The importance of not tilting
Everyone's lost that big hand in a cash game or tournament and got frustrated right? Wanted to just say EFF it I quit!
Tonight I was doing one of my low buy in sit n go's (satellite to the DD), i did all the right stuff, played tight, only won one hand for the first half of the tourney and doubled up. It got down to four handed and one of my opponents had just suffered a pretty bad beat by the donkey bigstack of the table and opened up immediately from UTG with a raise, I looked at AJo in the BB and everyone folded to me, I reraised him and he raised right back, I thought about it and then went all in. He turned over kings and I groaned. I missed completely and was left with about 600 chips and rising blinds.
My BR is really small right now and even this tiny buy in represents a good piece of it. I decided I had a chance if i didn't tilt, the player to my right was super tight big stacked, the one to my left had proven to be the 'best,' and was also the enemy who had taken my stack. The donk with a stack two seats away from me is who I set my eyes on. I folded my small blind and waited. I got A2o on the button the next hand, the player to my right folded, and I raised all in for my last 560 chips or so.
He who took my stack folded, and the donk in the big blind called with K9, we both missed and i won with ace high and had 1100 chips. But with 100/200 blinds I couldnt sit on it for long. With only 5 1/2 BBs I shoved again with QT, this time I got called by the player on my left and the donk two seats away from me. This left me sighing, obviously one of them had to have had me.
The flop missed me, but the player to my left bet out and got the donk out of the hand, he turns over AJ and I accept that I need luck. Luckily I get it! Queen on the turn and I'm more than alive now, I have a stack again at around 3120!
From there it was a steal game and judging my opponents, got the donk with a stack out with TT after he suffered a bad beat to the player to my left, Mr. Gooddonk. Gooddonk and I began to steal each others chips and quiet tight Mr. TightDonk to my right.
Eventually TightDonk fought back and took a big pot from Gooddonk and became the bigstack. I picked up AQo and raised, Tightdonk called and I paired my aces on the flop, he raised and i smooth called, worrying if I might possibly be beat. He raised again larger on the turn, and i decided that I had to either fold or go all in, after thinking about how weak the donk was in the beginning of the tourney (got all in with A8o after calling a big raise with it preflop) I figured if I was beat he got like two pair on the flop. Well we went all in and he turned over A9, river was a blank for him and I beat him on my kicker. This left him short stacked and me with 9000.
Over next hand when I called Tightdonk's all in down with Ts3s, hit my flush and took it down for the win.
We all tilt, a little or a lot. Its impossible to achieve complete control over ourselves. Its never impossible to comeback, you might need a bit of luck along with skill, but you can come back especially when you have weak opponents.