I try to read at least 1 new book every 2-3 weeks. The books I choose are on a wide variety of topics and in a recent one about forming habits, I was introduced to a concept I was not familiar with. It’s called “Pointing and Calling” and it’s a safety procedure used mainly in Asian countries, primarily in subway and railway operations.
Because of the noise involved in these industries, what operators found was a tremendous amount of dumb mistakes made because of problems in verbal communication being clearly heard. So a system was devised that involved not only shouting out that, for example, all doors are clear, but also a hand signal to match it as well. Today a system of pointing and calling is used to indicate doors are clear, the speed of the train, checking signals and many other aspects where a minor mistake could lead to deadly results.
This system does a better job of keeping the attention of conductors and other employees since it requires them to use their eyes, hands, mouth and ears. Most surprisingly what was found is that each individual did a better job communicating because instead of just saying something, they had to point at it as well, which caused them to focus even more if that were true or not. When studies were then conducted, it was found that pointing and calling reduced mistakes by almost 85%.
So what does this have to do with poker? Well, in October I hosted a home game and as usual I didn’t do very well. Partly that is my own fault since I play these games more for fun and throw most strategy out the window. It’s a small buy-in and I’d rather have a good time with my friends than just pound them with aggression.
In any case, I busted the home game and while sitting there watching, fired up my laptop to get in a few tourney’s online. I only regged for two tourney’s and one I busted just short of the money. The other I started making a deep run. As all this is going on the home game wrapped up and people began to leave. However, my friend Jake decided to stay to talk and watch me play.
Long story short, I won the tourney and as I reflected back, I realized I was super zoned in and making some great folds, some bold bluffs and getting max value in a lot of situations where I may not have normally gotten it. Upon further reflection I realized what it was. I was talking out loud for each hand and each decision so Jake could know what I was thinking at the time…essentially I was using the point and call system.
As for my October grind, it was just that. Honestly I haven’t really been feeling like playing much and so unlike above, I don’t know that I’ve always made the best decisions. The traffic and game selection on Merge (Carbon) continues to dwindle and so I put some money back on BetOnline just to keep some semblance of volume. I enjoyed the tourneys on there but again right now I’m just mentally a bit worn down so while this was yet another profitable month, it was just barely that. Here’s the breakdown…
13..…. Final Tables
6......Top 3 Finishes
$5312.91 in total cashes (1.38% ROI)
Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.
Merge Lifetime Total: $574,068.62
Career Lifetime Total: $653,233.44
Career number of Cashes: 5053
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