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Old 02-21-2019, 12:38 AM   #1
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adrenaline while playing

ive been playing for a while, i use proper BRM. im overrolled for the stakes i play, losing money doesnt feel good but it doesnt hurt like it used to. im used to playing and i enjoy it.

but when i play i get a lot of adrenaline. sometimes when i first sit down at tables my hands actually shake slightly from this adrenaline. i think it comes from being in the presence of a group of people that all want to see me lose, and who i want to beat. i love playing for sure, but tonight i got home and thought i would ask the forum: does anyone else know what im talking about or feel this kind of sensation?

nick shulman said on joe ingrams podcast that when hes playing in bobbys room: 'im not having fun when i play but theres nowhere id rather be.' thats kind of how i feel. poker is kind of like a fight, and ultimately we are all alone when we play. we win alone or lose alone, and its an intense experience
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: adrenaline while playing

How many years you been playing? try taking deep breaths at the table and listen to nice music w/ no lyrics
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Old 02-22-2019, 03:26 PM   #3
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Re: adrenaline while playing

ive been playing seriously 18 months, not long. ive played considerable volume though, and even after all those hours i still feel this type of thing. many days i sit down and feel excited and great, but oftentimes i do feel this kind of nervous feeling like im about to be in a confrontation of some kind
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:11 PM   #4
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Re: adrenaline while playing

ok well over time you will get more comfortable , don't worry about people wanting to see you lose, this is an individual game, focus on studying off table to build stable confidence, trust the process , try not to focus on things you can't control, have fun, it is a game after all

I think we all go through these things when we start , but after years of playing , you can look back and laugh at your former self and how bad you used to be; If I could go back in time to when I started my journey , I would focus on fundamentals, combinatorics, pot odds.. ect. ; I overlooked all of the basic concepts, these are so crucial and they will ease your anxiety bc you add structure to your game
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