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Switching From Online to Brick-and-Mortar Poker: Part III Will You Go On Tilt?

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Aug 24, 2011


Some online players believe that I exaggerate the danger of going on tilt in brick-and-mortar (B&M) games. They’ve said, “I rarely went on tilt while playing hundreds of thousands of hands online. Why would I do it in B&M games?” That reaction is based on an unrealistic assessment of their own self-control and an overly narrow definition of “tilt.” You may think that “tilt” means that you’re crazily throwing away chips, but I’m using a broader definition: “Tilt” means making mistakes that you wouldn’t normally make for emotional reasons. By that definition, everybody occasionally goes on tilt, and some people do it frequently. They may never three-bet with garbage or make ridiculous calls, but they make small, subtle, and uncharacteristic mistakes because they feel angry, disappointed, hopeful, bored, and so on. Believing that you’re too disciplined to make emotionally driven mistakes is just part of your natural tendency to overestimate ...

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