Continuing to tilt is harmful to your poker health. It is not uncommon for a player to become very angry emotionally when he suffers one bad beat after another. At that point, he might start playing irrationally. And he lost even more chips.
Some people call this “steaming” – letting off steam by going wild at the poker table. It can also happen to a player when he or she makes a terrible decision – one that is very expensive; sometimes he knows it’s a big mistake from the start. I call them “tilters.”
Be smart. Don’t let this happen to you. Realize that bad beats do happen and do it calmly. Always keep playing your A-games no matter the situation. If necessary, take a break from the table and go get some fresh air. Think about it; and calm your anger. Don’t let yourself get sideways.
It’s not uncommon for opponents to keep tilted. Having a tilter on your table can be of great benefit to your dewapoker as it almost randomly throws its chips into the pan, while it only has a slight twist. We often refer to that action as the pursuit. Hunters are losers.
Quite possibly, the player who tilted didn’t think much about the number and quality of the numbers he had. We love playing against the tilters. Aggressive players are also very common. Some of the most skilled players use aggressive play when it is to their advantage. On the other hand, there may be very aggressive players at your table. He picked up and got up almost leaving.
On average, a player can expect the initial playable card to be dealt to him in about one in four hands. This will vary over time. But if you have a player at your table who consistently sees the flop (loose player) and then plays very aggressively, read him out as a danger to your poker health. We call him “maniac.”
It would be very expensive to start with a lower hand made – AA, KK, and QQ, or premium hand drawing – AK, AQ, and KQ.
We love playing against the tilters. Be prepared to receive all the chips they “donate” to you. Given your goal is to win as many chips as possible, could you ask for more?
On the other hand, it is quite the opposite with maniacs. Best advice in such cases: Play very carefully; and try to sit on the maniac’s left. Then you can throw your hand over the edge when he raises it in front of you and still see the flop with only the better starting hand. In the long run, it will benefit you.
Or, consider taking a break from the table, hoping he’ll leave before you return. If not, you can always change to a better table. Don’t hesitate when you will benefit.
What if there are two maniacs at your table? It’s an untenable situation unless they sit next to each other, and you happen to be sitting to their left. Exit that game as soon as you realize what’s going on. Take a long break or change the table ASAP.
What if the tilter and maniac were on your desk? It happened to me recently in a $ 4- $ 8 limit hold’em game at Hustler Casino in Gardena, California. Your rack of chips can be forgotten in no time. It’s never fun to go broke. Avoid it.
What’s your best course of action? It might be wise to take a break, hoping the maniac will leave the game before you return; So then you can compete against the tilter – no maniacs to complicate matters. If that doesn’t work, then changing the tables is your best bet.