I just completed my second reading of Jared Tendler and Barry Carter’s book, The Mental Game of Poker, and I got so much more out of it this time.
Maybe this was because I’m much more in tune with my poker game and I’ve come to realize that I was seriously lacking in some mental game skills. This book has been instrumental in improving my game and my positive state of mind before, during and after each session of poker I play.
Some of the topics I found most beneficial within this poker strategy book are:
Injecting Logic – an awesome strategy that the book discusses which is simply saying logical statements to yourself to help your mind cope with an undesirable situation.
Tilt – there are 7 different types of tilt covered with steps on how to recognize and resolve each. Find your particular tilt issue, read up on how to diagnose and resolve it, then implement those steps to become a better player.
Fear – this was an eye opening chapter for me as it shined a spotlight on an area of my poker mind that I didn’t realize was totally effecting my play.
Motivation. – I often have motivational issues caused by laziness, running good/bad, burnout and a few other causes. This chapter helped me solve many of my issues, and now I play more frequently and with longer sessions.
Confidence – downswings, long bouts of break-even play, bad beats and negative variance all effect a player’s confidence, which in turn effects the mental game. This chapter will help you resolve your issues with confidence.
I highly recommend this mental strategy book to every poker player out there.
Make your next session the best one yet!