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The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More. Paperback – May 4, 2011
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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.) --Pokernews.com
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.
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While the same garbage still happens to me routinely. Not seeing an over pair for multiple sessions in a row, JJ running into an over pair 3x in a row in one session. Small pairs missing sets 30 and 40x in a row. Folks hitting trips on the turn against an over pair. Looking down at 38,94, and Q2 again and again.
The book , its mindset and methodologies, and my willingness to work on this area of my game have certainly kept my head on straighter if not straight entirely. I can remember driving home in the past literally kicking myself writhing in the pain of anger and frustration. That doesn't happen any longer. I no-longer feel like the worst running player I have ever met. I do my best to analyze my play for what it is, and what it isn't. I don't play for anything but money, I'm not there for the rush or thrill its all about the results. The hundreds in cash I expect to EARN through proper decision making. While I can't control the results in any one hand or the cards that come to me, I can play my best given the cards and position in which I choose to play.
I have read and re-read many sections of the book. I religiously write in my poker journal now, (Thank you Pages for iPhone, iPad, and Mac) and its available in the cloud on all my devices for review, Sometimes I add upon a session, or log just exactly how well i played a particular hand, or how badly I messed it up. Try this for ten sessions in a row. Then go back and read session 1. Your own perspective on the game is likely to change from just this exercise.
If you play the game, you should read this book. Period.
If you aspire for more, pay the 10BB, 4BB, 2BB, or half a BB that it will cost you for the book. Consider it a tip to a dealer that's going to pay you back 1000x over. Not only will this make you a better poker player, but it will make you a better person.
Get it, Read it, Study it, Take Notes, Do warm ups, Write down in a journal, Do cool downs, and you will succeed. If the preceding looks intimidating, you might want to rethink this thing called poker. The game is a heck of a lot more complicated than that.
I am also being better informed with respect to more idiosyncratic behavioral finance issues ( a couple of investing issues )
best book on what i might call the applied psychology of poker...and there a number of other books
this book depicts processes that help you identify and eventually correct your tilts and leaks
Even though, I'd say that volume 2 is better and more useful (to me, at least and to people who don't have severe tilt issues), this is still one of the best books a serious or aspiring poker player can read.
However, this is not just an easy read-done-put away book. You need to either make notes as you go along, work with all the exercises he gives you, create sheets, and THINK how this information applies to you and how it can make you a better and stronger poker player.
Since the edge is getting smaller and smaller, a lot of players are still underestimating the role of psychology at the tables and in their games. And there is where the edge lies.
So, get ready and DO THE WORK if you don't like wasting time and you like your money to be spent well.