re: Poker & The opposite of tilt. Playing scared and conservative.
Originally Posted by Stevepdx
The harm in "pulling back a little" is that you're sacrificing EV, provided you're a winning player, because for whatever reason you can get tilted due to being card dead.
I can't imagine complaining about my distribution of hole cards. You can still bet the button with ATC and cbet good flops. Your cards don't matter there.
As far as a cure for tilting due to "card deadness", players should read up on things like the gambler's fallacy as well as variance. All players get the same distribution of random cards. The guys who win aren't always the ones who get the best cards.
You need to extract value even when you're "card dead". You're going to get rags on most hands you get, and you're going to miss most of the flops you play.
Yes, there are mathematical reasons not to do it. Consideration has to be given to the human element of poker as well however. Tilt is an emotional/psychological issue and sometimes a non mathematical approach is needed. I don't think reading about Gamblers Fallacy or variance is much help to those frustrated by 'card deadness'.
Also, I was assuming OP plays microstakes. I should have said that I would not do any of this at higher stakes, because as you said, you can still win with ATC by cbetting, stealing, bluffing and you don't go to showdown often etc.
Different story at microstakes where you are likely getting called down often, involved in multiway pots a lot of the time, getting sucked out on more frequently and so on. There are some regs you can beat up, but for the most part, you need to hit the flop your fair share to have a good session. This is where I was suggesting it is okay to NIT up for a short while until tilt has passed, the cards are running good again and potentially necessary improvements have been made to your game. And it was a suggestion at that. One of a few offered.