WCOOP 2015: Preparing for my first time

I am not a tournament player but sometimes there are events that are too big and exciting not to be part of them. That is the case of the World Championship of Online Poker, the biggest series of online poker tournaments of the year. It starts on September 6th; the buy-ins range from $109 to an amazing $51,000 and you can win a seat for as little as $0.11 or 1 FPP. How could I miss it? (You can get an account and join me by clicking here).

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Believe it or not this is the first year I will be playing this series, what makes me particularly enthusiastic about it. For the last couple of weeks I have been adding some MTT strategy to my study sessions, and I made a draft of the tournaments I am going to play, which brings me to the most challenging part of playing a series of online events: following a schedule! Usually I am not a very organized person and I can wake up anywhere from 10:00am to 3:00pm, but starting next month I will do my best to improve my sleeping patterns so that I am always completely awake and ready to play my best.

As mundane as it seems, another important aspect you should keep in mind when getting ready for long poker sessions is to have most of your meals prepared in advance. If you don't want to rely on the pizza takeaway and gain 10kg once the WCOOP is over, it is a good idea to have some healthy snacks around the house. My favourites are dates (they are high in carbs and minerals which are known to improve cognitive function), bananas, and oatmeal.

Exercise is a must in my daily routine and even more if I plan to play long hours. Many players assume that if they need to improve their productivity they should sacrifice some of the things they enjoy doing, including running, practicing sports, or going to the gym; however, in my experience this is the worst you can do. We spend most of the day in front of electronic devices, your body is desperate for some movement! Some people like to exercise in the morning but for me working out in the evening is better. There is nothing more therapeutic than to go to the gym and lift heavy weights after a bad beat!

How are you getting ready for the WCOOP? Is this your first time playing any events just like me? I would love to hear your stories! I wish you all the best and see you at the tables!


Celeste Orona is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online