Texas hold ’em is a game that depends in a small proportion on luck and even the best players in the world are sometimes defeated by weaker opponents. The difference between them and regular players is that they can accept such a result without the outcome affecting their game, because they have the conviction that things will even out on the long run. Many beginners are not that perceptive and their lack of experience is the leading cause of catastrophic losses, triggered by what poker players call “tilt”.
Knowing that this is the main reason for players losing their bankroll in a blink of an eye, it comes as no surprise that everyone is trying to find an effective protection against it. Sadly there is no universal remedy against tilt, because its roots are as deep as human emotions and no two poker players are the same. The only thing that all players regardless of experience and skill level can do to protect themselves against the perils posed by tilt is by establishing a strict set of rules and following them to the letter.
Proper bankroll management presents two outstanding benefits, and it is mandatory for those who intend to spend a long time at the poker table. By setting up such a bankroll, it is easier to determine which are the table limits that are suitable for your budget and to decrease the risk of painful downswings. When players lose all the money they’ve made in a long session by simply committing a few mistakes, it is more likely for them to aggressively chase losses. This takes them out of their comfort zone and creates the kind of setting that favors tilt, so it’s important to cut the roots of evil.
Another reason for why not having a bankroll destined exclusively for poker is a risky way to tackle the game is that you never know how to set correct boundaries. Many players find themselves caught in a vicious circle in which they use more resources to fund their increasingly expensive hobby. Those who are predisposed to addiction end up borrowing money or using cash that is destined for covering everyday expenses to fuel poker. When you are playing on scared money, even the slightest downswing can bring you on tilt and the road to redemption is always a long and twisted one.
Another way of preventing tilt is by limiting the length of a poker session to a reasonable duration, so that you never spend more time than necessary at the table. Exhaustion can lead to costly mistakes, and the risk of playing on autopilot is enhanced, with these two being other tilt inducing elements. Another thing that players should keep in mind if they want to avoid the worst case scenario is that setting stoploss limits is mandatory. The risk of going on tilt increases exponentially as the amounts lost mount, so it makes perfect sense to sit out when you realize that you have entered a losing streak.