This is a discussion on What do you do while playing poker? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I will have to start watching my table. I normally:
Watch high stakes.
Listen to music.
Read a book.
Bad habit :(
While I play poker, I play poker. I know it's an awful answer but not being concetrated on the tables usualy means a bad session.
I must agree with you on this. like me and many others we are playing to make money and or win. if you are more concerned about whats on the news or playing the piano or for heaven sake reading a book that is not poker related. just either just playing for the fun of it (that is fine) or not really in to the game.
Depends on how many tables i'm playing and what time of day. When it's me and the wife I play 1 table and talk watch TV etc.(I use my laptop which is always on the coffee table). When i'm alone I play more tables and nothing else during that time period. Just my habit of play .
Music, otherwise nothing, Distractions always lead to a lack of concertration IMO.
I only Multi-table when I have no kids around , this is so I can get the most out of my game. If the kids are about, I normally only play the Tourneys I have too.
If I want to watch a poker channel or read, I might do these things together at the same time, as this would be classed as study for me, but I wouldnt be playing at the same time.
I'm listening to my mouse clicking No, really, I can't even put some music on, because it's so distracting to me. Maybe if it's something like Armik I might not get distracted, but otherwise, anything with lyrics and I'm done.
You should try and play in a flow-friendly environment. That is, as little distractions as possible. Music in the background is not a distraction, but if you're listening to it loudly it definitely is.
When you're in the flow, all the decisions seem to, well, flow. Time passes like you won't believe and your concentration goes up 110%. I've only experienced it a few times while playing poker, and it was amazing. Since then I've always been searching for the perfect time to play and get in the zone.
P.S. If you have so much time on your hands while playing, maybe you're not playing enough tables? You definitely can't get in the flow while playing less than 3 tables - decisions don't pop up fast enough.
If I'm doing a big grind with a fair few tables, there's nothing else I can do apart from poker, but if it's only 2-3 tables then I'll watch some TV maybe,broswe internet etc even then though I don't concentrate properly. Other than that, engage in conversation with the wife, but tend to just say "yes, or no" and get a response "You're not listening to me are you?" I say "of course" Then it ends up in a row, so I like to just play poker solely with head phones on.
That's a main reason I don't like one/two tables, I don't concentrate properly and tend to browse and neglect the actual game, I can concentrate with 10 tables +. Odd?!
When playing early in free-rolls, I often do work on my computer, surf web, and answer emails. As the game gets down to fewer players I devote more attention to the game. I've never been great at playing more than 2 or 3 tables at once!
I usually watch TV. I find I do better when Im watching TV or browsing forums. Im not as impatient when getting dealt shitty cards. Kind of gives me time to wait out the good positions and decent starting hands.
I like to play a bunch of tables..
facebook it,watch tv/movies/skate videos ,listen to some chill music,talk to friends,smoke lots of weed,drink soda or beer,eat good food,have sex.
This is why i enjoy online poker because u could do whatever the hell u want while u make $$$$$$$$$$$
I'm listening to music. often it's radio and in the evening it's special house music for the night ;-). have a try with Trentemoeller or something like that. That makes it easier to play poker the whole night.