Before you Tilt

Ah, the tilt. If a poker player claims never to have looked down the shadow of an approaching poker steam – they’re either telling a lie or they haven’t been playing very long. This does not mean of course that everyone has gone on steam in the past, a number of people have wonderful control and take their squanderings as a hit and leave it at that. To be a brilliant poker player, it is very important to treat your successes and your defeats in an identical manner – with no emotion. You compete in the game the same way you did after taking a hard loss as you would after winning a huge hand. Many of the poker pros are not charmed by tilting after an awful beat as they are highly professional and you should be to.

You need to be aware that you can not win each and every hand you are in, even if you are heavily favored. Hands which normally cause people go on tilt are hands that you were the favorite or at least believed you were up until you were side swiped and you squandered a gigantic chunk of your stack. Bad defeats are bound to happen. Embrace that idea right now, I’ll say it again – if your sister plays cards, if your parents play cards, if your grandma enjoys cards – We all have poor losses at some point. It is an unavoidable outcome of participating in Hold’em, or really any kind of poker.

Since we are assumingly (most of us) in the game for one reason – to acquire $$$$, it does make sense that we would gamble appropriately to maximize our profit potential. Now let’s say you are up one hundred dollars off of a 100 dollars deposit, and you take a huge blow in a NL game and your bankroll is down to $120. You’ve burned $80 in a round where you were sure to pick up $200two hundred dollars when you decided to go all-in on the flop and enjoyed a ten to one advantage. And that guy! He banged you out on the river? – Well stop right there. This is a classic choice for a fresh gambler to begin tilting. They really just burned too much money on one hand that they should have won and they’re angry

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