Welcome to the World Series. It seems like every year the WSOP creeps up on me, however this year I've been preparing myself for months. Not so much in the realm of pure study, but more in mental preparation. I've had the schedule on my calendar since it came out back in February I think, and have been chomping at the bit ever since.
My excitement is only enhanced by my results as I've had my biggest month in cash games ever, putting up a (modest) losing session in only 4 out of 18 sessions played, including an 8 session win-streak that I'm still riding.
Bring the heat Vegas
So here are some of the things that I've done to prepare myself.
Meditation: After reading Josh Waitzkin's book The Art of Learning, I started to give meditation a try as he really emphasizes its contribution to his and other top performers' success. I think I've gotten pretty efficient with the process, and find that I can clear my mind and perform at near my optimal state with just a few minutes of calm reflection. I opted for the audiobook version, and he reads it himself which I like.
Watched Poker: I sweated a lot more live poker and Twitch streams than I have before. Not only to re-introduce myself to tournament poker again, but to see what the best players are doing in different situations. As most poker fans did, I watched the Super High Roller Bowl as much as I could. It was really great to watch and made me a true poker fan again. I believe it's on Poker Central now on Twitch, so you can watch the entire thing here.
Took a break: The past four or five days I haven't played at all. I'm not exactly sure if this will help or hurt me, as I usually feel rusty pretty quickly in this game, but I did it anyways. I'm entering a 6 week stretch where I'll be playing almost every day. I normally only play 15-18 days out of each month, and between 90-120 hours. This series I expect to be playing 35 out of 40 days minimum for 8+ hours per day. So in the late stretch, I expect this time off investment to pay dividends with my energy levels.
What do you think? Did any of you guys change anything in your daily schedule to prepare for the WSOP, with any big event in your lives?