Tilt: Do you suffer? How do you manage it?
In the past I have. I think I still do now. I hate those 90%+ favourite hands that lose to runner runner after an all in, especially after waiting patiently to get in that position against a maniac.
I consider myself a reasonable player who manages to make money each month from my bankroll. Nothing major - Enough to pay for things like weekends away etc. Its nice to find something I enjoy doing that has this side benefit. I Would not want to try an make a living out of it as I do not think I am good enough and would lose my love of the game - grinding hour after hour, day after day, etc etc.
Anyway - I know its irrational, however after buying some software that tracked my progress in detail, I found this major leak I had. I already know really - but seeing it in black and white meant I had to do something.
I would regularly build my winnings and then lose a large chunk of said winnings in a "blaze of glory". Each of these times co-incided after losing a 90%+ favourite hand against a muppet.
I had to come up with a way to stop this.
For the last 6 months I have followed these personal rules. ( I play cash games. Only 1 table at a time )
Rule number 1: At the start of each day I only have maximum of 1 Buy-in in my poker account. ( keep the rest of banroll in account specifically and only used for bankroll and bankroll winnings ).
Rule Number 2: use the feature at the poker site
to allow maximum 1 buy-in per day.
Rule Number 3: If I lose an All-in ( where I lose more than 70% of chips ), Log off and do not return for more than 4 hours.
In essence the the above three rules mean that I have limited my downward varience during any one day. By the nest day I have lost the Tilt feeling. The good news is that the past 6 months mean that I have made considerably more than the previous 6 months. The only thing that I know I have changed is this money/tilt mgt.
I feel comfortable with these rules. It means that when I next play, after a bad loss, I am of clear mind again.
I have also come to terms with the fact that somes I want to play again immediately - but cannot due to above rules. Each time this happens - all i think about is that I am actually making money this way. ( as I am not losing it )
Anyway. I think I will always suffer tilt, however now I think I have managed to come up with a way that limits its effect to me.....but stills allows me to enjoy my hobby......
Has anyone else got any systems to combat the effect???