This is a discussion on Anti-tilt (repost) within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Note: I've seen several new posts where this would make an acceptable reply, so I'm re-posting this as a new thread instead of posting it
Note: I've seen several new posts where this would make an acceptable reply, so I'm re-posting this as a new thread instead of posting it as multiple replies.
Tilt is when you get a bad beat and it causes you to change your game and make bad decisions out of anger and frustration. What I call "anti-tilt" is when you win some big hands and get a rush of adrenaline. That rush of adrenaline can cause you to alter your game more than anger because it makes you believe you can do no wrong. You start raising when you shouldn’t, calling down when you shouldn’t, thinking you’ll just definitely hit the next card, etc. The reason anti-tilt is so bad is because once you start losing again, you go back into normal tilt and your game just plummets from there. And to make it even worse, unlike Tilt, Anti-tilt can last across multiple sessions. Have you ever had an amazing session, went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night just rearing to go get back on the tables? That’s the addictive nature of adrenaline, wanting to get the high back as soon as possible. Be careful when playing on anti-tilt, it is very dangerous. The next time you have a really good upswing, calm down. Be aware that your amped up feelings can get you into big trouble. And try not to fall into the trap of an adrenaline fueled anti-tilt session.
Meditation and physical exercises help a lot in the psychological part of a poker player.
February 2nd, 2018, 4:46 PM
Poker at: Pokerstars
Game: NL Holdem
I try to avoid playing deep stacked in cash games because of that and because I'm not very good at adapting my play to it. The times when I make it to 250-300BB+ in cash games I have started to sit out or leave the table, have a cup of tea and then decide if I want to go on. This has resulted much healthier for my bankroll as well as I tend to loose everything again if I just carry on. I'll probably change that again once I learn to play deep stacked a bit better, but for now this seems like a good solution.