It's amazing what winning one big pot can do for you.
I've gotten in a few sessions in the last week or so, and the trend has been depressing. Good thing we're not talking about real money here.
My personal kryptonite (playing Pot Limit Omaha) is flopping the nut flush draw plus a gutshot, giving me something like 12 outs to the nuts with two cards to come. It seems I'm always up against two or three players who caught enough to go to the mat -- by the time the action gets to me I've either got odds** to stick around or at least it's close.
Of course, when you never hit, the play chip bankroll is going to trend downward. I think going into Friday's session I had lost five of these in a row.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Results oriented. That doesn't make it any more fun.
I decided to change things up a bit for Friday's session. Instead of buying in deep, I decided to shortstack a "bigger" game. I'm the big blind the very first hand and call a minraise preflop getting 11-1. I find myself with (duh) the nut flush draw. I check and by the time it's back around to me I'm getting almost 4-1 with THREE players yet to act behind me. Crazy. Long story short, I hit on the turn, survived the river, quadrupled up.
What the hand did for the "bankroll" wasn't that important. What it did for my focus and confidence was. One big pot led to one very good session.
And there you have it.
** One thing I KNOW I'm not doing correctly is adjusting my calculation of pot equity to account for possibility of the board pairing. There's always more to learn, I guess.