Avoid tilt when playing online poker
January 8, 2009
Play Fewer Tables
People often make the mistake of playing too many tables at once. This causes confusion, worse playing, and the quick loss of your chips. When playing online, settle down and focus on one table at a time. You play at your best when your attention is undivided, and you won’t make the silly mistakes that cost you money. And when you don’t make the silly mistakes, you’ll keep your money, and keep your cool.
Know When to Stop
Gambling is fun. There’s no doubt about it. You need to know your limits, though. If you’re making bad decision after bad decision, it may be time to call it quits. It’s much better to lose a little money than it is to lose a lot. You need to have the discipline to walk away from a game if you ever wish to be successful.
Turn off the Chatbox
If you’ve hit a bad beat, don’t take it out on your fellow opponents via chatbox. It will only make things worse and give your opponents more motivation to beat you. No one likes a sore loser.
That being said, though, don’t respond to a fish’s statement about your game. If someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally. People become much angrier when there’s money involved. Stray away from the verbal debates. They’ll only distract you and, possibly, put you on tilt.
Don’t Play When Bored or Tired
Boredom is one of the worst enemies a poker player can have. When a player gets bored, they make stupid decisions, costing them money – a lot of it. Just because you haven’t played a hand in awhile doesn’t mean it’s time to jump into the pot with sub-par hole cards. Poker is a game of patience. Wait for the right time, then strike hard. If you find yourself becoming bored at the table, walk away. Take a little break, then jump right back in.
Check Your Emotion at the Door
Poker is, and will always remain, an emotionless game. Emotion is tilt’s best friend – keep it away at all costs. Never play when you’re angry or sad, your game – and your mentality about it – will only suffer. If you’re feeling bothered, stay away from the tables.
Take a Break
Everyone needs a break now and then. If you’ve just hit a bad beat, step away for a few minutes. There’s no harm in sitting out a few hands. When you come back, you’ll be cool, calm, and collected.
Know the Signs
You need to know when tilt is building up. Realize the signs. If your game starts to suffer because of a few bad plays, you’re mentally not in the game. If you can realize when tilt starts coming, you can shut it down before it does any damage – to you or your chips!