Table selection, especially online, can be one of the most profitable things you can do while playing poker. Sometimes we let ego get in the way, we start losing a few hands, maybe someone has just been holding over you and you ‘know’ you can beat him.
Beating him (or her) is highly irrelevant, remember the main point to any poker game is to maximize your return on investment. Note: while some people play the game for pure fun (whereby their investment is mostly emotional, and beating that person may in fact be the greatest return), most of us, especially the degenerate ones, play to make money.
So, the point is, if you find yourself at a tough table, and certainly it happens from time to time, don’t let your ego get in the way. It’s ok to get up and find a new spot. And rather easy to do online, with a simple click of the mouse. You find even great players do this – Brian Townsend aka sbrugby recently posted a blog in which he described playing an opponent in PLO/8 who was beating him badly. He has made a conscious decision not to play him again until he has had a chance to review the previous sessions and identify some weaknesses or leaks in his own game. He’s smart, and eliminating the ego from the equation.