Know when your on tilt!
Having had a pretty basic search around this site Ive decided there is not much in the way of threads about what exactly tilt is
So feeling I'm rather experienced in that area having unloaded my bankroll severall times with AA KK beaten by the lower pair, allow me to elaborate, and hopefully put a valid piece of information out there in its absence.
"Tilt" is the word given to the emotional loss of concentration to the game.
Being "on Tilt" Means that you are letting your emotions get in the way of your ability to maintain the "rules to successful poker", in other words you are upset and play poker desperately trying to fill the void that YOU CREATED FOR YOURSELF
and this is important, you decide when you are on tilt.
Tilt is a state of mind. The kind that will have you screaming and shouting at the powers that be to give you such dumb luck, and all the while you remain on tilt those "powers that be" will continue to give you the worst luck you have ever seen in all the years you've ever played poker.
The idea that "you decide when your on tilt
" is the challenge, when playing poker you should be happy to begin with, playing when in a fit of rage is never advised, it sounds obvious, but that's a big killer of bankroll, poker should be fun after all, and it is if you stick to the rules.
Here is my attempt at some basic rules for staying off tilt at the card-room.
1. Love the game, enjoy every second of it, and see every bad beat as a positive learning experience, which will provoke only the best from you. in other words always have a positive mental attitude.
2. Learn the game. I believe poker is a learnt skill, "some people are just born that way" doesnt exist in my world anyway. So learn your premium cards, your Bank roll management, your strategies, % pot odds
, % river odds, learn to read your opponents, etc. these are all teachable, and can be discovered to some level. once you know exactly what your doing, the rest will follow.
3. Play within your limits, once youve got used to bankroll management this shouldn't be an issue, but that's a big piece of advice personally anyway, getting caught out when your taking a shot out of your comfort zone hurts more than you could imagine, albeit a very fast learning curve.
4. Look for the signs of tilt, that you are drifting into negative attitude towards your cards, or opponents. acknowledge you don't want to be on tilt, and pivot your state of mind to a better feeling about poker, and your situation, look for the good (bright side of life) when your at the table, or even away from the table, this sounds very spiritual, but its not, its ALL ABOUT STATE OF MIND
5. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS!!
this speaks for itself and will inevitably save you money in the long run, so don't think you will be wasting money every second your not at the table, think of it as your reward, and stay on your break as long as you need to 15 mins/1 hour/ 2 weeks, whatever you need to keep your head focused and away from tilt will make you more money than you could ever have achieved had you waited on that table for that next big hand.
I feel this advice you may or may not be useful to you, but either way you should know that knowledge is power, and even having read things along these lines gives you a better perspective over your opponents who havent. this in my opinion is how you can be the one "seeing" someone on tilt, rather than being the one "on tilt"
Thanks very much for your time, have fun with this