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/Mar/2014

Reverse Tilting

By: baud2death @ 08:07 (EDT) / 524 / Comment ( 7 )

I have found out something worse than tilting, reverse-tilting.
I am sure there is another word for it but I like reverse-tilting and I am sticking with it (lol)

 

So we all know what a Tilt is right?
You have a bad hand, series of hands, game or series of games that lead you to play badly.
You will play outside your range, play in poor position, value your hand poorly and overall ship your chips to the nearest player willing to call you.

A reverse-tilt is where I find myself doing well, getting the best of hands, people laydown my missed hand to the C-bet, I get paid off well on my nut hands - all is good!!

Problem is that I suddenly find myself bulletproof, nothing can beat me and I start to go on a reverse-tilt.

My hand range begins to widen, I start to see bluffs everywhere and willing to ship it in with bottom pair and overall I am playing just as badly as when on Tilt but its not as obvious because I have no bad play behind me.

If you have a lot of really bad hands, you can feel a tilt seeping in and its very obvious. You are slamming things around and the feeling isn't subtle at all.

Whereas a reverse-tilt comes right after you have done well, it feels a lot more like bad luck than it does bad play.

Perhaps it is just me and I can't spot it straight away but perhaps not.

So for me, I immediately review my performance after each bust-out.
I try to honestly ask myself "Did I play well or was that bad luck?" This is a hard question to ask yourself because it is like you are saying "Am i a good or bad player?" and who wants to admit to themselves that they are a bad player?

If you honestly answer this and you are playing bad, go back into the hand-replayer and pickout any spot you can notice you lost a lot of chips as this is possibly where a bad play occured.

For than hand go into it and ask :
- Did I have the right position to get into the hand?
- Did I have the right hole cards to get into the hand?
- Did I think I was ahead on the flop (and was I actually ahead?)
- (repeat above for Turn/River)
- Did my opponent give me good enough reason to get away from my hand?

Chances are the above will highlight that you were far behind, your opponent was hitting you with a stick saying "I have the best hand" and you don't listen.

If you are in one of these spots (want to play but only have 30 minutes to kill) then why not spend that time in Poker Study!

 


Here are some other tips to avoid Tilting.
> Don't play when you are tired
> Don't play when you have little time to play
> Don't play when you are distracted
> If you already tilting, take a break or play some play-money games to cool off

Also, recognize what your Go-To Tilt route is.
I think everyone who Tilts has one.
- Do you register in more games than you are used to?
- Do you play higher stake games than your variance allows?
- Do you play in games with larger or smaller fields than you can handle?
- Do you play in speedier games than you are used to?

My goto Tilt is Headsup. I try to recover my buy-in losses by throwing money away playing Headsup.
Once I tilted and kept playing higher and higher stake Headsup games until I was throwing money away at $100 and considering my bankroll only allowed 50c tornys at the time, you can see how outmatched I was!


Hopefuly none of you Tilt or Reverse-Tilt but if you do, remember that no matter how bad it gets, you can always just STOP! and start again fresh. Don't keep throwing good money after bad.

 

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