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On Tilt: Part II - The Professional Attitude

Part I discusses at the problem of "tilt" as I have defined tilt as any unfavorable cause of emotion on one's play. I recommend readers to develop a good understanding of the monetary swings to be expected in poker as a supporter to prevent tilt. This understanding is the major part of what is explained here - an attitude, possessed by some of the best players, which is fully reverse to act on emotion during their play.

Once we identify that going on tilt involves the influence of emotion on one's play, we will be able to address the cause of any instance of tilt. There are generally one or two things that cause the emotional reaction which further creates tilt. More often, it is a downward monetary fluctuation. More rarely it can be interpersonal experience with another player (for example you react angrily to something said by another player and this affects your play).

The reason is to apply mainly to prevent tilt in respect to downward fluctuations. Though, it does help fairly in dealing with interpersonal factors. If you have many problems maintaining good play despite what others at the table may say or do, this focuses your emotional issues which may require more serious interference than is provided by any reading article.

Understanding the Professional Attitude

There is one more attitude towards the game which can be beneficial to any poker player. Many poker players reveal it to some extent, having developed it naturally, without thinking about it, through experience and study. I think it can also be developed intentionally. Once overcome, it strengthens your play massively, especially your ability to play well irrespective of recent results. I call it the "professional attitude" because I think it as the most cautious, rational and complicated way by which a successful player can see his results over time. Note however that being a poker professional poker player does not mean you are excellent in this attitude.

In reality many professional players do not maintain it very well. Also note that you do not necessarily be a professional player to take advantage of this attitude. I know highly skilled players who do not play for the livelihood but precisely reveal the professional attitude.

First, the foundation of the professional attitude is an understanding of the principles of correct play paired with a clear appreciation of the nature of the chance element (especially the kind of fluctuations) confronted in poker. Therefore besides knowing how to play well, you must identify that you will experience certain fluctuations of fairly possible variety, restrained only by the standard deviation related with your play at a given limit, and the upward trend (if you are winning player) supported by your hourly rate.

The second important element of the professional attitude is the ability to ascertain your play poker as well as your rival's play. When you are able to ascertain a hand and consider that you have played correctly, that is one step toward being less emotionally invested regardless you won the pot or not. When you are able to recognize your rival's mistakes and accordingly compare their level of play with your own, you will be able you choose games in which you know you have a positive expectation. Then when you know you are beating your game in the long run, you will be closer to identify indifference toward your short term results.

Professional or Not

There is the third and most important side regarding to this attitude. But before that I want to state that it is easy to identify an absence of the professional attitude. When I hear a player complaining about a bad beat, or how bad his luck has been during a session, I know that, at least temporarily, he is beyond the touch with an accurate appreciation of poker's chance element. Though we think we all know about it, some players seem to need great help in accepting the fact that bad beats are to be expected, and are just the sign of rival's bad play. Have they forgotten that without other's bad play the games would be unbeatable? Likewise, without periods of bad lucks, good players would always win, bad players would only lose, and there would no more tough games.

Players who do not have professional attitude will try, with the best of intentions, to force their illogical views on you. I remember thinking about this same situation during a playing session in which I experienced some unexpected large fluctuations. After getting ahead $1300 in a $15-$30 holdem poker game, I slowly lost back all but about $100 of the win. Players who knew about the downswings approached to me offering the words of ncouragement. Some suggested I leave before I lost back all of my wins.

I always responded comments like, "That's the way it goes sometimes. No big deal. It's a good game; why would I leave?" I had the sense that they felt sorry for me, that they didn't realize that I really meant those things. Later I was disappointed at my own results but I knew I had not made any mistakes that I could identify and that it was an especially good game. So my disappointment was just insignificant. I also remember one session some two months ago when I had been stuck $1200 then had upswings of $1300 to end with a $100 win. As most players would, I had felt good about that result. I realized that on this day I had had the same fluctuations in reverse. Had I not remember a clear view of these sorts of facts, supported by an understanding of the nature of poker's fluctuations, I was of course more upset about the results of this session, increasing the chance that emotion would affect my play.

Moreover, I am not saying that it is easy to avoid emotional reactions to downswings. I sometimes make myself strive to this. But to the extent that you can take fluctuations in pace, as normally, inevitable occurrence you will detour the main factor that puts most players on tilt.

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