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Date Posted: October 1st, 2009 (3:37am)

Playing poker you will become familiar with tilt almost immediately. Though tilt actually has many forms that a lot of players might not be aware of. We all know the bad beat form of tilt. But what exactly is tilt? It has to do with your emotions and those emotions affecting your decisions. When you suffer a bad beat it makes you angry were you want to break something or if you're still playing (such as in an MTT) it will alter your decisions in future hands. But losing isn't the only form of tilt. There is winner tilt as well. This is were you've won a few pots and start to feel invincible, like you can't lose. If I had a dollar for every time I saw someone get a massive chip lead early in a tournament only to turn around and donk it off I'd be rich by now. Anything that will affect your emotions such as being tired or hungry can lead to tilt. One way I try to guard against it is to take ten seconds to make a decision involvling a lot or all of my chips. Sometimes I forget this and act quickly only to lose and wish I had not forgotten the ten second rule! I get mad when someone calls with an inferior hand and sucks out on me, I think it's normal to. I just realize that this is a tilt situation and knowing that helps to guard against it's effects.After all no hand is guaranteed to win preflop, not even aces so it is going to happen that if you get all your chips in preflop even as a huge favorite you can and will lose some of the times. After this happens to you numerous times it just doesn't have the same effect on you as it does to someone who is new to the game. Breaking your computer is only hurting you, raving in the chatbox about how stupid your opponent is only makes you look like a jackass, shoving all in after a loss when you still have chips to battle with, holding 83 off suit only cost you the tournament. Tilt cost you not them. Try to remember that the next time you feel tilt rearing its ugly head. It is like jealousy or unforgiveness- the person you feel this towards usually has no idea that you feel it or if they do, they don't care. In the end you only end up hurting yourself. I rarely tilt these days because I will share a secret with you. As a player I am looking for an opponent who is tilting so I can use their tilt against them and eliminate them from the tournament. Other players do this as well so I sure don't want to let them know that I'm feeling tilty. I just keep my mouth shut and say SERENITY NOW to myself and get all zen about it. Shit happens you either cope with it or die.

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