Don’t let people know of your amateur or rookie status if you are participating in live poker for the first time. When it comes to poker, the rules must be memorized by heart because you break one rule, the table breaks you down. So, before you go all "Shuffle up and deal", here are some tips to prepare yourself for the poker tournament.
Take ample rest- Take a light dinner the day before the tournament and get 6-7 hours of sound sleep. You can also spend time with your loved ones to relax before the game. Never ever play poker the day before as it can muddle up your mind dramatically.
Be in your daily routine- Follow your daily routine like a workout, yoga, meditation, and breakfast etc. on the tournament day. If you keep your daily routine same, you won't feel any pressure of the tournament. Instead, you will feel confident and self- sufficient to play well throughout the entire tournament.
Be comfortable- The poker rooms are usually air conditioned and cold. Make sure you wear comfortable and warm clothes to the venue. Reach the venue before time to get accustomed to the place. Take a look at the action and the players before getting involved. You can always take a help of dealer if you need to ask anything about the options or if you missed any action.
Slow and steady- These tournaments are not about how hard you hit, but it’s generally about how slow and premeditated you play. The longer you stay in these tournaments, the better your chances of winning the game. Be aware of your turn, don’t be a jerk and throw your cards when it’s not your turn.
It’s not just a game- Playing in a tournament is not just playing your home poker game as you would be playing against a lot of quality players. So, make sure you have a well-planned strategy for this tournament. It might not just help you win a lot of money but can elevate your career to professionalism as well.
Restroom tours- Bad beats or aggressive opponent can make you prone to tilt. If you lose 2 or 3 hands in a row, you may gradually become a victim of tilt. Don’t make the mistake of playing the game when on tilt, it will cost you a lot of money. Take a break of 5-10 minutes and only come back when you feel better.
These tips can make a huge difference in your game. Make sure you don’t let the lack of preparation affect your game. It’s an experience you surely don’t want to miss out.