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Avoid Going On Tilt

Jun 24, 2008
We've all been there. You've been very patient, looking for your spot. Then it happens.

You call a raise from a loose player with pocket eights. The flop comes A83. He bets the pot, and you call.

The turn is a harmless 5. He bets the pot again. This time you know he's calling so you push all in. He doesn't hesitate, and calls immediately. He turns over A4. When a 2 hits on the river, you are left with a sick feeling in your gut.

What you do after that can be the difference between a profitable player and a big loser. Can you stay on your game? Or, does this bad beat freak you out, and get you to make bad plays.

The classic follow up is getting a good, but not great, hand and overplaying it. Like, you have AJ on an A94 board, against a super tight player. He bets the flop, and you go all in, only to get called by his AA, and find yourself drawing dead. Yo top it off, you knew better.

When lady luck slaps you in the face like this, you need to avoid tilting off chips. The classic instinct is to gamble wildly at the next reasonable chance. You want to get those chips back. This is a big time tilt.

The best way to avoid a hand like this, right after a bad beat, is to get away from the table as soon as possible. Once you have collected yourself you can go back to playing.

Eventually, you need to become numb to these events. If you played the situation correctly, you did all you could. The bad beats and lucky wins will even themselves out over time. When they do, the best players will have the money.

This type of event is compounded if you're running bad. When you on a long losing steak it seems that anything you do goes wrong. Opponents make bad calls, and suck out on you.

Your KK meets an AA. Everyone hits their straight and flush draws against you. Your draws don't hit. It won't stop.

It feels like a nightmare you can't wake up from. This will change. The numbers will correct themselves. You must believe in this fact, or you're doomed.

To profit at the tables, you need to play good poker when things are going bad. Things will go bad. If you don't play well when they are, you give away your profits. Don't tilt, stay cool and keep your bank roll growing.
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