Preparing for a tournament and the way you prepare can potentially affect how well you do in the tournament. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a tournament.
Plan ahead - Whenever possible I like to plan what tournaments I play in and when. Sure sometimes I’ll just log in and play a low buy in or freeroll tournament but for tournaments I’m taking seriously I like to plan ahead and make sure I have the time potentially needed to play a full tournament. There’s nothing worse then just starting a tournament then having to sit out and forfeit your buy in because you forgot you had something planned prior to deciding to play in the tournament. This is why I like planning ahead of time.
Set up a playing sport where you can avoid distractions - Staying focused is important in a tournament epically when you run deep into a tournament. If possible play somewhere where you can avoid distractions and are able to stay focused. When I’m playing a tournament I like to play in my room / office. I turn the TV off and put my headphones on and listen to some music which helps stay focused in a tournament .
Review the blind schedule - If your playing in a tournament that you’ve never played before I think it’s a good idea to review the blind schedule so you know what to expect in regards to the blind levels. This way you can get an idea of how much you want to bet in certain situations.
Be energized - Generally you probably won’t do that well in a tournament if you playing while your tired and don’t have much energy. I suggest being well rested and making sure you have energy (which is especially true for real money tournaments) because if your not you probably won’t play well and get the results you were hoping for.
Do you do anything to prepare for a tournament?