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Old 07-08-2017, 07:21 PM   #1
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Cognitive Enhancers and Poker

Does anyone have experience with being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and being prescribed cognitive enhancers to help with focus? If so, how did it impact your poker game? I don't have ADHD, this is more of just an interesting informational type question.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:06 AM   #2
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It's got nothing to do with the ADHD (you know, whatever), but I do take caffeine pills (special w/ no jitters) to finish off the last 25% of a session. I don't notice a huge difference.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:52 AM   #3
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Well, you must notice SOME difference otherwise you wouldn't do it, right? Does it make you sharper or just help keep you awake or something else?
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:40 AM   #4
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Well, you must notice SOME difference otherwise you wouldn't do it, right? Does it make you sharper or just help keep you awake or something else?
I do notice a jolt of energy from the caff without the jitters drawback. It's like an espresso, which I previously stopped taking because of the crash.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:49 PM   #5
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Does anyone have experience with being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and being prescribed cognitive enhancers to help with focus? If so, how did it impact your poker game? I don't have ADHD, this is more of just an interesting informational type question.
Like night and day for me, helps a ton.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:35 AM   #6
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:14 AM   #7
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Have anyone tried a different cognitive enhancer other than caffeine?
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:57 AM   #8
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Have anyone tried a different cognitive enhancer other than caffeine?
Caff not really a cog enhancer, more a cns stimulant. Tried Piracetam, seemed to work, you could see it in the ROI curves.
Used to multi 6max sngs and Red Bull made the hugest difference. You're locked in while they're waning, kerching.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:08 PM   #9
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Caff not really a cog enhancer, more a cns stimulant. Tried Piracetam, seemed to work, you could see it in the ROI curves.
Used to multi 6max sngs and Red Bull made the hugest difference. You're locked in while they're waning, kerching.
Cool!, did u use Piracetam or Red bull when being tired? Did u notice any effects if u were already fully awake?
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:23 PM   #10
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Cool!, did u use Piracetam or Red bull when being tired? Did u notice any effects if u were already fully awake?
That's an interesting question.
You know when you have a dirty glass and you give it a good wash? That's kind of what Piracetam feels like, just this kind of clarity. It did do ok in some 'normal people' tests but the biggest effects were on people with brain deficiencies due to eg Alcoholism.
I damaged my knee once and had to go for keyhole surgery. I was kinda paranoid about drug interactions with the anaesthetic so I took in my tub of Piracetam and the anaesthetist looked at it and goes 'Stop taking this stuff'. Probably just a poker reg trying to knock out the competition
I think there are individual differences when it comes to cognition and tiredness. I take tiredness badly, especially for poker. Tiredness+intense poker+caffeine = bad, for me. Just dumb moves like before, but now with nervosity and twitchiness, fab!
Caffeine when normal though, just had the biggest effect. I felt like it gave the hugest edge in the crucial late stages in sngs, all that bullying and intense focus/tell work. You're just locked in, clear, attentive.
If I get deep deep in a big mtt I always hit the caffeine, no matter what.
GTO guys now be like 'you know what you know about poker, you're kidding yourself about caffeine changing things'. But that's how it feels to me.
As an aside, booze makes my game just terrible.
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