Originally Posted by OzExorcist
I think if watching the hand play out will make you tilt off your chips the next hand, then not watching is probably the lesser of two evils.
You can't get a line on your opponents play if you don't watch the hands you're not involved in though - you'll be passing up on all sorts of valuable information.
I'd suggest finding a different strategy to avoid "what-if" tilt. Try remembering that Q4 was always a crap hand, and if you play it every time in the hope of flopping a boat you're gonna go broke fast.
Not all the hands that I've thrown away have been hands like Q4, I've thrown away hands to preflop raises, or even when the blinds get high enough that I know I should play and then seeing the flop, I realize i definitely should have played!
But your definitely right, i wasn't thinking in the terms of that I was giving away getting a feel for the other players, so in the future, I will be watching the community cards.
However, after last night I think what I will not be watching is my position in tournaments because I was in first with a commanding lead for about an hour and a half, and I was playing kinda tight but still playing well at that point... then I sank into fifth and was busted out after just missing the final table and I think I may have loosened up.
Although, it wasn't even like I played a hand that I shouldn't have, I had a great stud hand - but it was a really great drawing hand, the kind of hand where you look at it and say i got 3 cards left: what cards could i not get! - and i missed the draw and was busted out, but I had decided earlier that i would try to avoid drawing hands till the final table, so i will probably try not to look at my position relative to the other tables, just my own... is that all right?