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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jared Tendler, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: May 17, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00846CHDK
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The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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
Back to the book:
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 bought the kindle version/audiobook combo of both books for a total of under $30. To put this in perspective, look at what Jared Tendler charges for coaching sessions by the hour. You are getting his complete educational framework for the mental game at a fraction of his hourly rate. I say that not at all to disparage the value of his coaching, as when you get to a high enough level of play, coaching is absolutely VITAL to incrementally increasing your performance and keeping your game consistent.
Point being, the content of both books is worth many times the small investment you pay for them.
CONTENT AND APPLICABILITY
I became interested in poker through my interest in trading equities/commodities. I study the game because of the many skill sets required by trading, that are also crucial in poker. These two books excel at strategies in sports psychology, not at all just poker. Are they written for poker players? Yes, but I had no trouble at all translating the strategies and processes in my head into useful mental strategies for trading as well.
Jared, along with his co-authors has put together a unique series in every respect. I have read several "performance psychology" books in the past that simply served as teasers for the author's coaching services. They would start off "This is what this book can do for you", introduce a concept, and right before getting to the actual drill down of the strategy/process, they would end off with "For more information on this strategy and how it applies to your unique situation, please contact the author to inquire about coaching etc.". Infuriating!
These books do NOT do that at all. Look at the table of contents via the "Look Inside" feature for both books. Those concepts and strategies listed are each respectively dissected and broken down when you read the sections in full. You go from the concept/strategy, to the framework, to the application, to the actual grunt work necessary to successfully implement. Many of the concepts are rounded out and demonstrated with anecdotes from actual professionals who successfully implemented the concepts into their play.
The other aspect of these books that I absolutely loved was the fact that neither of them are shy in stating how much work and hours of practice are required to master the mental game, as well as how the game of poker is never really mastered, in that even at the highest levels of play, the top players consistently put in an inhuman amount of time into staying ahead of the curve. There is no "magic bullet" aspect to these books, and that gives me a great deal more comfort in actually applying the strategies. Almost every concept introduced in these books comes along with practice suggestions, and actual strategies to most effectively and efficiently introduce them into your game.
The parts of book 2 that deal with learning/deep practice and how it relates to poker are worth way more than I paid for both books/audiobooks. Jared and his co-authors actually teach strategies in how best to learn poker (Including variations as not everyone learns the same way), which I found to be useful, especially for trading and how to approach the information overload that we all face in learning almost any skill.
In addition, the mental/learning strategies the book introduces are not the type trending practices that will be outdated anytime soon. These strategies, and the depth used to communicate them ensure they will prove to be central elements of the serious player's mental game, should they apply them properly going forward.
I will be spending a great deal more time studying these volumes in detail, working through the strategies, applying them, and refining my trading predominantly. As I ease into the game of poker, I will be using the many worksheets, checklists and processes introduced in these books, without a doubt, as the initial plunge is always the hardest.
I would have paid more than double for the information in these volumes and cannot offer a higher recommendation of them. Trader or poker player, if you work through these volumes and invest the time into the concepts/strategies, there is no question you will develop your game and profit.