8 years of playing poker, with many lofty dreams, and I'm only a small winning player at small stakes tournaments online, my biggest cash being $2625. My most notable win was winning the daily dollar rebuy $10k on Full Tilt, which paid $2030, and there were over 2700 players. I also once finished 2nd at the 10K daily dollar fixed buy-in out of almost 10,000 players.
Probably my biggest fault has been my reluctance to learn poker traditionally, ei, hard work, constant consultation with others, HUD's, paying for coaches or cardrunners, etc. I wanted to win NOW, and my specialty was thinking outside of the box for quick fixes.
Here are some of my best quick fixes.
1) Super slow walking. One day I decided to try going for a walk, but very slowly, thinking it might help me slow down my thinking so that things are much clearer, as well as being calming. I went for one in a hilly area, came back, played, and finished OOTM. Later on I went for another one, this time in a flat area without very many people around, came back, entered a $27.50 tourney, and won, beating out around 400 players and taking in $1700.
Later on, Paul Chek, a health guru online, corroborated my theory when he introduced the extremely healthy practice of "working in." (Opposite of working out). If you exercise very slowly or very lightly, so lightly that blood doesn't flow to your muscles, the blood instead stays inside of your organs and does good things healthwise.
2) Barefoot walking outdoors. I read about this via Dr. Mercola newsletter, another online heath guru. Apparently there is an electromagnetic field that surrounds the earth and wearing shoes blocks us from absorbing electrons, or something like that. Anyway, it's supposed to be a very powerful anti-oxidant. So on my 11th 2012, I decided to test it on poker so I went for a walk barefoot through the park, came home, and played. I played two small stakes tourneys and made both final tables. Over the next three days, I made a FT in 3 plays each of the next two days, and again went two for two on the 4th day. I increased my bankroll from $150 to $1575.
I then began playing in bigger tourneys and have been steadily losing most of the profits back. Perhaps it was just me believing that this would work, but things seemed much clearer to me than usual. The winning way was clear. My patience was great. So was my judgement.
3) Codeine. I was once given a bottle of Tylenol 2's, which contain an opiate called codeine. I took small pieces throughout the tourney and the winning way felt very clear. I won the daily dollar rebuy. Codeine has often brought me clarity. I've tried pot and pot makes me dopey and take very bad risks. I have had addiction problems with codeine and I don't recommend it, though it is a popular recreational drug because the withdrawal symptoms are mild. I have quit it several times only to start at it again.
4) Diet Coke. Diet Coke would elevate my mood and make me aggressive in my play. It worked best in fast blind tourneys because I could be recklessly aggressive while "on it." I've tried coffee and regular coke and neither does me any good, in fact, coffee sucks for me while playing.
5) Playing very patiently. I found that when I folded all marginal hands at the beginning of the tourney, I tended to get good cards. It seems the more desperate you are for cards, the less likely the really good cards come.
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So anyway, don't try the codeine or Diet Coke, but do try the others if you want. Me, I've realized that relying mainly on quick fixes hasn't gotten me the results that I've wanted, so I've committed to learning the ins and outs of poker.