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Controlling your tilt level is one of the toughest thing for a poker player to do. Regardless of if you are a professional player who plays hours and hours each day, or a recreational player who just likes to play here and there. Going on tilt can actually make the difference between you winning money, and losing money at the end of the day. This is why it’s so important to control yourself and avoid going on tilt if at all possible. Some players have the ability to do this much easier than others do, but we are going to give a few tips and suggestions on how to keep yourself from tilting too hard and too often.

*Knowing When to Break*

This is crucial when playing any type of poker. Whether you’re a high stakes cash game player, low stakes cash game player, tournament player, or sit-n-go player, you need to know when it is time to take a break from the action. This is especially true if you’ve taken a few bad beats and can feel yourself starting to go on tilt a bit. Of course taking a quick two minute break might not get the job done for you, which is why you should head off and possibly get something to eat or just go relax for a little while. Give yourself some time to re-cooperate and when you feel at ease, head back over to the table. This same thing goes for online poker player, and you should just take a quick break to keep yourself focused, and either sit out or get off the table all together.

*Playing On Tilt*

Unfortunately, not everyone has the will power to be able to get up when they go on tilt, or even to be able to admit they are on tilt. If you aren’t going to get up from the table (which is definitely not recommended), then you should at least tighten your play quite a bit. Play a very tight range of hands, and only play prime hands. If you play like this it will make it so that you force yourself to be in good spots, and potentially win some pots to get rid of some of the tilt that you’re feeling.

*Move to Lower Limits*

This one is another thing for many players to do, but moving to lower limits after taking a bad beat or two can help you keep yourself from losing money. You can still play your same style (don’t get too crazy though), and at the lower limits you can keep yourself from having to buy-in for as much as you usually do. This is a good way to have solid bankroll management, but to let yourself continue playing as well. It is still recommended to take a break before you move to another table if you are on tilt, because in this situation it’s never a bad idea to cool off for a bit and get your mind off of poker.

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