How to Handle Poker Tilt Issues

How to Handle Poker Tilt Issues

0 comments 13 June 2019, 12:37

How to Handle Poker Tilt Issues

Tilt it a common issue in poker, and many players have it, no matter the level they are playing at. This is one of the down-sides of poker, and even if you play perfectly for a few hours, you can ruin everything by being on tilt for 30 minutes.

Tilt can destroy your bankroll and make your life miserable, so it’s important to be able to handle it well. Here are 5 tips that will help:

  • Understand variance

In order to eliminate tilt caused by bad beats, you need to understand variance. It is 100% sure that you will have bad beats on a regular basis, no matter how well you play. So there is no reason to get angry about it, just like you don’t have to get angry when it’s raining outside.

You will have bad luck no matter what, and sometimes it can stretch for a longer period of time. It is inevitable, so you just have to accept it.

  • Understand the learning process

 Mistake tilt is very common and you don’t have to beat yourself up for every mistake that you make. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. Even professional players do, but in their case there are very few of them because of the many years of experience.

Even the pros were once beginners and they’ve made plenty of mistakes. But what you need to do is to learn from your mistakes and to become better with each and every day.

  • Have a good bankroll management

Some specialists recommend to play with a minimum of 20 buy-ins, but even this may be a bit too less. You will have downswings no matter what, and you need a solid bankroll in order to not get anxious and frustrated.

Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt recommends 100 buy-ins, which will definitely give you more peace of mind. And the absolute minimum should be of 50 buy ins.

  • Take breaks

Even the best players in the world lose their confidence when they have extended periods of bad beats. When you feel stuck and you have the tendency to tilt, just take a break!

Sometimes it helps to just get up from the computer (or table) and have a snack, have a drink or just get some fresh air. Other times you might need a few days (if not weeks) away from the poker table.

  • Fix your life

Sometimes you may be tilting from other reasons that are not related to poker. If you are unhappy with your life outside of the poker table, then you are most likely tilting in the games.

Try to live a healthier life, to exercise more, to eat better food to balance work and family and so on. The happier you are outside of the poker table, the more likely you are to avoid tilting.

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