Re: Poker after certain activities
In the case of exercising in the AM, you should try it and see how it works. It will definitely get your blood flowing and exercise helps us by providing a sense of well being with the potential for heightened self esteem. You may also want to try the exercise followed by some type of activity to stimulate cognitive brain function, which would provide you with both your overall sense of well being as well as improving your cognitive functions.
Beyond this, something that we as poker players can do to help ourselves out is to determine when we play better and then actually contemplate why these times are working better for us (whether they be time of day based or pre/post activity based). Ideally we will come away with a heightened self awareness that we can use to find potential leaks in our game and/or general approach.
In the case of sex/flying solo, it has been theorized that this will increase self esteem as well as relax us, which are two effects that would be beneficial to poker. Maybe we just need the relaxation. But, if we are in need of a self esteem boost what other things could we do to help with this and maybe help our game even more?
In OP’s case, he may play better in the morning and poorly prior to dinner because he eats a good breakfast and engages in some type of activity that is inadvertently stimulating his cognitive functions, and his performance fades later on in the day as he typically doesn’t bother with lunch; or it could be, based upon the time zone, that the games are just juicier in the AM. But think about it and then see how you can use that information to your benefit.
A personal example, when I started playing I noticed that my results were stellar on Thursday and Friday nights about 9PM to 3AM pacific time. Pretty much any other time that I played my results were *meh*. As I started to look into the types of games that I was in and the villains that I faced during these times I noticed that there were a lot of hyper-aggro players shoving money around and paying off my big hands (it makes sense, probably people coming back from the bars). The real eye opener here was that as I started to look into game structure for the non-late night games that I was playing in I saw that they were much tighter. The reason I was performing *meh* was that I was approaching these games in the exact same manner as the late nighters (as I said, it was when I first started, so I sat back and waited a lot). This realization was the impetus that caused me to look further into more aggressive behaviors in passive games. This eventually led me to the 2p2 forums…
So looking at the "why?" can be very beneficial to consider, esepcially once we have determined the "when?"
Last edited by Student Caine : 12-22-2009 at 07:24 PM.