They say that when it comes to playing poker, you should be in it for the fun of it. But whilst this is true, you do want to win, don’t you? Winning at poker is a total thrill in itself, and if you can bring in the big bucks, then why not?

Whether you are a beginner or are already a veteran, it still pays to be adequately prepared. So what can you do to make sure that you are completely prepared and are in your best form? Here are some top tips on preparing for an online poker game:

Learn from the experts

Whilst you can only improve your game by practicing as much as you can, learning from the experts can give you an edge as well. The good news is that there are many podcasts that can you listen to and get information from, especially when it comes to various poker strategies. There are, for instance, so many ways in which you can approach your different hands – and finding out what these ways are could make a big difference in your game and technique. There are also plenty of videos which you can watch and learn from featuring the most basic strategies to the most complex techniques.

Get enough rest

There’s a lot of pressure when you play poker – you have to concentrate and make sure you are completely focused on the game, without any distractions. This is why playing poker can be tiring and exhausting for anyone, even the pros. So before any big game, make sure you get enough rest. Getting the rest that you need will go a long way in ensuring that you are not only physically but mentally and emotionally prepared as well. Instead of loading up on coffee or energy drinks, get the rest that you need.

Get enough to eat    

Whilst playing poker, it’s easy for many players to forget to eat. They become too set on their strategies to even bother with food. But this is where it can be easy to go wrong. That being said, make sure you have eaten well before a game and try to stay away from junk food. The good thing about playing poker online is that whilst you play poker, you can still snack on healthy food such as nuts, fruit, or granola bars. Stay away from high-carbohydrate or starchy foods, especially crisps, burgers, and other greasy foods.

Whilst it’s easy to think that you can handle it, you are still, at the end of the day, not a robot like the one created by Google’s DeepMind, which just recently defeated the number one player of the game Go (and is set to become a strategic poker player as well!). We’re still far from being robots, and it’s best to keep this in mind.