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The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success Paperback – March 26, 2007
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About Matthew Hilger Matthew Hilger's interest in professional poker is three-fold: playing, writing, and managing poker content websites. His first two books, Internet Texas Hold'em and Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities, became best-selling poker books around the world. Matthew received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Georgia in 1989. He completed a master's degree in Finance at Georgia State University in 1991 as well as a master's degree in International Business from Thunderbird in 1996. Prior to embarking on a poker career, Matthew worked in various accounting, finance, and consulting positions. Matthew cashed eight times at the World Series of Poker between 2004 and 2006, including one final table and a 33rd place finish in the main event. He also won the 2002 New Zealand Poker Championship. About Ian Taylor Ian Taylor is a professional poker player and writer. His articles have appeared in a number of websites and publications, mainly focusing on poker psychology, variance, and emotional control. You can find Ian posting on a regular basis in the Forum discussion group at InternetTexasHoldem.com. Ian received a degree in economics from the University of Warwick in 1999, completing a thesis on risk tolerance and gambling. He worked in the IT sector for a number of years before embarking on a professional poker career.
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I've been playing losing poker for years. While I've been improving my game and increasing my knowledge, my results had only gotten worse. Basically, I had been increasing my firepower while my poor mindset remained the same. I was self-destructing for more money.
After reading "The Poker Mindset", I'm having breakthroughs which, I believe, eventually will lead me to playing winning poker. Not that it will be an easy road. But at last I have a structured game plan for what to do. Even though I still have hiccups along the way, thanks to this book I can see clearly my mistakes and my successes for precisely what they are.
I will say that the Kindle version had a few glaring editorial errors. Luckily, I had the paperback version to reference. I hope the authors correct these errors in the near future.
Very frustrated (and knowing luck can't run that badly for so long) I came home late that night from the casino and did a Google search for topics related to losing streaks, and The Poker Mindset was one of the books that I came across. It looked very appealing given my circumstance so I ordered it and read it. The Poker Mindset was exactly what my game needed.
To be honest, when I started playing poker I was nervous about the possibility of losing money. This made me study and prepare to play against good players. I came to the table focused and alert, practicing the principles I'd read about. This success lasted for years, and I became complacent. By the time I was half way through reading The Poker Mindset, I realized that I'd disregarded some of the important principles of the game I'd respected as an aspiring new player. This book was able to reinforce principles I'd been adhering to when I was playing well, but had become too sloppy to respect recently.
This is not a book to learn about starting hands, pot odds, technical plays on specific hands, etc. This book takes a different approach, and could be helpful either before or after reading a book about strategy. If you understand basic strategy already, then this book will really help you THINK ABOUT the game while you are playing. It will help you navigate situations, temptations, and emotions common to all players at the table. The book discusses several common reasons players go on tilt, and offers concrete ways to identify, avoid, and combat them. The Poker Mindset will vastly help you understand your own thinking, as well as that of the other players at the table.
The book consists of elaborating on each article, and at the end of each chapter is a summary so that the material really sink in better when we internalize the tenets psychological, we actually understand the game and sit at the table relaxed, balanced, and less prone to drift to the edges when something is going on under our expectations, which helps us dealing with losses, losses or Tilt sequence, a must for me, and will help many players to think strictly a professional and organized and understand where they are and how to proceed further. anyone who reads this book will feel improvement at advising mental support his poker,
Required reading, I made this review even though I am aware that whoever reads the book is guaranteed to function well at the table.
Enjoy and be successful.
I'm not going to write a long review telling you all you will learn from this book, but suffice it to say that if I'm already a quite successful professional trading for a living and this book (which isn't even about trading) taught me so much, imagine what it can do for a poker player where all the concepts relate directly to your field. I don't care if you are a beginner or a pro playing on the tour with years of experience; the former will learn an incredible amount and the latter will still pick up a great subtle insight or two while ingraining known insights even deeper. This book is written by two pros who walk the talk and it's not filled with psycho-babble from a detached theoretical point of view. You can feel that they have personally been through, and seen hundreds of others go through, every single thing they detail in this book. Incredible book, and unbelievable value for your money. I wish I could give it 7 stars.