August 19, 2009

Sync Breaks + Podcasts = More pleasant grinding

I know I've gone on about them a bit too much now, but I just love the sync breaks that Stars have introduced in the last few days. I can cope with playing poker for a much longer period of time because of them, and I think I'm gonna start treating poker as more of a job...get cracking as early as I can drag myself out of bed (I've been starting sessions around 10.30am but I'd like to get that back to 9am or something), and just play as long a session as I can manage (100 SNGs over 5 hours I managed today, but I reckon 6 hours is a fine aim), then have the evening off.

Playing 1 session should allow to play slightly more games an hour, as I wouldn't have to go through the process of loading up as many tables as I eventually end up playing (I currently to set it to max out at 20), and then playing them out when I decide to finish my session up. Obviously I can change this up if things get in the way...I guess flexibility is one of the perks of this job and it would be a shame to lose that advantage. Also, with a baby imminent (apparently the mid-wife suggests within the next week...I'm bricking it!!!!!), it's very possible I won't I might not get the luxury of a single straight through session.

I've always been one to play poker in silence, in a bid to aid my concentration. I originally found listening to music distracting when I played Heads Up STTs. However grinding as I am, I have found listening to something makes each session much more enjoyable(or slightly less of a grind, enjoyable is such a strong word!). Now I spend about half a session listening to my music, and half a session listening to a 'Pokercasts' (you see what they did there?). The 2+2 Pokercast is well worth listening to if you're gonna be grinding for a couple of hours.

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