This is a discussion on Does winning untilt you? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; For those of you that are susceptible to tilting? Does winning untilt you are you still raging from within?
Depends how results-oriented you are, but winning certainly never hurts
Certainly applicable to poker here, but I recall a psychology study from years ago indicating that whenever you lose money, it usually takes 3 or 4 times that amount lost in winnings to return to the same mentality and emotional state you had before the initial loss.
This sounds about right for poker. I feel like if someone suffers a bad beat (a single hand), then it usually takes 3 or 4 won hands to "untilt" from the situation. Obviously I am generalizing here, but this feels correct. Personally (pretty sure this is true for others as well) some hands impact me more than others; especially if I know I misplayed the hand. If a bad beat happens, then it isn't fun, but at least you are comforted in knowing your play was +EV long-term. If I mis-play the hand, then that makes it more likely for me to tilt because I know it was partly on me and nothing now can change that fact.
Don't want to give off the perception I am too hard on myself, but how I played the hand greatly impacts how much a loss will feel "good" or "bad."
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Yeah sometimes winnig does untilt me. But latley i realized that winning can sometimes make me tilt even more . For example, i suffer a really bad beat at the most importmant tournament and then i start to tilt, if i start running hot in some really low buy-in tournament after that, i found out that weirdly enough i will start to tilt even more and start to think like i only run good when its not importmant.
I meditate twice a day. Thanks to this, I always control my emotions and do not feel tilt. I play calmly and focused, thinking about my every decision.
Having played a few hands with you. Lena, I can attest to your calm approach to the game. I used to meditate daily but find it difficult to get back into it. Maybe your post will inspire me.
Re tilting I have found that winning did help but I sometimes tilted the other way if tyhat's possible. I went a little overboard with my bets thinking my new-found poker prowess would win back my previous loss I have managed to move past this now because I have learned to let the bad beats go. It wasn't easy, it took a long time, but I managed to do it. Hey, perhaps my background in meditation helped.
You'd think it'd be hard to be tilted while winning but even wins can lead to winner's tilt where you start to get overconfident and start to push too hard to win more, leading to bad play.
If you are already tilting and happen to win some, you are going to reinforce your bad behavior and think the next time you lose you can just start 'playing crazy' and win your money back - it doesn't work often.
The only thing that helps with tilt is understanding the reasoning and adjusting your mindset - I like reminding myself I am not entitled to win just because I was ahead, and that if there were no luck there would be no bad players as they would have lost too quickly and stopped playing.