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Breaking Down the Seven Types of Tilt
IntroductionIn this article
- What factors can trigger tilt
- Why should you attack tilt at the roots
- How can you work on your tilt problem
Defining tilt as being caused only by anger begs for an in-depth analysis of the different ways anger manifests itself in poker. All anger is not created equal. In fact, during my 4 years of coaching poker players, I’ve found seven unique types of anger and each is resolved using a different approach.
When the advice I gave wasn’t specific enough, clients saw limited progress and ultimately did not solve their tilt problem. Consequently, they will have to constantly focus on managing tilt, rather than on the subtle details of the action necessary to make the best decisions. The goal is to resolve your tilt problem, which means that a trigger, say a fish sucking out on you, no longer causes anger. At that point, there’s no more tilt to manage, and the mind is freed up to focus on playing.
Effectively resolving, or solving, a tilt problem, means correcting the root cause of it. The simplest way of doing this begins with breaking down anger into smaller parts; hence the reason for defining seven different types of tilt. This makes tilt easier to analyze, making it easier to prescribe the specific advice needed to solve the root cause of the problem. Failing to solve the problem at the root means that, much like a weed not pulled out by its roots, your tilt problem will just keep coming back again and again.
In The Mental Game of Poker, I break down the seven types of tilt into even more specific parts than I do here for the same reason: it’s easier to analyze the root problem and thus easier to prescribe specific advice. As the idea that tilt can be broken down this way may be new to many of you, consider this article an overview of the seven types of tilt, along with a few ideas how to begin correcting each one. There are overlaps among the seven types, like a Venn Diagram, to ensure the most important root causes of anger are covered.
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