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My first tilt

    • Tanya24
      Joined: 15.07.2008 Posts: 16
      I had a downswing this morning and lost about $30 and this put me hugely on tilt so i entered 2 SnG tournaments worth my whole bankroll a $33 and a $22 one and this left me with $3. I know i know BRM but how do you deal with the tilt, should you take a break for a day or something. I took an hour break after the $30 loss but i was still on tilt when i came back thinking about my losses

      Luckily *** i won the $33 so i have an even larger BR now but i need to learn from my mistakes and avoid tilt
  • 5 replies
    • xylere
      Joined: 27.05.2007 Posts: 2,939
      Hey Tanya,

      Start with studying all the articles from our Psychology section

      make big enough breaks to completly eliminate anger and frustration, will it be day/week/month
    • Tosh5457
      Joined: 18.01.2008 Posts: 3,062
      Control your tilts, putting your BR at risk just because you're losing it's just a donkey attitude. When I'm on tilt the first thing I do is stop playing, then I review the hands I lost and post on the forums if necessary, to see if I played them bad. If I did, well, at least I learned something, if I didn't it was just bad luck and I carry on...
    • Velak
      Joined: 19.04.2008 Posts: 542
      /agree. You have to learn to control tilt. It will be the single biggest factor in your game. It doesn't matter how good of a player you are.. if tilt controls you, rather than you controlling tilt, then you will never be a winning player.

      I mentioned this somewhere the other day... so if you've read it before, please excuse me.

      When I first started playing online poker, I just couldn't BELIEVE the bad beats when they happened. Being an analytical person I'd sit there and figure out how someone could push me to the river when they're drawing to one out, and then they hit it.... what are the chances/odds/probability of that??!

      It would upset me, and it would affect my play. Fortunately, it didn't affect me like it did you, I still never played outside of my bankroll, but I did make bad decisions while on tilt, and played badly within my bankroll.

      However, I'm glad I have played so much online poker now... vs. learning it in an actual casino. Why? Because, I get to see WAY more hands than in a casino, and I feel that my tilt-control development has been fast tracked because of it.

      With an online table.. you see like, double or more the hands, in the same span of time as you do in a real casino. So you see twice as many situations in that time, twice as many bad beats, good plays, donk moves, etc.

      Multiply that by the number of tables you play and you are all of a sudden bombarded with more situations in a few weeks than you would see in years in a real casino.

      For me, this has really helped me to realize 'that's poker'.

      At this point (and I'm still a beginning player!) I feel like I've seen it all. Nothing really surprises me anymore. There are plenty of situations that make me laugh, or roll my eyes at someone's dumb move or whatever, but none of them affect the way I play the next hand anymore.

      This, to me, is one of my proudest accomplishments. I know how I felt when certain things happened to me when I started, and I know how those same situations affect me now. I'm really proud to be able to have 'tilt' be under such control as a new player to the game. (I've only been playing like 3 months now)

      This allows me to focus on other aspects of my game, and when I read stories like yours, it helps me to realize what a blessing it is to have learned to overcome such a vital problem so early in my poker development. I am SURE that had I started playing poker in a brick and mortar casino, this is something I would still be struggling with today, and likely for years to come.

      I hope you can get it under control. Recognizing it is the first step. Knowing you're under tilt, I'd leave the tables.. spend time working on your game in other ways. Read the books, or the forums, or of course utilize the strategy articles, videos, and coachings here on the site.

      Good skill to you!
    • finchybg
      Joined: 16.12.2007 Posts: 910
      Velak, great post!
      And great signature, too :D
    • fun101rockets
      Joined: 01.06.2008 Posts: 1,162
      I used to tilt too, nearly lost my entire bankroll
      My rule: after each losing session I take atleast a 2-3 hour break