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Tilt: Scared Money

The Fear of Losses

If you are scared of losing your money, then you will make bad decisions.

Scared Money is a topic that is more important than one may think. The phrase 'playing with scared money' is used when you are scared of losing the money you are playing with, preventing you from making optimal decisions. You can't play in an uninhibited way any more because the money you bet compromises your decisions. Playing with scared money can be seen as a form of tilt.

On the one hand, we want to avoid playing with scared money ourselves, but on the other hand, we very much want our opponents to be playing with scared money. If we notice that a player is playing with scared money and is therefore playing a style that is very tight, we can put this player under pressure with more aggressive play, causing him to give up a lot of pots. We want our opponent to make mistakes of a psychological nature in addition to those of mathematical nature.



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Comments (7)

#1 mouse89, 06 Oct 08 15:08


#2 curtis630, 07 Aug 09 16:38

Its crazy when you are not sure what is going on with your game and then
an article comes along that addresses all the problems that you were struggling with. It brings me comfort and a feeling of not being alone.
I think i need PS more than they need me.

#3 blankcheque, 20 Feb 10 17:34

nice article gave me some things to think about. Where is jennifer harman now though it does not say?

#4 danieloff, 26 Jan 11 13:47

I have to be way more patient.... tilt destroyed my bankroll and I have to build it up again now

#5 Pouserly2, 12 Aug 11 09:01

so good

#6 abb969, 14 Apr 12 20:57

for all....listen well..
bankroll managment is the 95%important of all poker it s an axiome.
2.5% learning and learning and learning 2.5% playing.

#7 MrDeran9ed, 30 Dec 12 00:29

Amazing article Robert. Really explained the problems that arise out of playing with scared money. I certainly have a few things to work on now. Like recently I've noticed that even though I'm playing micro limits I occasionally find myself worrying wether or not to push all in with a strong hand, just incase I lose a small amount of my bankroll. So thanks for the eye opener and the very informative article.

- James :)