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03/03/2008 No. 62
he Guardian G2 Poker Column
Victoria Coren
Monday Mar 03, 2008

There's a popular expression, "Quit while you're ahead", which I recommend you completely ignore. It gets badly misinterpreted in poker, and is as unhelpful as Kenny Rogers' tip, "You never count your money when you're sitting at the table/There'll be time enough for counting when the dealing's done."

Kenny obviously never played tournaments. If you don't count your money, it's impossible to play correctly according to the increasing blinds. Whoever said "Quit while you're ahead" was obviously a million-to-one to win a tournament, since he'd be leaving the room as soon as he became chip leader. And he wasn't much of a cash player either.

You shouldn't walk away from a cash game just because you're "winning enough". Walk away when you're losing enough. If you've lost more than two (maximum three) "pull-ups" for the game, go home. Either you're playing worse than your opponents, or you've been unlucky enough that your head might be affected. If you don't put a limit on how much you can lose in one night, you can easily get into a situation where you'd need three or four (or more) winning sessions to "get out of it". And that's very bad money management.

If you're winning, you should keep at it until you're tired or the texture of the game changes. If the "fish" leave, or people sit down with more money than makes you feel comfortable, or you make a bad mistake, or start yawning, or your profit starts to decline, go home. Otherwise, keep playing your rush. Of course you still want to quit while you're ahead, but not because you're ahead. Leave a winning game only for other reasons. If you put a strict financial cap on your losses, but not your profits, that's good maths.
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