Stop Staring At Your Graph!
One of the biggest mistakes inexperienced poker players make during their first few years at the table is spending too much time worrying about bottom-line profitability.
Of course, it’s great to win money playing poker, that’s sort of the whole point. And yet, if there’s one thing that could help newer players survive over the long-run, is to first put some proper bankroll-management parameters in place (100-200 units, moving up/down in limits as new thresh-holds are reached) and then spend the next year (or 5) avoiding looking at your graph as much as humanly possible.
Because the reality is that until that time, not only will you not have a big enough sample-size to make an accurate assessment of your skills at the table, but a focus on the money will likely distract you from the only things that actually matter at this point in your evolution as a poker player: studying, improving, and getting hands in at the tables.
This is why the old saying of ‘don’t bet what you can’t afford to lose’ is so important, because when you set aside a bankroll and see it as tuition to the game (a tuition nobody gets for free), you can slow everything down and not worry about the daily and weekly fluctuations in your cashier.
Instead, you can dedicate your time and energy to looking at each session after it’s done and ask yourself which hands you felt you played well, and which you struggled in or weren’t sure about the correct approach. When you begin focusing on those questions, and let their answers guide you to ways to improve your game, looking at graphs may start to seem like a giant waste of time.
Best of luck out there.