February 9, 2020

Why Tilting in Poker is Bad For Your Gameplay

This is How Your Playing Style is Influenced
Once you are tilted, it is difficult to solve difficult situations, as they occur in poker in almost every hand played, with a clear head. This often leads you to make the wrong decision. Players who are upset usually play more hands and take much more risks than players who are not on tilt.
The human brain has, among other things, an emotional and a mental level. When you are annoyed, sad, or exuberant about something, everything that happens on the emotional level of the brain comes to the fore and makes it difficult for you to grasp clear thoughts on the mental level. Therefore, when you experience a poker tilt, you are making the wrong decisions, even though you actually know and know better.
Avoid Tilting and Play Better Poker
When looking for ways and means of playing poker better, one of your first and most important steps should be to analyze your own behavior when you get into a tilt situation. Only when you recognize your own mistakes, learn from them, and correct them will you become a better player.
When poker pros speak of a balanced mindset as an important key to success, they simply mean having their thoughts and emotions under control in extreme situations. If you are not bothered by an event that would actually annoy you, or by a particularly positive experience, and cannot call up your normal performance in these situations, you will notice that you are playing poker much more successfully.
How do I Recognize a Tilt?
If all the preventive measures have not helped and you run the risk of being eliminated, it is important that you recognize this yourself in good time before you make a serious mistake.
The alarm bells should ring when you:
have to cope with a longer loss distance (“persistent downswing”).
Emotions come into play.
sets a lot with low chances of success, i.e. plays with weak hands for big pots.
sets too aggressively (aggressive tilt), sets too little (passive tilt).
too many hands are calling (“calling station”).
getting involved unnecessarily in raise-reraise battles.
wants to immediately recover the lost money at any cost.
the objectivity in relation to your own game loses.
starts insulting the enemy.