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how can I break tension?

  • 13 replies
    • sg99050
      sg99050
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      Joined: 01.01.2012 Posts: 21
      I always play poker with shivering. how can I break this?
    • kiromanAAKK
      kiromanAAKK
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      Joined: 08.10.2009 Posts: 4,022
      Try to relax with some meditation or other techniques maybe may helps?
    • sg99050
      sg99050
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      Joined: 01.01.2012 Posts: 21
      I think it can be good way. I will try to do that.
    • Resilence
      Resilence
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      Joined: 10.03.2012 Posts: 934
      There could be many reasons for your symptoms, maybe you are playing to many tables or to high limit compared to your skill set?

      I tend to shiver the first few mins, when I'm in a rush to get some volume in, but it usually wears off.
    • Schnitzelfisch
      Schnitzelfisch
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      Mindfulness :) .
    • FatSunny
      FatSunny
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      Put the heating on :D
    • bennisboy
      bennisboy
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      turn the heating up :f_cool:
    • arthurbentley
      arthurbentley
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      Joined: 12.10.2010 Posts: 264
      I remember playing for real money for the first time on 4NL. I can tell you my heart was beating like a drum! It took a while for me to get used to it, and I recommend that you play for the smallest of stakes until you feel comfortable playing for real money.
    • VorpalF2F
      VorpalF2F
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      Originally posted by sg99050
      I always play poker with shivering. how can I break this?
      I agree with the other posters who suggested relaxation and meditation.

      In addition I offer the following suggestions:
        Be comfortable
        Be confident -- in other words, know why you make a play, know that it is the proper play in the situation, and recognize that sometimes you'll get beat -- so what?
        Play with proper BRM. If you have enough money that you can lose a few stacks with no problem, then the fear factor isn't so high.
        When in doubt fold

      Others have also mentioned that this decreases with time, and experience.

      Best of luck,
      --VS
    • Akcus
      Akcus
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      Joined: 22.12.2009 Posts: 156
      shot of whiskey and ur set
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 22,031
      Originally posted by Akcus
      shot of whiskey and ur set
    • sg99050
      sg99050
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      Joined: 01.01.2012 Posts: 21
      I experienced unbeliverble thing. as many guys recommended, I meditated. I followed monk's meditation way. and today I played Dafa double up SNG and I won. and after that, I played fulltilt minimum room. and I won!
      the monk who adviced me by his blog instructs me to close my eyes and imagine the moment when I win, and when I lose. and he instructed me to don't get any emotion by that. just look. whichever I win or loose, just look.
      after I obey the words, I had no shivering. when I won, I calmed. It was same when I lost.
    • VorpalF2F
      VorpalF2F
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      Hi, sg99050

      That is very good news.

      Now the question that will be hard to answer:
      Is the tension gone because you are winning -- or are you winning because the tension is gone?

      When I was first going through the exercises in "The Mental Game of Poker" my game immediately got better also.

      Since then I have had deep downswings, but they no longer bother me as much because I KNOW I can come back.

      All the best,
      --VS