Stress Less For Poker Success – Is Stress Holding You Back?

I’m going to be completely honest with you. The ingredient I’m about to tell you about doesn’t have near the amount of clinical evidence supporting its use as Rhodiola does. In fact, I’d say it has little evidence supporting it. That’s precisely why it took 4 years of convincing from one of my good friends before I even tried it. What it lacks in clinical evidence, it makes up for in real-world feedback.

I credit Bacopa monniera for single-handedly changing my primary principle from which my professional reputation was built upon. Prior to Bacopa, my mantra was “Nutraceuticals that are strongly supported by clinical evidence.” I was damn tired of being fooled by the marketing of these dietary supplement companies. I was not going to have my reputation hurt by those very same companies. Thus, I went to the medical journals for evidence. If the medical journals supported a nutraceutical, then I was comfortable recommending it. My world was quickly turned upside down.

Then Bacopa came along. So little clinical evidence. So much real-world feedback. What was I do to? I bit the bullet, and tried it. Let’s just say my new mantra is “Nutraceutials supported by clinical evidence AND real-world feedback.” I quickly learned that if I waited for every nutraceutical to have a large amount of clinical evidence supporting its use, I’d be 10 years behind the innovators. Innovation along with documentation is now the key to my success. I may look like a renegade practitioner to some traditional medical professionals, however I’m light years ahead of them. When they say renegade, I say innovator.

Bacopa monniera

What is it?

Also known as Brahmi, has been used for several hundred years in Ayurvedic medicine. Typically grown in India and the tropics, its primary benefits all involve the brain.

Improved memory

Improved learning

Improved concentration

Decreased anxiety

Antioxidant properties

Like all herbals, it contains multiple compounds that are responsible for its beneficial effects. The two that are important to its cognitive-enhancing abilities are bacosides A and B. Thus, that will be your “alcohol proof” for Bacopa.

How it works?

Once again like most herbals, there are multiple theories on how Bacopa improves mental performance. They include:

Enhancing nerve impulse transmission

Helping repair damaged neurons through multiple mechanisms

Antioxidant activity in the hippocampus, frontal cortex, and striatum

Thus, there’s really not just one way Bacopa works. It has an entire arsenal of cognitive-enhancing weapons.

Dosage

When using an extract, the typical dosage is 200-400mg in divided doses standardized to 20% A and B bacosides. I personally use 200-400mg standardized to 50% A and B bacosides. Because of the lack of clinical evidence supporting its use, I feel there’s an unknown as to exactly what the best dosage is. I had to tinker with my dosage until I found what I felt was right for me. I suggest you do the same. The above is a good starting dosage.

Why I like it for poker

Unlike Rhodiola which can be used in acute situations, Bacopa can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to see the benefits. In fact, the studies that I read, the average time it took to see the benefits was around 6 weeks. Thus, I use it year-round. Over the long haul, it helps to minimize my every day “normal” stress. When things get particularly stressful, I’ll add Rhodiola anywhere from 1-3 weeks. I’ve found using Bacopa year round and adding Rhodiola every once in the while works the best for me. There’s a synergy between the two.

Most poker players play on-line almost every day or every couple of days, while participating in major tournaments once or twice a month. Using Bacopa every day combats the stress of the nightly games, while adding Rhodiola for a week during the tournament is particularly helpful. It’s very convenient for poker players.

Secondly, not only does it help with stress, but it also has cognitive-enhancing capabilities. I’m sure you’ve already noticed that the majority of what I’ve recommend thus far always has cognitive-enhancing effects. I’m always looking for the most efficient nutracueticals available. If I can kill two birds with one stone, GREAT. Bacopa and Rhodiola both fit this profile. I always look at everything from a mental standpoint. Will this nutraceutical improve my mental performance? Mental performance is of paramount importance to me as it is to you also.

I firmly believe that the best poker players in the world are masters of their emotions. Success at the poker table is largely the sum of checking your ego at the door, minimizing mental fatigue, and controlling your emotions. If you can control those three things, you will quickly separate yourself from the pack.

When I look back over my last 10 or so losses, the other guy never really flat out beat me. I almost always beat myself. Probably 7 out of 10 times. Either my ego made the wrong call, I was mentally drained and made a stupid mistake, or I made an emotional, not rational move. Stupid mistakes that will always hold me back from reaching my true potential. Memorizing the odds, the strategy, and the player’s trends is relatively easy for me. However, playing rational, checking my ego at the door, and following my head not my heart is so tough.

That’s why I believe nutraceuticals can have a major impact on your game. They may not be able to check your ego at the door, but I know they’ll improve your mental energy and cognitive abilities while also minimize the stress, anxiety, and pressure associated with poker. When I’m stressed or anxious, I’m emotional. Rationality and everything else I learned about the game of poker goes out the door.

Finding that critical balance between relaxation and stimulation is the key. Like the reader pointed out in the first e-mail I posted, in poker over-stimulation is just as bad as mental fatigue. It’s finding that sweet spot, that exact feeling where you’re so relaxed, yet so focused. That’s the zone. That’s minimizing stress and anxiety while improving mental energy. That’s the goal for my nootropic regimen.

There you go. Read it over. Do a search for Bacopa on the internet, and let me know what you think. I’ll post the small amount of studies I have later tonight. Like I said, the real-world feedback trumps the clinical evidence for this ingredient. Good luck and may the cards fall your way.

A Review Of The Giga Fever Skill Stop Slot Machine

Giga Fever Skill Stop Machine is one of the ultramodern machines in the Skill Stop clan. This is an authentic poker machine mostly used in the international casinos and is quite affordable.

This particular skill stop machine have typical features just like the slot machines have, the spinning reels, bright and glowing lights and the ringing of bells. The uniqueness in this skill machine, which makes it different from the other slot machines, is the control function that the gamer can apply at any point of time after the reel’s movement is seized.

These factory-reconditioned slot machines of these days are undoubtedly different. These machines are armed with functions and controls that can lure even a novice player of the poker. The Giga Fever Skill Stop Machine, for example, is a premium quality backlit machine with dazzling lights and various electronic sound effects, which give a perfectly furnished casino, look to any place wherever the machine is placed.

Each machine in this lot has a unique lighting design. When you hit the winning point, the lights behind the console flash with a difference, and you know that you have won the combination.

The actual fun starts when you are able to hit the fat payoff combination. The lights of the machine start dancing & flashing and the non-stop music plays on the background, as if celebrating the win of the gamer.

After the gamer has hit the Big Jackpot, the machine breaks into excitement for five to eight minutes in order to express the winning excitement. The machine is available with a five lines of play, that too, up to max three coin’s or token’s bet per spin.

Moreover, Giga Fever Skill Stop Machine allows the gamer to seize the movement of each reel with a single push of a particular button, which is located below each of the three spin wheels of the machine. Unlike the traditional skill stop machines, the gamer is capable of starting and stopping each game and can control each action of the machine on her/his own.

The Credit Mode button credits all the winnings in the Giga Fever Skill Stop Machine until and unless the player taps a red button meant to eject the not played credits. The Non-Credit Mode helps making all the winnings eject at the bottom immediately.

The gamer can toggle between the given six skill levels in order to confirm greater or lesser chances of winning the game. Then there are three digital LED screens, which displays the number of credit tokens won and the hit counts. The machine needs no initial installation, as it plugs directly into any of the household outlet and a single key makes it on.

The chrome finish of the machine keeps the machine cabinet protected against any kind of damages. The slot machine comes with a years warranty and all the machines in this lot are one to five years old.

The machine also includes a door key reset key and a manual to guide the user whenever he or she is stuck with the operations of the machine. The weight of this machine is around 85 lbs; with the dimensions measured is 32″ in length, 18″ in breadth with 12″ of depth.

Tips to Preserve a Poker Table

If you invested in a quality poker table you certainly want it to last as long as possible. There are a few simple and easy things you can do to maximize the longevity of your investment.

1. Lift Your Table Fully When Moving. This may sound obvious but poker tables can be very heavy. Sometimes people try and scoot their table with the bottom of it resting on the ground. This might be fine if the surface is carpet, but it is extremely easy to catch a something like a carpet nail or other incidental item on the rail. If something catches the padded rail it can be scuffed or worse torn.

2. Buy a cover. For less than 2 deluxe pizzas you can buy a poker table cover that will fit your table exactly. The cover will prevent lint dust and other items that can get embedded into the felt and give it a worn and used look. A simple cover will keep it looking fresh in between sessions.

3. Scotch Guard. We all have one of those guys in our group that can’t get with the program and is prone to spilling something. Using a protective sealant will diminish the effects of accidents on the table. Another options is to upgrade to suited speed felt or get a table with a removable surface.

4. Don’t Smoke at the Table. Probably not as much of an issue today, but poker tables and cigarettes don’t mix. The railing and felt used today are not very tolerant of cigarette or cigar burns.

If you follow these few simple steps you are on your way to getting many more years out of your table.

The Most Important Concept in Texas Holdem Poker

Pot Odds

All the cards are out. There’s £100 in the pot, your opponent bets £50 and with your hand, you’ll win half the time. Do you call?

Yes, the pot is now £150, that’s your reward. It’s £50 for you to call, that’s the risk. The Reward is 3 times the risk. The call is 33% of the pot. That’s the percentage of showdowns you have to win to break even. It’s simple to see that if you won 50% of the time, it would be a profitable call. I’d call every time.

In this example, all the cards are out so you don’t have to worry that your opponent is on a draw. In these situations pot odds combined with your own hand strength will give you an idea of whether to call or fold.

We can use pot odds when there are still cards to go as well. Suppose you have a nut flush draw on the flop and position. The pot is $30. First position leads out with a bet of $20. Two players call after him. The pot is now $90, its $20 for you to call. The call is 22% of the pot. You have a 17% chance of hitting your flush on the turn. Pot Odds say fold.

Just to be clear, pot odds influence every stage of poker. Here’s a preflop example of how to totally misplay a hand;

-You are big blind

-You have pocket aces

-You have $100

-The blinds are $1/2

-First position raises to $10

-3 callers

-The pot is 43

-8 more for you to call

-You raise 10

-It’s $10 for 1st position to call into a $61

-16% of the pot

The odds get better for every player. This effect is called the umbrella effect, when one players call makes the pot odds better for the next player and so on, calls by early position players encourage late position callers. You could call it the domino effect.

-They all call

-The pot is now $103

-Flop comes 4 7 9

-You bet strongly at the flop

-That means all in for $82

-You get called and beaten with a set

How to play it:

Raise at least $35. This would have given the first player 40% pot odds to call. However he would have been well behind to my Aces (at best 10.8% to hit a set on the flop) and since I am guaranteed to lead out strongly, this would have been a losing decision for him.

In this situation, when considering how strongly to re-raise, it is important to consider the size of the total pot in relation to the players stack sizes at the table. If you have aces and get a short stacked player to call into a pot roughly the same size as his stack and then check to him, he may push all in as a bluff, so you would be willing to let him see the flop to be able to stack him.

So remember to always relate the size of the bet or re-raise to the size of the pot!! Happy poker.