Making it to the final table of a live poker event is like winning a marathon. However, this might challenge you more than a marathon because when running, the jogger doesn’t use his mind as much as he would in a poker game. On the contrary, a jogger takes a Zen like approach by releasing his mind (for the most part) while a poker player must push his mental prowess to its limits, time after time, hand after hand, hour after hour, day after day.
This is not easy. So, how do you prepare for live poker? How do you perfect your live poker game? The answer lies in physical exercises and mental training.
Like running in a marathon, a live poker player needs their body in top shape for the big event. What does this mean? How can a poker player prepare himself for a live tournament? This is a question of pragmatics. Yes, a poker player is not an athlete. Poker players are sitting down, not slam dunking basketballs.
Still, sitting down for an extended period can strain many parts of your body. Consult with a physical trainer or research stretching techniques that you can do from your seat. The idea is to keep your body limber and comfortable so your mind is limber and comfortable. The idea is to maintain as long as you can, to keep all your bones nice and relaxed. Stay in shape. Your body will thank you.
Mental training involved in live poker is important. The mind is a powerful tool, but a terrible master. It is up to you to master your own mind or you will not go far in a live poker tournament. The more live poker you play, the more chances you will have to develop and strengthen your live poker skills.
Another important way to develop your mental skills beyond knowing the mere poker rules is to read books. There are hundreds and hundreds of books written on the subject of poker. These books cover many aspects of live poker, from developing a strategy to how to condition yourself for a live tournament. It is necessary to read books. Good examples include Harrington’s books on Texas Holdem, and Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2. The world of poker is a lot more complicated than the average rookie could possibly imagine. Luck can only take you so far. You need preparation.
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