After losing a big hand, take a break or consciously make sure you don’t play less cautiously:
We find that experienced poker players typically change their style of play after winning or losing a big pot—most notably, playing less cautiously after a big loss, evidently hoping for lucky cards that will erase their loss. This finding is consistent with Kahneman and Tversky’s (Kahneman, D., A. Tversky. 1979. Prospect theory: An analysis of decision under risk. Econometrica 47(2) 263–292) break-even hypothesis and suggests that when investors incur a large loss, it might be time to take a vacation or be monitored closely.
Source: “Poker Player Behavior After Big Wins and Big Losses” from MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, Vol. 55, No. 9, September 2009, pp. 1547-1555
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