Stress Less For Poker Success – Is Stress Holding You Back?

I’m going to be completely honest with you. The ingredient I’m about to tell you about doesn’t have near the amount of clinical evidence supporting its use as Rhodiola does. In fact, I’d say it has little evidence supporting it. That’s precisely why it took 4 years of convincing from one of my good friends before I even tried it. What it lacks in clinical evidence, it makes up for in real-world feedback.

I credit Bacopa monniera for single-handedly changing my primary principle from which my professional reputation was built upon. Prior to Bacopa, my mantra was “Nutraceuticals that are strongly supported by clinical evidence.” I was damn tired of being fooled by the marketing of these dietary supplement companies. I was not going to have my reputation hurt by those very same companies. Thus, I went to the medical journals for evidence. If the medical journals supported a nutraceutical, then I was comfortable recommending it. My world was quickly turned upside down.

Then Bacopa came along. So little clinical evidence. So much real-world feedback. What was I do to? I bit the bullet, and tried it. Let’s just say my new mantra is “Nutraceutials supported by clinical evidence AND real-world feedback.” I quickly learned that if I waited for every nutraceutical to have a large amount of clinical evidence supporting its use, I’d be 10 years behind the innovators. Innovation along with documentation is now the key to my success. I may look like a renegade practitioner to some traditional medical professionals, however I’m light years ahead of them. When they say renegade, I say innovator.

Bacopa monniera

What is it?

Also known as Brahmi, has been used for several hundred years in Ayurvedic medicine. Typically grown in India and the tropics, its primary benefits all involve the brain.

Improved memory

Improved learning

Improved concentration

Decreased anxiety

Antioxidant properties

Like all herbals, it contains multiple compounds that are responsible for its beneficial effects. The two that are important to its cognitive-enhancing abilities are bacosides A and B. Thus, that will be your “alcohol proof” for Bacopa.

How it works?

Once again like most herbals, there are multiple theories on how Bacopa improves mental performance. They include:

Enhancing nerve impulse transmission

Helping repair damaged neurons through multiple mechanisms

Antioxidant activity in the hippocampus, frontal cortex, and striatum

Thus, there’s really not just one way Bacopa works. It has an entire arsenal of cognitive-enhancing weapons.


When using an extract, the typical dosage is 200-400mg in divided doses standardized to 20% A and B bacosides. I personally use 200-400mg standardized to 50% A and B bacosides. Because of the lack of clinical evidence supporting its use, I feel there’s an unknown as to exactly what the best dosage is. I had to tinker with my dosage until I found what I felt was right for me. I suggest you do the same. The above is a good starting dosage.

Why I like it for poker

Unlike Rhodiola which can be used in acute situations, Bacopa can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to see the benefits. In fact, the studies that I read, the average time it took to see the benefits was around 6 weeks. Thus, I use it year-round. Over the long haul, it helps to minimize my every day “normal” stress. When things get particularly stressful, I’ll add Rhodiola anywhere from 1-3 weeks. I’ve found using Bacopa year round and adding Rhodiola every once in the while works the best for me. There’s a synergy between the two.

Most poker players play on-line almost every day or every couple of days, while participating in major tournaments once or twice a month. Using Bacopa every day combats the stress of the nightly games, while adding Rhodiola for a week during the tournament is particularly helpful. It’s very convenient for poker players.

Secondly, not only does it help with stress, but it also has cognitive-enhancing capabilities. I’m sure you’ve already noticed that the majority of what I’ve recommend thus far always has cognitive-enhancing effects. I’m always looking for the most efficient nutracueticals available. If I can kill two birds with one stone, GREAT. Bacopa and Rhodiola both fit this profile. I always look at everything from a mental standpoint. Will this nutraceutical improve my mental performance? Mental performance is of paramount importance to me as it is to you also.

I firmly believe that the best poker players in the world are masters of their emotions. Success at the poker table is largely the sum of checking your ego at the door, minimizing mental fatigue, and controlling your emotions. If you can control those three things, you will quickly separate yourself from the pack.

When I look back over my last 10 or so losses, the other guy never really flat out beat me. I almost always beat myself. Probably 7 out of 10 times. Either my ego made the wrong call, I was mentally drained and made a stupid mistake, or I made an emotional, not rational move. Stupid mistakes that will always hold me back from reaching my true potential. Memorizing the odds, the strategy, and the player’s trends is relatively easy for me. However, playing rational, checking my ego at the door, and following my head not my heart is so tough.

That’s why I believe nutraceuticals can have a major impact on your game. They may not be able to check your ego at the door, but I know they’ll improve your mental energy and cognitive abilities while also minimize the stress, anxiety, and pressure associated with poker. When I’m stressed or anxious, I’m emotional. Rationality and everything else I learned about the game of poker goes out the door.

Finding that critical balance between relaxation and stimulation is the key. Like the reader pointed out in the first e-mail I posted, in poker over-stimulation is just as bad as mental fatigue. It’s finding that sweet spot, that exact feeling where you’re so relaxed, yet so focused. That’s the zone. That’s minimizing stress and anxiety while improving mental energy. That’s the goal for my nootropic regimen.

There you go. Read it over. Do a search for Bacopa on the internet, and let me know what you think. I’ll post the small amount of studies I have later tonight. Like I said, the real-world feedback trumps the clinical evidence for this ingredient. Good luck and may the cards fall your way.

Is It Better to Play Poker With Automatic Shuffler or Hand Shuffle?

I can tell you that if given the choice of playing at a casino with an automatic shuffler or one that does not is a no brainer for me. I am going to choose the one with the automatic shuffler every time. The one major exception would be the WSOP in Las Vegas. During the WSOP they have hundreds of tables going at the same time at the Rio and I’m sure it’s just not cost effective to put a shuffler in everyone of those tables. You really see the difference in the speed of the game when the dealer is doing the shuffling as opposed to the automatic shuffler.

Cash Games vs. Tournies

Most casinos on the strip in Las Vegas all have the automatic shuffler for cash games. It is in the casino’s best interest to invest in the machine because it pays for itself in the long run. The bottom line is the more hands that are dealt the more rake that is going to be dropped and this is how the house makes it’s money. A lot of times I’ve noticed that when certain casinos have tournaments they don’t use the machine. At Caesar’s Palace for example, the dealers do all the shuffling even though they use the machine for the cash games. The Venetian on the other hand, uses the automatic shuffler for their tournaments. A lot of players will choose the Venetian tournaments over Caesars for this reason alone. The automatic shuffler is faster, cleaner, and just leaves no doubt that the cards are being shuffled correctly.

Hands per hour with Automatic Shuffler vs Live Dealer

Asking around most people will tell you that live dealers average somewhere between 20-25 hands per hour. Of course the faster ones may deal 30 hands an hour on average. The automatic shuffler increases that number to about 35 hands per hour. That may not sound like a lot but if you play an 8-10 session that can really add up especially over the course of a week or even a month.

Integrity of the Game

I don’t think you have to worry about this so much on the strip in Vegas, but in some smaller casinos across the country I’m not so sure. Any time you introduce the human element there are going to be mistakes and dishonesty when money is involved. Today’s computerized, automatic shufflers are programmed to shuffle the cards as random as possible. They don’t have friends at the table or certain regulars that they know will tip them better if they win a big pot. Live dealers on the other hand have these temptations everyday. It would be easy for a live dealer to manipulate the shuffle to help out certain players if they wanted to do that. Believe me it happens in certain places. Also, the machine doesn’t get distracted. It always shuffles the cards the same way. I do admit that if a dealer did have the motivation to cheat then the automatic shuffler is not going to stop them. It just makes it more difficult.

Home Games

It used to be that you were out of luck if you wanted to put in one of these high dollar machines in your own table. Reason being is because the technology is so valuable the maker wouldn’t sell you one. He would only lease them to the casinos. He knew he could make more money that way. In 2008 one entrepreneur set to build his own and he came up with a version that cost less than $500. You can read about it on here Shuffler for Home Games

In Summary

There are two main advantages for the player while playing poker with the automatic shuffler. One being that the game moves along much faster so you get to see more hands and ideally win more money. The other reason is that the automatic shuffler does a better job of shuffling the cards than a live dealer making the cards more random. If you are a dealer the more hands you deal then theoretically the more money you will make in tips since that is your primary income.

Effective Techniques Of Winning Betfair

I personally do not advocate gambling, because gambling need lucks, and your can’t be lucky all the time. To generate unstoppable income, you must equip with the right equipment and skills. Equipment such as internet connection and computer can be easily available but soft skills need be trained and acquired. It takes time to master. And once you have the right skills, you can beat those “untrained” players or your “ignorance opponents” easily.

Here are some of the effective tips to help you excel in your betfair betting.

Tip 1: Know your trade

Know your trade!!! Study the market you are going to trade and stick with it until you completely master it. For example, If You are specialise in Football Trading, do not move onto Horse Racing before You make consistent profits from the Football market. From experience, I find that if I diversify too early, I end up making more mistakes and find it harder to focus. Every market is different so I think it is a good idea to devote all your effort into one market to master it before you jump into another. Sport Betting in Betfair is a game of skills. So master it. Don’t be ” jack of all trades, master of none”

Tip 2: Write down your plan and stick to your plan – Paper trading First.

Write down your trading strategy and stick to it. You must be able to justify why you backed a particular team at a certain price and why you lay it at a certain price. It reduces confusion and costly mistakes. Stick to you plan and do paper trading first. Firstly, it can reduce your betting risk, secondly , practice makes your strategy perfect. Thereafter, put your first dollars on the games, and monitor your outcomes closely.

Tip 3 Do not be emotionally involved

Do not be too greedy when you have have a winning streak. When you are on winning streak, don’t get greedy and remember to keep your winning. When you are on losing streak, do not chase the losing stakes. Chasing your losing streaks will have you emotionally involved in the games, and a heated mind will not provide you with good judgment.

Tip 4 : Use e-Wallet To Transfer Your Fund

One of the important techniques is using e-wallet to fund your betting account. One of the e-wallets I personally used is moneybookers. It allows me to withdraw winnings frequently or every/week so that the money left with the amount that I need to trade. It will give me the psychological effect of starting back at the bottom again at the start of every week. It also prevents me from losing more than what’s in my Betfair account and preserve my winnings.

How To Make $500 A Week With A Betting Bot

There is a lot of hype around automated betting bots but before you think about using them there are some key things I can share which will really help. Betting bots are basically pieces of software which interface with the exchanges and which can offer great advantages by automating your betting.

Time Saving. You can get on with other things while the software makes selections and places bets to your rules.

Speed of Betting. Bots interface with the betting exchanges software and can place bets in a fraction of a second. A huge advantage can be gained with the popular ‘In Play betting’. The Betfair trading software can be set up to back and lay as conditions change and hence lock in profits.

They are… Robotic! A silly thing to say but by this I mean they don’t make mistakes or act with emotion as us lowly humans do. They will never be tempted to go ‘one more bet’ to hit the winner, they will only do as you tell them. Believe me this is a major benefit and fits well with the time saving advantage.

They don’t make mistakes. As stated above, they won’t change your betting strategy by error such as backing when odds are too low for your system. They never get tired or bored and hence if you have abetting system that works the bot is perfect and will execute selections and trades for you perfectly.

Great as they are, they are not automatic cash machines and are pieces of software which need setting up. When I see images of cash machines ued to promote them I shudder! Do not be fooled by anyone marketing or promoting services this way. The essential question is can you make money with a betting bot and I have the experience to confirm that yes you can. To do so you will need the following –

A proven strategy – a betting system that works. Again this may sound obvious but many people are fooled by the magical software and fail to apply it to a robust, proven system. Such an approach is doomed to lose money!

A betting bank. You must have an amount of money set aside as an ‘investment’ separate from your spending money and savings. This one step alone gives you a professional approach to your betting and sets you ahead of 90% of punters.

Discipline. This is essential. Do not be tempted to deviate from a system. Do not be tempted to place a further bet on a losing day if there isn’t a real qualifyer.

A flexible, stable and proven Betfair bot. I personally use the oddly named ‘grey horse bot’ and talk about this more in my blog. New ones appear all the time but this one is from a long established software house and they are experts in their field.

There are free betting bot trials available and these offer a good chance to test them out. You must view using one as a long term project but if you apply the principles I have described here you are on a definite path to profit.