Tilt Profile: Running Bad

This is an example of a complete tilt profile. J.Tendler identified 7 main areas of tilt. I will provide my own profiles of each. 

Running Bad

Injustice

Hate-losing

Mistake

Entitlement

Revenge

Desperation

Running Bad Tilt Profile, Injecting Logic and Strategic Reminders Negative Variance Is NEVER an Excuse for Playing Badly Facing Negative Variance is a REAL OPPORTUNITY to Improve Your Skills We Only Know Our Real Strength When Faced With Adversity Its Not Acceptable To Become Unglued When Times Get Challenging What does 'Running Bad' mean to you? Identify triggers Its easy to chalk up a mistake, misplay or lost hand to being a result of negative variance. Its harder to be self-critical and make a real evaluation about how well you actually played the hand: were your assumptions accurate? And did you find the best action / decision / line? Possible leaks Tilt Trigger: Possible Leaks ♠ All In PreFlop, AIPF Premiums Lose: Did I overplay preflop given villain stats and positions? ♣ Sets Lose: Did you overplay your low pairs in a single-raised pot? Did you call after a straightforward villain bet / raise / shove(d) on a draw completing card? Did I take the best line given the multitude of strategic options? ♥ Paying off nits, straight forward opponents: Absolute- versus relative hand strength. Did I overplay given villain stats and positions? ♦ Folding versus aggressive opponents Defending enough? Knowledge deficit: Minimum Defending Frequency, MDF and Game Theory. ♠ Preflop Postflop 'Coolers' Was there more info available to allow me to make a great fold? Overplaying hand? (common spots: opening too loose, cold calling 3-bets, calling 3-bets OOP, 4-bet pots, …) ♣ Bluffs Gone Wrong: Did I choose the correct player to barrel against? Did my line make sense? Bluffing bad runouts. What does my range look like to a good reg? ♥ Missed Draws Postflop Overplaying hand preflop? Best line given assumptions? Villain tendencies? ♦ Not Trusting Gut Instinct Attention paid to particular sizing / line but then not able to use info effectively. Knowledge deficit (Conscious Incompetence). ♠ Awareness of Running Bad Fear and emotion compounds an already fragile- and malfunctioning mental state. Anger and stress lowering thresholds. ♣ Difficult Spots Knowledge deficit and errors in Unconscious Competence (either you don't know or what you DO know is wrong) ♥ Barreling Into Strong Ranges Villain continuing ranges too strong. Value betting too thin. They seem to have it so often. Continuing frequencies too strong? Set-mining? For an experienced player, each trigger in themselves might not cause tilt, however mass-multitabling allows the triggers to 'pile up' in a quick succession of punches making the onslaught more devastating. When your mental state is weakened from a build-up of repeated tough days / bad habits / life challenges, the impact can be more severe. Underlying deep-rooted negative mindsets and accumulated emotion will make you more vulnerable to tilting and its important to address those issues too. A strong, sound mental game reduces and eliminates the force of the 'punches' and will push your threshold much higher, withstanding longer periods of negative variance. What happens to my game when I feel I am running bad? Identify tilt tendencies (usually an increase in frequency and intensity of the leaks listed above) Tilt Tendency Description ♦ Knowing you beat and calling anyway - not trusting gut instinct I do not want to continue folding / "they can't have it again" / I must showdown to 'verify' they indeed have what they repping ♠ ***Calling down, paying off nitty, straight forward opponents ***You have the "top of your range" but are faced with a big bet or raise from a player that usually is weighted towards value only (Absolute- versus relative hand strength) ♣ River Call Efficiency I'm often beat on the river, villains don't have enough bluffs to warrant then call down. Knowledge deficit of River Play *Not fighting back, not defending, not raising aggressive players You "have nothing again" and feel like you are being pushed around. Playing passive, scared poker. ♥ Bluffing players not folding Players are taking showdown lines planning to call, hero over-bluffing in those spots. Unknown villains not folding regardless of flop texture, bet sizing ♦ Overplaying versus flop raise. Continuing facing a flop raise versus narrow, nut-heavy raising ranges ♠ Ignoring player-type and info / stats Lack of awareness ♣ Preflop ranges breakdown Lack of self-discipline *interestingly, this comes up often where you have the 'top of your range' versus the nit and are required to make a disciplined / hero fold AND/OR you "never have anything" when a known aggressive player is betting into you (again). This is a function of negative variance as identified earlier and deserves more explanation. ***a frequent error When making a fold versus a nit, you are imbuing yourself with an ability to make that fold. Versus a different player type the hand might be played differently but since you 'know' the player has much narrower , nut heavy value ranges most of your value hands become bluff-catchers when faced with more aggression. Accurate and knowledgeable play in these spots will make massive differences to your overall winrate as pots are relatively bigger on later streets. Short-term Strategies 1. Reduce number of tables, lower stakes -> in order to reduce mental strain and pressure 2. Poker study, to build knowledge in key areas. 3. Take time off
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