Staying calm under pressure
I decided to wear the heart rate monitor that I use for running to my weekly poker league. We have between 20-40 show each week for a tournament. I mostly play live anyway but thought it would be fun to see what happens if I get a good starting hand or holding a monster and someone betting into me. Wanted to see how calm I could keep myself to reduce tells
Base heart rate is 64 beats per minute when not doing anything.
Base heart rate playing poker went up to around 68, general excitement I guess.
Heart rate first time I peeked at AA = 84.
Heart rate 2nd time I peeked at AA = 78.
Highest it ever got was 96 with 4 way action and my nut flush got run over by full house on river.
I could never get it to stay below 70 while in a hand but I found I was trying to just stay relaxed more and breathing slower to try to stay calm. I eventually got it to go up only about 4 beats per minute while in a hand. I am sure people were wondering why I kept peeking at my watch all night but thought it was interesting. Not sure if I will do it again.