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Head Games: Healing Remedies for Brutal Downswings and Tilt

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


The Pros: Matt Stout, Chris Hunichen, and Christopher Klodnicki Craig Tapscott: How do you deal with the inevitable downswings that happen as a professional tournament player? Matt Stout: You picked a good adjective to describe downswings: inevitable. Players need to understand that they’re not going to be able to spend their entire careers on some miracle heater, as nice as that would be. This is especially true for tournament-only players, who tend to experience higher variance than cash-game players who play for equivalent stakes. One very important piece of advice that I have for beginners who are experiencing downswings is to remember to spend time focusing on other aspects of their lives. It may seem like odd and unrelated advice, but I’ve definitely noticed that players who do nothing but grind out their 80-hour week of tournaments are much more emotionally attached to their short-term results than those who spend a ...

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