Playing poker requires increased concentration. You have to follow the action at the table, make calculations, and keep to the distance. You will easily understand that a poker player must be physically and intellectually cool when he wants to attack an online session or participate in a live tournament.
It goes without saying that a correct and even flawless lifestyle will be the asset of a successful game.
This is a very important point not to overlook. If you are a beginner player, you should not abuse long sessions. Poker shouldn’t affect your work. If you chain the days in this way, you will quickly realize that your bankroll will tend to go down. Fatigue is one of the worst opponents in poker. You make bad decisions, you get impatient, that’s all you really have to fight.
For players whose poker is a regular activity, they will have to take care. Most of the time, we find the best and most numerous tables in the evening and on weekends. You must, therefore, have a good resting rhythm, at least eight hours.
The consequences of lack of sleep:
If some are not advised as coffee or energy drinks, do not consume too much before bed. You will have enough cards in mind after your session that there is no need to add other ingredients that will make you go round in circles in your bed.
The euphoria of alcohol can lead to overly optimistic decisions or a propensity to open discordant tables with optimum bankroll management.
Normally, they are not recommended. Here, it’s the same thing. Avoid consuming it when you are in a game. You will surely hear that a joint allows you to channel and concentrate, takes away stress. Perhaps the first time, but too regularly, they will only have negative effects. Stu Ungar is the perfect example. Card genius, he won the WSOP in 1981 when he had just learned the rules of hold’em the day before. Everything succeeded. He sees clearly in the game, but drugs will quickly take over and will finally be right in 1998, the year following his last title (in video opposite).
The consequences of taking stimulants:
- Bad decisions
- Lack of judgment and discernment
It is important to eat well. In the best of cases, favor white meats and fish, slow sugars, vegetables, and fruits. Keep food fatty and sweet for those days when you’re not sitting around a poker table.
If you are hungry, eat fruit or cereal bars as an athlete could.
Talk to each other
Even if you are not a fan, some exercises will suit you well. Instead of taking your car for two kilometers, do it on foot, it corresponds to 20 minutes of walking. You can also do some abs. Three sets of 15 every two days will not take you more than 10 minutes. The most motivated will get on their bikes and set off for a few kilometers or put on their swimsuits for 30 minutes of swimming.
It is important to get oxygenated; it allows to purge the body of its toxins and to see more clearly. Combine sport with good nutrition and sleep; you will only be better at poker.
The social environment
It’s not just poker in life; it’s family and friends. Don’t lose sight of them. They will allow you to air your mind when the time comes.
Take a break
Does variance hit your head on? Go out, forget poker for a while. Take a break. What often happens to players wants to break this negative spiral by persisting. Persistence is commendable in many situations, but here it will be useless and likely costly.