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Top 8 Ways to Prep for Upcoming Online Poker Series
Most poker players know how to prep for a normal online poker tournament. They know to drink plenty of water, prepare healthy snacks, and get proper sleep.
This summer’s online poker series are different. Only a distinct few of the tournaments in all of the three major series will offer Asia-Pacific-friendly starting times. All of the rest are timed for players in the Americas and Europe.
This means that players in the Asia-Pacific region – perhaps Aussies who are traveling to another country in order to play – will have to deal with more than just unique surroundings and internet access. They will also have to prepare to play tournaments set for other time zones.
One of the three main poker tournament series is already underway, but the other two will begin next weekend and run through August and into September.
- PokerStars Stadium Series: July 5 through August 2 with 102 tournaments and $50 million in prize pool guarantees
- WPT Online Poker Championships on PartyPoker: July 17 through September 8 with 36 WPT-branded tournaments and $100 million in total series guarantees
- WSOP Online 2020 International on Natural8: July 19 through September 6 with 54 gold bracelet tournaments and a $25K guarantee on the Main Event alone
If playing most of the events from an Asia-Pacific time zone, here are some tips from top poker pros.
Start New Sleep Schedule Early
Try to start a new sleep schedule at least several days before you begin to play the series. This will help your body adjust to the new hours you will need to be awake to play.
Many players use blackout curtains and sleep masks to sleep during daylight hours. Others use sleep-inducing supplements like melatonin to sleep when needed.
Implement Strong Exercise Routine
As soon as possible, start an exercise routine that will complement your online play schedule and keep your mind alert. This should involve some form of exercise soon after waking up and regular bursts of exercise throughout each day.
As any regular online player knows already, it is essential to do some form of exercise while playing – squats, leg curls, arm punches, whatever works. This keeps the blood flowing and allows the mind to more intently focus on the task at hand.
Eat and Drink Healthy
Again, regular poker players know this, but it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself about the importance of drinking plenty of water and eating healthy meals and snacks. Register late for the tournament if it means you make time for a healthy breakfast. Buy healthy snacks prior to tournament or the series while avoiding fatty chips and candy.
When playing on a different schedule, smart eating is a key to adjusting and resetting your body clock.
Keep Emotions in Check
If you are playing a lot of tournaments or days in a series – and especially if you traveled to another country to do so – it will be a long ride. Don’t get too excited in the beginning of a series or too frustrated during a downswing. If necessary, call or video chat with a friend that will help assess your emotions and ensure you’re in a good frame of mind.
Examine Hand Histories
Sometimes, it is difficult to judge how you’re playing when you’re in the middle of a tournament. You’re playing one hand at a time (or a few) and can’t always see the overall picture.
Check your hand histories after every tournament – or before the next one. If possible, discuss hand histories with a poker-playing friend. It will keep your mind alert and make sure that you’re on the right track regarding buy-ins, number of tournaments, bankroll management, etc.
Stay in Touch with Family
If you’re an Aussie, you’re likely going to play many of these tournaments from a country other than Australia. This means being away from home for an extended period of time. In order to maintain a sense of normalcy and stay in a good frame of mind, make sure to check in with family members and friends as often as possible.
This will also keep them from worrying about you!
Figure Travel Costs into Bankroll Management
Don’t forget that every call to room service or every expensive dinner will take away from your tournament poker bankroll. All of the travel expenses must be figured into the cost of poker, all while only putting 5% or less of your bankroll into play at any given time.
If you find yourself getting in deep, take a break for a day or two. Think about it or talk it over with a friend. Stay on top of the bankroll to keep it intact.
Take a Break from Poker
Poker is the reason for the trip, and these series are of the utmost importance to a poker player’s career. They are incredible opportunities. Focus is essential.
However, it is sometimes good to do something completely non-poker-related after busting out or taking a bad beat. Keep in mind that online casino sites offer fun slots as a quick and convenient form of entertainment. Play a few blackjack hands or spin the roulette wheel. It might just be that outlet you need to refocus and get back into the poker game.