Originally Posted by STL FAN
Hope all is going well and glad to meet you. I have been working on tilt everyday especially when I purchased two books concerning the mental game that also includes your topic more than a year ago. Since then I have focused on tilt just as I would with any other part of poker.
The longer the brain is used to play poker and this means not just playing but how the brain stores information gathered since playing poker. Why this is important because poker players will eventually want to learn more about why, when, and how they tilt as an example, just as they would about any other concept of poker but to appreciate tilt a player must embrace tilt in the same way as they would any other aspect of poker.
Listing all forms of tilt can help but the real problem of tilt comes uniquely to each person because it hinges more on how they have built their game that shows how attached, how much or what kind of tilt has control on their game. This is why building a mental model of yourself as well as your opponent(s) are very important routines to do as a poker player each time we play a session.
Making mistakes, tilt or any other examples that I could give about the game is a natural part of poker, because the brain learns information, then repeated decisions at or away from the table become routine to the point of learning them to the level of unconscious competence, good decisions, bad decisions, and any other term that represents good and bad is stored in our brain.
As we further our journey in poker conscious decisions, unconscious decisions have now been routinely made over and over in each of our games that when playing become fluid from information that has been stored up to the minute before playing a session. Some of these routine decisions become patterns in our game good and bad.
When playing conscious decisions come from books, videos, strategies, forums, talking with friends and unconscious decisions comes from our actual play, the ability to perform by making a decision that comes from information from previous sessions. Unconscious decisions make up our primary play in a session and throughout our career.
When analyzing tilt, when a person tries to avoid tilt, a person now is not recognizing an opportunity to put mental triggers as a part of their game that would help to recognize tilt instead. This recognition helps a player get to the root cause of tilt, then have the ability to understand, learn, and then possibly learned what has tilted a player to the point of unconscious competence. That previously in sessions where tilt has derailed their game because there is no way to avoid, control, or completely get rid of any form of tilt; it is stored in our brain and is part of who we are as players.
The reason we as players believe they have simulated control, the player has learned what the root cause of their tilt, the beginning of why they tilted as an example. The reasons they tilted are still there and in times when we are tired or any other example I could give can and will from time to time come back out of no where and zap us with its sting. We as players can interchange our information to help inchworm our game but what is stored will have to be consistently monitored when it comes to playing our "A" game consistently over the long run as long as possible until time will erode our session. Our game starts going downwards, a person needs triggers of recognition built and maintained in their individual game to give them a better chance at success.
This mental method allows the person to recognize this from the conscious mind to trigger the brain not to let them tilt from unconscious actions of tilt that are about to happen, mental triggers are key for recognition before or even after tilt had just begun. The effectiveness of this hinges on how evolved, the degree of severity, and the willingness to be honest with themselves about their game, this will show how much control they actually have over the conscious and unconscious decisions they make in each session.
I have journaled thoughts about my play about tilt, listed my actions about my game and how this relates to tilt. I then continued to play and when I analyzed my mental game afterwards then I journaled again about my session until I could start making a mental model of this part of my game just as I would about my game when I was playing, then make the mental model afterwards away from the table this mental model is the mental after model of my game. If I am not honest about my session my after mental model will not be accurate or show small gains in my mental game.
In conclusion, I could post more about this subject, however, I believe it is more important to build small amounts of information properly to instill, to store in brain properly to recall new or existing information when pressure to perform as needed for my actual game and my mental game to perform at its best each session. As time went along instead of going back through my notes before each session to remind my conscious mind of my mental leaks, I made a poker compass, a mental model of my game that I could cross reference while playing, away from the table, at the table, this information is about my game and universally about my opponents, with mental room to build specific information about my opponents in a session but it takes time, patience, to know information to the point of mastery.
The poker compass has bullet points of information, this represents information I have learned to the level of unconscious competence, information that is not bullet pointed has definitions or short hand information that needs to be read because it is not learned to the same point and I have to remind myself about this information. What this helps with, I can see small increments of growth and then adjust my model to take the information that was defined with small paragraphs of information to just bullet points. This allows for new information or new mental leaks to be defined. The journey continues with this model in place every day.
However, one last thought a person will also have mistakes learned to the point of unconscious competence and the real test is can a person trigger their conscious mind to recognize that a mistake they make is actually a mistake, be willing to change this or lie to themselves and say this decision in my game is not mistake? Because without being honest to police themselves, or have another person they can trust, then sweat the information about what they say about their game is hard to do as well. Ego is a tough for a player to let go when information that is brutally honest the player recognizes about themselves or what others recognize about our game because no player likes to admit they could have been wrong. This could lead to shame or the player could wonder why I am even playing poker, then quit before they can fix a part of their game that would lead them to the next level.
The brain is very good at fooling us because we are making decisions good and bad learned to the point unconscious competence at or away from the table so, this is part of why tilt is an elusive topic to master. In the end a lot of what we do that used to be a mistake after fixing is now not a mistake and some of what we think was not a mistake will eventually become a mistake that needs to be fixed because of how we evolve as players and the desire to get better.
Learning new and fixing existing information creates this paradox of thought in the brain about poker because poker is abstract but we react concretely from how the brain uses stored information with no conscious thought. This is why when I analyze poker much of what I have learned, read about poker, that to break through levels or fixing tilt as a couple of examples, the better players understand that poker is unnatural for the brain to process information, learn, because of the interaction of the human element, and the game being abstract. I believe what I can exploit or when I get exploited comes from this understanding of how the brain works when making poker decisions, whether it is tilt or any other example. I hope you have success with studying tilt.