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How to make Poker Interesting Again???

So I am finding it very difficult to motivate myself to play. I find the game interesting and engaging from time to time, but more and more recently what I do is just pretty rote and the lines I take are just almost scripted. I am a full time professional, and I have bills and all that, which you might think would be motivation enough, but for some reason it's really not.

I feel like NLHE is an incredibly solved game and while I don't always play my best, it's only ever because of emotional reasons, I feel like I get 'outplayed' so to speak maybe once every 800 hours or so, although it could be slightly more and I don't ever know because I never saw them show down a bluff or some such! I don't really challenge myself to play the best players, I bum hunt, because I'm playing to make money(obviously).

I am just wondering if anyone else has ever felt the same way and what they do to keep themselves engaged in the game. I love mastering things, really digging into them, learning them, and I've feel like I've done that to some extent, with the help of this site and other resources, including lots of experience. My main game is $2-$5 and I feel like I'm plenty capable of winning at $5-$10 when it goes at my casino, which is rarely, but I'm not really rolled for it and am having a hard time forcing myself to grind our the hours to really up my bank roll.

Maybe this is more of a life question than a poker question, but what do you do when you're in this spot? Do you try and play higher, in the hopes of new challenges? Do you get staked? Start playing tournaments? Quit and invest in bitcoin?

I'm really sort of feeling blah towards NL recently and as said I do have bills to pay and not really the bank roll to support PLO or higher games, without an unacceptable ROR in my judgment.


  • beauregardbeauregard Posts: 1,592Subscriber
    edited February 2018
    being unmotivated is often a matter of goals.
    they're either too small (easy to obtain) or too big (impossible to achieve).

    motivation comes from your desire to get something.
    sometimes it's the competition of being the best.
    other times, it's buying something (a car) or paying an experience (vacation).
    or some rental units for future passive income.

    make no mistake about it - grinding is a job.
    and like all jobs - it becomes stale after a while.
    since you're the boss - it becomes even more difficult when you can give yourself the day off or allow yourself to leave early.

    you probably need to sit yourself down and have a heart-to-heart with yourself about what you truly want out of life.
    why did you choose poker? and how do you plan to get where you wanna go with poker as a profession?
    if you're not super motivated to do such a thing - consider hiring a mental coach like Elliot Roe - which may motivate you more to do the self-actualization that sounds like needs to be done, because you'll be paying for it.

    you might also consider hiring a cash game coach. having someone point out your leaks can often lead into a new burst of excitement about playing a stronger game and not leaving money on the table.
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  • Sean777Sean777 Posts: 356Subscriber
    paying for mental coaching seems like an interesting approach. i would definitely be more motivated to act on my goals if I was paying someone to tell me what to do. Sounds like an odd way of motivating myself, but yes I feel almost no motivation due, and I'm finding it really hard to get my hours up. I guess hard work is just hard to do no matter what the job.
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  • MonadPrimeMonadPrime Posts: 803Member
    Why not experiment/hunt for higher variance +EV lines vs regulars? If you're comfortable at your current level but don't want to move up, this might be the best way to keep evolving your game/hand reading.
  • revisionisthistoryrevisionisthistory Posts: 14Subscriber
    I'm curious where do you live Sean777? There's plenty of ways to attack this problem, but I do like beauregard's comments. I do find it strange that you're concerned about ROR with playing a new game when you would almost certainly bounce back and forth between your main game and shot taking at a new game. Which obv, limits your downside. If you only play the new game more when you're winning with smaller losing sessions/streaks and then you can bounce back to your main game when you give up too much of your profit.

    Ultimately you need to find a way to instill discipline and a stronger work ethic. Ultimately I think your drive and passion have to be internally motivated. You need to find your why. If you only ever use external motivating factors as your sole reasons for doing something, you will always burn out and need to find something new.

    Finding something new isn't inherently a problem, but it becomes one when you can't find ways to motivate yourself. For example, if you workout, are you doing it solely for aesthetic reasons? If so, you will inevitably slack off at some point. But if you also have reasons like wanting to maintain/gain strength, athleticism, improved range of motion, learning new movements, improving coordination, etc...then you will always be able to find something new and interesting to keep you going.

    Hope this helps.
  • AcidhaussAcidhauss Posts: 291Subscriber
    I think I'd simply take a break for a while. Heres a good post from RIO coach Daniel Dvoress which might be good advice thats resonated with me at certain points of my career.

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