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You see, it doesn’t matter what your average ROI (Return on Investment) is, or how many MTTs you’ve cashed in, because once you lose four games in a row you are automatically graded as on tilt. Fail to cash in eight consecutive games and suddenly you’re “Super Tilt”. Not really how I want to be seen by fellow poker players, particularly when I know anytime I’m heads up with someone they immediately bang their search facility on to check out whether I’m a poker god or simply cod.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate that if someone with a previously healthy record starts losing every game in a row, it’s not a great indicator. However, the tilt rating makes no allowances for the kind of game you’re playing (and no, I don’t mean whether it’s good or bad) so if, like myself, you play a couple of bigger MTTs each day, then let off a bit of donkey related steam on the $5 STTs, you can quite easily reach tilt status with zero effort, thanks to the amazingly bad play from your fellow fish at these tables.

For instance, last Wednesday I played a 10k freezeout that I’m quite successful in… I’ve earned enough respect amongst other regular players to allow me to happily raise up wit J3 off and watch them fold like paper. I bubbled on a bad beat – no disgrace there, we were all in preflop, he’s minimum raised early with A6 off I’ve massively re-raised all in with KK, he calls, hits his ace. On the river. Happy days. For the Rag Meister anyway.

I’m not overjoyed, however it was a $100 dollar buy in, I’d cashed in it the previous three nights to the tune of approximately $3,900 altogether, and he then went out the next hand with AA… what goes around and all that.

I don’t play again then until the next morning, when I mess around with a few sit and go short handed. Of course this is the day the Rag Meister’s brother, mum and octogenarian aunty Flo have all come out to play, so when I raise up preflop with Jacks, they assume I must be bluffing, or that their Ace high one over card is good, and call my pot sized bet on a ten high flop. As is always the way, they are rewarded for their blind faith in a suck out when the ace hits the river. Or calling my all in with aces with just three of us left for most of their stack with 3 7 “because it was suited”, and hitting not a flush but trip threes.

So just three games down the line, I’ve played maybe seven hands altogether – yes, that’s in all three tourneys – but added onto my bubble the night before and Sharkscope has proclaimed – You’re on tilt dude.

I’m blissfully unaware of this and tootle happily off on my normal business, return to my PC the following night for the 10k – you know that one where I have respect? Not any more.

I check raise someone I know is weak and he instantly moves all-in, my attempt at stealing his blind results in him going all-in, I simply call his bet preflop and he goes all in while the cards are still settling on the felt. I casually ask him if he’s paying someone else (his pet Rottweiler maybe?) to play under his name, and he happily tells me that because Sharkscope says I’m on tilt, he “knows I have nothing”.

Don’t really need to tell you what happened when I raised up with a pair of tens on the button do I? After his J7 hit the straight on the turn, the board failing to pair up on river to help my trips, I then played four $50 STT on full steam ahead tilt, completely smashed my tight image and dented my profit margin into the bargain.

So now I’m there on the Sharkscope board as on Super Tilt, and while I can see their point, I also hold them partly responsible. I thought long and hard about my game, considered returning to lower limits, or possibly another card room, and came across a little known solution. Click on FAQs on Sharkscope, click on remove my name and hey presto - tilt all day long and no one need ever know!

B. Raggers


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