gamera (2012-11-06) Interesting topic.
The problem is emotional variance when we win and when we start losing. We feel too good when we win and then when variance kicks in and we lose some back we can't handle it and start to sulk. You won't cure it at the time it is happening as it's a mind-set of emotional stability that you either have all the time all day every day or else you don't have it. You can't just switch it on when you play poker or when on a good or bad run or whatever. If you don't have it right now reading this thread then you won't have in an hours time when you are hit with 3 suck-outs in 3 minutes. It's the crazy-monkey-mind playing fantasy games and running at 5 million miles per hour. It's hard to control.
Interesting to see Eire Abu mentioned. I remember at the start of his downswing I started a thread stating that it had happened after he had taken a week off and wondered if it was perhaps a significant factor. I was jumped on and told blah blah. No one really listened to that specific point but I'm telling you these things are significant. I questioned if perhaps he had gone partying for a week? People don't realize the affect alcohol has on their mind-set. It's not just when you are drunk or the hangover the next morning. Alcohol is a weird drug and to play ultimate poker one would be better off to never drink alcohol. I am 100% correct in stating this. The nuances of the game require mental alertness and an absence of variances in emotions in order to play to ones full potential. What does alcohol do? It induces variances in emotions. It send the crazy-monkey-mind into overdrive even in the most sane individuals. Okay, you wake up sober but the mind doesn't just immediately go back to normal. The fantasy scenarios induced by the alcohol initiate bad mental habits. As I said, you can't just flick on a switch when playing poker. If the mind is whacky when drunk for 6 hours it won't be just back to perfect 3 or 5 days later you know. You still carry some of that fantasy life around with you a few days later while you walk down the street and while you drive the car. And if you are in fantasy when doing those things it will be the same when you play poker that evening or the next morning. Okay you won't be in fantasy thinking the exact same things as when drunk but the bad mental habits are still being practised.
Excellent post... and good topic OP...
Everyone here is aware of the evils of tilting, but that's only when losing.
The aspect of 'winner's tilt' is interesting, because we've all done it. You hit a nice rush, play well and suddenly you've already 'made a good month and have winnings to play with', so suddenly you decide to play a little differently and see if you can ride your rush.
Ilari and obviously Isildur are two of the higher players who maybe do this, but yeah, from the Hand History section and the comments here, Ilari was a little sick unlucky to have lost that 900K, but he's still nicely up for the last couple of weeks.