This is a discussion on How do you prepare to play? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello community, I would like to know different ways of how they are prepared and what tools they use to improve in poker. Personally, it
Hello community, I would like to know different ways of how they are prepared and what tools they use to improve in poker. Personally, it is a subject that I would like to know to improve my habits as a poker player.
I don't have poker tracker software to analyse hands , or similal software to study more analytically my previous played hands (in terms of equity , ranges , or other I don't know terms and values ) , so I just watch videos of popular streamers or replays of final tables .
But if I have no mood or I am little tired I will just listen to music , watch some youtube videos or twitch streams of general interest not related to poker .
I also want to have in the house all the drinks and food that I will need during the session . If the game is very important I will have some hours rest before the game . Tired and hungry you cannot play in a satisfactory efficient way ofcourse
I have software on my phone and computer called cold turkey that you can schedule periods of time to block distracting websites on your computer. So I will schedule blocks up until my next break on sites like youtube, social media, forums etc that will distract me.
I also like to meditate before a session to focus myself on my goals for the session. I never set goals related to winning set amounts but more towards not tilting, sticking to my strategy and making correct reads on opponents.
During the session I'll listen to music and use HM2 to record hands for later review.
One of the best ways to improve your game is to analyze the stories of your own hands. The importance of this action cannot be overstated. In the course of the game you will not have much time to think over your decisions, especially if you play at several tables at the same time and play several hundred hands per hour. Without spending a lot of time thinking about their own game, you will be quite difficult to correct their shortcomings and improve it. Thinking about your own game and learning it outside the poker table plays a critical role in your development as a poker player.
Eat well, hydrate well, have a good night rest. Have food and water easily accessible for later on. Just play. The more you complicate things in this relation the more you need to wonder if this all is for you.
The first thing I do before starting to play poker ... is to make sure I don't have any work or pending thing that then forces me to end my game session ... then I prepare my bottle of cold water ... my fan to be always fresh and I relax to have the best possible concentration ..!
to prepare myself I watch a strategic MTT videos. I visualize my objective and the strategy that I must adopt according to the level of my opponents before the beginning of the game. when I'm too stressful or demotivate. I speak to my unconscious to deliver all my negative thoughts. I repeat the same sentence for several minutes like for example "I am happy". to improve my game. I always analyze spots or make mistakes to avoid repeating them.
Preparation is the key to everything. I use the whole afternoon just to prepare.
In the morning I play at least 200 hands with Advanced Poker Training -software. Then I go to the gym. But not too hard work out, just reduce my stress. Then I come back to home and I eat something and watching some series Simpsons, South Park etc. funny. Then I take a nap for 20-30 min. And of course, I drink some coffee to get energized. Then I play chess for 20 minutes. Then it is action time. I open the poker software, PokerTracker and screen recording software. I screen record every session. Also, I drink green tea and I eat a little bit of dark chocolate while I am playing. This routine really works. And after a poker session, I post my biggest problem hand to CardsChat hand analysis forum.
Hello. sleep well before the game. sits down to play it turns out it turns out only at night when the son goes to bed, I sleep off while he is at school. It is imperative to eat before the game so as not to be distracted during the game and pick up good music for the game. Good luck to everyone at the tables.
I do have 2 things that I do, usually it is because I have missed out playing in some tourneys I really wanted to play.
One is set an alarm. I set it for 17 minutes before game start. This gives me three 5 minute chances to register for the game.
Two is to remember to register for the game. Don't know how many times, I will be reading an article or watching youtube and things go silent. About 7 minutes after game start, and no late registration, and the horror sets in. I have been waiting 6 hours and 7 minutes to play my poker game of the day, and I never registered to play the tournament!!!
At first I have physical training after that brain training (wikium + chess) after that AIM training to prevent missclickes after that mental training (I have difficult system) and 20-30mins learning some poker theory. My preparing takes ~1,5h )
Online Game - Close other browsers, play some music.
Live game - I think about how to conduct myself at the table. Look at my hand only when my time, watch other players, especially those to my left to see if they are tipping off their actions. ETC . . .
If your are asking about study wise, then I think the best route is finding some friends who's opinions you value about the game and then discuss both your hands and their hands with them. Streams have also become a valuable studying tool, just have to find right ones to follow
If you were referring to daily preparation before a session, then I personally like to take a nice jog before I get started. That seems to get the blood flowing and helps my brain get going at the beginning of a daily grind.