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Now I know a lot of our more experienced players now the value of reveiwing how they have been playing, but this is something I just realized the importance of. So I thought I would share what I have learned with others.Since I started playing for money on-line I have done pretty well. I am way ahead from what I started with. But recently I finished 2nd in the $10-$1 tourny we had, which increased my bankroll pretty good. So I decided I had enough money to move up a level. Since then I have been on a pretty bad losing streak. At first I thought, well maybe the level of play was better at this level and I wasn’t ready. But I knew that I know how to play and that this shouldn’t be a problem.So then I decided to request my statistics from Pokerstars, something I hadnt done before. I noticed an alarming trend. Take a look at my hand histories and tourny history (just one for an example but they were all pretty much the same).200 hands played and saw flop:- 26 times out of 45 while in small blind (57%)- 27 times out of 42 while in big blind (64%)- 34 times out of 113 in other positions (30%)- a total of 87 times out of 200 (43%)Pots won at showdown – 12 out of 28 (42%)Pots won without showdown – 32PokerStars Tournament #6834758, No Limit Hold’emBuy-In: $5.00/$0.509 playersTotal Prize Pool: $45.00Tournament started – 2005/04/08 – 17:26:02 (ET)Tournament finished – 2005/04/08 – 18:35:55 (ET)1: kacknit (Renton), $22.50 (50%)2: Bugsy 99 (Toronto), $13.50 (30%)3: ayrtonsantos (Vila Real), $9.00 (20%)4: neo4u (North Huntingdon),5: Nasty4321 (Midland),6: theproffesor (Price),7: Kerosion (san diego),8: yursharkbait (san diego),9: stupidman133 (cullman),You finished in 6th place (eliminated at hand #1491748850).53 hands played and saw flop:- 6 times out of 8 while in small blind (75%)- 6 times out of 8 while in big blind (75%)- 9 times out of 37 in other positions (24%)- a total of 21 times out of 53 (39%)Pots won at showdown – 3 out of 5 (60%)Pots won without showdown – 7I noticed that as of late the percent of flops seen was way too high. I think that 20% is about right. Also in the table games I had only one about 50% of the pots I was involved in, and only 42% of those that had went to a showdown.What this told me is that I was seeing way to many flops, so I was playing hands I shouldn’t. Also, since I only won 42% at the showdown I realized I must have been chasing too many draws.I believe what it boils down to is that since I moved up a level, and the pots were bigger than I was used to, I was getting greedy. I was getting involved in to many pots, and I was trying to win everyone I got into.By looking at these stats and evaluating my play, I was able to contain myself. And here are the stats for the very next tourny I played in.Buy-In: $5.00/$0.509 playersTotal Prize Pool: $45.00Tournament started – 2005/04/09 – 17:23:42 (ET)Tournament finished – 2005/04/09 – 18:21:45 (ET)1: theproffesor (Price), $22.50 (50%)2: Redrick25 (Grand Rapids), $13.50 (30%)3: chris3-1-3 (Bahama), $9.00 (20%)4: edge1234 (Copenhagen),5: sharibear21 (springfield),6: RoBear113 (Chicago),7: jgpoker (woodside),8: frekas (luleå),9: b_dogg66 (Upper Darby),You finished in 1st place (eliminated at hand #1497308329).98 hands played and saw flop:- 8 times out of 24 while in small blind (33%)- 14 times out of 24 while in big blind (58%)- 8 times out of 50 in other positions (16%)- a total of 30 times out of 98 (30%)Pots won at showdown – 7 out of 8 (87%)Pots won without showdown – 15Here, I saw the flop less (30% is high because when it gets down to 2 0r 3 you have to see more flops.) But the big key is that I won 87% at the showdown. I wasn’t chasing draws. Also I won 22 out of 30 flops seen. So I wasn’t playing junk hands.So as you can see it can really pay to evaluate your stats and try to determine how youve played. Since then I have been back on the winning side of things.