November 26, 2010
I briefly mentioned post-upswing tilt in one of my previous posts, and how I'd be trying my best to avoid it, but I ended up succumbing to it slightly.
Firstly, the idea behind this concept is that during a really big upswing you feel invincible, and start to believe you can get away with a lot of stuff, which may or may not be the case. However, you've become so used to running well that when you run bad, it is something unexpected. This can throw one off his game, and cause tilt to be more pronounced then if you just ran bad after running averagely.
I felt I played badly the past couple days, mostly in deep PLO with antes. I made a few sloppy mistakes that I shouldn't have done, and played slightly looser than usual. I was lucky though that I broke even in two long sessions, though mostly because I won a few big all-ins. If I had lost them, I could have been pretty down, and maybe succumbed to tilt fully.
So I'm trying to correct past mistakes, by writing this blog post and realising that I tilted. I'm also thinking about where I leaked money and one of them was playing too much OOP, which were mistakes that just compounded on themselves postflop through aggressive lines (e.g. for some reason peeling QT9x in the big blind and flopping a flush queen high flush draw on a K87 board, and getting it in.) I also was peeling 3-bet OOP against aggressive players trying to cooler them which is never a good basis for any OOP call.
Another less obvious mistake was a tendency to up variance in spots without a good edge, which is a fine thing in moderation. I think everyone should have the ability in PLO to just push thin edges for metagame purposes, but I feel every player should be able to change gears to keep your opponent guessing and by that I mean take more passive lines post-flop. I'm going to try to slow down a bit the next time I'm at the tables, unless I have a good reason to play fast. The thing is, when you have an aggressive image, people adjust fast in PLO, and they very much overadjust e.g. they go from calling with only the nuts to calling a pair and gutshot against you, so it's very important to be able to tighten and just have strong ranges (note: people are very bad at readjusting to your adjustments.)