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Old 05-11-2017, 02:59 PM   #1
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Need some tips for slowing down decision making

My biggest leak by far is acting too fast. My main game is Zoom 50nl on Stars. In large pots, I have a huge problem in that I hit the call/raise button when I know I should stop, look at villains stats/notes in a little more detail, try and range him THEN call/raise or fold. No matter how much I try and prep myself before a session, I still have these stupid rushes of blood to the head.

Anyone have any tips to try to get around this? I've tried post it notes on the screen, a huge banner across the screen saying "THINK IT THROUGH!!!" but it all goes out of the window in that moment. I guess the adrenaline rush is somehow shutting down a part of my brain in that moment.
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Old 05-11-2017, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: Need some tips for slowing down decision making

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My biggest leak by far is acting too fast. My main game is Zoom 50nl on Stars. In large pots, I have a huge problem in that I hit the call/raise button when I know I should stop, look at villains stats/notes in a little more detail, try and range him THEN call/raise or fold. No matter how much I try and prep myself before a session, I still have these stupid rushes of blood to the head.

Anyone have any tips to try to get around this? I've tried post it notes on the screen, a huge banner across the screen saying "THINK IT THROUGH!!!" but it all goes out of the window in that moment. I guess the adrenaline rush is somehow shutting down a part of my brain in that moment.
I've found the best way to overcome auto-pilot is making some changes - any changes. After playing for a while it's easy to settle on the perfect setup, chair, mouse, software, table layout, table theme etc. Being slightly out of your comfort zone can help you focus a bit more. Playing a session of an unfamiliar game can help too (lots of new spots to think about).

When you're on auto-pilot you're making decisions based on instinct, sometimes the hard part of learning something new in poker isn't the learning itself, it's breaking old habits and applying what you've learned.

It's a bit of a cliche but reducing the number of tables you're playing always helps, if you're playing 4 Zoom tables it can be hard not to feel rushed at times!
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:05 AM   #3
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Re: Need some tips for slowing down decision making

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My biggest leak by far is acting too fast. My main game is Zoom 50nl on Stars. In large pots, I have a huge problem in that I hit the call/raise button when I know I should stop, look at villains stats/notes in a little more detail, try and range him THEN call/raise or fold. No matter how much I try and prep myself before a session, I still have these stupid rushes of blood to the head.

Anyone have any tips to try to get around this? I've tried post it notes on the screen, a huge banner across the screen saying "THINK IT THROUGH!!!" but it all goes out of the window in that moment. I guess the adrenaline rush is somehow shutting down a part of my brain in that moment.
Ha, I think I posted something similar to this about 10 years ago.

You need to train yourself to have a different physical approach. This should involved taking your hands off the mouse and sitting back so you make yourself think it through. Punish yourself by stopping playing for an hour every time you snap click.
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