Have you ever experienced a ‘bad’ day, a day of hesitation and doubting your every move? You have probably experienced this.
It’s normal to have days like this. We’re all human after all. So we can’t expect that we will always be at our peak performance.
We can, however, take steps to make sure we are playing at our best the majority of the time. A warm-up routine is one of the steps you can take.
However, there is no “perfect” routine because everyone is different. A poker warm-up routine should achieve three primary goals.
1. Eliminate distractions
2. Reflect on your recent learning
3. Maintain a steady mental state
Then we’ll look at some of the poker professionals’ routines to see how they accomplish these goals.
Let’s get started.
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Warm up your poker session for more winning sessions
1. Eliminate distractions
Poker is a complicated game. It requires our full attention, especially if we are playing at multiple tables.
If you want to increase your winning rate, it is important to isolate yourself from distractions. Here’s how to do it:
• Go to the bathroom. Breaks are good, but you shouldn’t stop abruptly in the middle. This may throw you off balance.
• Place your phone somewhere out of sight. It’s not necessary to turn off your phone, but you should keep it out of view so that it doesn’t constantly distract you with messages and notifications.
• Sign off social media. You don’t need to check your news feeds or chat with friends when you are playing.
• If you are hungry, eat something. Playing with an empty stomach may affect your judgment.
• Make sure your partner/family/housemates won’t disturb you. It’s not necessary to be aggressive: a gentle reminder or a note on the door is enough.
• Keep water handy. It is important to stay hydrated in order for your brain to function properly. You won’t need to leave your session to go get water if you have plenty available.
• Shut off the noise. For those who live/play in urban areas, car horns, sirens and other noises can easily distract you. You can close your windows or listen to music to block out distracting noises.
2. Consider recent study sessions
Poker success is largely dependent on studying. Doug suggests dedicating one hour of study for every two hours on the felt. It’s useless to study if you don’t apply the knowledge you gain. Spend a few moments reflecting on what you have studied before you play.
You can achieve this by applying the knowledge you have gained to situations you have experienced. For example, you may be struggling to play post-flop when you defend the big blind after having a weak hand. However, you read an excellent Upswing article about that topic and did some range training. Now you want to use what you learned in a future session. Take some time to reflect on recent hands where you over-folded, or over-called the big blind. Ask yourself what your thoughts were and how you could have played those hands differently based on the information you’ve just studied. For example, you might find that a slight adjustment is needed to your playing style. Maybe a bigger change is required.
You’ll find that you are much more prepared to handle problems if you have a good understanding of the situation.
3. Mentally steady
We are only human, as I stated in my introduction. Human factors such as fatigue and emotional state can affect our performance.
Take a moment to assess your mental health before a game to remove factors that may affect your performance. For example, if you are feeling tired, it is best to rest or to wait until the next day to play. Do you feel unusually irritable, sad or stressed? It is difficult enough to play poker without adding emotional baggage. Before you play, take some time to deal with any issues that are bothering you.
You should take some time to relax before playing. Listen to music, meditate or whatever you choose.
A short period of relaxation can help you prepare mentally for variance. You may lose your buy-ins or a tournament on the first hand. That’s okay. It’s not okay to let short-term outcomes dictate your entire session.
Poker pros share their personal warm-up routines
We asked a few successful professionals about their pre-game rituals.
Jamie Kerstetter’s poker warm-up routine (live cash game)
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2. Do any other non-poker work that needs to be done (answering email, doing housework, etc.). ).
3. Exercise and eat.
4. Shower. 포커 .