Maintaining Focus and Stamina

gl523gl523 Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
Hey guys. I noticed that during my sessions, I have a hard time retaining focus after around 40-45 minutes. When I lose focus, I play as if I am on tilt. So how does one retain their focus and play their best during a long session/series of consecutive sessions? I eat healthy and exercise regularly so neither of those factors affect my concentration. Focus in general isn't an issue for me as I can normally take on hours of schoolwork each day with minimal problems (I am a student). I have only played online poker with real money for two months so it could be that my brain hasn't adjusted yet, especially since I only play 1-2 hours a week.

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  • Doug HullDoug Hull RCP Coach Posts: 1,771 -
    edited May 9
    Leave. Maybe for 10 minutes, maybe for the day.

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  • LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 483 ✭✭✭
    Taking breaks every hour certainly helps.

    What I've also found useful is to only pay attention every other hand (unless you are playing of course) as a start.
  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,394 ✭✭✭✭
    If you have only played poker for 2 months and only 1-2 hours per week - I would guess you have more of a "lack of poker skill problem" than a "focus problem"?
  • gl523gl523 Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    kenaces wrote: »
    If you have only played poker for 2 months and only 1-2 hours per week - I would guess you have more of a "lack of poker skill problem" than a "focus problem"?

    It is likely both. Though a lack of skill problem isn’t something that’ll fix itself overnight. The thing that is interesting though is that when I go back an analyze my hands, I see situations where I ask myself “what on earth was on my mind when I made that decision?” and the better lines appear a lot more visibly. But I think that there is a focus aspect involved since after 45 minutes, my head starts to hurt and it doesn’t want to think anymore. I usually quit my sessions after 50 minutes and would fold non trivial situations to prevent making any big blunders once my head starts to hurt (I even once folded a 2 pair out of fear of doing something stupid), but I would like less of these situations occurring as I do miss opportunities if I continue this way.
  • Joseph FJoseph F Red Chipper Posts: 837 ✭✭✭
    kenaces wrote: »
    If you have only played poker for 2 months and only 1-2 hours per week - I would guess you have more of a "lack of poker skill problem" than a "focus problem"?

    Not necessarily a lack of "skill" but a lack of interest in playing the game. If he's playing to simply put in volume and make money- almost like an mmorpg player grinding out early levels - he's not playing for the right reason and everything else will just fall apart around that.
  • Michael EMichael E Red Chipper Posts: 122 ✭✭
    There is an app called Tally Checker you can use to record stats. Ive used it and it helped me maintain focus and pay attention to myself or a particular opponent.

    I had it set for Tally 1, 2, 3 and recorded Calls, Raises, and 3bets.

    Also, take a walk every two orbits. That can recharge you for greater focus.

    Depending on the casino...play short sessions. I started playing more 2-3 hour sessions with great success. I have a Casino 20 minutes away though.
  • gl523gl523 Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    Michael E wrote: »
    There is an app called Tally Checker you can use to record stats. Ive used it and it helped me maintain focus and pay attention to myself or a particular opponent.

    I had it set for Tally 1, 2, 3 and recorded Calls, Raises, and 3bets.

    Also, take a walk every two orbits. That can recharge you for greater focus.

    Depending on the casino...play short sessions. I started playing more 2-3 hour sessions with great success. I have a Casino 20 minutes away though.

    Could you send me the link for the app? I can’t find it with a google search.
  • EazzyEazzy Red Chipper Posts: 955 ✭✭✭✭
    When I lose focus, I play as if I am on tilt.

    This is the part you really have to fix, and I don't quite get it. I loose focus often....some hand shows down with great info and I don't know how they got there type thing and I kick myself.

    but even during these periods my base game is still really solid...sure I have to make assumptions about players based on general population reads,even though they been there for an hour or whatever...but the pop reads are good enough not great but good enough.

    Jared Tendler in his books on the mental game discusses the idea of the inch worm. One tends to improve poker often by working on the new ideas we are trying to add to are game, But its like an inch room pushing his head forward...at some point you have to pull up the back end.

    By this I'm guessing you have to put more work on the fundamentals and get them really solid....what hands you play form each position ...Board textures....cbetting ... good cards on the turn to barrel....so that when you loose concentration this stulf still works.....Sure a lot of this you will deviate to exploit when your on your A game, but when you loose concentration...back to solid fundamental population exploiting poker that you have hopefully worked out away from the table.

    I think this will let you regain concentration after you loose it, as you wont be spiraling down in a kind of lost tilty play....
  • cherokee_bill_96cherokee_bill_96 Red Chipper Posts: 3 ✭✭
    What if you set your timer on your phone to 44 mins. Then get up take a break. Learn some breathing techniques that will help.
    In the meantime to increase your focus you should practice focus meditation. Where you focus on your breath.
    It helps me!!!😊😑😎
  • Joseph FJoseph F Red Chipper Posts: 837 ✭✭✭
    Drugs help, too.

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