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I know the great game we all love to play has a lot of ups and downs built into it and I think I've came a long way from how badly I used to tilt when I was younger but I still have troubles after losing a few hands in quick succession that I'm pretty far ahead in.

I feel that as I've started to take poker more seriously this is something that can seriously limit my progression in the game as my tilt has caused several shorter than planned or the not uncommon happenings of me just spewing when I try and play while I'm on tilt.

What are some of the ways you deal with tilt? I feel like walking away when I start to feel it happening is smart and obvious but I'd like to develop the discipline to be able to play while when things aren't going my way.
 
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Over time, you stop tilting. But for this you need to play a lot of hands. And when your square moves straight flush, you will have nothing to surprise.

Of course, it is important to be disciplined and stick to bankroll management, as well as to pre-determine for yourself stop-loss.

It also helps me that sometimes I get incredible luck too. Perhaps the study of statistics will help.
 
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With knowledge that in the moment of the bad beat, you are in a hot bubble, step outside yourself and calm down. Remind that this session will naturally be superseded into newer playtime and fresh results.
 
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Even though only playing short time, I can tell the more I play the less I tilt. It is like you have seen these situations before, you now you just take the calculated risk. Also, I immediately think about how long to make back a loss instead of how much. That way I think of only losing my time, not money. And I like spending time playing poker anyway :)
 
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when i playing freerolls, tilt states appear more often at the beginning or middle of the competition. when you are sitting at the final table, no tilt is involved. the answer is in concentration and understanding that you already have something to lose. the task for all players and beginners especially is the maximum concentration i think
 
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You need to watch your game. Do an analysis of your actions. See how successful players play and you will decrease the number of tilt.
 
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I know the great game we all love to play has a lot of ups and downs built into it and I think I've came a long way from how badly I used to tilt when I was younger but I still have troubles after losing a few hands in quick succession that I'm pretty far ahead in.

I feel that as I've started to take poker more seriously this is something that can seriously limit my progression in the game as my tilt has caused several shorter than planned or the not uncommon happenings of me just spewing when I try and play while I'm on tilt.

What are some of the ways you deal with tilt? I feel like walking away when I start to feel it happening is smart and obvious but I'd like to develop the discipline to be able to play while when things aren't going my way.

This may help.
https://www.cardschat.com/forum/learning-poker-57/how-deal-bad-beats-430505/
 
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Nothing works for me. Thankfully, no matter how angry I get, after analyzing my hands post meltdown/tilt/anger it shows no change in how I would of played the hands that followed. I sometimes miss a few hands following something really idiotic that cost me chips/money, as I leave the room for a while and contemplate things, but I can live with that.
 
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I think it is a matter of how in control of your emotions you are, but everyone has his/her limits. As you have said, just walk away when it happens before you regret not doing so.
 
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It is harsh when that happens.
But I think one must just take a deep breath and move on.

I have seen table chip leaders going out in a jiffy. Maybe back to back suck outs and it’s all over.

But it also happens that from your last BB you win a few in successive hands and your up and running.

No cruise control here.

Either you suck out or luck out...:)
 
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Take a break, 5-10 minutes for TV or other thing when this happen and return. Is very very Boring but part of the game. :hmmmm2:
 
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I am now dealing with tilt.

I was p[laying a gnt $3000 and was in tenth place at level 15 end of late reg and people where going nuts. going all in with crazy hands and betting wildly when they had decent stakes. Watching this and i wasn't getting any hands to play put me on tilt. I played two hands and was out. I had almost 50,000 in chips but tilt got me. not sure why i let this put me on tilt i was doing so good which will also helps to put me on tilt when i see other players going crazy and hitting hands they have no business play like 92 suited and flopping a flush. these are the things that set me on tilt. wanting to play and watching others play badly and winning and i sit there with nothing to play. I don't want to go on tilt makes me angry because i knew i was going to to do it but was hoping i wouldn't. I am a good player but i have a tilt problem. I think it comes from watching vlogs and tv shows that only show the good hands and not how long they sat before getting a hand. I know your not going to play many hands every hour maybe a few good hand man maybe 5-10 at most playing online. If i can overcome my tilt which i will i will be a good player and will win money but not until i beat titl
 
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Over time, you stop tilting. But for this you need to play a lot of hands. And when your square moves straight flush, you will have nothing to surprise.

Of course, it is important to be disciplined and stick to bankroll management, as well as to pre-determine for yourself stop-loss.

It also helps me that sometimes I get incredible luck too. Perhaps the study of statistics will help.

Yeah I think doing more studying than I have been doing would help me in these types of situations to be honest.

Even though only playing short time, I can tell the more I play the less I tilt. It is like you have seen these situations before, you now you just take the calculated risk. Also, I immediately think about how long to make back a loss instead of how much. That way I think of only losing my time, not money. And I like spending time playing poker anyway :)


I think that's a really good way of thinking about it! I'll try and keep this in mind more as I'm playing. I enjoy playing the game and the ups and downs are part of it.. Sometimes it's just frustrating when you have lots of bad beats back to back on top of the mistakes I make as an improving player. Sometimes it feels like I'm losing years of my life!! Haha


You need to watch your game. Do an analysis of your actions. See how successful players play and you will decrease the number of tilt.


I think putting in some time working on my game and doing homework would help out. Thanks for your advice!
 
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I think that the most of players thinks that they will get rich in couple minutes.... so they got tilted when they lose some money and then they just want to take it back.

Because of that it`s usual to put some day goals, thinking in the worse and the best situation.

Sometimes u just are unlucky that day, and there are people saying that poker it`s only strategy game, but I don`t agree... That`s nice if u have no luck, and u play with an excellent strategy. But if u have the excellent strategy and u r with bad luck nothing good is gonna happen.

bad luck is different than no luck, do u know what i mean?
 
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Try to drink some water or punch sth, then calm down afterwards. At least that helps me. Even better is if you do a break and do sth completly else.
 
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Try to drink some water or punch sth, then calm down afterwards. At least that helps me. Even better is if you do a break and do sth completly else.


I think drinking more water is something I need to work on while I'm playing poker. I usually drink energy drinks and not water. I think it contributes to some of my mistakes as I get longer into the session
 
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Just stop playing whatever way is easiest. Bathroom, smoke, etc. Best to go outside and breathe some fresh air. If you can't calm down, quit.


I know the great game we all love to play has a lot of ups and downs built into it and I think I've came a long way from how badly I used to tilt when I was younger but I still have troubles after losing a few hands in quick succession that I'm pretty far ahead in.

I feel that as I've started to take poker more seriously this is something that can seriously limit my progression in the game as my tilt has caused several shorter than planned or the not uncommon happenings of me just spewing when I try and play while I'm on tilt.

What are some of the ways you deal with tilt? I feel like walking away when I start to feel it happening is smart and obvious but I'd like to develop the discipline to be able to play while when things aren't going my way.
 
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I know the great game we all love to play has a lot of ups and downs built into it and I think I've came a long way from how badly I used to tilt when I was younger but I still have troubles after losing a few hands in quick succession that I'm pretty far ahead in.

I feel that as I've started to take poker more seriously this is something that can seriously limit my progression in the game as my tilt has caused several shorter than planned or the not uncommon happenings of me just spewing when I try and play while I'm on tilt.

What are some of the ways you deal with tilt? I feel like walking away when I start to feel it happening is smart and obvious but I'd like to develop the discipline to be able to play while when things aren't going my way.
You got some good suggestions in this thread, sometimes you can't help but steam. If it's a tourney and you're getting beat after beat, fold a bunch of hands (unless they're premium) and chill out and try to regroup. If it's a cash game it's easier because you can take a break or quit. If you keep rebuying because you're angry quit go do anything in nature or a hobby you're into or watch a movie you've been wanting to see. Also it could help making a note of where you're tilting to work on the specifics. The more you play the more you can laugh off something like runner runner quads, instead of beating yourself up over variance,
Good luck!
 
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In a perfect world Anytime I raise heavy my opponents fold. That means I win 100%. What tilts me are the ones that make a snap call thinking they are ahead but is actually way behind and getting lucky in the next peel. I respect the guys that think a while before laying down or make a crying call knowing they are behind but know they have a few outs.
Losing a big pot to a donkey really gets me on tilt and I can’t help but to target these players.


Edit. Now that I vented. I realize that sick suck outs happen all the time. And I purposely avoid playing many hands at the beginning of a tournament and let the suckouts happen. Good players can become bad after a unlucky Suckout and play like a maniac While bad players will always be bad
 
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You can deal with tilt on a short range but with time it will accumulate in you and accumulated tilt will break you. The problems of tilt aren't bad beats etc. the real problems are logic problems on the subconscious. If you want to deal with tilt you have to work a lot with your subconscious to find out logic problems and fix it. Other psychological techniques will have only temporary effects.
 
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Program tilt breaker.
Change regular tables to zoom tables.
Do not play heads up games.
 
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When I'm on tilt, I stop play poker and start study more about poker.
Sometimes I prefer forget about poker and see a movie or play videogame.
 
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Program tilt breaker.
Change regular tables to zoom tables.
Do not play heads up games.



I've never heard of tilt breaker before!! Thanks for sharing it with me!! :icon_stud
 
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Naturally, this subject comes up often (and I commented about tilt in a similar thread a few days ago).

However, there are a couple of good points made above and one I implement. You really benefit by making note of the good luck you receive, the bad beats you therefore inflict on people.

And by this I genuinely mean make a note...a pen and paper by the computer to jot down hands where you sucked out. I always thought I appreciated good luck but found it happened with frequency, more than I initially thought. Then when you feel the tilt rising you have a list at hand to refer to and hopefully chill at least a little.

Yesterday was frustrating for me, I went out on the bubble (yes, the actual bubble) of the final tourney I was in, to a moron with a big stack trying to steal every pre-cash blind with absurd raises. I had AQ suited in the BB when he put me all in...with J 10 off. I did not improve and he hit a ten on the flop.

I was furious. So, next, a correct decision, call it a day. Second good decision, quickly check my list of fortunate hands and remind myself I had also inflicted some 'unfair' damage that day also. Didn't erase the pain so to speak but it does distance the anger from the tilt. Its healthy to be angry - that anger can make you more focused and determined. It just has to be separated from the decision making process!
 
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Naturally, this subject comes up often (and I commented about tilt in a similar thread a few days ago).

However, there are a couple of good points made above and one I implement. You really benefit by making note of the good luck you receive, the bad beats you therefore inflict on people.

And by this I genuinely mean make a note...a pen and paper by the computer to jot down hands where you sucked out. I always thought I appreciated good luck but found it happened with frequency, more than I initially thought. Then when you feel the tilt rising you have a list at hand to refer to and hopefully chill at least a little.

Yesterday was frustrating for me, I went out on the bubble (yes, the actual bubble) of the final tourney I was in, to a moron with a big stack trying to steal every pre-cash blind with absurd raises. I had AQ suited in the BB when he put me all in...with J 10 off. I did not improve and he hit a ten on the flop.

I was furious. So, next, a correct decision, call it a day. Second good decision, quickly check my list of fortunate hands and remind myself I had also inflicted some 'unfair' damage that day also. Didn't erase the pain so to speak but it does distance the anger from the tilt. Its healthy to be angry - that anger can make you more focused and determined. It just has to be separated from the decision making process!

You made a lot of good points here. The most important thing is that this is a fun game that we all enjoy. Like I said in the other post about tilt, you have to realize that you made the correct decision and went in with the best of it. If you feel tilted and stressed, walk away and take a break. Go for a walk, pet your dog, eat a good meal. Do anything to make yourself happy and get out of the funk.

Taking notes is a great way to help guide yourself through the craziness.

And you're definitely going to have the people that talk a ton at the table and criticize your play to the point where it may make you angry. Just got to realize that they must feel so bad about their own play that they have to blame others.

Just gotta keep your head up and roll with the swings and punches.
 
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