Recently I've played lower a few times for the purpose of study and also for people to sweat me. There's a particular thing that I've been finding just sends me on extreme tilt and I'm not entirely sure of the reasons why so I'd like to try the advice in Tendler's book and see if writing about it helps.
So not aided by the fact that HEM2 is an excruciatingly buggy piece of software that really should still be in beta and not in release I'm starting off my session already a bit pre-tilted. This obviously doesn't help my overall mindset and is making it easier for me to get tilted by other stuff. So here's a perfect hand that would tilt me really hard:
Poker Stars $25.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1737028
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BTN: $15.00 - VPIP: 6, PFR: 6, 3B: 0, AF: 1.0, Hands: 17
SB: $13.11 - VPIP: 29, PFR: 29, 3B: 50, AF: 3.0, Hands: 7
Hero (BB): $52.07 - VPIP: 33, PFR: 27, 3B: 10, AF: 2.8
UTG: $13.37 - VPIP: 9, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 11
MP: $30.87 - VPIP: 14, PFR: 10, 3B: 0, AF: 2.5, Hands: 80
CO: $87.73 - VPIP: 23, PFR: 21, 3B: 5, AF: 2.0, Hands: 52
Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is BB with 5 5
4 folds, SB raises to $0.50, Hero calls $0.25
Flop: ($1.00) 8 Q 6(2 players)
SB bets $0.25, Hero calls $0.25
Turn: ($1.50) 5(2 players)
SB bets $2.00, Hero raises to $4.75, SB calls $2.75
River: ($11.00) A(2 players)
SB bets $7.61, Hero calls $7.61
Final Pot: $26.22
SB shows A A
Hero shows 5 5
SB wins $25.04
So like say a hand like this happens and some other hand where my top set gets beaten by quads happen like in short succession. Now if I'm playing vs better opponents who take a decent line and I get coolered I'm like "ok cooler whatever" and I pretty much don't think twice about it. I just move on and whatever doesn't really bug me that much.
But something about when someone (especially a bad player) takes a particularly retarded value minimization line just really tilts me. I know logically that's it's good that they aren't winning more money off me because of how they play but at the same time I find myself tilted by this. Even when I'm not in the hand I find some of these value minimization lines tilting. Maybe a thought along the lines of "If I was that guy I would have won ... more in that spot.".
This leads me onto the main crux of why I'm posting this, sometimes I find myself thinking along these lines "he has a bunch of air to get to this spot and this line is so amazingly horrifically bad for a value line that I'm going to look it up", usually I do this with like strongish hands but like I seem unable to fold the top of my range in these spots. Sure he can get there with a bunch of air but it doesn't matter if his river minbet donk/min3bet line is stupid I have to fold my bluff catcher. Especially when I'm tilting I just can't seem to get it through my head that some people really suck at poker and can take these bad lines for value with the immortal nuts and find myself paying it off too much (2nd nuts included), this then leads to other forms of tilt and well tilting isn't a good thing...
At some level I know that other people think about poker very differently to me as I'm good at adjusting and whatnot but I find it really really hard to adjust to the really bad reg-fish, it's not as though they are completely unthinking players but they think about the game badly and in such a way I just find I have no comprehension whatsoever of what they are doing. I can see from a theory point of view that I should probably be changing my lines up and I can do it when I'm not tilted by when I'm tilted all that starts to suffer really bad.
Anyway this whole thing bugs me a lot and I'd like to not get so tilted
by it in the future, if anyone has any suggestions/advice here I'd love
to hear it.
Looks like it's a good time to do that mental game coaching with Tendler!