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4 Ways to Improve Your Poker Experience at Home
By Brodey Sheppard - April 11, 2016
It’s entertaining to experience a bit of friendly competition by playing poker at home with your buddies. Occasionally, you might want to bring your gameplay to a higher level and visit casinos in your area or out of town. However, if you only have a few hours to spare in a day or during the weekends, you’d always find yourself playing online poker for real cash.
It is true that playing on the best poker sites has its advantages. You don’t have to drive for hours just to reach a poker table or wait for an open seat. However, there is still one major drawback when you play poker online. You may be playing online poker for fun or for money for a while, but after some time, you will miss being inside the casino, pushing chips to the pot and scooping them back in when you win.
Part of enjoying a game of poker is feeling the chips in your hand. When you’re deeply thinking about your next move, you can bust out some Esfandiari-esque tricks by showcasing some poker chips exhibitions between your fingers. You feel hyped when you have a winning hand and you push your chips into the pot. The joy you feel when you scoop in pots after a win is just incomparable.
When you join cash games or poker tournaments, you don’t get to enjoy these activities. The only thing you can do is click and click and look at your virtual poker chips. For some, touching, feeling, stacking, or playing with poker chips is a source of motivation. You get inspired to play on when you see your stack building up. Needless to say, seeing your poker chips right in front of you and actually being able to feel them are one of the simple pleasures and joy that poker players can experience.
So what can you do to improve your poker space at home? There are a lot, actually. So while you’re choosing an online poker tournament, try our methods below to enhance your poker gaming experience at home.
1) Have a stack of poker chips near your computer
What better way to satisfy your sense of touch by having stacks of poker chips within your reach? HitYah.com Marketing and Advertising Strategist Brodey Sheppard always has his poker chips nearby. An avid poker player, Brodey has his poker chips in his hands or by him on his desk all the time. They occasionally fly around the office and end up under other people’s desks or behind filing cabinets! As you walk down the hall, you know you’re about to reach a HitYah office as you hear the chips rattling around Brodey’s hand. The area definitely serves as his extended poker space!
You can order poker chips on Amazon.com which range from $7 to $200 per set. If you have the time, you can visit a local gaming supplies store and get your chips there.
While in one serious match or while multi-tabling, play with those poker chips in between your fingers to hear that soothing clink-clink sound. As much as possible, try to simulate a live poker game. If you have a winning hand, push your chips across your desk and with full confidence say, “I’m all in!” And when you win, scoop the chips to your stack. Try it and you’ll see how satisfying it feels!
2) Listen to poker chips audio
Let’s say you’re on a business trip and you forgot to bring your poker chips with you. Your go-to solution when you’re missing the casino poker gaming experience is YouTube. For some, just hearing the sound of clinking chips relaxes them and helps them focus while playing poker. For them, it works like the soft whooshing water sounds that are played in therapy and meditation rooms. There are a lot of videos on YouTube which feature the sounds that poker chips make, like the one below:
The sound of poker chips moving against the felt table will give you the goosies!
3) Pimp your poker space at home
If you want to really push your poker experience at home to heights, give your poker space a makeover. Got the budget? Remodel your room and make it look like the sleek, luxury poker rooms that you see online and in casinos. After all, as long as you have the money, you can turn your personal space at home into something that mimics that glamour and poker experience that MGM or the Bellagio bring.
Start by setting the scene and adding remarkable pieces of art associated with casino gaming. It can be a picture of the Las Vegas cityscape or even dogs playing poker. Don’t forget to add a comfy chair to your space because comfort should be one of your top priorities when playing online poker. Throw in a La-z-boy Cool Chair which features a built-in fridge and a heat massage. Just imagine how relaxing it would be to comfortably reach for an ice cold beer as you reach a final table at an online tournament.
While La-z-boy can fit some bottles or cans, it cannot keep other snacks and delights you would want to nibble during a poker match. If you’re planning to have a huge poker session, a mini-fridge within your space would be very handy. You can keep yourself cool, refreshed, and satiated with a mini-fridge that’s stocked with all your favorite snacks.
Do you have your own distinct online poker area in your home? For PokerStars ambassador Jason Somerville, his ideal poker space at home features everything that would make his poker gaming experience more comfortable and interesting. He has what he calls his “dirty space” down in his basement where he usually plays online poker. The room has a fish tank and he always has a glass of drink ready. To add hype to his online sessions, he has a bell which he rings whenever he wins a hand.
4) Display Visual Representations of Your Winnings
Poker players who win at casinos affirm their winnings by measuring how big their stack has become. While you can’t apply this to winning at virtual tables, you can still motivate yourself by displaying items that represent your winnings. If you regularly join online poker tournaments – like the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker – and you win, you can display your bracelets in your personal poker space. Who knows, it may also encourage you to win more matches – it works on Jason Somerville!
On the other hand, Twitch.tv poker player Jamie Staples prefers to buy artworks to visually acknowledge his wins. He loves art so whenever he wins, one of the things he spends his money on are artworks. He displays them in the house which he shares with other poker players. While a nice piece of art enhances the ambiance of his poker space, Staples probably buys them to make himself proud of his achievements.
How about you? How would you spend your winnings? Perhaps after keeping a certain percentage of it in the bank or spending it on your necessities, you can use the remaining 10% to buy prizes that will encourage you to work hard in winning big.
As you can see, there are a number of ways you can improve your poker experience at home. Whether you’re playing at the corner of your bedroom, in your office or study room, or out on the kitchen table, you can try one or two of these methods. So buy those chips before you play poker at PokerStars!