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. In a nutshell, being on TILT means that you are no longer thinking clearly or that something occurred at the table that has upset you. 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 get you upset

3.       Drunk Players at the 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 upset anyone

4.       Trash Talker at the Table – This is a tactic some players use to get under your skin. 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. At any point that you don’t feel like you are making good decisions then it’s probably for the best that you take a break. 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. Having the right “Poker State of Mind” is critical to your long term poker success. Here are some other examples of things to avoid:

1.       Avoid playing if you are Tired

2.       If you are drinking or have been drinking you really shouldn’t play

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 are an onine player and find yourself getting bored, my suggestion would be to play a few tables at the same time. By playing more than one table it increases you chances of playing more hands and reducing the possibilities of getting bored. You should probably quit for the day if you find your mind drifting or thinking of other things. Don’t worry, there will always be a game waiting for you tomorrow.

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