Ah, the steam. If a poker gambler claims never to have looked over the barrel of a looming poker steam – they’re either telling a lie or they have not been betting very long. This doesn’t infer of course that every poker player has gone on tilt in the past, a handful of people have awesome control and take their losses as a defeat and keep it at that. To be a powerful poker gambler, it’s especially important to approach your wins and your defeats in the same manner – with no emotion. You play the game in the same manner you did after taking a hard beat like you would after winning a big hand. Many of the poker pros are not enticed by tilting after a horrible defeat as they are very professional and you must be to.
You must be aware that you won’t win each and every hand you are in, regardless if you are heavily favored. Hands which typically make people go on tilt are hands you were the favored or at a minimum thought you were until you were rivered and you squandered a huge chunk of your bankroll. Bad losses are going to happen. Embrace that idea right now, I will say it again – if your brother plays cards, if your parents play cards, if your grandpa enjoys cards – We all have bad losses at some point. It is an unavoidable experience of participating in Hold’em, or in reality any kind of poker.
Seeing as we are assumingly (most of us) playing poker for one reason – to earn $$$$, it would make sense that we will wager accordingly to maximize winnings. Now let us say you are up $100 off of a $100 deposit, and you suffer a gigantic blow in a NL game and your stack is at $120. You have lost $80 in a round where you should have picked up $200two hundred dollars when you went all-in on the flop and had a ten to one edge. And that fiend! He banged you out on the river? – Well hold it right there. This is a quintessential choice for a new gambler to start tilting. They basically burned too much cash on one hand that they really should have won and they are angry