January 17, 2010
Sooooooo a student was asking me the other day how can he stop from making snap decisions at the table that lead to spew. I gave it some thought, and came up with something that may be the best thing since sliced pee bottles. Errr wait noâ€¦.
Anyway, a big part of the reason you (we actually, the royal we, the editorialâ€¦.) make a snap decision (or similar spewy mistake) is that youâ€™re not completely focused. Youâ€™re either folding hands on other tables, stuck in the middle of the stack you lost a few minutes ago, or have a half naked chick next to you and youâ€™re meat hooking on the titties while you play. Whatever the reason, it would be very helpful if we had a way to clear our mind, to get back to balance, like Mr. Miyagi says. I gave this some thought as well and hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve gotâ€¦.
Wait for itâ€¦. Ready? You donâ€™t seem ready, sure you want to know but youâ€™re not like actually wanting to know, you just want to be entertained :) OK OK now youâ€™re like JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP AND TELL US ALREADY! Got it. Two words my fellow conscripts, Desktop, Bell.
DESKTOP BELL DESKTOP BELL DESKTOP BELL
Read it again, and think about how awesome this is :) So there you are multitabling, youâ€™re in a big pot, the heat is on, the pressure is wild, youâ€™re sweating, almost SALIVATING, you donâ€™t know what to do, your mind runs in every direction, the timer is chasing you like some maniacal murderer, what do you do????? DING DING DING. You ring the bell obv. This will separate you from the pressure of the situation, and allow you to clear your mind long enough to make sure youâ€™re making the best decision.
Bottom line: Buy a Desktop Bell like you see them use in hotels when they ring a ding ding the front desk people, and force yourself to ring it before you make decisions in big pots. Itâ€™s just a wild-eyed theory of mine but I really think itâ€™s a good idea. I know I used to try and keep my hand away from the mouse, but that doesnâ€™t work too well in this day and age when youâ€™re multitabling and most likely using tableninja (even if not).
Most of you are probably thinking â€œFENDER FENDER FENDER you sure are a Zaaaany guy, where the hell do you come up with this stuff???â€ Well, Iâ€™ll tell you :)
I used to play live poker, and sometimes when I spew a stack off online Iâ€™ll be like, fuck me dude Iâ€™d NEVER make that play in a live game because Iâ€™d have to move all the chips in, and I would have more time to think it through rather than just feel pressure/click button. The road to ruin is an easy one even for the most seasoned grinder. So I came up with a psychological way to â€œphysically move all the chips inâ€ so to speak. The ringing of the bell will separate you from the situation long enough to let cooler heads prevail :)
Even if you think this is retarded one of those bells costs like $15 bucks shipped or something so give it a shot, I think itâ€™s certainly +EV. If you have no tilt problems whatsoever and you never make a decision that you didnâ€™t think through, or you never make mistakes or fuck it up, youâ€™re a liar and should probably buy 3-4 bells and station them all over your desk, and while youâ€™re at it order a dose of reality. :D
Dedicated to making your grinding life an easier one,