Bad luck, how not to go into tilt.

Danjwarburton

Danjwarburton

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Aug 17, 2013
Total posts
140
Chips
0
Tilt is one of the most wrongly understood things in poker. I have done some private research into my own tilting moments and I have completely fixed it (for the most part).

Tilt is simple and caused by a lack of 3 things:

Focus/Motivation
Wellbeing
Confidence

Focus/Motivation is anything to do with your ability to apply body and mind to the game. Sleep, food, drink and willpower come under this category.

Wellbeing is your inner sense of peace caused by emotions and thought patterns. Meditation quickly addresses these issues.

Confidence is your feeling of control and knowingness. You feel in control of the overall situation and understand why it is all happening and what you can do about it all. This comes from training and knowing the game. Your skill affects this.

Straight from the mouth of a qualified researcher and psychologist! Enjoy....
 
Lena M

Lena M

Legend
Loyaler
Joined
May 27, 2018
Total posts
2,553
Awards
2
UA
Chips
220
Hello.
It is best to take a break. If you cannot control your emotions, then your chances of making a mistake and losing money are dramatically increased.
 
Branimir84

Branimir84

Visionary
Bronze Level
Joined
Sep 23, 2019
Total posts
561
Awards
1
HR
Chips
49
I need to take a break. But that is just me, others may find something else to be most effective.
 
S

some39thing

Enthusiast
Silver Level
Joined
Feb 18, 2020
Total posts
92
Chips
0
take a break if you are tilted......maybe go down limits
 
N

nyeesssss

Enthusiast
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 22, 2020
Total posts
61
Chips
0
take a break if emotions are effecting your game. Bad runs happen they come and go everybody faces them.
 
gallora

gallora

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Nov 11, 2019
Total posts
3,439
Chips
3
Breaks and pauses in the game are canceled until the end of quarantine.:bath:
 
Vilgeoforc

Vilgeoforc

Visionary
Bronze Level
Joined
Sep 27, 2014
Total posts
877
Awards
2
Chips
0
When downswing comes, I can fall into a long depression and lose interest in the game for a long time. And it is very difficult to force yourself to play again.
 
G

Gelidmind

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 21, 2020
Total posts
132
Chips
0
While going on tilt is something a lot of players go through the smart ones know how to handle it. Tilt is just a state of mind and if you are unable to control that it can be detrimental to your bankroll or tournament life. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and regroup. You are going to be put in certain situations that just don't work out for you. Take a few deep breaths and do your best to bounce back. If unable to bounce back go over your hands and see what you could have done differently. Sometimes just because you have a pair committing yourself pre-flop isn't the correct play. Maybe just call and give yourself room to fold. Maybe you should have pushed, but didn't and allowed someone to sneak in there with something that shouldn't have been in there. Bottom line you can't control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to what has happened to you and learn from it.
 
B

Baxter2424

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 10, 2020
Total posts
127
Chips
0
Im always get tilted when i have bad luck.. Like last night, i spend all my money because i lost one bad hand before.. cant control that :/
 
tw082

tw082

Legend
Bronze Level
Joined
Sep 29, 2018
Total posts
1,681
Awards
8
Chips
3
Such periods happen to everyone, some go to other limits, take a break or try to play in a new style. What is better to do if this happened.
First I have by no means conquered the tilt phenomenon!

It depends on amount of bad luck if I take couple really bad beats in a game and feel the frustration building I will sit out play my other game/games (as I usually play at least a couple at a time) while still watching the sit out. Only sitting back in once i know frustration has subsided or seeing a hand that's such a high percentage I have to jump in and play.

:) If talking long term first I would say switch sites not only will the cards fall different but a new atmosphere can give you new attitude and much needed confidence lacking probably where so much bad luck was taking place. If across many sites take a break long enough to regain confidence. I notice I play timid after many bad beats n hard to win even with good cards when playing scared.

Literally while I was typing this post this happened to knock me from top 5 to out not long before ITM so I decided to post since seemed relevant. It's a big part of poker and an even bigger part of online poker. Gotta shake it off and understand that's the game we choose to play or it will be miserable, the opposite experience we are all looking for.

 
M

Mr_RichRich

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Feb 8, 2018
Total posts
142
Chips
0
Tilting is a state of mind build in the human nature you can't stop it at all ; however you can control part of it.
By practice and hard work and mastering patience , you can overcome it.
Also positive affirmations can make miracles to the state of mind , especially self talk in loud voice , it can refresh your thoughts for a new start.
 
slicheri93

slicheri93

Legend
Bronze Level
Joined
Aug 9, 2014
Total posts
1,108
Awards
6
Chips
3
You can always time yourself out on a poker site for maybe 48hours and take a 2 day break

Or maybe you tilt cause you're playing with money you cant afford to lose with... then you should play lower
or only freerolls and try to build that up.

Try to watch videos or try to step away from the screen (if you play cashgames) or when the break arrives use those 5-6minutes to clear your mind and tell yourself that tilting wont help you, but it will help the other players at the table, if they see you play a bit tilted.
 
gallora

gallora

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Nov 11, 2019
Total posts
3,439
Chips
3
But now when everyone should sit at home, you can play a lot and not think about failures.
 
SharkyJohn

SharkyJohn

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Jul 28, 2018
Total posts
105
Chips
0
How I overcome tilt? Super easy, I just take a break and don't care about bad results at all it's important to care only about things you can control, other things don't worth worrying about, it's just luck.
Also a very good tip is to study poker while taking a break from playing. In general studying poker is very beneficial, but it's super effective during the break. You become a better player mentally, so when you come back you are ready to crush every game👍
 
tauri103

tauri103

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Aug 29, 2016
Total posts
2,144
Awards
1
Chips
24
when I can't control my emotions anymore because of the variance. I fold all my hands to calm down. it is only when I regain my senses that I start playing again.
 
Roobz75

Roobz75

Legend
Platinum Level
Joined
Apr 13, 2020
Total posts
1,579
Awards
3
GB
Chips
342
I would suggest to take a break; fold out for a couple of hands. Bad luck is not selective of persons. Happens to everyone, however, some people do play in an erratic manner, or aggressively. Then they wonder why their hands end up useless. To those people, they're guaranteed to go on tilt, because they probably hate losing their control of things in general. Occasionally, they'll declare openly they're on tilt, so most players will fold. It's just unfortunate for those who have the blinds at the time...
 
K

kidrock1211

Visionary
Silver Level
Joined
Jan 14, 2016
Total posts
693
Awards
1
Chips
3
I don't always break when I should! If I louse I find myself jumping right into another game trying to get back the money I just lost! This for me is bad! I have been working on this!
 
kkuk

kkuk

Rock Star
Bronze Level
Joined
Mar 24, 2020
Total posts
320
Chips
0
hi.the best remedy for bad luck in poker is not to play at all.)) all players have a black stripe and a white stripe.
 
W

wizcup

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 18, 2020
Total posts
120
Chips
0
When I had bad beats, it depends the reason. Are you making mistakes that should not be done several times according to your plan? If yes, you need to take a break.

But, if it's because some variance, just stick to your gun and play and remind yourself that it's just variance.
 
B

Brazenly

Rock Star
Silver Level
Joined
Nov 6, 2016
Total posts
151
Chips
0
That is the worst for me in poker, not to get tilted like helmuth haha I always try to think what have I done wrong and if there is not a single mistake done by me then I just take it as bad luck, which in the long run always comes back
 
S

ShuffleUPanDeal111

Enthusiast
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 29, 2020
Total posts
35
Chips
0
i usually control myself when have on 2 backdoors 9 till 15 outs, so i think if you bet for a lucky jam on both backdoor its your kind of style and there's no place to be TILT.

im TILT when i make mistake which have prepare and work to not repeat these mistakes
 
gallora

gallora

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Nov 11, 2019
Total posts
3,439
Chips
3
Thanks for answers.
The above comments made me think that bad beats are much less common than I thought. Poorly read options are the main cause of mistakes in the game. And bad beats has nothing to do with it.
I will learn to count outs and odds better.

:)
 
Kinginthenorth

Kinginthenorth

Enthusiast
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 7, 2021
Total posts
29
Chips
0
Tough

If you believe in your play which is kinda necessary, never change because of bad beat, live poker sit out, go to the bathroom get a drink whatever just step away from the table, tough to settle while looking at the guilty donkey, online is easier turn off chat so you won't see any smartass comments, and again find something else to fucus on, which is easier from home. Most unwise tilt decision's come immediately after, so a few minutes should be enough time to get you out of the danger zone. :mad::(:rolleyes::p:D
 
Related Full Tilt Reviews: English - Dutch - German - Spanish - Portuguese - FT Casino - Full Tilt Poker Mobile
Top