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My Setup

by Kristen Bicknell |  Published: Apr 30, '12

OK, so in the past I have done the whole dual monitors thing, but I prefer to keep it simple, and I'm fairly happy with the set up I have now. Here it is:

I have my standard desk from Ikea, that you really can't go wrong with for the price. (I am not a big Ikea fan, and really can't think of any worse place to shop, but I do think they have great options for offices). Behind me, I use the a hutch that's supposed to be used in dining rooms, but in there I have my printer and other supplies neatly tucked away. If I'm going to be grinding for hours each day, it's important to me to be comfortable and if it was cluttered, I wouldn't be. This is the reason I LOVE the iMac. Literally it's one cord plugged into the wall, and although I just have the stock specs, you can do things like put more memory and what not if you feel you need to. I haven't! It's a great performing computer.

I use the regular Apple mouse and keyboard that came with the iMac.  OK, I'm really not that crazy, but I am a big believer in avoiding wireless devices and radiation if you can. Although the radiation levels are relatively low, they do exist. I just figure if I can avoid it, why wouldn't I. Here is a link to some other ways you can reduce your exposure to EMF's (Electromagnetic fields) in your home:

I haven't thought too much about this before, but after doing a bit of research about it today, I'm going to make a bigger effort to turn off my WiFi when not in use, and I am getting rid of all my portable phones. Another easy thing I do, is to try and make sure you don't keep your cell phone close to you when your not using it, and never sleep within 6 feet of any electronics. If you think I'm totally nuts, here is a link to scientific research about the harms of EMF's. If your at all interested in this, there is a ton of info all over the internet, and some good videos on YouTube as well.

I picked the Herman Miller Aeron chair:

Yes, they are known to be great high quality chairs, but the thing that really sold me is that it comes in different sizes to suit your height/weight, and because I'm quite small I find that most chairs out there are too big for me. The size I got is made for people between 4'10- 5'2 and it fits me quite nicely.

You can see under my desk that I have a footstool there, and unless you are able to sit with your feet flat on the floor, this is a good alternative to preventing back pain. I use it all the time!

Another thing I love in my office is my Sirius satellite radio. I listen to a lot of talk radio, and recently I've been trying to keep it on a low level of classical music. Not sure I understand the whole classical music thing while working. I feel like it makes me kind of sleepy!

Now, on to the actual poker playing. Currently, I'm using HEM2.  I tried it back in November and found it was pretty glitchy, but since I started using it when Zoom came out I haven't had a problem with it at all. I actually quite like it now that I'm getting more familiar with it. It's pretty impressive.

Here is what my HUD set up looks like:

So, the stats I use are:

Total VPIP
Total PFR
Postflop Aggression Factor
Total 3Bet vs. Hero
Total 3Bet
Total Fold to 3bet
Flop CBet
Flop Fold to CB
Total Fold to 4Bet
Total 4Bet (Raise 3Bet)
Total Call5Bet

I have many other stats I look at often by using the popup box too, and I'm currently working on a better color range system for each stat.

Now when I was 24 tabling regular tables, I would play with the tables stacked and used Table Ninja:

This hot key program is awesome. Even though I have been tiling tables while playing Zoom, I still use it for it's handy feature of auto clicking time bank. Anyway, I can't imagine playing multi regular tables without it.

The other day, Adam came over and saw my Zoom poker set up which looks like this:

It really doesn't look so bad to me, but he laughed in disapproval. He is my computer go to guy, and said if I got the 30' iMac I would be able to tile them with no overlap, so it might be time for an upgrade (I have the 24' right now). I can't tile them without overlap because they end up too small. I also kind of like that I don't have room to pull up an internet browser so I don't have any distractions. If I need to check something, I sit out.

Anyway, as I said before, here is my not-so-baller poker set-up.  As you probably know, the 2+2 forums are down right now, but once they get up and running I will link the thread about baller poker set-ups.  It's fun to look through and see how other people are grinding.

James Atkin did a great blog post showing off numerous set-ups, many of the photos from the 2+2 thread I was referring to above.  Check out his post here:

Here are some pictures that will inspire my next home office when I move from this house. I really like the idea of a fireplace:

Office/Library contemporary home office

Den of Decadence contemporary home office

Ownby Design contemporary home office

Tudor on the Point traditional home office

Next blog post:
My 2012 SNE progress

Kristen “krissyb24” Bicknell, is a professional poker player, known for achieving Supernova Elite Status on PokerStars. In 2013, she won the ladies event at the World Series of Poker, earning her first career bracelet. Kristen is also a part of the Ultimate Grinders team.

Any views or opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ownership or management of


over 9 years ago

That is a great setup you have there. You cant go wrong with the Herman Miller chair. I am currently using Herman Miller and I had this chair for 6 years and still feels like it did on day one. I would only recommend getting a larger monitor, but those Mac monitors can run price up quick. Good read.



over 9 years ago

Nice set up,,,,, as for me i've discovered that i dont need a huge monitor or hold'em manager and all that other crap, i can get my ass rivered over and over and over just as well with my 8 year old HP computer from Walmart!!!!!! ,, i did upgrade to a 19 inch flat screen monitor from office depot a few years ago though but that did'nt help my online poker game as i still get it in good time after time only to get hammered time after time!!!! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, those office designs look great, just as soon as i shiit a big gold brick i'm going to remodel around here ;)

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