.The new players or the uninitiated often call it luck but the variance does not at least not completely, it is simply a probability that is closer to its real value with the volume set . This is called the long-term expectation of gain .
WHAT IS variance IN POKER?
To explain to you quickly these are your real results according to the theoretical results. If you have AA vs 22 you will win 80% of the time and the variance will be respected if you win the move 8/10.
The good run (or “the Chaaaaatte” as Benoit Paire would say)
If you’ve already played a few games it maybe you ever had to touch on the evening of card combinations crazy such as nuts , the three of a kind , the straights and everything in less than 10 cards of distributions by the dealer. It is a period of good run you are above the classic probabilities.
THE BAD RUN (DARK PERIOD)
It’s a period when the distribution of cards is no longer very pleasant with you, the croupier has let you down and your cashier is melting like snow in the sun, you can lie down, think and adapt your game as the players do. the most experienced nothing helps it is lost in advance!
This is where the darkest ideas often come from:
- All rooms are rigged.
- Opponents can see my cards.
- My account has been set to lose.
- Or even the famous they made me win at the beginning and now I lose all the time.
TIPS FOR LIMITING variance IN POKER
First of all when you are in a bad run period , stop your session and remember that it is a game where we must have fun, if you are on tilt and it is bankrupt financially, review the concepts of bankroll management .
DISCIPLINE IN POKER
Discipline and organization are the keys to limiting damage.
In advance, write down on a piece of paper your budget for the month, the number of hours you want to play in the week. Your entry fee or average bet and how many buy-ins or buys-in are you willing to lose before going on full tilt.
PLAY YOUR BEST GAME WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE RESULTS
I know it sounds counterproductive but it allows you to focus on your A-game which is your best way to play technically and mentally. To ignore the variance is to master the data over which we have total control.
The playing time, our emotions, the limits we play …
CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS IN THE FACE OF THE BAD RUN
It’s easier said than done, but you absolutely have to control yourself when you’re in the middle of a bad run. If you go outside your usual limits (which can happen): You must accept to recognize that you are mentally weak and work on your ability to react badly to variance.
A little meditation , a tournament review with a friend or even a poker coach who will show you your mistakes.
This process will allow you to improve your mind and make the right choices in the future.
ARE YOU READY FOR REAL MONEY variance?
Now that you know exactly what variance is.
Go and do the experiment yourself and come tell us if it was good or bad.
Good luck and luck be with you.