Top 10 tips to avoid tilt and going broke in poker

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  • Keep your bankroll on Neteller (or some equivalent Internet bank) and restrict yourself to depositing your daily playing limit to the poker room in question. Withdraw any winnings above your daily playing limit back to Neteller
  • Keep preflop winning percentages in mind if you lose an all in against an opponent. If for example you are all in pre flop with 88 vs. QK suited, hit a set on the flop but lose to a runner runner straight this is NOT a bad beat. You only had a roughly 50% chance of winning preflop and your opponent’s runner runner flush is just one of the hands included in his 50% chance of winning.
  • If you bust out of a tournament or lose a large pot to an opponent who makes the worst call ever and hits his magic card on the river it often helps to blow off some steam by entering a small stakes tournament and go all in on every hand.
  • If you feel angry, frustrated or robbed take a break until you feel ready to play again. Ready to play means that you are able to write “nh” in the chat without feeling any resentment towards an opponent who busts you out with a hand that was clearly not nice.
  • Realize that poker is a game of variance. If you are 80% favorite to win a hand, you will lose 1 out of 5 times. The are the mathematical facts of the game. The best you can do is get your money in as a favorite
  • Have a water bottle next to your computer. If you have a tendency to take your anger out on things surrounding you, squeeze the water bottle instead. It will save you money in the long run.
  • You remember the times your opponent’s beat you as underdog, but forget the times you win as underdog. Keep track of your hands using the different poker software applications available. This way you will be able to quantify your lond term winning percentages and convince yourself that the universe is not against you.
  • If you are a good player you will exit most tournaments / lose most pots as a favorite. Get used to it!
  • Learn to recognize the signs of tilt such as calling to fast without thinking through the situation, chasing draws against the pot odds, calling river bets in frustration when you know you are beat etc….Have the discipline to stop playing whenever you spot these signs.

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7 Comments to Top 10 tips to avoid tilt and going broke in poker

Custo
June 21, 2009

Awesome quality post again. Sometimes re-reading the basics is the best thing for players. Thanks for sharing.

Mark
June 23, 2009

Thanks Custo for the kind words

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Love Poems & Love Quotes
June 24, 2009

These things happens a lot. What I do is go outside and take a couple breathers.

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Mark
June 24, 2009

A poet who plays poker….interesting combination :-)

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john
August 6, 2009

It helps if your girlfriend is home as well. She can do the chores and cook, and you can cuss her out whenever someone makes a donkey play and wins, and when you get stacked and lose all your chips you can punch her in the face.

Mark
August 6, 2009

If you are joking, your comment made me laugh.

If you’re not joking, you need help man!
.-= Mark´s last blog ..Second PokerBRB Freeroll League freeroll at PowerPoker =-.

Don
November 22, 2010

I have been tilting alot recently lol and these tips will help me hopefully.

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