Poker Tilt

Tilt happens when you let your emotions become involved with your poker playing. Rather than making cold calculations, you start playing out of anger, revenge, or even sheer boredom. Each of these three emotions can ruin your bankroll if you do not address them quickly. The easiest way to avoid being ruined by these emotions is to stop playing. This is a good solution if you are playing in a ring game—you should just walk away. But if you are playing in a tournament setting, it can be much more difficult to bring these emotions under control.

Anger usually occurs after you lose a big hand. You might have been winning the hand all the way to the last card, or maybe you had a big pocket pair that got beat somehow by a garbage hand. These things happen to even the best poker players in the world. Remember, there is always an element of luck in poker especially at If you are in a tournament, take a few deep breaths and attempt to forget about the hand. If you try and take revenge on the player that beat you before, you are likely playing with inferior cards and will probably just be beaten again. Don’t let this happen to you.

Online poker can become boring very quickly, especially if you are a multi-tasker. People with short attention spans sometimes find they can concentrate better on their poker game if they are playing at more than one table at a time. This can be dangerous if you are taking too many tables on though. Try and regulate your boredom and prevent it from causing you to make your own excitement. This usually is done by playing hands in a manner that you shouldn’t—a true recipe for disaster.