A player on tilt suffers. This is not an abstract concept: it really suffer. His stomach torn, his blood pressure increases, his heart beat accelerates, hundreds of muscles constrict and his mind anguish. The body emits in reality many signals of danger and the player only wants one thing: stop. How put an end to this suffering? Winning, obviously!
By Thomas PokerEven' Corlaix
Those with between you who follow the progress of my bankroll on my blog know that I've lost lately over 3 buy-in and since I do not have a very rigorous management, this amount represented over 15% of my background of bearing. Thinking about it, I think have continued to play in 'Tilt' a good time while I probably could have limited the damage by stopping earlier play. I therefore today write this article in an attempt to objectively determine that they are the 'Tilt' symptoms, their causes and ways to treat them... and also hoping that this serve me as therapy...
The symptoms of the Tilt
A player on tilt suffers. This is not an abstract concept: it really suffer. His stomach torn, his blood pressure increases, his heart beat accelerates, hundreds of muscles constrict and his mind anguish. The body emits in reality many signals of danger and the player only wants one thing: stop. How put an end to this suffering? Winning, obviously! And now: our player, willing to take risks that he would have never taken in normal times to stop the distress he feels trying to rebuild... His game is deteriorating and if it fails to control, it will be the avalanche: limit change, too many tables open, frequent errors of judgment, etc. In the worst cases, it will leave its bottom of entire bearing with the terrible feeling of being the King of idiots... (I speak knowingly, humm, spend...)
The tilt is mostly caused by the loss, pride or anger. The concept of loss is relative: thus, a person with a bankroll of $ 500 will be probably very few affected out of a tournament with a buy-in of $ 5 on a badbeat. On the other hand, the player with a bankroll of $ 100 originally, reduced to $ 49 and comes to collect 3 Lady away while the minimum withdrawal is $ 50 will be, much more sensitive to this loss.
The prideful player will be also subject to the tilt. Typically, he will want to punish a player to have won one or more meetings because it believes that this player deserves. Syndrome of: "But I'll let me this donk!". It will then attempt to 'moves' dangerous to trap its target and eventually trapped alone (I love this type of player, you know the scabby little which to decided to play all the jars you out of pure revenge).
Now imagine the guy who moved his computer after will be played with his sweetheart because he plays too (a classic!) or one that comes out of the job after a meeting with his "superior asshole who doesn't understand anything": this player is already tense and prone to lose his temper in the first 'injustice '. If you are irascible by nature and spend your time to scream before your pc to each badbeat, this game is definitely not for you. Find a different outlet (or my table), because the poker venture to be expensive for you.
As say the saying: it is better than cure...
Therefore, you must prepare for the tilt. All players have experienced it and you will probably have to face yet despite reading this article (how, I do so using anything?). The way you manage your fact tilts left the game in the same way as your ability to play cards or the psychology of the player that makes you face. A good way to reduce the frequency of this episode is to manage his bankroll in a rigorous manner. Thus, you can more easily accept the loss of one or two cellars with bankroll comfortable buyin 25 when it makes you lose 50% of your investment loan. Learn how to you know, determine your loss tolerance threshold and set a limit per session. For example, I just decided that if I lost 2 cellars in a session, I would immediately stop play for at least 1 H. Then, if eventually I decided to play again, I wouldn't do that after having analysed my losing session. It must also accept the fact of being sometimes unlucky. In a meeting where your opponent to 3 outs on the river, you in will lose inevitably some long-term (more or less 7% of the time): this is quite normal and will need to be regularly with.
If you are unable to prevent the tilt until it reaches a critical stage, you will need to combat the symptoms described above and give up hopes of winning quickly to soothe your discomfort, because you can more objectively play your best poker in this situation. Leave the computer, go to something else - something physical preferably; This will eliminate the physical symptoms more quickly. Go run with the dog, play with your children, clean the oven, etc. Your body responded to a hazardous situation which was not really real, deprive him of stimuli (the game) should appease him. Take the opportunity to put into perspective a bit your loss; After all, you do not the testicular cancer and maybe even that you're still positive overall, but have not supported to lose in a few hours $ 100 of the $ 150 of earnings that you have painstakingly amassed in 1 month.