We play $1/2 NLHE weekly. Have been for at least 15 years with same group of 7-8 guys. Over that period I'm realistically probably a small loser. By small I mean maybe down $200-400 (maybe more) at the end of each year....I'd have to go look at my archives. I understand poker success should be considered over the long haul due to variance etc. I've read books and changed my play over that time hoping will improve my game so that I win more often than I lose. I understand that bad beats and such are part of the game and this is not a request to necessarily analyze my play as I don't have enough data of my play but here's a few hands from last Saturday which epitomizes the bad swing I'm on. These hands accounted for $700 in losses. All these hands Hero lead out with betting at some point: Hero hits 2nd nut straight on the turn and improves to A high flush on the river. Loses to straight flush on river. Luckily checked behind and minimized loss. Here flops trip 5's. Loses to runner runner straight to villain holding 42o. (yes hero led with $10 PF raise.) Hero flops 2nd nut straight and loses to runner runner full houses. Hero calls a PF shove with AKo. Villain shows AQo. Villain hits Q. And the kicker.... Here flops FH holding J8 in the BB. Flop comes JJ8. Bet/Call. Two players to turn and river. Bet/call Bet/call. River is A. Hero loses to villains JA. Surprisingly this hand bothered me the least as there was nothing I could have done, no bet size would have gotten villain to fold his JA. So my general question is should I take a break or quite the game altogether? I've been taking these beats for the better part of a year now.