Stress Less For Poker Success – Is Stress Holding You Back?

I’m going to be completely honest with you. The ingredient I’m about to tell you about doesn’t have near the amount of clinical evidence supporting its use as Rhodiola does. In fact, I’d say it has little evidence supporting it. That’s precisely why it took 4 years of convincing from one of my good friends before I even tried it. What it lacks in clinical evidence, it makes up for in real-world feedback.

I credit Bacopa monniera for single-handedly changing my primary principle from which my professional reputation was built upon. Prior to Bacopa, my mantra was “Nutraceuticals that are strongly supported by clinical evidence.” I was damn tired of being fooled by the marketing of these dietary supplement companies. I was not going to have my reputation hurt by those very same companies. Thus, I went to the medical journals for evidence. If the medical journals supported a nutraceutical, then I was comfortable recommending it. My world was quickly turned upside down.

Then Bacopa came along. So little clinical evidence. So much real-world feedback. What was I do to? I bit the bullet, and tried it. Let’s just say my new mantra is “Nutraceutials supported by clinical evidence AND real-world feedback.” I quickly learned that if I waited for every nutraceutical to have a large amount of clinical evidence supporting its use, I’d be 10 years behind the innovators. Innovation along with documentation is now the key to my success. I may look like a renegade practitioner to some traditional medical professionals, however I’m light years ahead of them. When they say renegade, I say innovator.

Bacopa monniera

What is it?

Also known as Brahmi, has been used for several hundred years in Ayurvedic medicine. Typically grown in India and the tropics, its primary benefits all involve the brain.

Improved memory

Improved learning

Improved concentration

Decreased anxiety

Antioxidant properties

Like all herbals, it contains multiple compounds that are responsible for its beneficial effects. The two that are important to its cognitive-enhancing abilities are bacosides A and B. Thus, that will be your “alcohol proof” for Bacopa.

How it works?

Once again like most herbals, there are multiple theories on how Bacopa improves mental performance. They include:

Enhancing nerve impulse transmission

Helping repair damaged neurons through multiple mechanisms

Antioxidant activity in the hippocampus, frontal cortex, and striatum

Thus, there’s really not just one way Bacopa works. It has an entire arsenal of cognitive-enhancing weapons.

Dosage

When using an extract, the typical dosage is 200-400mg in divided doses standardized to 20% A and B bacosides. I personally use 200-400mg standardized to 50% A and B bacosides. Because of the lack of clinical evidence supporting its use, I feel there’s an unknown as to exactly what the best dosage is. I had to tinker with my dosage until I found what I felt was right for me. I suggest you do the same. The above is a good starting dosage.

Why I like it for poker

Unlike Rhodiola which can be used in acute situations, Bacopa can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to see the benefits. In fact, the studies that I read, the average time it took to see the benefits was around 6 weeks. Thus, I use it year-round. Over the long haul, it helps to minimize my every day “normal” stress. When things get particularly stressful, I’ll add Rhodiola anywhere from 1-3 weeks. I’ve found using Bacopa year round and adding Rhodiola every once in the while works the best for me. There’s a synergy between the two.

Most poker players play on-line almost every day or every couple of days, while participating in major tournaments once or twice a month. Using Bacopa every day combats the stress of the nightly games, while adding Rhodiola for a week during the tournament is particularly helpful. It’s very convenient for poker players.

Secondly, not only does it help with stress, but it also has cognitive-enhancing capabilities. I’m sure you’ve already noticed that the majority of what I’ve recommend thus far always has cognitive-enhancing effects. I’m always looking for the most efficient nutracueticals available. If I can kill two birds with one stone, GREAT. Bacopa and Rhodiola both fit this profile. I always look at everything from a mental standpoint. Will this nutraceutical improve my mental performance? Mental performance is of paramount importance to me as it is to you also.

I firmly believe that the best poker players in the world are masters of their emotions. Success at the poker table is largely the sum of checking your ego at the door, minimizing mental fatigue, and controlling your emotions. If you can control those three things, you will quickly separate yourself from the pack.

When I look back over my last 10 or so losses, the other guy never really flat out beat me. I almost always beat myself. Probably 7 out of 10 times. Either my ego made the wrong call, I was mentally drained and made a stupid mistake, or I made an emotional, not rational move. Stupid mistakes that will always hold me back from reaching my true potential. Memorizing the odds, the strategy, and the player’s trends is relatively easy for me. However, playing rational, checking my ego at the door, and following my head not my heart is so tough.

That’s why I believe nutraceuticals can have a major impact on your game. They may not be able to check your ego at the door, but I know they’ll improve your mental energy and cognitive abilities while also minimize the stress, anxiety, and pressure associated with poker. When I’m stressed or anxious, I’m emotional. Rationality and everything else I learned about the game of poker goes out the door.

Finding that critical balance between relaxation and stimulation is the key. Like the reader pointed out in the first e-mail I posted, in poker over-stimulation is just as bad as mental fatigue. It’s finding that sweet spot, that exact feeling where you’re so relaxed, yet so focused. That’s the zone. That’s minimizing stress and anxiety while improving mental energy. That’s the goal for my nootropic regimen.

There you go. Read it over. Do a search for Bacopa on the internet, and let me know what you think. I’ll post the small amount of studies I have later tonight. Like I said, the real-world feedback trumps the clinical evidence for this ingredient. Good luck and may the cards fall your way.

Greyhound Betting Systems And Their Advantages

Greyhound racing has been around for many generations as a pastime favorite of many people. This sporting event is popular for many people to watch and to bet on the races. Betting on greyhound dogs has many advantages over other forms of gambling.

In 1912, the greyhound tracks and the artificial hare have been around, first developed with the aim of stopping the killing of jack rabbits. People began to bet money on the races and the sport became popular for the male working class.

The treatment of greyhound dogs is not regulated by the Animal Welfare Act. This means that the industry is self-regulated and the treatment of the dogs is up to the owners. Dogs spend most of their time in kennels. The dog tracks themselves must abide by policies and procedures and the dog owners must follow rules laid out in contracts that they must sign. The track rules usually lay out the welfare and the treatment of the animals. If the kennel owners mistreat the animals or break the rules set forth in their contracts then they can be at risk of losing their racing licenses and all track privileges.

When you go to the dog tracks to bet on the sport, you should get a program immediately upon arriving. The program will break down each race of the day for you. You will be able to see the names of the dogs and what type of race they will be running.

You should study each of the dogs running in each race. The information provided about each of the dogs will include their weight, their placing in past races, their times, and the names of the other dogs that beat them. You can see if the dog fell in the last race or if they won also. When you get a good idea of a dog’s history you can tell how the odds of the dog will be. If a dog has won the past five races then chances are that most people will be betting on that dog to win.

If a dog is a favorite to win and you bet on that dog, you won’t win much. If a dog is not a favorite choice because it hasn’t won much in the past or it doesn’t have the best times then the odds will be high like 20-1. This means that if you bet $1 and that dog win then you would win $20.

When you bet on dog races you can bet on which dog will win or multiple dogs and their placing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. If you pick your three favorite dogs and you are sure they will come in the three top places but you are not sure how then you can bet on the three dogs in a spin. This means that it doesn’t matter which place the dogs come in, you will win if all three place. When you spin dogs on a bet, the bet is more expensive. However, you can win more money when you bet this way.

When you have chose the dogs you like then go to the betting window and place your bet. The people at the window can help you understand how the betting works also if you don’t understand.

Greyhound dog racing is a popular sport all over the world. However, it is most popular in the United States for a financial means of gambling.

Three Methods to Identify Horse Racing Long Shots

One of the biggest kicks in life may be backing a long shot and seeing it cross the finish line first. making a big score is good for the spirits, not to mention the wallet. However, as any experienced horse racing handicapper can tell you, trying to cash tickets on longshots is a one way ticket to the poor house.

Long priced horses are usually considered the bait for gamblers who want a shot at a big price for a little investment. Their greed is usually rewarded with the usual payoff for greed, poverty. They have a low probability and high risk which inflates the pools, but most handicappers stick to the more consistent racers. If you want to succeed as a handicapper you better learn the difference between handicapping and gambling because there is a difference. You must consider each bet an investment and estimate the rate of return compared to the risk. Of course, like a lot of good advice you will receive in life, it sounds good but is a little more difficult to implement and stick with.

But if you do consider it an investment and compare the amount of risk to the rate of return, you will have to have an idea about how likely the horse is to win. Here are 3 situations that will afford you that opportunity to assess longshots.

1. The Phony Phavorite. The first place to look for wagering opportunities is the favorite because that is where the biggest single concentration of money is found. If your handicapping indicates that the favorite is not worthy of being the favorite then the other more likely contenders should be considered. I am talking about the horses that are going to go off at fairly low odds because they look like they could win the race. These types are not long shots.

If you eliminate those horses then the longshots are worth considering as possible winners. Try to find a longshot who has actually won at that level and on the surface and distance that it is going in the current race. Believe it or not it does happen that the only horse who has ever done what is being asked of it in the race is a long shot. It is a very under rated angle in horse racing handicapping.

2. Familiar trainer moves often produce big winners. Each trainer has his or her own favorite moves for winning. Familiarize yourself with trainer moves and then look for them in connection with longshots. Here is an example of a trainer move that paid $87 for every two dollars bet to win on his horse.

Apple Talk raced in the 2nd race at Tampa Bay Downs on February ninth of 2008. There were some indications that the horse might fare better in the race than he did in his previous races. A mutuel pool evaluation method showed that there was inside money wagered on the runner, probably from the stable. That is an obvious sign that the stable and trainer had determined that he was ready to score.

The racer was entered in a Maiden Claiming sprint event after two races in Maiden Special Weight races. The class drop off two long conditioning races at a higher grade were also an indication. It is a familiar trainer move. One important thing to bear in mind is that in any maiden race, a horse is being asked to win at a distance and surface that it has never won at before. So all maiden racers meet the requirements of case one, a phony phavorite, but many maiden favorites actually do score.

3. Equipment changes can improve a racer’s performance in a big way. The addition of a Cornell Collar, tongue tie, blinker’s or some other equipment as well as the addition of lasix can make a big difference. Of course, it is always a good idea to confirm your suspicions by checking the mutuel pools for inside money.

One of the best situations to identify is an event with a phony phavorite and find a horse who meets the requirements mentioned previously, i.e., an equipment change with action in the pools and a good trainer move.

Adding it all up, the first place to start is with the favorite. If it is a phony then check out the likely contenders. After going through all of these you may find a longshot is actually the best bet.

WOTLK Gold Farming Tips – Amazing Tips That Help You Get Rich In WoW

The WOTLK gold farming tips you are about to see here, will make you farming session a lot more lucrative. I have friends who used to waste hours, each day, farming all the wrong spots and getting all the wrong items. There efforts usually left them still poor. When I saw how bad they were doing, I gave them the same tips that I’m going to share with you here.

Making gold in WoW isn’t all about finding a spot and starting to kill mobs. You need to know a few things prior to starting your farming session. That is, if you want to be successful. My friends tried the easier, random approach and it didn’t work out for them at all.

I always liked to do a few things that made my farming session a lot more lucrative. Once the Wrath of the Lich King expansion was released, I wanted to share them as tips as they work even better there. But I never got round to it, until now. I will show you a few, very useful, WOTLK gold farming tips.

– You first need a capped level character that has strong AoE abilities. I’ve seen people farm with one handed Warriors and Rogues. It is doable, but it is not effective. Make sure your class is trained properly and also that it has good gear on. The best class for this has to be the Death Knight.

– The best items to go for are the crystallized elements. So make sure you find a spot that gives those. Even though most players go after that, they still sell very good and you will make gold. If you don’t need the money right away, hold on to your loot until the prices go up, and then sell.

– Make sure you have Skinning leveled up as it is very useful. Go after mobs that drop other ingredients in addition to Borean leather when you skin them. Such mobs are Drakes in general. You have a greater chance to get Icy Dragonscales, which sell really good.

– You will need to be fast when you farm. Don’t wait for mobs to respawn, go kill something else instead. Doesn’t matter what it is, just don’t wait around when you kill all the mobs around you. Also, always try and kill more mobs at a time. That way you will use the time you have at the maximum.

If you follow those tips, you’ll see that everything will improve. If you can get a Death Knight to farm with, it would be great. A Mage, for instance, isn’t that great as you will kill equal level mobs or a bit lower. So you stand the risk of dying. I hope you will find a use for my WOTLK gold farming tips.

Gold Guide – Discover the Best Farming Locations

Farming can be described as the act of killing one or a few type of monster in an area to earn its gold or loots; this method is considered old fashioned and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get lots of gold from it. With a good gold farming guide, you’ll know the most profitable locations, zones, or instances to farm; the fastest techniques to finish the mob and earn your loots; and the best class to do it.

This is not a detailed gold farming guide, but I’ll try to reveal as much as I can. If you just created your character, it is impossible to farm effectively, so go and grab a couple of quests, earning experience, gain several copper or silver, and get your character to level 15.

Once you hit level 15, it is depend on your faction. If you are an Alliance character, go to Defias Windmill, you’ll find it at Gold Coast area in Westfall. There are a lot of Defias mobs around the windmill that drop linen cloth and other good humanoid loot. These mobs are around level 12, so it should be easy to finish them; the spawn rate also pretty high, so you don’t have to worry about running out of mobs to kill.

If you are in Horde faction, you can go to The Barrens and start killing Great Plainstrider. It has pretty high chance to drop Light Feather, which is sold well at the AH. It also have some chance to drop adequate weapons and armors like Native Sash or Fire Wand.

An iron rule in early level farming is always keep your bag empty as much as possible; you can do it by selling all your trash whenever you find a vendor. If by chance you find your bag full and can’t find any vendor nearby, throw away any trash items and keep the one that has higher value.

These are some good farming spots for higher level character:

1. Alterac Mountains in Eastern Kingdoms; kill Elemental Slave here, they have slight chances to drop elemental earth that sell well at the Auction House.

2. Scarlet Monastery Graveyard in Trisfal Glades; look for Unfettered Spirit here, they are easy to kill compared to the other mobs and have fair drops.

3. The Badlands in Eastern Kingdoms; find normal Rock Elemental for lots of grey loots such as Lifeless Stone and Jagged Piece of Stone.

4. Searing Gorge in Eastern Kingdom; kills the elites here and get your Mageweave Cloth.

5. Felwood in Kalimdor; find the Deadwoods as they drop silver, Living Essences, rare herb, and major healing potions.

6. Shalzaru’s Lair at the northern end of the Isle of Dread; get the Nagas here for Golden Pearl drops.

7. Deadwind Pass in Eastern Kingdoms; get Deadwind Ogre Mage for Runecloth drop.

8. Arklon Ruins in Netherstorm, Outland; the Artifac Seeker drops Mark of Sargeras while the Fellblade Doomguard can give you Fel Armament.

9. Dragonblight in Northrend; start from Venomspite and make your way south to the shore while farm every humanoid mobs that you encounter to get gold and various loots.

10. Wintergrasp in Northrend; ready for some challenge? This PvP zone will make farming even more difficult, but you’ll find various Revenant here that drop Crystallized Air, Water, Shadow, Fire, and Earth.

There are a lot of other farming spots that offer you good gold per hour rate; you only need to know what to kill and the fastest method to do so.