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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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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.

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The Mental Game of Poker (TMGP) basically gives you a roadmap to work on your mental game. They even recommend keeping mental hand histories so you can review your emotional states like you do how you actually played a hand. It s a more practical and scientific approach than simply trying to deny your emotions. TMGP gives you the tools to understand your tilt rather than simply avoiding it. By understanding why you tilt you can work on the underlying cause rather than treating the symptom. Getting to the heart of why you go on tilt is probably more important than learning to breath deep and tell yourself some positive affirmations. You might tilt because you feel you re entitled to win over weaker opponents. Someone else might tilt because they ve been cold decked for over a month. While the differences might seem subtle the way you address each can be very different because you re dealing with completely different emotions. TMGP also deals with issues like Fear and Motivation that are also integral to becoming a successful poker player. If you re playing scared money or you choke in big pots it s going to be hard to excel in poker. Likewise if you you can t work up the motivation to bring yourself to the tables it s going to be pretty damn hard to make money. It's funny because reading through the book I kept finding myself being able to personally connect with what was being described. Not just in the poker world but in other parts of life as well. For instance, the Adult Learning Model (ALM) section was exactly how I progressed in learning about scuba diving. And the biggest compliment I can give it is that not only did I see myself in many of the examples but I learned useful ways of approaching issues on the poker table and off that have made a positive impact on my life. I'll give TMGP a big thumbs up. I think it s one of the few books that breaks new ground in the poker genre.

The Gospel of Matthew [Perry], 1:40-43 40 A man with severe tilting problems came to Him and begged Him on his knees, If you are willing, you can make me Ivey. 41 Jared was filled with compassion. He reached out His hand and touched the man. I am willing, He said. Be Zen! Immediately the tilt left him and he was cleansed. 42 Jared sent him away at once with a strong warning: See that you don t tell this to anyone. Go, instead, to the tables and make the plays that Taylor Caby has taught thee. 43 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jared could no longer enter a poker site openly and yet the people still came to Him from everywhere. So he wrote a book. Now, I m not saying that Jared Tendler is Jesus Christ. I m just making an argument that the two are analogous; plus, if you jumble up the letters and add an s in there and swap in a u ... Anyway, if you re the kind of player who dissects ranges with a fine toothcomb, studies 3-betting fundamentals, analyses tricky turn spots to death and yet still can t seem to make progress without giving back all your hard-earned chips in a fit of madness, Jared could well be your savior. With a price tag of $50 (£35 approx) this is expensive relative to most things on the shelf at Waterstones but I honestly believe if you are going to buy a poker book then make it this one. This book contains advice that simply isn't out there on forums or training sites (except at and could well be the most important book you ever read. --Bluff Europe

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 and more than 200 other professionals from around the world. Jared's groundbreaking methods have also helped thousands more through his training videos, articles, and forum Q&As. He is also a featured coach for, and writes monthly instructional articles for WPT Magazine.
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
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15 of 18 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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30 of 39 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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4 of 4 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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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book. I bought it to help with my ...
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I found realising variance exist and accepting of hand greatly improved my game
.reviewing certain chapters really. Helps when you recognise your. Problem.very good book
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Great book that helps improving not only your poker play, also helps you with any game and your life in general. 100% worth.
Published 1 month ago by Joaquin
5.0 out of 5 stars for a serious players
Usefull tips and easy read. The mental part of the game fully explained.
Well done !
I am glad I read it.
Published 5 months ago by Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot
This is the first book i've read regarding to mental side of playing poker. Book is easy to read even tough I'm not native English reader. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Worth the price. Have to put the work in to get the result. Would recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their game.
Published 7 months ago by Nom De Plume
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read if you want a profitable enjoyment
This is the aspect of the game I have not paid much attention to as my focus has been on improving the technical aspect of the game. Read more
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The best book I have ever read on improving you Mental game and focus. I do NOT want anyone to read this book, it will make my job harder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starting over
Before reading this book I didn't know how much I didn't know! I do know that I want to improve my poker skills, and how to begin working on that goal.
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