Who’s Afraid of the Sharks

World Poker Tour Magazine, Issue 90

In my previous articles I’ve covered the major mental games issues that may be affecting your game, including tilt, confidence and motivation. In this article I’m going to explore the largely overlooked issue of fear.

The general definition of tilt assumes that it is anything that causes you to play below your best. If this definition is to be accepted then fear and anxiety don’t exist. However, as you know, I like to be a bit more specific about these issues, which is why I define tilt as anger. By doing this, fear and anxiety suddenly emerge as issues in their own right and relevant contributors to problems you experience at the table. Moreover, it now becomes important to realize that fear requires a different resolution strategy than tilt. [Click to read PDF]

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