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Last week, Daniel Negreanu posted a video on his YouTube channel talking about the five reasons you might be losing at poker. While this may seem like a “clickbait” type of video to some, it is actually a very important topic to anyone that is struggling in the game.

One reason that this video works is that it is coming from a Poker Hall of Famer who’s presently still one of the game’s premier players. If you haven’t watched the video yet, take a look before reading the rest of this article.


So what do you think? Do you agree with him? Can you think of anything else to add to this list? We put our heads together and came up with three additional reasons you can add to Daniel’s list of why you might be losing at poker.

Reason #6 – Your Game Is Not Evolving

Daniel spoke about players becoming too predictable in their play as being a key reason for losing. While that’s true, more players become losing players because they fail to evolve their game.

What does this mean? Poker, especially NL Hold’em, is always evolving. The same tactics that made a person a winning player in 1999 didn’t work in 2009, just like some of the tactics from 2009 may not work, or at least not as well, in 2019.

Think about certain poker pros that have effectively vanished from the game in the last few years. A number of them were unable to evolve with the changing game and ultimately quit playing, or at least quit playing at the levels they were.

This has happened a lot with pre-Boom players and pros. If you aren’t constantly working on improving your game and your strategies to keep up with the norm in poker, then you’re going to lag behind and will probably start losing.

Reason #7 – You Play Too Many Tournaments

While it is true that there are recreational and pro players that make money in poker tournaments, the majority do not. Poker tournaments is a lot like playing baseball. Even the biggest stars actually fail 70% of the time. Many popular home run hitters in the game’s history have horrible or mediocre-at-best lifetime batting averages.

The same holds true for poker. While we make a big deal out of someone making a final table, they are probably busting in 7 of 10 tournaments played. Sure, they are going to homer (take an event down) on occasion, but they are going to have many more strikeouts than homers.

Let’s say you’re cashing in 7 of 10 tournaments, but the majority of your cashes are min-cashes. Over time, you’re going to be bleeding off tons of money. That’s one reason so many players go into debt playing tournaments.

Some players make a huge score and then decide to up the frequency of their tournament play. If they don’t have the ability to support such a move, they are just going to bleed off money faster.

If you’re a tournament player, start tracking how much you’re making compared to your buy-ins. Don’t just rely on a backer to fund your play because you’re unable to make enough to stay in the games.

Your coach gives you advice and strategies to improve your game and you’re now convinced that you can take on the world. You then go out and continue to lose. Sometimes you might even start losing a little worse than you were before.

If this trend continues, it is time to reevaluate the advice or coaching that you’re receiving and move on to someone else. There are some out there offering poker coaching that no longer play the game or they are coaching based on strategies that may no longer work in the games you’re playing.

Take a look, assess the background of your coach or advisor, and also look at what they are currently playing. If they are only coaching rather than playing, there may be a reason. Is it worth the risk to your bankroll? There are way too many coaches out there to settle for inferior advice.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.