Sit N Go – Playing on Tilt – What is it?

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Submitted by Stuart, this article belongs to the Poker Tournament series.

The term Tilt in poker is used to explain a state of mental  anger, confusion or frustration in which a player uses a poor judgment or strategy.  This usually leads to a player becoming very aggressive (in his/her playing style).

So it’s when we play poker  in a manner that is not in sync with the ‘normal’ or usual way we play our hand.


Having the discipline to use what we know is right is critical to wining or cashing in the game.  We know to use patience.  We know to use position.  We know to use information, but on tilt, all of this goes out the window.  It’s not what we know, It’s what we do.


Mental control is necessary to win or cash in poker.  We know tilting is bad, but after a bad beat or 10 straight hands of bad cards, it is difficult to maintain the focus we need to win.  Keeping this control is the most important thing to do after you have learned how to play the game AND it is the hardest to master.  Yes, poker is a game of skill, but it is also a game of luck and most of all it is a game. It’s called POKER.

My biggest Tilt problem

The problem that causes me the most frustration and anger is playing a hand incorrectly when I KNEW what I should have done.  At this point, I have to get up from the table for a few minutes and  cool off.

Another Big Tilt Problem

Playing in a game above your means.  Not staying within the limits of your bankroll.  If you can’t afford to lose the game, you can’t afford to be in it at all.

The Best of us all

The really great players are those that have mastered tilt.  The ones that stay within their limits, give total focus to the game by gathering information, having patience and knowing when to make the ‘move’.


Over-aggressive actions due to frustration and anger will almost always lead to defeat.

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2 Comments to Sit N Go – Playing on Tilt – What is it?

Steven Richardson
January 7, 2010

I had never heard of that term before.

When you mentioned ’tilt’, for some reason, I had visions of the pinball term. :)

January 9, 2010

I have been playing poker in my ManCave with friends for a long time and started playing online several months ago and never knew what Tilt was until now either. I had seen it mentioned but never explained, thanks!
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