This is a discussion on Do you have any ritual before the tournament? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I wonder how you guys are getting ready for poker? I like everything at my fingertips.My coffee, juice, phone…. Or do you have other habits?
For starts I check the leader board and notice I am 10 cent short of being number 1300 on the board. Played last Friday night and placed 29th. Most likely will not move up much on the board until I am a (FRC) Member. I have nothing but time. I start early before a game coffee, smokes, drinks and gotta have Led Zeppelin (No Quarter) when I start. There is no chance of any tells on-line, it is like playing at a table with nine blind people. 1st Goal when playing is to make the late registration cut-off. 2nd Goal is to place in the money, 3rd Win the game.
I usually put my phone nearby so that i can use it as backup in case of problems with my internet or the need to answer urgent call without getting up. I also like to have something to drink whil i play (juice, water or tea) and i always go the toilet before the MTT start so that i am sure that i will get to the next break without any problem.
I like to do Yoga: Surya Namaskar, Parwan and shavasana. Plus a bit of sitting meditation focused on my goals and visualize myself achieving them. During the game I like to hear some classical music and mozart is my favorite. Music with people singing affect a lot my thought process I don't like it while playing, but sometimes some Notorious B.I.G., Dr Dre and Eminem are like a overconfidence boost, as some rock songs can do the same, but while playing mozart makes me more comfortable
Usually before starting a tournament I take a shower and refresh myself, it helps to keep my mind clear and play a good tournament; I always consider ideas like having patience and not playing any hand.
In my version of the practice, the settings for the tournament ended in complete failure. This did not give a positive result. It is most effective to play on the map, adhere to your established strategy and not rush to finish the game faster.
Always try to get a meditation session in unless it's really too late! Also gotta bust a nut, lets me chill, Google the research I aint gotta think about that anymore.
Also may say affirmations if its a big one, & also gotta get some ganja in the system.
This is just me though, Ill let you knowhow it goes in a couple months
In our culture it is said that the sacrifice of a young goat prior to game pleases the Gods. I have now abandoned it but there are still many who make their offerings to the poker gods in the hope of catching a heater.