Sounds good, right?
The biggest winrate-killer in poker is simple – TILT.
However, it is within each player’s power to control tilt. It takes discipline, and self-awareness, but to be successful one must master tilt.
It is very do-able with a couple strategies:
Prepare before Playing.
This is simple – make sure you are well-rested and well-fed before playing. There’s nothing that tilts me faster than being tired or hungry.
Don’t Play When Emotionally Agitated.
Did you just have a fight with your girlfriend?
Did your cat run away?
Are you sobbing because your favorite person got voted off the island?
Don’t sit down and play when upset, poker requires calm concentration.
It is critical to know your own symptoms of tilt. They differ from person to person – some examples are:
- Whining about bad beats, either in chat or on IM or to a friend
- Feelings of frustration or despair about lost money
- Feelings of anger or thoughts of revenge towards a specific player
- Impatience, the desire to win money back right now
- Making decisions based on emotional wants rather than logical reasons
Which leads us to….
If any of these tilt symptoms show up, it is time for a break to cool off.
Take a walk, get some water, grab a sandwich, check your email, whatever. Give yourself a chance to calm down so you can return to the game clear-headed.
Also, marathon sessions can be dangerous, as one’s ability to focus dwindles as sessions get longer. Taking a break every hour or two helps tremendously.
Last but not least…
The brain needs water to function properly, and many people drink caffeinated beverages like soda or coffee which actually dehydrate the body further.
Grab a glass of water, stay hydrated, and stay focused.
With a little practice and effort, these tips will help any player cut down on their tilting.
Less tilting = less losing, and more winning!
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