Stop Loss Strategy

Poker Stop Loss Strategy

In general, there is no telling how any individual session will go, how good or bad you will run, or how juicy the games will be. Therefore your poker playing environment must be very flexible in order to compensate for all the different variables that can impact any given session. With that said, we all have a threshold where our play will significantly drop off if we choose to push past it. That is where a Stop Loss strategy comes into play, in conjunction with Tilt Breaker’s Stop Loss software to back it up. We tend to use “Stop Loss” as an all encompassing term, but in actuality there are several different types of values that fall under the Stop Loss umbrella. These Stop Loss values can be used for specific poker scenarios:

Tilt Control – Stop Loss $

A $ Stop Loss should be set to your personal threshold of pain. The number that makes your stomach turn at the thought of losing it. A number that, if lost, guarantees you most certainly are no longer playing your “A” game and will be mentally impacted by the loss. This type of Stop Loss will prevent those monster losing sessions that can devastate a bankroll. This strategy will still allow for enough flexibility to stay in a good game when running poorly, so as not to miss a good spot, while still ensuring you don’t go on monkey tilt and blow countless hours of hard work when you are mentally impaired.

Taking a Shot – Stop Loss $

Once you get your bankroll up to the point where you have a significant amount of buy-ins for a certain stake, it’s time to take a calculated shot at a higher stake. Good players take shots with proper bankroll management, giving them a low risk of ruin, because their bankrolls are able to sustain a decent loss; even at a higher stake than normal. The key though is to make sure that that decent sized loss doesn’t turn into a nightmare loss, so ideally you would set a $ Stop Loss for the shot. The problem however, as with so much in poker, lies within the discipline to stick to the plan. If there were ever a time to make sure you stick to a Stop Loss, it would be when you are taking a shot. A calculated stop loss with Tilt Breaker at your side is an excellent way to approach shot taking, and ensuring you stick to your original plan and don’t cripple your roll.

The Working Man – Stop Time Played

As a recreational to semi pro player, it is hard to quit a game when you are suppose to, because you never get to put in as much time on the felt as you would like. Unfortunately, the poker/real work balance will fall out of place if you continue to do so, impacting sleep and real work schedules. For casual players that have to stick to work and sleep schedules, Tilt Breaker’s Stop Time Played feature is a great way to make sure you quit when you are suppose to quit, so you don’t hate yourself the next morning.

Zombie Daze – Stop Hands Played

You are in the midst of a poker binge , nearing your ten thousandth hand of the session. Your eyes are totally blood shot, you have at least one bottle of your own urine somewhere around you, and you are on the 2nd viewing of your entire DVR. As a pro player with minimal tilt issues and no schedule to abide by, there are times when you just don’t quit; ever. Your winrate is rapidly declining, and you have turned into a button clicking zombie that needs to be put out of its misery. Having a Stop Hands Played value is perfect way to make sure your session eventually rests in peace.

Conversely, this may also be used for the player trying to hit some volume goals. In a volume scenario, it may be helpful to just play until you hit a lockdown value.

Morale Boost and Winner’s Tilt – Stop Win

A Stop Win really doesn’t have a lot of value to the majority of players, because ideally you should be maximizing your winning sessions and limiting your losing ones. However I can come up with two good reasons for a Stop Win. If you have been on a killer downswing that is really negatively affecting you, and booking a win would be a much needed morale booster. That would be practical, and probably a smart move. Any type of positive outcome could get you back on track to playing with confidence, getting back on your “A” game, and eventually playing out of the negative variance. The second good reason for a Stop Win would be if you get cocky and start playing more aggressively, opening wider, and playing more hands after you are up a good amount of buy-ins; otherwise known as Winner’s Tilt. If you are that type of player, a Stop Win will help you keep more of your profits.

All in all, having a Stop Loss strategy in place is a great way to regulate your sessions, and to keep you playing within your optimal playing conditions. However we all know how difficult it is to stick to a plan when the tilt haze starts infecting our heads. Tilt Breaker is the perfect poker tool to help you stick to your ideal Stop Loss strategies, every single time.

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