Poker is a Serious Business

Like any form of sport or game, practice makes perfect. In order to win, you need to be diligent with your practice time and with your game strategy. Playing on auto-pilot and not trying to hone your craft is the worst way to improve your game.

Poker Is Work

Yes, poker is fun, but to be good and to win at it also requires a fair amount of work. You must study your opponents and also be honest with yourself when you have made a mistake, and consider how you could have prevented it in the first place. Even when you are out of a hand, you should be monitoring those around you and using the experience to analyze their game. Don't assume that you have nothing to learn when playing online - the decisions your opponents make are great predictors of decisions they will make in the future.

A Quiet Environment

You should limit possible distractions when playing in online tournaments. It may be difficult, but turn off phones, do not open additional web pages, let people in your house know you are busy, and focus on the task at hand. You want to be 100% focused and in the game, otherwise you may miss important clues that will help you later. Be sure the computer you are using is charged (if it is a laptop) with the power cord either still plugged in or nearby, and be sure everyone in your house knows they will not be able to get onto the computer for the length of time the tournament will take - you cannot afford to sit out rounds.

Tournaments have built in breaks that should be sufficient for you to stretch, recover and do any other necessary actions. To be good, you have to be focused on the game and sacrifice in small ways to ensure you can maintain a connection to the game at all times. Your commitment will show in your winnings.