Everybody seems to complain about how bad their online poker experience is these days. You’re lured by the ring games, unwilling to commit to tournament play, unwilling to risk a sizable amount of money, etc. But is something fishy going on in the background?
No, it’s not the poker websites themselves. It’s not the poker rooms. It’s not the poker rooms’ design or maintenance or programming or security or Jabberroll! It’s human nature! Let’s feed it someitamin K.
We are all prone to tilt. It’s been proven over time that our mental performance will be affected by what we ate yesterday. Some researchers believe that it’s possible to reverse tilt before it begins, thereby pre-venting the dreaded tilt itself.
However, because of the large number of players in the world of online Dewalive, understanding how to stop tilt is aitty piece of business. Tilting is like having a bad poker day. You get into a tournament, play your best, and by the middle of the tournament you are a likely to be all your bankroll, basically.
The first and foremost step to stopping tilt is to stop playing. Simple. The advent of online poker has opened the door to millions of poker players. But, just as importantly, it has opened the door to the monster that is sit and go tournaments. These are very high stakes, short-handed games that last about as long as an hour – or even less.
Because of this, the focus in most of these games is on survival, or at least making it to the money. There are no large biconic players, like the ones you see on TV that can survive for days on end with their stacks. Most of the time, they go all in, hoping for a quick call.
When playing these games, make sure that you are playing only premium starting hands. This is an important distinction, because most of the time you are not going to see many hands. You may say that it’s alright to limp and call with J6os, but this is where you need to get a little tricky.
The point is, sometimes you are going to hit a monster hand, and you want to ensure that you protect your chip stack. Protecting your stack is essentially the entire purpose of playing long-term. We want to last longer, so that our opponents have a chance to get knocked out, or at least suffer a large enough loss that they will be discouraged from continuing to play.
So, what do we do when we get dealt a monster hand? Well, many players just willing like to keep playing, and will often chase away other players that might be behind, and attempt a bet that will likely win the game for them.
The trick is to make sure you are betting to push out your weak opponents, and not to just win the blinds. Yes, you are going to get the blinds, but try to take out the weakies. They are the ones that are more likely to get you in trouble.
Do not spend a fortune trying to take out the small fish. They are adept at figuring out how you are playing, and they will escape your wrath. Instead, focus on the big fish, and aim for the pots. They like to come to play.
This is really a battle of you, the player, against them. Think about it. You are playing for a multitude of reasons – just like the other players. Focus on gaming, and you will do just fine.
If you really want to stop losing at poker, the first thing you have to do is look at your actions and your decisions and reassess the quality of these. The best action here is to stop hitting flops. Anytime you see a situation where you have made a decision that involves any decision to alter the way you are playing, take a second to review this decision.
Often, when we are confronted with difficult decisions, we often have at least a few moments to consider our options, and this help us to improves our decision making. Take as many time as you need, but definitely not more than 5 minutes. This helps you to make a solid decision, without partially underlying your current hand.
However, you need to make sure that you don’t sacrifice the moment, because this is the perfect opportunity to make a move, and carve out someones stack. Be careful not to make this move when your opponent is in the blinds, because they are more likely to be playing conservative, and not giving you any value with those pocket 10’s.
When you make a hole pair, raise your opponent as much as you can. Try to make the raise an all-in, to get value for your hand. If you are called, and you get further cards, you are probably behind.