There are certain things that are connected to your level of play and how much you earn as a poker player that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how you play the cards. To be able to grind long sessions means that you can make more money and the more money that you make then the more successful you will be as a poker player. For any would be online player that is seriously considering playing the game full time then good fitness levels and a good diet are crucial.
It may seem strange to say that physical fitness is needed in a sedentary game like poker but in that aspect it is similar to chess. Physical fitness is in fact linked to higher levels of concentration and focus. Also if you are not happy about the state of the body then your mind is affected and poker at the end of the day is a mental game. If your mind is distracted for whatever reason then your level of poker will drop…..it is simple cause and effect at work.
For many years I was under the illusion that my session lengths were getting shorter because I was becoming disinterested in the game. Until I read an article on why physical fitness was important in chess and then I recall seeing players like Bobby Fischer doing strenuous workouts to stay in shape. If you are going to play poker full time then you will obviously spend large amounts of time spent sitting down.
This has to be compensated for in some capacity and you need to balance that out by exercise. This doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym but just getting more exercise than what you are getting at the moment. Have you ever tried not moving for several hours on the sofa? The less that you move then you can find that the less you want to move. It is this effect that can happen when you play poker for too long without balance.
It can reach a stage where you no longer have the desire for exercise or to eat healthy foods and suddenly you weight starts to gain and your fitness levels drop. Then this impacts on your psyche and suddenly you find that you can no longer focus or concentrate for long periods anymore without becoming fatigued.
Carl Sampson is an online poker player and poker ambassador for 888poker