What do you do while playing poker?

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stuningup

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For me I can't focus on playing poker without noise around me. I have to be watching something on TV or a series on Netflix while I am playing. If i'm not watching TV then I have to be listening to music. I am pretty sure the majority of people are completely opposite from me, but what do you guys do?
 
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deestee

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I watch tv, browse or read online, but lately I have figured out if I just turn everything off I tend to play much better
 
taban13

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most leave with only the music, all the rest will only disturb and distract.
 
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United

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I have two monitors, so on 1 I play poker and on the other I try to focus myself by listening to or watching something relaxing.
 
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MAX101

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Generally scratch my balls ,but for the most part just listen to some spotify anymore would be to much of a distraction:p
 
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mycophile

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Assuming this is online specific, I personally can't have any other ambient noises happening.. makes me lose focus. The time it takes for people to bet, how much they bet when they do, etc- it's all factored in. As for live poker, I try to focus on everyone else. Mannerisms, speech, what they say and when they say it. I've seen ridiculously obvious tells at some higher stakes games that others (apparently) haven't noticed. I always stick to pretty small stakes though, not confident enough. har. "Pay attention and it'll pay you."
 
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shalimarclown

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Sometimes I watch some poker vids on youtube (never get tired of negreanu bad beats) and when im in a tournament and im not multitabling i'll just put on a sitcom like modern family...not watching sherlock again while playing
 
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Bazslazs93

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I always eat a lot when i play poker . You know so many stress :D but in fact, i think the all poker players need to be focused when they play.
 
DonV73

DonV73

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For me I can't focus on playing poker without noise around me. I have to be watching something on TV or a series on Netflix while I am playing.

Can you please tell us where you play and what your username is ? :D :D :D

Seriously, I play background music, sometimes some relaxing music to keep me concentrated. But watching something, anything at all, is the worst you can do imo.
 
taban13

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If you play live poker even if e comes to map always support the conversation with another person. And however bad someone wasn't playing never criticize it, better give him hope and you will always want to play even weak players which is good for your wallet.
 
LizRang

LizRang

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I listen to music when I do most things. Sometimes end up in text conversations. And I have two monitors so I might google something. That is about it.

I've done other things while playing and know it will hurt my game. Since everything people do is a clue, not paying attention is really like shooting yourself in the foot in my opinion.

If I get to the point where I don't feel like playing poker unless I have something else super entertaining going on at the same time - for me, that means it's time to quit playing and come back later.
 
Staneff

Staneff

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Music always helps me concentrate. As i said in a similar thread: Loud gangsta rap music is my ally.
 
magicius

magicius

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Well in my room there is music going 24/7.... I never turn it of... Even my baby loves when there is music :) its armin van buuren a state of trance :) so playing 4 tables of zoom or 6-9 reg tables and trance in bg :) (i must say that i cant sleep when there is dead silence...)

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ckickenking

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Between playing poker, I listen to music while the TV is on and play an App game on my phone too
 
S3mper

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Have the radio right next to me... It's very obvious how much my game goes down when I start doing other things.. I tend to surf Cardschat when I play and I go from the aggressive chip leader straight to the nit in the middle of the herd.

If I'm single tabling and card dead especially on slow tables I just get sooo bored and instead of playing poker I play the cards.. I end up winning anyways so what ever right? JK I end up losing either way ='(
 
angelluv725

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Recently, I started turning all distractions off, like TV, music, chat and started labeling and taking notes an most players. :)
 
magicius

magicius

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I dont know how music can distract someone....
I listen to what i like... And it only makes me happy and in a good mood.....
Television and other things are out of question ofc....
I even played game while playing one tourney and like s3mper said i go into nit mode,from 26/20 to like 9/8 :) and ofc in the end i come up with shortstack shove with 78 or similar :) so either games or poker :-D

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Carl Trooper

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If its a big tourney (100k+) I will usually try to focus on that. But somehow I always end up doing other things while playing, assuming I don't go deep. The second I am in the $ in a big game, I just focus on that.
 
ccocco

ccocco

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do not think it's very different .. most would say you are doing something .. especially quite relaxing listening to music .. other chatting .. at least I heard him say several pro players ..
 
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