In the online poker community, a phrase that is heard often is “tilt” or rather, “being on tilt”.
As much as one would like to amuse themselves by thinking that poker tilt refers to the act of a player tilting the table so that other players chips slide into their own chip stack, when associated with the game of online poker, tilt refers to the emotional state and frame of mind of players. And unlike the tilt that is associated with pinball machines, being on tilt when gambling at the online casino poker table encompasses much more than a single act.
Getting emotional and irrational at the online poker table can bring a player completely down into the muck, which if allowed to continue, can compound a losing streak into a substantial loss. Being on tilt is a common experience for all poker players, and usually happens because of a bad beat or after winning a few big pots.
What players need to realize is that online casino poker is a game of ups and downs, and that if the downs are permitted to get to the better half of one’s rational side, they will be less likely to recover.
By staying cool – to the point of being unemotional – players will be endowed and prepared to recognize tilt when it creeps up, and will know that if not fed with negativity and emotions, the tilt will fade away, making its way around to put another player to the test.
It’s important to know what you can and can’t do in a casino. It’s just like everyday life or in the casino online where you would not smoke on an airplane or wear swim shorts to an office job. Of course this all makes a lot of sense, and the following casino etiquette rules do too. But it’s not surprising you didn’t know some of these.
One of the most important tasks casino personnel has, is preventing players who are trying to cheat. Even though this is just a very small portion of the players it affects all of them. Most rules in casinos have been created to prevent cheating.
Besides your own cash, chips and drinks, you’re not allowed to touch most things. This might seem strange, but sleight of hand is one of the things casinos try to prevent with this rule. When playing Blackjack you’re not allowed to pick up the cards from the table, and the same goes for Baccarat. Caribbean Poker is an exception since players like to squeeze their cards in order to add more excitement to the game.
When playing Craps you’re only allowed to touch the dice with one hand when it’s your turn to throw. In any other case the stickman will handle the dice and move them towards the player. Using electronic devices at any game is also not allowed. If you want to take a phone call it’s better to step away from the table in order to prevent disrupting the game. Giving advice to fellow players is highly frowned upon. There’s no rule against this, but most players will not appreciate your vision on the game.
Waiters and dealers at casinos depend highly on tips. When you’re winning it’s common to give a little extra to the people making sure you are having a fun night out.