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    So I'm going to CT this next week to play in live tournaments, and although I have alot of hand experience with online poker, I'm excited to finally play live and gain some experience in that aspect of the game.

    One huge question on my mind though.....how do your bathroom breaks work? I usually like to have my 8-10 glasses of water a day lol

    Do you typically just get up as you please, and your chips are monitored by the dealer at the table ?

    Another question is when you guys think its best to take these breaks, while your in middle position? or right after your last hand at the BB?

  • #2
    You will get a break (usually 10 - 15 minutes long) every 2 hours or so. Meaning everyone is on break. Most casino require all players to leave the tournament area during the breaks. A dealer will remain at the table and watch your chips. I always take all of my personal stuff, i.e., backpack, jacket, phone, etc., with me however.

    So, right before the tourney starts, drain all excess fluids from your body.

    If your bladder just will not let you wait for a scheduled break, you can just get up and go to the bathroom, or do anything else you want like get food or a drink. The dealer will put your blinds and antes into the pot while you are away so make it quick. In a bladder 911 situation I try to go when I am UTG. Otherwise I cross my legs and whimper until a scheduled break.

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  • #3
    Most tournaments allow for breaks every 2 - 3 hours. Also, if you just cannot wait, just get up and leave and you will be blinded out for the hands you miss. However, this is not the best option, as missed hands = potential for missed opportunities.

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    • #4
      If you can wait until you're in middle to early (not late) position to use the bathroom, do so because it's less likely you'll be entering the pot from those positions anyway. If you can't, just use the bathroom. While you do miss an opportunity to play a hand, being distracted by your bladder is less than ideal for your decision making.
      Last edited by jpgiro; 04-07-2017, 06:03 PM.

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      • #5
        I always have to get up and go at some point. I try to wait until middle position for the reasons mentioned. A hand where there have been a couple of flat calls has a good chance of lasting for a couple of minutes, rather than a hand where there has been a big opening raise. Usually I can time it to only miss one, or maybe two, hands.
        Ideally you want to try to be back at the table just in time for your big blind.

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        • XBobLove
          XBobLove commented
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          I agree with this conceptually but I do this in EP/UTG.

      • #6
        I think that many recreational players get way too caught up in a single hand of a tournament, rather than taking a longer view of it. This causes us to play marginal hands that we should probably fold, and then get into difficult spots that we created for ourself by playing hands we shouldn't be playing. One way you notice these guys is when they race to the bathroom to try not to miss the next hand, or they dance in their chairs until the get into EP so they can race to the bathroom without missing their button. Unless you are under 25BB, I suggest that if you need to go to the bathroom there is actually some useful training for you in just getting up and going. Even if you miss your BB. Big deal. Learning to take off a hand or two will help you with your patience and discipline, which is way more important to your overall tournament prospects than the 1% chance that the hand you miss will be AA or KK.

        If you have no problems with patience and discipline, or if you are super short, then of course it is best to not miss your big blind. But most of us have bigger aspects of our game to work on than missing a hand when we need to go.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by BDSattva View Post
          I think that many recreational players get way too caught up in a single hand of a tournament, rather than taking a longer view of it. This causes us to play marginal hands that we should probably fold, and then get into difficult spots that we created for ourself by playing hands we shouldn't be playing. One way you notice these guys is when they race to the bathroom to try not to miss the next hand, or they dance in their chairs until the get into EP so they can race to the bathroom without missing their button. Unless you are under 25BB, I suggest that if you need to go to the bathroom there is actually some useful training for you in just getting up and going. Even if you miss your BB. Big deal. Learning to take off a hand or two will help you with your patience and discipline, which is way more important to your overall tournament prospects than the 1% chance that the hand you miss will be AA or KK.

          If you have no problems with patience and discipline, or if you are super short, then of course it is best to not miss your big blind. But most of us have bigger aspects of our game to work on than missing a hand when we need to go.
          Well said.

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