TILTING? When to Step Away from the Table

If you have been around poker for some time or even if you are new to the game, you have probably heard the word TILT. Basically being on TILT means that you aren’t thinking clearly or you are upset at something that occurred at the poker table. A few things that could set someone on TILT are :

1.       Taking a Bad Beat  – Getting your money in the pot with the best hand only to be outdrawn by a  weaker hand

2.       Being shown a Bluff – Sometimes after you fold your opponent will show his terrible hand which can trigger emotions of anger and frustration

3.       Drunk Players at the Poker Table – Although it’s fun to play against people when they have been drinking as they tend to make errors, listening to them yap away is enough to set anyone off

4.       Trash Talker at the Table – Some use this tactic to throw you off your game. They constantly berate you at the table hoping to get an edge and make you do something stupid to lose all of your chips. (I’m really not a big fan of this approach, but it is effective for some)

That was just a few examples of things that can put you TILT. If for any reason you find yourself TILTING it’s best to take a break and walk away from the table. Poker is a game of making the correct decisions based on incomplete information. By not making good decisions and not thinking straight you can really lose a lot of money. If you want to have long term poker success then being in the right “Poker State of Mind” is crucial. Here are some other examples of things to avoid:

1.       Avoid playing if you are Tired

2.       Don’t play if you are drinking or have been drinking

3.       Don’t play if you want to watch TV

4.       Don’t  answer emails or surf the web

I know sometimes poker can be long in between hands to play so we tend to do other things. If you find yourself getting bored and looking for things to do, my suggestion would be to play a few tables at the same time if you are playing on line. By playing more than one table it increases you chances of playing more hands and reducing the possibilities of getting bored. If you find yourself not focussing and lacking concentration then you should probably quit for a bit. You really shouldn’t worry about it, you know you will always be able to play again tomorrow.

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