When poker players are asked about what they feel about downscaling, more precisely making a transition from higher limits to lower ones, many are puzzled. The reason is that poker players are overly concerned about how to maximize their profits and the most straightforward way to achieve that is by moving up the ladder. There is no obvious reason for going in reverse but a close introspection of the game would reveal the fact that downscaling can act as the ultimate safety net.
Even though poker is generally a game of skill and practice makes perfect, luck plays its role and when it is against you there is very little you can do to emerge victorious. Tilt is a dangerous foe and when it leads to downswings, it is very likely to lose all the previous gains and more. Taking breaks is the obvious thing to do and players are recommended to return to the tables after they chill out and reconsider their strategy.
This is a surefire way of preventing all those mistakes that have a catastrophic effect on bankrolls, such as chasing losses or shifting between limits in an erratic manner. On the other hand, if you can’t afford the luxury of taking lengthy breaks or quitting poker for a while, you need to resort to a more sustainable solution. Downscaling is one of them, as moving down the limits is going to alleviate the pressure on your bankroll and decrease the odds of incurring losses at the same ratio.
It is supposed to have a two-pronged effect, because on one hand you mitigate losses on the other you improve the chances to return to your winning ways. If luck continues to be against you at lower limits, you will find solace in the fact that the poker session will be far less damaging. At least in theory, when you play at lower limits you are supposed to compete against less experienced opponents and this will give you an edge over them.
This is where poker players need to tread lightly, because jumping to conclusions regarding the skill and ability to play of people competing at lower limits can be hurtful. Keep in mind that you used to play at the same limits a while ago and even though you eventually moved on, some of those competitors are quite dangerous. Making the transition back to higher limits is a sensitive issue, because the decision is to be made in complete regard to your state of mind, recent improvements and less with your bankroll.