are
a
distortion
of
your
real
poker
results
and
your
real
abilities.
Extreme
mathematical
anomalies,
which
is
essentially
what
an
extended
period
of
running
bad
is,
cannot
last
forever.

And
that
really
is
the
key
point.
Your
downswing
will
end.

Your
main
goal
right
now
is
to
just
keep
getting
in
there
each
day,
playing
as
best
as
you
can,
and
try
to
mitigate
the
damage.

You
do
this
by
setting
a
clear
Stop
Loss,
which
means
when
you
lose
a
certain
amount
of
buy-ins
or
big
blinds,
you
are
done
for
the
day.
No
ifs,
ands
or
buts.

Lastly,
if
you
want
to
know
the
complete
strategy
that
I
have
used
as
a
10+
year
pro
to
create
some
of
the
highest
winnings
in
online
poker
history
at
the
micros,
make
sure
you
grab
a
copy
of

my
free
poker
cheat
sheet.

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