Tilt

Tilt is one of the key elements in poker that a player must learn to control in order to become a better poker player. In poker, the term “being on tilt” refers to playing with your heart not your head and allowing your emotions to get involved.

The classic example of being on tilt is when you have already invested a lot in a pot and cannot bear to fold and kiss the money you already invested into that hand goodbye. So, what do you do? You continue to bet in hopes that you will somehow get a lucky flop and win back your money. However, 9 out of 10 times this doesn’t work and you lose more chips than you would have if you had not let your emotions get involved.

Tilt is something that all players go through, especially when they are first starting out. The best thing to do is identify the times when you feel you are making decisions in the hand that you know in the back of your mind that you do not want to make. Then you need to make sure that in the future, especially when playing in casinos or for big hands, when you feel like you are making a stupid decision and letting your emotions get the better of you, stop and think before you play. Put yourself in the best position to win the game and then act accordingly.

This may sound silly, but it is a tip that has allowed millions of poker players from round the world save more chips and bid them on hands when they have a better chance of winning and make more money.

Being on tilt is natural; you just need to learn how to control it so that it doesn’t get the best of you. If you can do that, you will become a much better poker player.

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