Taking a bad beat in poker can be a really frustrating thing.  A bad beat, in poker parlance, is losing a hand that is initially thought of as a winning hand.  There are varying degrees of bad beats.  Frequently, a bad beat is preceeded by some form of muppetry played out by a donkey who the poker gods have a hard on for.  An example - having your all in bet called by someone with bottom pair against your set, only to see them hit running cards for a straight.  A lesser degree of bad beat but no less typical, would be when someone who has a pair of aces  continues through the betting rounds upping the ante everytime only to lose to a player who simply gets lucky in making a gutshot draw.  Poker bad beats such as this happens all the time and are considered to be a normal occurrence that most of us need to learn how to accept.  Ask any poker player, they can tell you a bad beat story.  If you find a player who has a poker bad beat story but chooses not to tell it, chances are they can handle themselves at the table.

Not all good hands result in winning the pot…good hands also result in poker bad beats.

Getting frustrated after poker bad beats is an effect often seen in poker newbies, however that’s not to say that more experienced players are immune to the occasional hissy fit on the felt.  In fact some pro players have gained notoriety not just from their tally at the tables but by virtue of how impressively they can verbally spray their opposition after taking a pounding.   Those new to the game though are often not in control of their emotions and can easily be overcome by anger when they find themselves victims of poker bad beats.  This kind of behaviour is referred to in poker circles as being on a tilt.  Being on a tilt is normal happenstance.  Knowing how to prevent tilt will help any poker player hold his ground in any poker game.  Keeping one’s cool after poker bad beats can ensure a player’s longevity in the game and increase his chances of winning despite the fluctuations in his bankroll.
Fact…poker is a game of chance.  Even the best strategies can be expected to fail at some point because of the unpredictability of the cards and the way they are dealt.  The best way for poker players to enjoy playing the game is to have a good grip on the way their emotions come into play.  Others are actually able to use emotions as part of a texas hold em psychology.  Psyching out a player and causing him to go on a tilt intentionally can cause a player to lose sound judgement and bring about bad decisions and losses.  Plus it’s fun.  Lots of fun. 

Getting out of a tilt is easier than recognizing it.  It isn’t enough just to know we are on tilt, we have to take active stept to mitigate it (using our chair legs as a pin and our opponent as a cushion is generally considered poor etiquette). We have to be sensitive about the way we are reacting to things to recognize signs of going on tilt.  Feelings of frustration over a lost hand which we expected to be a clear winner can eventually bring forth feelings of anger.  Feelings like that could only work to our detriment.  Knowing how to prevent tilt is something that should be mastered by any player who wants to keep on bringing home the bacon.

Here are some of the tips on how to prevent tilt:
1. Play poker as it is – a game of decisions and a game of chance.  Do not get easily irked by a bad beat.  Keep your cool and continue playing and hoping that the next pot will be yours.  Sure, put a few voodoo curses on the villain sitting across from you…as long as you can focus on playing the next hand at your optimum.
2. Lower your variance by playing passively.  If you must keep on playing, you can play tightly and lower your risks of losing.
3. When emotions are extremely high and uncontrollable, it is best that to leave the table temporarily or permanently depending on your state of mind.  It will be useless to stay on the table on a tilt when chances of winning are slim anyway because of impaired judgement.

And if all else fails?  Well…use the chair.

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