Controlling Tilt

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Tilt is a phrase used in poker to explain how players change their game after suffering a bad beat. Players experience unpleasant emotions when on tilt that takes them out of their A-game, causing them to make suboptimal, thoughtless, losing plays.

Please read the following tips carefully and consider them when you feel you are tilting in your next poker game.

Admit when you are tilting

You may not consider yourself someone who quickly becomes angry or agitated, or you may believe you are immune to being irritated. However, do not allow assumptions to prevent you from seeing what is actually happening.

Accepting that you are on tilt is not always simple; nevertheless, it is the initial step in dealing with and mitigating it’s consequences.

Know when to quit

Eventually, you will experience a lengthy losing run or downswing in poker. The volatility in poker is great enough that even the best players may have a significant losing streak. Occasionally, you will spend hours generating a profit for the day, only to lose it in minutes. You may, nonetheless, slow the progression of that downswing by limiting the length of time you play while tilted and therefore minimize your losses in that state.

It is frustrating for any player to see their cash dwindle quickly. It is a good idea to establish a limit and determine that if your bankroll falls below a specific amount, you will walk away and come back another day.

Have a positive attitude

There is a statistical certainty that you will encounter some crazy beats. If your opponent has a 1% probability of winning, you will be on the losing end once out of every 100 times. You will experience terrible beats. 

The most effective response is to accept this reality. Be mature. You cannot consistently get your way with everything. Having an unnecessary and unpleasant reaction will only weigh you down and create an uncomfortable environment for everyone at the table.

Poker is simply a game, although a social one. If you are not having fun, you should reconsider your options.
Review your hands

All skilled poker players should monitor and analyze their game. It is a surprisingly beneficial strategy for dealing with tilt. If you endure a terrible beat, immediately record information on a hand calculator or other tracking tool.

This offers two advantages. In one instance, you may have felt taken advantage of in the heat of the moment, and upon further inspection, you may realize that it was not that horrible of a beat.

Furthermore, it assists you in swiftly putting things into perspective. Reviewing your previous plays can help you see how often you have won in the same scenarios. Varying outcomes are a natural aspect of the game.


Tilt is induced by actions at the poker table that are led by frustration, anger, bitterness, despair, and other unpleasant emotions and sentiments.

The greatest technique to manage tilt is to acknowledge it and prevent it from occurring. Set your poker expectations and realize that the long-term is all that matters. Only sit at the tables when your mind is settled.