Watching movie while playing poker

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For some time now, I have been playing one or two tables at a time and, figured I am getting easily distracted by my surroundings. That's why I started watching movies or TV shows while playing.
I basically open both on my laptop and reserve left part of the screen for a movie and the right part for poker.

When I have a tough decision to make, I just pause the thing and think about the hand properly.

Does anyone else do this or something similar?
If so, what are you usually watching? I am mostly watching The Grand Tour (Car show), or a TV Show, currently Blacklist and The Mandalorian.
 
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When I play, my TV is always on. watch movies or entertainment.
 
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I often do exactly the same.
Sometimes I watch Downton Abbey or something similar, but mostly I play Civilization 6. This game goes very well along with poker because you do not have to pause anything. Turn based strategy games "pause" all the time.
 
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I watch various films and series. I’m so used to it that I’m bored just sitting and playing.
 
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I also watch my favorite youtube channels while playing only one tournament because it's boring without it :)
 
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Always something to watch if you play one or two tables.I like to watch movies and play MTT tournament at the same time.It's boring just to play.I have a video of me frying a steak on the street and at the same time qualifying for the jubilee Sunday million via laptop.
 
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Keeping busy while playing keeps me from playing those marginal hands in bad position that knock me out of tournys,,,, :)
 
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No I do not watch anything, watch for opponents
 
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I may easily to do similar like that tomorrow ...

Watch how Holland beats us in football while playing cc tournament (while seeking revenge on dutch players) :)
 
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If this is a free or inexpensive tournament, I watch movies, but if the tournament is expensive or it is very important to me, I try to concentrate on the game and not distract myself with anything !!!
 
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If I´m playing 2 tables I watch sports but if I´m playing more than 4 tables I just concentrate myself in the game.
 
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I think everyone is right. If you are playing an expensive tournament you will not want to be distracted by anything, but if you are playing a cheap tournament or a freeroll it can be boring to be waiting for a good hand, in that case it is good to have something to do, that avoids playing any hand and waiting for a good one . I like to watch Seinfeld while I play.
 
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Watching youtube though life funny videos
 
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Yes, music works fine too, but movies, or something that occupies me while I am folding every hand really keeps me interested in the game.

I recently played a zoom MTT and, naturally couldn't watch anything cause of the pace, but if I were to play regular MTT, having cold dead deck and not doing anything aside would kill me :)
 
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Sometimes I feel like my attention span has gotten shorter and shorter because we have so many choices things to watch things to do phone tablet computer Etc LOL I am usually always watching something especially when I try to play poker otherwise lately I get too bored with the poker so watching something movie or show helps me not to lose early in the game:):)
 
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TV is always on while I play, usually watching some dead or zombie movies. This does not distract me as much as playing in two tournaments at the same time, especially if one is a regular speed and the other one is hyper turbo.
 
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isnt a movie beside a distraction all by it self? :) i can do stuff around too,but to be honest thats not really playing poker is it. i really do get better results when theres nothing but the game
 
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If I watch a movie rarelly while I play , it would be one of the old/classic movies I have stored in my hard disk lol . Most of the times I watch my favourite twitch channels or youtube videos or listen to music :)
 
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No ,I am not watch Tv ,but always listen music,but sometimes when I play long time period I read online news .
 
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I don't think it's right to be distracted by anything because if you do you can't concentrate on the players at your table to know what kind of opponents you're dealing with
 
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As soon as I'm starting to watch something I'm losing my concentration. Recently I was playing some freeroll and accidentally called someone's allin and lost
 
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If i play a big tournament i fully commit to the tournament.

If i play a freeroll or something like that , yeah.. i can watch something else, probably some high stakes on youtube. Poker is life
 
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I sit down to play freerolls, see with what cards the opponents go all in and it seems to me sometimes that they watch movies.
 
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I am just like you when I play at one or two tables, watch a movie or series. I, too, have a movie on the left side of the screen, and poker tables on the right side of the screen. I usually watch a Russian series or any interesting film. When I need to focus or make an important decision, I stop watching the movie and pay all the attention to poker. Watching a movie helps me to be more relaxed during the game, and if I lose the big bank, then I immediately get distracted and forget about my failure, thanks to the movie .
 
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