Discover When You Should Take a Break From the Poker Table

I can bet that you have heard the term TILT if you have been around the game of poker for some time. Basically being on TILT means that you aren’t thinking clearly or you are upset at something that occurred at the poker table. A few things that could set someone on TILT are :

1.       Taking a Bad Beat  – Getting your cash in the pot with the best hand only to be outdrawn by a  worse hand

2.       Being shown a Bluff – Sometimes after you fold your opponent will show his terrible hand which can trigger emotions of anger and frustration

3.       Drunk Players at the Poker Table – Although it’s fun to play against people when they are drinking as they tend to make errors, listening to them yap away is enough to upset anyone

4.       Trash Talker at the Table – Some use this tactic to throw you off your game. They constantly berate you at the table hoping to get an edge and make you do something stupid to lose all of your chips. (I’m really not a big fan of this approach, but it is effective for some)

That was just a few examples of things that can put you TILT. Don’t be scared to walk away from the table if you find yourself TILTING. Poker is all about trying to make good decisions based on the incomplete information that we have in front of us. If you’re not thinking correctly and making bad decisions then you stand a good chance to lose a lot of money. Being in the correct “Poker State of Mind” is very important to your long term poker success. Here are some other examples of things to avoid:

1.       You should not play if you are tired

2.       Don’t play if you are drinking or have been drinking

3.       Don’t play if you want to watch TV

4.       If you are surfing the web or answering emails, you really shouldn’t be playing

I know sometimes poker can be long in between hands to play so we tend to do other things. If you are an onine player and find yourself getting bored, my suggestion would be to play a few tables at the same time. By playing more than 1 table it increases you chances of playing more hands and eliminating the possibilities of getting bored. If you find yourself unfocussed and lacking concentration then you should probably take a break. There will always be another poker game tomorrow so there is no need to worry.

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