The Seven Types of Tilt

2008_wsop_badbeatBy now hopefully your Tilt Profile will have really helped you get some personal insight into your specific tilt issues, now here is a way to develop that further.

From working with hundreds of professional poker players, I have defined seven types of poker tilt. While everyone’s tilt is unique to them, I am yet to find one which does not fall into one or more of these broad categories.

This is just the next stage of understanding your own tilt, I go into much more detail into the symptoms and solutions for each specific type of tilt in The Mental Game of Poker 1 (A chapter for each type in fact). However it is a good next step to understanding your own tilt if you can put it into one or more of the following types:

Running Bad Tilt: The tilt that’s caused by a run of bad cards is not actually a unique type of tilt. Instead, one (or more) of the other types of tilt happens so frequently in such a short amount of time that your mind can’t reset itself before the next time you play. As a result, tilt builds up and hangs over your head like a dark cloud.

Injustice Tilt:  Bad beats, coolers, and suck-outs are prime examples of triggers that make you feel cursed and make poker feel unfair.

Hate-losing Tilt: Many players hate losing even though they realize how much variance impacts results in the short run. Wanting to win is not the problem—the problem is how you handle the inevitable losses. Another name for this could be Competitive Tilt.

Mistake Tilt: Making mistakes is frustrating for many logical reasons; these reasons just happen to be flawed because of inaccurate views about learning.

Entitlement Tilt: We used to call this Classic Phil Hellmuth tilt, but given his recent change in mindset it is perhaps not accurate any more. Either way it is the tilt caused by believing that you deserve to win for X, Y, or Z reason. Winning is a possession and you tilt when someone undeserving takes it from you.

Revenge Tilt: Disrespect, constant aggressive action, and opponents thinking they’re better than you are just a few of the reasons why you seek vengeance at the table. If you get set off by some of the regulars in your games, it is likely to be Revenge Tilt.

Desperation Tilt: The urge to win your money back and get unstuck is so strong, it makes you play monster sessions, force the action, and jump-up-in- stakes.

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