Originally Posted by micromachine
Best thing you can do is not get angry in the first place.
You need to accept that bad beats are part of the game, understand how brutal variance can be, and apply good BRM. These things will help you not to get angry at beats.
Also, remember that success is playing a hand well, not necessarily winning it.
Very well said.
I would like to add a few things.
Listen to music. Calm down. Take a walk.
How bad do you want to be a winning player?
If you want to be a winner over the long term, you must avoid tilt. No one is perfect, but you have to manage your emotions, or you will not be a winner in the end.
Just brush it off, and don't change the way you play. Do not play loose, do not try to go after the guy who sucked you out, and do not let yourself become super-aggressive and spew.
Just take a minute, gather your thoughts, and remind yourself to play well. If you can't play well, quit until you can again.
Managing your emotions is one of the most important factors in being a winning player. Trust me, it took me a while before I learned this lesson. And I STILL have times when I spew.
One bad bout of tilt can decimate a bankroll.