Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thinking About Tilt + Photography

Re-reading 'The Poker Mindset' at the moment, an excellent book all round from the writing to the points made. I'd be happy to recommend it as a fine use for your Stars FPPs!

Got to the chapter on Tilt, arguably the 2nd most important area of poker (more on ranking the poker skills later in the week). Hilger and Taylor nicely sum-up the different types of Tilt and its varied effects on your play, moving beyond the familiar 'angry tilt'.

What I find difficult is that they divide the forms of tilt by there very specific effects on peoples play 'tight tilt', 'FPS tilt' and 'loose tilt' etc. Now, this is useful for the purposes of discussion and (imprortantly) identification... but I personally still prefer a catergorisation into 'emotional categories' - largely since the effects on play at an individual level tend to stick to broad patterns - for example:

- State 1: Anger --> Loose / Over-aggressive etc
- State 2: Resigned: Passive, timid play since you are 'sure' that your opponents will outdraw you (can include tight / loose / FPS etc too)
- State 3: Frustrated: Revenge on an idividual opponent, fancy play (again) looseness and all that.

Guess what I am getting at is that the cause of these plays is the emotional state you are in, since it is sometimes hard to objectively judge whether you are playing 'too timidly' (for example) I feel more comfortable assessing my own emotions and dealing that way.

Not to say that Taylor and Hilger are wrong, their chapter is both thought provoking and insightful - instead I wanted to suggest that there is more than one way to look at this subject, and of course provide Plan3t Gong readers with something to think about.

On a completely different subject, going to start a photography course this evening... just a short one (10 weeks) to go through the technical / theoretical side. Apparently my old eyes can spot a good pic at 100 paces - so will be interesting to see whether knowing how to do it 'properly' improves the results in any significant way.

GL at the tables, Mark

1 comment:

Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Was just writing today about Hilger/Taylor's chapter & my own tilty experience. Yes, I found myself moving quickly through the different types (although it was easier to see that after the fact). Kind of amazing, really, to consider how easy it is to move from one state to another, though.