All of us have been there when a flip drives us to the edge and we get so annoyed by an opponent that we simply lose it and all our good judgment disappears which eventually affects our bankroll. As you have guessed it right, I am talking about Poker Tilt today.
Although many of us believe that a tilt is a bitter reaction to bad beats the truth is a tilt can appear in various guises and forms. As most veteran players know, the less familiar forms of tilt can be as lethal as the more visible ones. As the tilt can reveal in different forms, there is not a particular solution that will help us all. However, realizing you are on tilt is the initial step to dealing with it.
Here I am going to talk about a few tricks and techniques to help you recognize, manage and finally avoid tilt like a pro when you play poker tournaments in India. Once you know how to deal with the negative influence of tilt on your poker game, you will glide towards a healthier bankroll. Let us start with taking a close look at what a tilt really is.
In poker, when things start getting out of hand, all poker players experience a psychological effect. A player might experience a ridiculous bad beat at the table, a downswing or even get harassed by another player at the local poker room. These things usually come with the territory and every player has to go through them more or less. However, when a player gives in to such situations by getting upset and angry, they start making bad decisions and actively bet in hands they can’t win. When this happens, it is said the player is on tilt.
Although it can be segregated further, let me start by introducing you to the 3 main types of tilt in Indian poker–
This happens when you get increasingly irritated and angry as you keep losing more money and you finally reach your tipping point by a really bad beat. As things start to turn red, you transform from a smart and promising player to an angry Hulk.
When your every move on the table is countered back by other players or simply by bad luck, frustrations starts to mound and you play even worse. One might mistake this as anger but what it really is simply frustration as tension. You play too passively & aggressively which affects your decision making abilities.
When you start thinking that despite your best efforts and no matter what move you make you will lose the tourney anyway, it is known as despondent tilt. It refers to when you have mentally given up and accepted your defeat even when you still have a chance to win. This can be seriously dangerous as it results in self-sabotaging game play.
Here are a few simple & effective guidelines that will enable you to smartly combat tilt and make the smarter move at the table-
You never play poker games when you feel emotionally compromised. Being emotional can be a huge problem in poker. First you need to be calm and clear your head to get back in form. If you realize that you are screaming at opponents or shouting at yourself, becoming aggressive physically or getting crazy to recover loses then it’s time to check yourself.
Downswings are an integral part of the game and you need to expect it. The game does not owe you anything even though you might feel otherwise. It is best to stop hoping to win with pocket queens and realize that in Indian poker usually two card hands make the winners.
Identify tilt before it starts to affect your game. We are all humans and become emotional at certain circumstances. But what is more important is that you understand that you are on tilt and begin to manage it early.
You can deal with tilt effectively when you consciously make the right decisions even when you are affected. It starts with smartly managing your financial situation. When you have a good grip on your bankroll, you will be able to better deal with downswings. Bankroll management helps you to play steady and keep you away from betting excessively.
Other than making you lose your bankroll, a tilt can also make you lose your love for poker in India. The best way to recoup and recharge yourself is to get away from playing the game for a few days. This will help you better understand your game and develop new strategies. Play free poker online and take notes on how you have played, read some good poker books, watch some helpful videos and learn how to improve your poker skills psychological. This will help you to take the game to a whole new level.
Practice and implement these easy yet efficient tips whenever you feel you are on tilt and just watch the difference it makes on your bankroll.
Until next time!
Good luck at the tables!