Book

Synopsis

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.

• Discover the most definitive work on tilt ever released.
• Read stories from eight players who made major improvements using Jared’s techniques.
• Get motivated with methods used by PokerStars SuperNova Elites.

 

Technical Details

Softcover: 241 pages
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
Shipping weight: 15 ounces

Trailer

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

Golf Sets the Stage
Enter Poker
Client’s Story: Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt
I’m Not a Poker Player
The Problem with Conventional Poker Psychology
Mental Game Fish
Mental Game Strategy
Mental Game Myths
How to Use this Book

CHAPTER 2: FOUNDATION

The Adult Learning Model

Inch Worm

Client’s Story: Niman “Samoleus” Kenkre
Two Common Learning Mistakes

The Process Model

Preparation/Warm-up
Client’s Story: Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt
Performance
Results
Sidebar: Results-oriented Thinking
Evaluation
Client’s Story: Niman “Samoleus” Kenkre
Analysis
Use the Process Model Everyday

CHAPTER 3: EMOTION

Resolution
Malfunctioning Mind
Two Causes of Emotion
Accumulated Emotion
Spectrum of Emotion
Performance and Emotion

CHAPTER 4: STRATEGY

Injecting Logic

  1. Recognition
  2. Deep Breath
  3. Injecting Logic
  4. Strategic Reminder
  5. Repeat as Necessary
  6. Quitting

Resolution

Mental Hand History
Sidebar: Correcting Flaws in Poker
Sidebar: The Mental Side of Poker Mistakes

Additional Strategies

Tracking Improvement
Writing
Accumulated Emotion
Conclusion

CHAPTER 5: TILT

Tilt = Anger + Bad Play
The Nature of Anger
Accumulated Tilt
The Tilt of Tilt
The Benefit of Tilt
Winner’s Tilt
Tilt Profile
Sidebar: Think You Don’t Tilt?
Seven Types of Tilt
Barry’s Take: Understanding your Opponents’ Tilt
General Strategy for Tilt
Client’s Story: Liz “RikJamesB1atch” Herrera
What Progress Looks Like and How to Keep it Going

Running Bad

Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Focused More on Results than Quality
Booking a Win
Poker/Life Balance
Predicting Bad Beats
Resetting Your Mind

Injustice Tilt

Sidebar: Assuming You’re Better
Terrible at Spotting Good Variance
More Than is Fair
Injustice Tilt Opportunity
Wishing Poker Wasn’t This Way
Desire to Control Variance
An Excuse Not to Learn
Client’s Story: Barry Carter
Bad Beat Stories
Jealousy

Hate Losing Tilt

Competitiveness
Money Lost
Client’s Story: Jordan “iMsoLucky0” Morgan
Believing You Can Win Every Hand
Lost Skill
Losing Gets Personal
Losing Hurts More Than Winning Feels Good

Mistake Tilt

Expecting Perfection
When a Mistake is Not a Mistake
Obvious Mistakes
Threatens Your Goals
Know Too Much, Mastered Too Little

Entitlement Tilt

Overconfidence
Losing to Fish
Client’s Story: Liz “RikJamesB1atch” Herrera
Losing to Regulars
Client’s Story: Mike “Syous” Song
Moving up in Stakes

Revenge Tilt

No Respect
Facing Constant Aggression
Player with History
Regaining Confidence
Taking Your Money
Enacting Revenge
Your Soul Owned

Desperation Tilt

Sidebar: When Losing Feels Good
Non-negotiable Strategy

Using Tilt to Improve Your Play

Keeping Records

CHAPTER 6: FEAR

The Nature of Fear
Barry’s Take: Be Fearless Like Ivey
Incomplete Information
Fuel to Perform

Fear Profile

  1. Overthinking
  2. Not Trusting Your Gut

Barry’s Take: Feel Players

  1. Second-guessing
  2. Performance Anxiety
  3. Negative Future

General Strategy for Resolving Fear

Playing out the Fear
Answering Questions

Common Fears

Fear of Failure
Fear of Success
Fear of Mistakes
Fear of a Bad Run
Client’s Story: Pascal “Stake Monster” Tremblay
Fear of Moving Up in Stakes
Risk Aversion
Client’s Story: Barry Carter

CHAPTER 7: MOTIVATION

The Nature of Motivation
Inspiration
Barry’s Take: Prop Bets
Stable Motivation

Common Motivational Problems

Laziness
Procrastination
Running Good and Bad
Burnout
Sidebar: Underestimating Stress
Goal Problems
Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Freerolling Your Talent
Stop Dreaming
Absence of Learning
Client’s Story: Jordan “iMsoLucky0” Morgan
Numb to Emotion
Hopeless

CHAPTER 8: CONFIDENCE

The Nature of Confidence
Stable Confidence
Under-confident and Overconfident

Developing Stable Confidence

The Skill of Recognizing Variance
The Skill of Recognizing Your Skill
The Skill of Recognizing Your Opponents’ Skill
Barry’s Take: Defining Your Edge
Illusion of Control
Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Illusion of Permanence
Illusion of Learning
Wishing
Client’s Story: Sean Gibson

Conclusion

You Have Not Mastered This Book

Appendix I

Warm-up and Cool-down

Appendix II

Client Questionnaire

Excerpt

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