Curing Tilt: A Realisation Issue

tilting in front of laptop

I have read and studied more articles on tilt than I can care to remember. While most, if not all, of the advice is well intentioned, I believe that most of it is useless to the reader in terms of finding an immediate solution in nearly all cases. This is because tilt is an emotional response to something that is either negative or is perceived as negative by the individual. For example, one player may tilt after losing two buy-ins with two outdraws while another more experienced player would laugh at the thought of only losing two buy-ins.

It can be helpful to read and hear how other people have cured tilt but their methods are by no means guaranteed to work for you. This is because our own internal reasons for tilting are unique to us and so it makes sense that if the reasons are individual to us then the solution may just need to be as well. So I find that reading about ways to combat tilt is helpful but only from a standpoint of us looking for the correct solution from a large list of possible solutions.

Basing this on my own personal experiences, I found that the way to cure tilt stems from a slow realisation of certain things until you evolve into a state where tilting seems just silly. This will be different for various people and with some it could be a realisation of variance and the effects of it. For example, there simply has to be variance and loss in poker otherwise poker wouldn’t exist. If better players always took money from weaker players then weaker players wouldn’t play poker and so there would be no game.

The better players would then take money from each other with the best of the best taking the most until only one player remained and there was no more poker. The betting industry works in the same way, if the betting firms gave you no chance to win then you wouldn’t gamble at all as setting fire to money isn’t a great deal of fun. So to make money there has to be risk and where there is risk there has to be loss. It was only when I looked at poker from an aspect of financial trading did I finally come to terms with my tilt problem.

As I said before though, this solution is relevant to me and me only and while other people may benefit from using the same method, most will not and will need to come at it from a different angle.

I believe that tilt is caused mainly by players not fully accepting on a subconscious level that poker is a game where risk and uncertainty and loss must prevail in order for the game to function. If these elements are missing then there can be no poker game. Once we learn to live with risk and loss then they can no longer hurt us, losses are then normalised and tilt disappears.

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