3 Tips to have Anti Tilt Poker Setups To Help With A Peaceful Grind

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3 Tips to have Anti Tilt Poker Setups To Help With A Peaceful Grind
15 Sep

Shot in the dark: Does your back feel a bit off after long poker sessions? How about your shoulders? Not necessarily in pain, just a sense of discomfort your bed does its best to ease every night.

If the answer is yes, then you need to take a look at your setup. A bad poker setup can affect your body, your mindset and even make you tilt.

Here are a few research based tips fresh off the scientific field of ergonomics (the study of humans interactions with their work environment) to help you have a better mindset when playing online poker, avoid tilting, and improve your life.

1. Have Space Designated Exclusively For Grinding

Sure, not having to drag yourself to an office building is great, but you still should have some kind of office, even for poker.

One of the toughest parts of working from home  -no matter the ''job''- is separating your home mindset from your work mindset. Going somewhere to work, helps you get in the zone.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy or secluded. Just a particular place with a desk and chair (yes, these are important, more on that below) where you can sit down and get into the proper poker mindset. Then, when you're done, you can leave this place, go to the rest of your house, and forget about it till the next session.  

Blending the home and work areas can lead to chronic procrastination or burnout - which, in poker players, begins to manifest itself as excessive tilting. 

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2. Use Your Computer On Top Of A Desk (Even If You Don't Have a Desktop)

If you will be in front of your computer for long sessions, no matter the task, you are better off with a desktop.  What laptops have in practicality, they lack in basic ergonomics

Most laptops can't separate the screen, trackpad, and keyboard, forcing the user either to look down or flex their wrists as they type and click. Both options are terrible for your spine and hands respectively and can cause major discomfort.  

If you only have a laptop, you should consider investing in an external mouse, keyboard, and monitor to essentially turn your laptop into a desktop for the longer sessions. 

Now, about that desk and chair... 

3.  Make Sure You Have The Right Desk and Chair For The Job

When it comes to your poker setup - wobbling is the enemy. Make sure to place your CPU, monitor, mouse, and keyboard on a stable surface with enough room. You don’t want an accidental nudge to cost you your whole system.

A standard desk with 28"-30" above the floor is suitable for most adults, preferably one with a keyboard tray that allows for a negative tilt for optimal wrist posture.

Pick a chair with a reclinable backrest that offers lumbar support. Studies show that the optimal posture for your back while sitting is at 100 degrees. In contrast, sitting upright places pressure on the back muscles, leading to discomfort after long sessions

Chair armrests should be there when you need them but not in your way when handling the keyboard and mouse. Permanently resting your arms while working can compress your forearm muscles when they should be relaxed. 

To summarize, when it comes to sitting, the more relaxed your muscles are, the better. Find a setup that allows you to be relaxed and you will be less likely to tilt or suffer back and shoulder pains after a long session. 

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