bad luck or a norm for a beginner

Question by chapman32 Posted

So I've been playing poker for roughly 2-3 months now. I put in a decent amount of studying, play quite often and understand how to use the mathematics side of poker when playing. I do everything I've learned dealing with odds, outs, waiting for good hands and using position to my advantage. My question is, why am I a losing player, my first month I was making a profit - nothing huge, but a profit. Now I am negative, I don't understand why I'm losing all the time. I'll fold for hours, get pocket kings and get beat on the river with a set of Queens. I know as a beginner you're not gonna turn much of a profit, but is it normal to be negative and not cash out 90 percent of the time when you're doing everything. I know luck is not the tell all about poker, but do I not have a tiny bit of luck to be a profitable poker player or is this just the norm for the beginner players?


  1. Based on a number of things that I've read roughly 90% of all poker players are losing players. So, it is really normal to lose as a beginner. Over a short period (and 2 to 3 months is a short period), you could very easily have a run of bad luck and not cash out much at all. Conversely, you very easily could have been lucky in a few spots in the first month when you were profitable. Honestly, I know a professional who went over 3 months and was break even and he plays about 30 to 40 hours per week, so a couple months of not cashing out much as a beginner is totally standard.


  2. Do not worry about that! To my mind, it is just the norm for the beginner player like you are. Follow if you want to learn more information about this game!

  3. Agree with the previous two comments and want to add you maybe playing too predictable. Players could be getting reads on you by the way you’re betting. In cash games you need to mix it up so players can’t put you on a hand by the way you bet. Watch for patterns from the other players to put them on hands. Tournaments are more about playing the percentages and not taking a lot of risks.

  4. Remember, every bit of information on how to get better that's available to you, is available to everyone else as well. More people are better and becoming better at poker just because of the boatload of help that is out there in form of books, dvd's, pay sites, and even YouTube.

  5. The problem with waiting around for premium hands is that most of the time when your 3betting someone or raising in general. Your only getting reraised by a bigger hand in this case if you had QQ.. if your table knows you've been playing tight they're not gonna repop. So if you get called they might even mix it up with suited connectors maybe a lower pair.. So I'd ask you. What's it worth to you.. winning a small pot or losing a big one.. because when I play tight I let them know without a doubt that I got it... Or even disguise your bluffs.. When your waiting around 30 hands just to get something eventually you have to pay pick your spots more often than not most pots are won on the flop.. You probably have nothing do your continuation bet and pot won.. They most likely didn't hit like you didn't.. I think the best thing to practice is how to deal with someone calling you maybe floating the pot.. that's why position is really important. There's too much to talk bout when I comes to poker.. The one thing I've noticed though.. winning players preflop will raise more than call.. So if you limp in alot.. That can be a big problem....