With the WSOP at an end, things always seem at a much slower pace. Vegas is so fast paced, and fast action that when you spend a full month there, you can totally lose grasp of reality. The casinos are set up so you can spend day upon day inside without ever needing to go outside; especially when you are there to do something like play poker all day. One of the hardest things to do is go home and get into the daily routine you are so accustomed to. Maybe you live in a fast paced city already, but even if you do, none are like Vegas.
If you play online mostly like I do, it can be a big adjustment from playing 1 table all day, and seeing maybe 4 orbits an hour, to playing 10 tables and seeing 12+ orbits an hour each table. I recommend easing back into things slowly; even if it’s only for the first hour. Play just 1 table and try and remember all the things you did online that made you successful, before taking a month off to play live. There are a lot of different things about online than live. When you multi table online, a beat on one table can really upset you, and you have to make sure it doesn’t affect how you play on other tables. Another thing about online is it is easy to get lazy at the tables.
Clicking the check/fold button when it’s not your turn and just playing the cards in your hand and not the situations can become the norm. When playing live and just one table, all it takes is a couple orbits and you pretty much know your table. Try and take this focus and shift it to online poker. Only play as many tables as you can dedicate this kind of focus to. That is one of the easiest mistakes to make. Playing so many tables that you are just clicking the easiest option for every table, which is normally fold or check.
Online poker offers the same tournaments every day so it’s not a race to play as many events as you can in a month span. Get back into the habit of only playing when you want to and really feel like it. Make sure to play your best poker when you play, and not be playing because you “Have To”. Don’t be afraid to take some nights off and regroup.
A lot of these points are pretty simple and obvious, but I think they are often overlooked. Hopefully this read will keep the ideas at in the back of your mind to help stay hungry.