Anyway, this gentleman insisted on trying to "shush" the rest of the table from shuffling chips. Of course, the 8 other players at the table all started shuffling chips - gentlemen indeed.
But this brings up an issue about distractions. Where I play at, Final Table Poker Club here in Portland, they have a pretty lax cell phone policy(in my opinion). You can actively pursue activity on your phone while at the table, unless you are involved in a hand.
This in itself does not bother me, what bothers me is when they have the ringer turned on. Nothing like being deep in thought about a hand, when a klaxon goes blaring. And then it rings for 10 seconds while the person is fumbling around trying to answer it. What was worse, was the fact that he was allowed to sit at the table, blabbling away.
However, a strong poker mind has the ability to be distracted, then refocus on the task at hand without letting it bother him. That is something I worked on all last year in fact. The ability to refocus after becoming distracted. Believe it or not, sometimes things like a cell phone ringing would bug me so much that I would go on a bit of tilt over it.
Not anymore - Mr. Jared Tendler helped me through some issues concerning focus tilt. I greatly appreciate the training I received from him on all forms of tilt. I was fortunate enough to win about 4 hours of mental coaching from him and I found it invaluable. I strongly recommend taking his Mental Game Coaching