This is a discussion on Cabal in Poker within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Each player over time acquires certain customs or cabals when he is playing poker. What is your favorite cabal that almost always allows you to
I play with play money chips on Pokerstars, and lately they've been experiencing lots of lag, and a few site freezes, probably because of the huge numbers of players on their site since quarantining started.
If I make it to the first break of a free roll tournament and my chip stack is at least in the top 40%, I get up and pep talk myself about how I'm about to take down $9.22, and what a score it will be. Usually end up min cashing for .000002 cents, but its all fun for me.
When I encounter a new player, I like to take note of how they play. I colour code them, write some notes. I might mention odd starting hand choices for a given position or action.
When I start a session, I always arrange everything "just so". Game sizing, HUD arrangement. Notes.
If it is a CC group, I remind myself that this bunch tends to be TAG or Nit. So I remind myself to play more widely and continue aggression, watching for trapping,
I also usually connect to my Friday Night Poker Club VoIP chat whenever I play any poker, not just for my Friday game. As long as we are not playing in the same game, we'll share info and offer tips and guidance to each other. I tend to have the most notes, but others are often really quick to highlight if a player is getting into Push/Fold territory.
I also get out a stack of 10 chips to occupy my hands and give me a distraction which does not impair attention, but allows me to be more patient.
I often go to get a high five or "lucky touch" from my family before I start and they wish me luck. I also get my dwarf-forge coin or my valar morghulis (all men must die) coin. These are normally what I use for card protector in live poker.
There are some other variations, depending on whether the dog wants to be on my lap or not...
Most other preparations are normal/sensible precautions like reviewing notes. Deciding what image I want to portray to which table, whether I feel particularly aggressive or passive on a given day. Probe my mood to determine what my weakness will be today...