The poker blogger Kieran (https://www.kiehapoker.com) earns enough playing poker professionally to live comfortably in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kieran has earned the right to give advice on how to conquer tilt.
He writes, “Tilt was holding me back from accomplishing my goals in poker for a long time. I used to be the best at tilting: chasing losses, jumping stakes, open-shoving any two in a white rage and just praying for the rest of my roll to finally wander over to someone else so I can stop playing and stew in guilt and self-loathing.
“That’s what tilt does to you, it doesn’t just destroy your bankroll, it can make your life miserable as well. That’s why I advise any student that admits to having tilt problems to work on this part of their game the hardest, before it gets out of hand. It might start out as getting angry over a few bad beats, but if you don’t take action, that anger accumulates and your problems will get bigger and bigger.”
Here’s a summary of Kieran’s blog titled “5 Proven Methods for Fixing Your Tilt Problem.” I recommend reading the whole blog entry (and his other blog entries too). I’ve summarized his points here for those who only have time for a quick summary:
1. Understanding variance (bad beat tilt): In order to really eliminate tilt due to coolers or bad beats, you have to understand the nature of variance. After all, if you know that it’s a mathematical certainty that you will face bad beats on a regular basis, there is nothing to get angry about.
2. Understand the learning process (mistake tilt): Mistakes and temporary failures are necessary to achieve greatness. Every successful person out there has realized this, and so should you.
3. Exercise good bankroll management: One of the best ways to avoid tilting is having a healthy bankroll. … I recommend all of my students to have at least 50 buy-ins for the stakes they are playing, and to never ever jump stakes.
4. Take breaks: When you’re stuck in a downswing, not only are you prone to tilt, but your play is definitely worse than it normally is….If you feel like things are just too intense and that you’re not capable of playing good poker anymore, take a break! (Note: Kieran recommends a break from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks, and says try not to even think about poker during the break.)
5. Get your life in order: Realize that there’s more to life than poker and that having other interests will improve your game…. the happier you are in your normal life, the bigger your chances of controlling tilt.
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