No matter if you’re a poker veteran or an amateur, you probably know that playing this card game can sometimes be mentally exhausting. You need to control your emotions, your facial expressions, and even the way you talk. But what to do when you get tilted?
What Is Tilt?
‘Tilt’ is an expression that most gamblers, as well as video game players, are familiar with. So what does tilted mean? If you get tilted, it means you’re on a losing streak, and as a result, your emotions are getting the best of you. It’s the point where everything you’ve learned, and practiced for so long, become irrelevant. Naturally, losing in video games is no harm, but losing a game of poker also means losing a lot of money.
If your personality is strong enough, there are some simple steps you can take to break through the tilt.
Leave Your Emotions at the Door
We’re all human, and that means we all have emotions and problems that we always carry around with us. Most often, tilt is an outcome of our emotional baggage that we can’t properly get rid off.
If you’re one of those people who can leave their emotions outside of a casino — then that’s great. But if you fall under a different category, as 80% of the population does, then you probably can’t manipulate your emotions as easily. If you’re going through a rough patch at home or at work, maybe it’s best not to gamble until you fix it? If you can’t forget about your turmoil at least for a couple of hours, it will cause a tilt.
Know Your Trigger
More often than not, there are things that trigger your tilt. These are things that make you feel defeated, as well as superstitions that make you give up almost instantly. Most poker players are well aware that they can’t always win — there will be losses. What most poker players are not prepared for are the subsequent losses — sometimes they keep coming one after another.
A good player knows that if you keep losing, perhaps it’s time to take a break or call it a day. Tilted players, on the other hand, don’t feel like giving up — they keep going. Before they know it, they end up losing all their money. For many gamblers, constant losses are a tilt trigger, so try not to fall into this trap. If you’re too emotional due to some life issues, you shouldn’t gamble.
Listen to Your Favorite Tunes
The power of music could surprise you. Scientists discovered that people who listen to their favorite tunes while jogging or working out have better results. Additionally, patients who listen to calm, soothing music, have lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone).
Since music can have such a powerful effect on people, a lot of professional gamblers bring headphones to the table. They listen to their favorite music to remain calm. You can apply this to other casino games as well — slots for example.
Take a Short Break
If you notice that you’re having a difficult time at the poker table, then you should consider abandoning it for a while. Maybe go out and breathe some fresh air. You can also have a short toilet break and wash your face. You should do anything that can refresh you and get you back on the track. Most psychologists even suggest eating a piece of candy because it can trigger your serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’). Additionally, if you play in online casinos, take a break so you can look back at your mistakes and figure out what you could do better next time.
Don’t Drink Too Much
This is probably the most important point — it would be best to avoid alcohol. If you really must drink, then try not to overdo it. Casinos want you to drink a lot; this loosens up your perception which makes you lose track of time. If you’re winning a lot, expect the casino personnel to offer you free cocktails. If you get drunk, you will definitely become tilted. When it comes to betting, alcohol is not your friend.
You’re a Chill Gambler Now
In the video gaming industry, the best and professional players are those who never get tilted. The same rule applies to gambling — if you learn how to control your emotions, you will probably become an excellent player. Now that you know how to do it try to practice as much as you can. Best of luck!