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I Guess I Didn’t Forget How To Play!

Posted by Leatherass

As I said before, I bailed on the WSOP this year when the cash games at 5/10nl and up completely sucked this year. I suppose I could have grinded the games all summer and made a few bucks, but to have the chance to play a lot of golf and be home with my family swayed me towards coming home to Portland, Oregon. The summers in Portland are arguably about as good as anywhere in the world. Reasonable humidity and high 70s to low 80s temperatures along with a membership to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club make it tempting to just enjoy the summer on the golf course which is what I have decided to do.

The first week back out on the golf course (for those that are new to my blogs, I used to be a professional golfer before becoming a poker pro) I decided to spend entirely on the range and short game areas. I made some grip changes as well as changes to my swing plane that I thought would help me hit the ball a lot better. This week I decided to test out where I was at on the golf course after a week of practice and so far the results have been mixed. The swing changes allowed me to hit the ball much further and with a much more controlled ball flight. On the flip side, I had no idea where my misses would be and also struggled with adjusting to my new found length with my irons. In the 5 rounds I have played so far I shot 74,71,80,71, and 67. The 67 was pretty special because we played the golf course tipped out and in a stiff rain for a number of holes.

Something really clicked for me about 30 hours ago when I was standing on the 13th fairway yesterday. I blocked my tee shot right of the 13th fairway which is not where you want to miss the ball because you will be blocked out by the trees. I was 4 over par for the round and not feeling too happy about my game. But I realized why my timing was off as I was walking to my tee shot and made an on the fly adjustment. I found my ball in the tress and there was actually a gap in the trees if I could hit a towering 8 iron under one tree and over another. I pulled off the shot and hit it 20 feet over the top of the flag and made the putt for a birdie. I then hit a 315 yard drive on the par 5 and went for the green in two and stuffed it to 8 feet. I made the eagle! I then finished with 2 more birdies to shoot 5 under par for my last 6 holes to shoot a 71.

Today I was able to carry over the positive vibes and got on a bit of a tear. I birdied the 2nd hole, made bogey on 3, hit it in the water on 4 but saved a par with a miracle up and down. I hit a 4 iron on the par 3 5th from 217 yards to birdie range and made the putt. I made another bogey and came to a 475 yard par 4 with water left and right the whole way. It is one of the hardest holes I have ever played and hit a perfect drive and a 6 iron from 190 yards to 20 feet and drilled the putt! I made 4 more birdies by the 15th hole and wound up with a 67 on the day. While a 71 and a 67 is far from what I would describe as my best stuff, I think the stretch I had from the 13th hole to the 12th hole today is without a doubt the best golf I have ever played in my entire life. From the 13th hole yesterday until the 12th hole today, I was 9 under par on a golf course that has hosted a U.S. Amateur (won by Tiger) and the women's and senior's U.S. Open. I can definitely say that I have never played a better 18 holes given the difficulty of the golf course. Now of course it is not an official score of 9 under for 18 holes because it was part of 2 rounds of golf, but finding out that I am capable (after years away from the game for the most part) of that type of golf really excited me today.

I'm not going to get ahead of myself and think that maybe I should give the PGA Tour another run because I am at peace with the fact that I am probably just not good enough for the tour, but it was exciting nonetheless. When you play that type of golf the people playing with you always start saying stuff like, "Why don't you give try and play out on the tour. You can make it. Look at how you are playing?" But the thing is that while there is no question that the type of golf I just played would beat Tiger Woods 95 times out of a 100, there is a monumental difference between doing it a few times here and there and playing consistent top level golf day in and day out. I have never had that kind of consistency. I can be explosive from time to time, but that is a far cry from playing on the "show." I would like to start competing here and there though. I think that would be fun.

I think if poker goes legal here in the U.S., there is a good chance that I will have the peace of mind to play a lot more golf tournaments. Knowing poker could die at any minute and given the life changing sums of money I was making, I guess I never really felt comfortable taking a lot of time away from poker to play golf. I always said to people who would encourage me to play more golf, "Hey, if I had a contract telling me online poker will always be healthy for as long as I'm alive, I would definitely pursue my golf. But I gotta make hay while the sun shines and until it is legalized, I'm going to play it safe and work hard on it." And I am glad I did. I know a lot of other poker pros who were really good at struggling big time right now and I am able to play golf everyday without any worry. So while I am glad that I did what I did, it was always unsettling because there is no question my heart and soul belong with golf. Poker will always be 2nd place. That doesn't mean that I won't play a ton of poker over the years because I probably will, but let's just say I sure wish I could make the money I make with poker through golf. Unfortunately the odds of that ever happening are slim to none.

For all of the golfers out there, I hope you enjoy your summer and are able to get out on the golf course a ton!

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Playing Poker With Life

Posted by Leatherass

One great thing about the game of poker is that it can teach you a lot about life. In fact, early on in my poker career I realized just how powerful applying poker concepts to life can be. Once I developed a deep understanding of the game of poker, a lot of other things in life started to make much more sense. Understanding how various markets and economies function became much more understandable to me, as did a number of other things that had previously confused me.  Using the same formulas I use to determine whether or not a particular decision at the poker tables was +EV, and applying those formulas to life decisions worked out really well for me.

Before I became a poker player, if I had a tough life decision I would generally consult a friend or family member who I felt would be a good person to ask for help. I often simply trusted their judgement. If I still wasn't sure, I would usually play it safe or occasionally stubbornly just do whatever I felt like doing at the time.

And that's not to say that I have completely abandoned the idea of asking for a trusted friend's opinion, but I have found that using poker EV equations for life decisions works pretty darn well and as a result, I probably bug my friends with my problems a lot less than I used to!

Now, that is not to say that using poker logic for life is fool proof. In fact today I used my poker brain for a life decision and it cost me about $300! One of the greatest human behavior anomalies I have ever witnessed resulted in me being cited today for speeding. I was driving down a highway that is practically in the middle of nowhere while heading out to the golf course today. My car is a pretty cool Lexus LS460 that you can drive 100MPH in, yet feel like you aren't going more than 45 MPH. Unfortunately for no reason that makes sense to anyone, the speed limit is 50 MPH on that particular highway. It is pretty common for people to speed on this road and the cops know that. They have their hiding places that I am well aware of at this point where they are sitting pointing their radar gun at your direction, hoping to catch someone speeding. Since I am very aware of this situation, I am always very careful not to speed around their hiding places. In fact, I have only been pulled over once on the way to the course in 5 years of driving there. That might not sound like much of an accomplishment, but it is pretty good for me. I am a chronic speeder.

About 3 miles from my exit, I was approaching the last hiding spot that I know the cops often hide. Fortunately for me, there were about 10 cars 1/4 mile ahead of me. All of those cars were driving between 60 and 70 MPH. I closely watched the cars ahead of me and not a single one even tapped on their brakes. Feeling confident that at least one car would have braked if the cop had been hiding there shooting his radar gun at the cars, I used my poker brain and decided that logically at least a few (if not all) of the 10 cars ahead of me would surely hit their brakes if a cop was hiding in his typical spot. I assumed that the possibility that the cop was there was as close to zero as possible with this information. How did I know this? Let's say on average a person is 50% likely (the number may be higher or lower, but we can work off of this number for now) to at least tap their brakes when passing a cop who has his radar gun out. Let's assume that all 10 cars ahead of me have an equal chance to alert me by braking. Using these assumptions, the odds that all 10 cars wouldn't brake while driving past a policeman with his radar gun out would be 0.09%. If we factor in that everyone was driving 10-20 MPH faster than the allowed speed (which should increase their chances of wanting to slow down when seeing the policeman), then it would be even more unlikely that a policeman was there.

So when none of the 10 cars touched their brakes, I decided to let loose and enjoy my car. After all it is not often I can really let er rip on the highway, so I thought given I was 99.91% sure there were no more cops before my exit, I was safe to do so. I got it up from 60MPH to 85 MPH in no time at all and just as I did, I looked to my left and there was a cop and he had his radar gun pointed right at me. He was in his usual hiding spot which meant all 10 cars drove past a cop while speeding between 10-20MPH and didn't even tap their brakes. Before he even turned on his lights I had immediately pulled over and was already parked on the side of the road! There was no question who he was coming for so I didn't wait for him to tail me and put his lights on. There was no need to go through that song and dance.

Usually when a cop is pulling me over my thought is something like, "FML." But this time all I could think about was how much of a sick beat it was that he was even there! Part of me was simply stunned that such a human behavioral anomaly could occur right before my eyes (and my wallet). When he pulled me over he asked why I was speeding and I kind of laughed and said that, "I saw 10 cars in front of me all speeding and no one even touched their brakes so I didn't think you were there!" He kind of chuckled and told me he was only looking for people who were going over 70 MPH and then thanked me for pulling over so quickly. He cited me and I was on my way.

I will have to say that while I got caught today, if a similar situation arises, I wouldn't do anything differently. If I do some quick poker thinking and determine that I have 99.91% equity that I won't get pulled over, I will take that equity and enjoy that ride!

Did I learn a lesson today? No. Not at all. I took a sick beat is the way I look at it. What can I say? I guess I am a slave to EV. I certainly can't claim that I live a perfectly +EV life and every decision I make is + EV, but I certainly aim to do my best for the most part. It has served me well over the years, but we are all going to take a bad beat from time to time......

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Wild WSOP Satty

Posted by hotjenny314

I played a fun $275 WSOP satellite yesterday. I almost didn’t register when I noticed that the average age was looking a bit younger than ideal; and call me an age-ist but I refused the last longer bet because the players opting for it all looked like internet kids (takes one to know one obv ;) ).

But I decided to play it, and due to an unsold seat, someone on the Rio staff brought over Jerry Buss (frequent player on high stakes poker TV shows and owner of the LA Lakers). I was shocked that Jerry would play as low as a $275, and surprised that he opted out of the $100 last longer bet.

Early in, I won a handful of small pots. Then at 50/100 Jerry raised to 300, leaving himself about 400 behind in the lojack. I looked down at QQ in the CO and shoved 2300. Folded back to him, and he calls with AT, and I hit totally unnecessary quads much to his annoyance. So much for chopping heads-up for court side seats!

One hand actually caused a few of the players laugh at me, which I thought was quite funny. The Cutoff went all in at 50/100 for 300. The small blind called, leaving himself about 1100 behind. I was in the big blind with 22 (about 2800 in chips) and snap-shoved. Obviously, I would have called the CO shove, and I have a lot of fold equity against the small blind.

Furthermore, the Rio Sattys are winner take-all (though they very often chop heads-up), which should make me much more inclined to shove here. The SB tank called with JT, and the initial shover had 85o. I hit a boat while my two opponents both missed.

By the time it was 3 handed, I was the chip leader. I felt that one of my opponents was pretty weak, and one was clearly very good. At 150/300, the good player (and 2nd chip leader) raised to 800 in the small blind. I looked down at KK, pretended to ask him for a count while I decided between 3-betting smaller and shoving. I opted just to shove, and he called with AQ, and hit a brutal A on the flop for the 10k pot, leaving me about 2800 behind.

Given the massive chip lead I would have had going into heads-up with the weak opponent, I estimate that I lost at least $1500 in equity there.

The next hand, the solid player offered me and the other guy a $500 lammer, which, looking back on it would have been a slightly advantageous chop for me. But in the moment, I chose to decline, and instead busted a couple hands later when the good player raised on the button and I shoved 10 BBs in the SB with 22, the BB folded, and the BTn called with JJ and held.

Leaving the restroom later, I ran into the very nice and good player, who it turned out was DarinVG, a former Supernova Elite, who used to grind the high stakes SNGs on PokerStars. Darn internet kids! ;)

 

Enjoying Retirement

Posted by Leatherass

I will have to say that for someone who lost a sweet endorsement deal, watched U.S. sales of his books go in the tank and completely lost their ability to do a high income producing job, I am pretty darn happy! Post black Friday has been pretty sweet for me. All of a sudden I am sleeping better and feeling more freedom than ever before. For years now I have spent countless hours in front of a computer screen and while I am sure when poker comes back I will be spending some more before I hang it up, it feels pretty good to not be online all day. I am getting tanner and steadily losing weight as opposed to getting paler and fatter which is nice! Man, when you sit on your butt playing poker all day, it is sure hard to keep the weight off. I actually have had a better diet as a poker player than when I was 165 pounds (I am about 195 now) and playing golf all day. Hopefully before poker becomes legalized I can get back to to a decent weight through keeping the same diet and getting out on the golf course often.

Yeah, overall things have been great. I went to Las Vegas for the WSOP primarily to play cash games. I went there with a few buddies and we were playing deep stacked (10k buy in) 5/10 and 10/20nl games in Vegas. Unfortunately we weren't the only online pros who decided to do that. Not even close. After playing in Vegas for over 2 weeks and rarely sitting with any bad players, I decided to come home. The games were very beatable, but only relative to the online games I am used to playing. As live games go, the games were pitiful. I decided that my hourly rate probably wasn't super high in those games and since making money is not a huge priority right now, I decided to pack it in and head home. Playing cash games line ups with 7 pros and 2 decent amateurs was not something I was willing to give up my summer for. And to make matters worse, I realized quickly that being away from my family (my wife is pregnant and my daughter is not even 2 yet) was not easy for me. When you call home and hear your daughter crying your name in the background, it tears you up inside. So I decided to head home and enjoy the Portland, OR summer, which is arguably one of the best you can find anywhere in the world.

Having a bunch of time away from the game has also allowed me to reflect on my poker career. In fact, I am kind of looking at my pre black Friday career as a sort of trial run for my (hopefully) post U.S. legalization career. I have done a lot of things well, but have also made my fair share of mistakes. I know one thing for certain that I will NEVER do is be involved in the business side of poker. I hate it! I learned that I just want to play poker. And if for some reason an amazing situation comes along for me to be a part of the business side of poker that I just can't turn down, then I will not take my own poker game seriously. It has to be one or the other because I will never again do both. Trying to do both is in my opinion one surefire way to suck 100% of the fun and perks of being a poker pro.

I have learned many other valuable lessons as well and feel like when poker comes back (and I am incredibly confident that it will within the next 6-36 months), I will know EXACTLY what to do to have a rewarding career as a player. I've had several buddies from the PGA tour tell me that the hardest part about your rookie year on tour is that you are at an incredible disadvantage to the veterans because you don't know what hotels to stay in, what the golf course is like, what restaurants to eat in, airports to fly into etc. In poker I think it is not too dissimilar in the sense that I have made a thousand mistakes in my career and I will not repeat even one of those when poker comes back. I feel I will be at a tremendous advantage when the games return because I think I have as much or more experience in online poker than anyone else and I am looking forward to that day. And not because I am dying to get back to grinding online poker games, but because I know I will have a highly rewarding career when it returns.

Many of you are familiar with my mental game coach, Jared Tendler. Back in 2007 when I was on the verge of my first losing month, I called Jared for help. At the time, Jared was working with golfers on their mental games, but I convinced him to try helping a poker player because there were so many parallels between the two games. We gave it a shot and the rest as you could say, was history. I escaped my first losing month and put together what may be the best run ever in online mid stakes (3/6 to 10/20nl) games winning over $600,000 in a 100 day period after implementing his concepts.

Jared has gone on to help hundreds of professionals all around the world including many of the very best players in the world. It has always been a bit pricey (but definitely worth it as hundreds of poker pros will attest) to work with him directly, but now you can get his philosophies for relatively little cost. Jared self published his first book called "The Mental Game Of Poker," and it is now available to the world. I am not completely done with it and when I am I will write a review, but I am far enough along with it to know it is unquestionably going to have a significant impact on your poker game. Shoot, honestly I didn't even need to open the book to make that statement. I have worked with Jared for nearly four years and know enough about him to know that there was literally a 0% chance his book wouldn't be exceptional. If you would like to pick up a copy you can do so <a href="http://dustyschmidt.net/order_dusty_schmidt_books_now/">here</a>

While I am enjoying my "retirement," it is important to stay sharp so my plan is to take it easy until passes in congress. When a bill passes, I will then be doing everything in my power to be sure that the day we all start playing again that I am at the absolute peak of my abilities at the tables. I wouldn't miss that opportunity for the world. Until then, however, I am going to enjoy the sun. Shoot, I am 30 years old and don't have to go to work. I wake up each morning and think about what would be a fun way to spend the day and then do it. I don't think a human being can ask for a better situation than that.

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Mentally Transitioning to Live Poker

Posted by Jared Tendler

Moving from 20 tables to 1 is a topic that was written about a lot even before Black Friday. Since then, it’s been written about even more, and nearly every training site has instructions on how to make the transition a profitable one.

My goal here is not to give you specific advice about playing live, instead, I want to give you an overall strategy/plan that will help you to make the transition faster and more successful.

When making the transition from online to live,
don’t assume you're going to sit down and crush.

Making a successful transition (in anything really) first and foremost requires you to learn the necessary skills. On the surface, poker is poker, but the differences between live and online poker are different enough that if you aren’t organized in how you make the transition, major problems can trip you up.

From the mental side of things, are you prepared to handle the following?

• Being card dead for 200 hands (now lasts 6 hours).
• Dealing with a host of characters at the table being loud, obnoxious, or even just distractingly friendly.
• Hiding your emotions from your opponents.

No matter how many tables you were able to crush online, you can’t expect to show up to one table and crush without making any adjustments. How much you have to learn is unclear (or if you’ve been doing it for the past 2 months you already know). However, if you’re really committed to learning to play one table live, take 30 days as a transition period and work at it, as you would learning anything new. If you don’t, being overconfident about your live game will force you to overlook the small details needed to be successful long-term.

Surplus of Focus

You’ve spent years training to play 6, 10, and 20+ hands at once, and now you’re playing 30 hands/hour. That means you have a surplus of focus/attention and don’t yet know what to use it on. With so much of your game used to making automatic decisions, now this extra focus needs to find new things to learn otherwise you’re going to get bored.

You need to embrace the dynamics of live play, and learn how to read opponents better, perhaps even improve how you exploit weaker players, etc. Use that extra attention to dig deeper into the details of live action. Whatever it is that you decide is necessary for you to improve, work at. If you can’t think of anything, it’s not because the opportunity isn’t there, you’re just not looking hard enough. There is always something new to learn—always. It may not seem like there’s that much opportunity, but the reality is that you can’t know that until you really look.

To improve your focus try:

• Setting goal to focus as much as can on the action, and avoid thinking for more than a few minutes about anything but poker. This is necessary to retrain poker brain for live play. Multi-tabling in essence is multi-tasking. Avoid using your extra focus to think about non-poker things.

• What you recognize that you’ve been distracted, work hard to refocus on the action by taking a few deep breaths, reminding yourself of your overall poker goals and the common poker mistakes you make while distracted (for example, forgetting to put player’s on a range, autofolding weak hands, etc). Doing this, retrains your surplus of focus for the live game.

Mental Game Issues Reemerge

Issues like tilt, overconfidence, fear, etc, that you previously were successful in correcting in your online game, may come back when you play live. The reason is that your actual skill playing online poker, helps to buffer these issues and makes them appear to have been solved. The same thing happens when online players change games, say from NL to PLO, or 6-max to HU.

It’s better to expect that your mental game issues will show back up, rather than expecting they won’t. This way, you’ll review the old tactics that you used to solve your tilt problem, and will be ready encase it shows up. If it doesn’t show, then you know you truly have corrected it. If it does, you’re ready to minimize the damage, and make the correction.

Regret

It can be easy to get caught thinking about how much live poker sucks, and wishing you could play online again when card dead, losing big pots, or running bad. Whether for these or other reasons, you have to embrace the new reality of online poker, otherwise you’re missing the opportunity that exists right now.

It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen in the future—as I say in the book, “Poker players make shitty psychics.” However, if you get too caught up wishing the past was still real, then you’ll lose whatever opportunities may exist for you in the future. Focus on doing what’s necessary now, especially because it’s hard, and leave regret to your weaker-minded competitors.

Organized Learning

There’s edge to be gained by being able to understand your opponents tendencies, how to hide or disguise your own, and many others nuances of live poker. Take notes after every session you play. Review these notes the next time you play. Read books (Joe Navarro, Mike Caro), watch videos, talk with players, and other means to gain knowledge to go along with your building experience.

I’m stating the obvious. I’m stating it, because at times like these, sometimes the obvious is overlooked. Is it necessary to take/review notes? No. It just helps you to learn faster and avoid additional mental game problems.

Learning the live game as well as you know how to play online is going to take time. Follow my advice and it’ll take less time.

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The New Merge Regs must HATE Money

Posted by Hunter Bick

Stay Classy Merge Regs Poker is about +EV decisions. I'm absolutely amazed that people so consistently make huge -EV decisions when they to interact with the casual players that drive the games. I'm of course talking about regs who berate fish. Its one of the most unnecessary and costly mistakes you can make at the table, yet its so common its ridiculous. And the the problem has gotten much worse on Merge since Black Friday. I know because I've been playing on Merge consistently since 2008.

I, and many other pros and coaches, have written at length about how -EV it is to berate casual players. The reasons should be obvious, but apparently its just too difficult to not be an asshole at the tables these days, so let me spell this out one time, starting with some facts about where the casual gamblers on the Merge network come from.

The Merge network is made up of several poker-only skins and several sport books, including sportsbook.com, which has the best domain name in the entire online sportsbetting industry, and that domain makes them a ton of money and gets them crazy traffic. The fish on the Merge network mostly come from the sports books. They are casual gamblers, they know they don't win at poker, and they are there to have a good time. I'm going to repeat that. THEY ARE THERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.

Before Black Friday, the games at Merge were usually very friendly and very chatty. Lots of the recreational gamblers recognize each other, and they were generally nice and polite to the pros. They knew who the winners were because they usually had big stacks, and the regulars were not afraid to make friendly conversation with other regs and the recreational gamblers. Overall, it was a very pleasant place to play and was a good experience for everyone.

After Black Friday, there's been an influx of regulars on Merge. Even though the games are still good, the games are dramatically less friendly and often downright hostile. I've seen many multi-tabling regulars say things like "God I love all the stupid ****ing fish on this site," or "OMG that was the worst play I've ever seen." Nice job guys, because ruining the friendly environment is exactly what is going to keep these guys playing poker.

I understand that we all got screwed on Black Friday, whoever you want to blame for it, the fact is that its a lot harder to make a living as an American poker player or as an American poker-related business. I get that, I fit into both categories. Furthermore, people still have money tied up on UB and FTP, and there are very few places to play online. No one should be happy about our new reality.

But of all the people on the planet to be taking out your anger on, you're berating the only group of people left that you can make money from??? Think about that, berating the Merge gamblers is so counter-intuitive to making money at poker its ridiculous, and furthermore, since black friday its even MORE detrimental than it was before, because you can't just go to another site and play with their fish.

The casual gamblers at Merge are basically the only significant group of fish left to American poker players online. There is not an infinite supply of them. They are playing poker as entertainment, by making poker less entertaining for them, they are less likely to return because no one wants to be berated and told how much they suck and get treated like shit. The Merge regs should be bending over backward to make poker a great time for these people, because if one by one they decide that poker "just isn't that fun anymore," then US players will be making even less money, and the one good option left for online poker will gone, and then where will we be?

I learned this lesson the first time I played live for decent stakes, it was a deep-stacked $2-$5 game at Caesar's Indiana, a riverboat on the IN/KY border. It was 8 handed with one huge gambler, the guy was all in every other hand with weak pairs and gutshots. He was the only one ordering drink after drink and trying to have a good time. Everyone else was too focused on getting his money. So he picked up his stack and left after an hour because the table was "no fun," as he put it. Its the same thing online, do you really think a guy like this is going to keep depositing when the guys who play 8 tables are always assholes to him?

If you are a US player on the Merge network, these regs who berate casual players are costing you money, and if you are doing it, then you are costing yourself and other Americans money and shrinking the US poker economy. Its that simple. Things are hard right now, don't make them harder. All you have to do is keep your hands off the keyboard, and that +EV decision will increase your bottom line. Before you start to be an asshole at the table, ask yourself this question: What would you do if the games completely dried up on Merge?

I'm closing this out with a quote from my buddy and fellow DTB coach Jade Lane. Jade played live in Vegas for years before transitioning to online play.

Jade Lane: "I think every internet player should play live for a year or so. They would learn things like keeping the games going, so the cards are in the air when a fish does come. And in Vegas, at $1K NL and higher, if you are berating and chasing away the fish, another Vegas pro will kill you."

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35% off The Mental Game of Poker: One Week Only

Posted by Jared Tendler

The Mental Game of Poker is now available on Amazon.com!

We're excited and have decided to celebrate by giving you 35% off the retail price of $49.95 when you order before Friday, June 17th.

Get the book that's changing the rules on how the mental game is played.

The Mental Game of Poker isn't just another poker psychology or poker mindset book. It's a true advancement in the field and full of great advice that's helping players permanently, not just temporarily, solve problems with tilt, motivation, confidence, and more. The reason this book can offer such strong claims, is that it's based on methods proven to help over 170 players from around the world. What other book can say that?

It's hard for me on the one hand to be the author, and make such strong claims. It's not in my nature to be boastful, so I hope it's not coming off this way. I just know how valuable, unique, and powerful this material is, and I'm doing what I can to help you see that too. It almost feels a bit like the movie, The Game. Michael Douglas's character is a very wealthy man, who is set in his own ways and believes that his life is the best that it can be. It takes an outside company, hired by his brother, to shake him free of his outdated perspective.

It's dramatic and jarring, and a great movie if you haven't seen it. I'm not trying to be quite so dramatic. I just want to point out that what makes my material so valuable, is not just the advice I give, but the process by which you can take it, learn, and use it. There's a ton of great information out there, but the real question is: Can you use it to help you perform better mentally, and reach your potential as a player?

The secret is learning. The mental game is a skill. Every little piece that makes up tilt control, or the focus to play a ton of hours, or the confidence to sustain long-bad runs, can all be learned because it's a skill. Some people have these skills naturally, others have to learn them.

This book is for majority of you out there who are Mental Game Fish, and need to learn these skills. The way you're going to learn it best is when you understand the basic principles of learning, how the mind functions, and the role of emotion. With that in the background, the general strategy I lay out in Chapter 4 can help you solve any mental game issue once you've used the rest of the book to plug in specific advice that you need.

The question about whether you should buy this book or not, should not be based on importance of the mental game - that's obvious. The question is whether the material in my book can help you to solve issues that many poker players thing are just part of the game. Getting pissed off and tilting money because you lose in not just a fact of playing poker. Tilt does not have to be part of your game, and this book is proving that it can help you get rid of it.

It's not just me making these claims, there book is off to a great start with reviews:

"This book is the first of its kind and should be considered mandatory reading for any poker player."
- Hunter Bick, DragTheBar CEO (some random dude)

"Tendler and Carter also take a fresh approach and give you actionable things you can do to improve your mental game but also measure your improvement."
- Bill Rini, Legendary Blogger

"I'm a tilt monkey and finished the book with the confidence knowing I can diminish tilting at the tables."
- Paul "Tao Pauly" McGuire, Author, What is Jack Tripper Stole My Dog?

"Raises the bar so high for poker mindset books, other thinkers may not be able to clear it."
- Jack Welch, Poker Author, Editor & Player

"Tendler provides real steps and real answers for poker players involved in the day to day struggle who are too often beating themselves."
- Jesse May, PartyPoker

"This book contains advice that simply isn't out there."
- Matt Perry, Bluff Europe

"Quite simply it is the only book you will ever need regarding the mental side of poker."
- Matthew Pitt, Betfair

"The book is full of so many ways to help you improve your emotional control that they are literally spilling out from the pages."
- Lee Davy, Poker Journalist

"Concisely written, painstakingly detailed and fantastically insightful."
- Daniel Smyth, WPT Magazine

"Jared Tendler's book is by far and away the most advanced Poker book out there"
- Colin, Customer

"This is the most advanced, detailed information in one spot that I have ever seen on the mental side of poker."
- Charley, Customer

"I now easily see how losing players continue to be losing players...they are, 'Mental Game Fish.'"
- Rey, Customer

Find out for yourself what players from over 40 countries have already discovered - this book gives you a real edge and can quickly pay for itself. Order today!

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WSOP Schedule

Posted by hotjenny314

One of the best parts of living in Vegas is being in town for the whole WSOP. While I will miss the first week because of fun family events in Florida, I can't wait to return and start the grind. I will for sure be playing the following events:

  • Event Number 13.
    • June 8
    • No Limit Hold ‘em  Shootout
    • $1500
  • Event Number 18.
    • June 11
    • No Limit Hold ‘em
    • $1500
  • Event Number 28.
    • June 16
    • No Limit Hold ‘em
    • $1500
  • Event Number 38.
    • June 22
    • No Limit Hold ‘em
    • $1500
  • Event Number 43.
    • June 25
    • No Limit Hold ‘em
    • $1500
  • Event Number 48.
    • June 28
    • No Limit Hold ‘em NL
    • $1500
  • Event Number 53.
    • July 1
    • No Limit Hold ‘em Ladies' Championship
    • $1k

In addition to these events, if I cash for enough profit to play the Main, then I will do that for sure. Otherwise I will likely sell some of my action last minute after the ladies' event and play it anyway. :) I'll be tweeting updates @hotjenny314 .

I'l also be playing the SNG satellites, how soft they are will be a big determinant as to how many I play, and at what stakes. Last year they were soft, but there has been a lot of speculation as to what they will be like this year. Of course I will be playing some of the Venetian Deepstacks too.

See you at the final table!