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I would like to share some thoughts on warmup.
Lately I haven't said time to apply before grinding, let alone have time to play.
very good question! everyone will have something different they do, Some rest some meditate, me personally i like to warm up with a nice fat blunt to help clear my mind.
Just focus on what you think will help your game play in the long run
It's interesting that you say your pregame (warm-up) routine includes not seeing anything poker-related before the session, while for me it's actually the opposite. I found that the best warm-up for me is to review hands from the previous session, as usually it helps me to play way more disciplined - pay some extra attention in certain spots and prevents me from spewing / making marginal decisions.
Psych is a huge part of playing poker, especially live poker. Many pros nowadays have their own gurus or life coaches (or whatever it's called now) to help them prep for sessions.
Personally, back when I was grinding live poker hard, I would go through articles and videos about the specifics of the game I would eventually play that night.
For example, If I was going to play an MTT live, I would find a video like:
"top 5 tips for live MTT's", "Poker tells - how to stay focused during the game" etc.
Same goes for cash games. On the way to the session, I would sort of repeat it in my head, like lines to think about during the game which keeps me focused.
Since I am only play poker as a hobby, mostly online, I tend to play online chess to keep my brain going. Since I play blitz chess, I have the time to play one or two games during pauses which keeps my focus on a high enough level to keep playing online.
I dont do any 'unusual' warm up before grinding, but I like to have everything organized before starting, like having my bottle of water, finding some good playlist I want to listen to that day, eating (or preparing something I'm going to eat during the breaks) this way I dont have to spend time doing other things that arent playing during the session
To warm up for a big tournament, i play some Spin'nGo tournaments. It is fast, only 3 players and i can checkout my luck .
Hahah, well mate if those games can really warm you up, it's your choice.
But as I tried to do that myself, it basically did the opposite thing to me. Yet before my tournaments started I was already so much tilted by playing Spins (obviously losing them)! That I'd better unregister from all tournaments right away and go for a walk or something.
I mean, overall seen this kind of poker has a high variance and has the huge ability for tilting you, especially if you're running not well. As one Spin & Go coach said once in his VOD: "Well losing 7-9 buy-ins in a row in spins is okay, doesn't even indicate that you played wrong, just be prepared to the high variance!"
Also, it sets up you for ultra-loose-aggro style, which is partly fine for 3-handed short-stacked action, but simply suicidal for long-lasting 9- or 8-handed MTTs. LOL, I won't do that ever again.
Either I play MTTs or Spins, but not MTTs after Spins, it's so crazy.
But it's my opinion tho.
For me a good warm-up, just like for many other people, who wrote previously here - watching some poker VODs about the game I'm going to play, working with ICM & Equity calcs, looking through the charts and analyzing my previously tagged hands. That helps me a lot to tune up my mind for "thinking poker" and I also show a better game, if I did all that for at least half-hour before my session than without it.
But I totally agree with those, who say a good rest and healthy meal before the session is not less important. The body & the mind are connected and if the body feels not well, it's silly awaiting that the mind will do it's best.
First I try not to think about problems or bad games. Then I play one or two freerols to warm the mind. So I eat healthy, express good energy and vibration, focus on the process and finally start the session!
GG to all