May 25, 2011
I've been preparing this post for a while. It was going to be my first one when I got back from my golf trip that I left for on April 14th. Needless to say i never got around to writing it. Anyways I wanted to talk a bit about preparing for your session. Before the government shut it down I was starting to get a good feel for PLO and really enjoying it. However I would always drop a couple buy ins to start my session. This was past the point of variance which is what i told myself it was for the first week or so. Furthermore, I've read posts on 2+2 and DC saying, "It seems like I always lose a few buy ins in the first few minutes and have to grind it back up after."
Thinking about it a bit more and to bring up a baseball coaching comparison is the best way I can explain it. Coaches hate to see their guys lazy right before a game or practice. We hate to see screwing around in stretching, laziness during infield/outfield, etc. Bad habits creep in and it generally leads to a slow start. Well the same can be said for poker, when I was still playing when I felt like it I would sit down and fire up some rush PLO tables. That'd be equivalent to me just rolling out of bed and trying to hit a baseball. Is it possible? Sure, but it's not likely that I'm going to be at my best.
I talked to Joe a little about this and the best advice I can give is to come up with some sort of pre-game routine. Much like stretching and throwing in sports, something that gets you ready to play. Whether that be watching a video for 15 minutes (I'm not a fan), reviewing some hands, writing down a list of things to focus on, etc. Anything that'll get you to playing your A game as fast as possible. When you think about it, it makes no sense to do anything else.
Be prepared and be honest.