This is a discussion on watching stats in MTT within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I found watching the stats during a tournament was controlling too much of my play. I turned it off and only concentrate on the table
I found watching the stats during a tournament was controlling too much of my play. I turned it off and only concentrate on the table I am playing. This has helped my game a lot, but I do check my standing about every 30 min or more.
If you mean your position in the tournament, then this is for sure not something, we want to focus to much attention on. Most of the time a tournament should be played on a hand for hand basis without getting distracted by "the big picture" of, whats going on at other tables. Its only, when we get near the bubble, that we need to take into consideration the value of outlasting a few more players. And then of course on the final table, but at that time its kind of obvious, because we can see all our opponents and their stack sizes right in front of us.
I keep the stats up, to keep track of the bubble and payout jumps after the bubble. I have just got use to it being there instead of the chat. Chat can be distracting. Next I have to get use to a HUD and learn how to use it.
I dont think the information should be distracting you, if it is maybe try color coding players. Its not like you have to look at a players turn check raise frequency every hand. Some stats take a long time to become meaningful so its not important to check fold to 3b stats on a player you have under 100 hands on.
If by stats you mean diving too deep into hand history and that kind of information, then yes sometimes it can be a little much and cloud up your ability to focus and play what you're seeing and reading. Other stats like position, pay jumps, number of players to being ITM, and other crucial info to play smart in MTTs is important to keep in mind.