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I am listening to music basically all the time. But I am not a big fan of using headphones while sitting at a table with other people. I understand that it can be helpful at live games but Im alittle oldschool and think its disrespectful.
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Live... If the table is quite, however if we have a chatty cathy then I will listen for tells. Sometimes I'll have my earphones in and off or really low so I can hear the conversation and take down mental notes on various players and the hands they played.
I even use it only that sometimes in some decisions or quotes I can't use music as a good thing and it ends up as a noise that deconcentrates me. I don't think that hearing anything at least for me to hear all the time is good. sometimes total silence makes us hear the great noise of a good decision or game wisdom that is on your mind, just waiting to be heard
I never use music when I play poker. because it keeps me from concentrating and making the right decisions. I prefer to launch a movie or a documentary in the background. it's more soothing especially on parts that last 4 or 5 hours.
In general, everything depends on the mood. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I watch TV, sometimes I even read. I think a player's concentration depends primarily on his desire to win, not on whether he listens to music or not.