Finding the Cause of your Tilt
Now the cause of your tilt may not be the bad-beat, but the fact that your expectation before the flop was that you were sure to win the hand. “Sure” in poker is a relative term, in fact you were 80% favourite here, for every four times you win, you will lose once. Instead of expecting to win the pot, it might be easier to avoid tilt by thinking to yourself, “great, for every 100 times I get into this position I will win 80 of them!”
Of course, if a large percentage of your poker bankroll is resting on the outcome of one hand you might not be in the game to see 100 such situations. For this reason bankroll management is a key on how to avoid tilt. If you play only a small percentage of your bankroll in any one game then a reversal like the one above should have less impact, helping to avoid tilt.
Tilt can not always be avoided, you will need to have a backup plan for those times you become aware that you are tilting. The best plan of all is to stop playing and take a break! The length of this varies from person to person. The best way to judge when to return to the tables is to ask yourself whether you are in the correct mood to make good, analytical poker decisions.
An alternative is to change poker site. It can help to have a different identity on each site so that you are leaving player one behind and becoming player two. Again, ask yourself whether you are in the right frame of mind before doing this.
To summarise, Tilt is dangerous and expensive for many poker players. The first step on how to avoid tilt is to understand it, the next steps are to lessen its impact through a good understanding of variance and good bankroll management. If you find yourself “on tilt” despite your best efforts, then either take a break or change poker sites.