Dealing with pain in Poker
The nature of proper tournament strategy is such that you should be experiencing the "pains" of poker, much more often than the joys. (Playing a 500 person tournament, even if you are double as good as the average player, you should only win it 1/250.) Even highly successful players are not immune to this, so the sooner you/I realize the daily fustrations of tournament play will never go away the better it is. In my 1500+ tourneys on Stars, (where I have been highly succesful) I have suffered streaks of 15 or more straight out of the money finishes on 20 occasions. I once went 38 straight tournaments without cashing. On the flip side, I have never cashed in 4 tournaments in a row.
Getting used to all this losing is very very very very very hard. In fact, I'm not sure I ever will. And there is no doubt that negatively effects my other results. I have gotten better, but am always looking for new tips in dealing with the constant losing- while winning.