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Caught in the Loop (Part II) Plus Some Final Words

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Apr 16, 2014


In my last article I discussed “brain looping” in relation to online poker. In short, concentrating intensely on online poker can help you to play well, but it can also interfere with your ability to function normally when you’re not playing. Since multitabling usually requires intense concentration for long hours, one might expect that many online pros have trouble concentrating on everyday life away from the tables. The two examples I discussed were myself and Dusty Schmidt, a Card Player columnist who introduced me to the “brain looping” concept. We both suffered its effects, with symptoms including loss of sleep, increased irritability, and loss of focus and concentration when performing everyday tasks. Much of my last column discussed the negative effects we experienced, so this time I’ll focus on the upside after we decided to deal with those effects. I spoke with Dusty recently to get an update on how ...

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