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The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies For Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More [Kindle Edition]

Jared Tendler , Barry Carter
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Book Description

The mental game may be more important in poker than in any other form of competition. It’s one of the only games in the world where you can play perfectly and lose—again and again. Hundreds of poker players have turned to mental game coach Jared Tendler’s revolutionary approach to help them play their best, no matter how badly they’re running. In this book you’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to permanently fix problems such as tilt, handling variance, emotional control, confidence, fear, and motivation. With the games getting tougher, now is the time to take these problems head on.

Editorial Reviews


It is the only book I recommend. My buddy Tony Gregg (The 2013 One Drop Champion) told me I should read The Mental Game of Poker on audio book, I downloaded it in the middle of June 2012 and listened to it every night over the course of the WSOP. I couldn't endorse it more, I've done interviews where people ask me what book I would recommend and that is the only book I would recommend. I couldn't agree with the philosophy of the book more. ~2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson --The Mental Game of Poker Podcast

My mental game is tough, and I ll tell you why. My mental game used to be terrible, I used to tilt, I used to go insane, and this is going to be a plug for Jared Tendler, he wrote a book called The Mental Game of Poker and I don t tilt any more. ~Justin Oliver, 2013 WSOP bracelet winner (Immediately after winning the $2,500 Four Max event.)

The best poker book ever written, and it's not even close. ~Lex Veldhuis, PokerStars Team Pro --Twitter

About the Author

Jared Tendler, M.S., LMHC, was a mental game coach for golfers on the PGA and LPGA tours before he became the leading mental game expert in poker. He now coaches some of the top players in poker, in addition to more than 350 other professionals hailing from 40 countries. Jared's groundbreaking methods have also helped thousands more through his books, training videos, articles, and forum Q&As.
Jared earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and became a licensed mental health counselor prior to becoming a mental game coach in 2005.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1163 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615436137
  • Publisher: Jared Tendler, LLC (October 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please do not buy this book June 10, 2011
By art v
A complete treatise on the correct way to think for every aspect of the game.

Rather than just being a book you can read and know everything, this gives you the tools to work by yourself on yourself to be able to continually improve including aspects such as motivation to learn.

In short, now that I have it, I want no one else to get it too.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Scott
I worked with Jared over 2 years ago. I've been playing the game for a long time, but never really excelled at it. I was a winner, but I had major, major tilt problems. I mean... I had sessions where I would sit and lose 40 buyins in a straight 12-24 hr session. It was so stressful and emotionally draining for me because poker was my dream and I didn't want to keep working a crappy desk job. I was really putting myself through hell.

Out of desperation, I tried everything, read numerous books, posts, and all kinds of self-help stuff, but never really made any progress with my tilting issues.

In my looking for things to try, I stumbled across Jared's coaching services. I read his reviews, and liked the things he was talking about so I got on his wait list. This was it for me, if he couldn't help me, I was quiting poker.

Well... I didn't quit poker. In fact since I worked with him, I haven't had a real job in 2 years. Sessions with him were amazing. I've been a big fan of his material ever since.

When his book was available for pre-order, I would be surprised if I wasn't the first one to order the book. Needless to say, I was expecting a lot.. but I didn't expect to get a lot from EVERY single page. I mean, when I first got it I would randomly open a page and would be able to relate to the topic on a deep level.

This book is extremely important for my poker career.

Literally, every page has something I can relate to and need to improve on. How many poker books can you say that about? Most of the time I buy a book, I pick up one or two plays, or one or two different ways to view things or it just reinforces what you already know and we still say it was worth buying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best poker book ever written December 17, 2013
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The Mental Game of Poker is the best book I've read to help treat tilt and other mental game problems at their core. It may be the best poker book I've read, period! It's funny because Jared is not even a poker player. He was a successful amateur golfer who would choke in big tournaments. He worked on his own mental game to improve his play, become an All-American golfer and win 9 tournaments in college. He then went on to get a Master's degree in counseling and became a licensed therapist. He's been using his skills as a mental game coach helping hundreds of golfers, and now hundreds of poker players. His first poker client was Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt, who was one of the biggest winners in online poker at the time.

This is not a read it once and become tilt-free book. In order to get the most out of the book, you must do the writing assignments. They take time and conscious effort. I purchased this book 2 years ago and continue to use it to this day. It has taken my game to another level. I can't sing enough praises for this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best mental book on poker August 11, 2013
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this book covers so many positive aspects of the game that do not have to do with the actual playing of poker...these mental aspects I feel[after having played poker at high levels and many major tournaments for over 20 yrs] are much more important or at least as important then the playing of the game..if you cant master these mental aspects you will not sustain of the best poker books ever written[and I have read them all....great read and the author has done a fantastic job....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Yuth
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Jared Tendler's The Mental Game of Poker is the definite guide book on the psychological aspect of poker because of second reasons. First, the book gave a solid definition for tilt and more importantly, Jared described what you can do to deal with the problem. He spend the majority of the book describing the seven types of tilts in chapter five. This chapter alone is well worth the cost. For example, I struggle with what Tendler described as the most difficult form of tilt-the Desperation Tilt. He describe that the root of the problem may innate, as having a gambling addiction. However, the book give suggestion on what I should do to combat the problem such as writing the signs, observe the different stages, inject logic, etc.

The second reason why this book is a definite work on psychological aspect of poker is the theories the book define in the Chapter 2. His three theories—The Adult Learning Model, Inchworm, and The Process Model—comprehensively describe my frustration in trying to get better. The models provide a different way to view getting “better”. The Process Model also provide suggestion on what I can do to get better.

All in all, I believe that this book is a great addition to your current poker knowledge library. The information in these book are truly invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive results already. Very practical. A keeper. February 9, 2014
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Already showing positive results and I'm only a few chapters in! I'm a day trader and this book addresses the issues that traders and poker players have in common.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mental game of poker can help you in any endeavor
While the focus is on mistakes made in the mental game while playing poker, this book could be helpful to anyone looking to improve their mental approach to nearly any field. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Stephen Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is for EVERYbody, not just poker players. The life insights...
Replace the word "poker" with "life" and this is a marvellous read for anyone!
I've had read many, for want of a better word, self improvement books
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Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Moffett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Practical,precise a smooth read. For me a fresh perspective that helped me separate the technical and mental aspects of my game. Inspiring, can't wait to read #2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what a great book, it really helped my mental game a lot. Jared seems like kinda a dick tho.
Published 1 month ago by Rut Roh Scoobs
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not great but much better than #1
If you insist, read #2 . It is not great but much better than #1.
Published 1 month ago by Joel Sundquist
4.0 out of 5 stars Positive variance
Great book. I bought this book during a positive variance run. In the past I have had dramatic losses after very good runs so my goal was to avoid that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy
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Very helpfull if you follow it
Published 2 months ago by Scott Honeycutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best book to fight tilt
Published 2 months ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars He was happy to receive the book and started reading it right ...
C'mas gift for son. He was happy to receive the book and started reading it right away. Fast shipping.
Published 4 months ago by ShannonBoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must have if you play poker!
Published 4 months ago by Christopher Hanna
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