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The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More | [Jared Tendler, Barry Carter]

The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More

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.
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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 audiobook 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 SuperNova Elites.

©2011 Jared Tendler, LLC (P)2012 Jared Tendler, LLC

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    George R. Kiessling, Sr. Fresno, CA United States 07-10-12
    George R. Kiessling, Sr. Fresno, CA United States 07-10-12
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    "Surprisingly interesting and informative."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately recommend to all; even non-poker players. Great science-based insights for everyone who wants to be better at any activity and improve oneself at setting and accomplishing goals.


    What other book might you compare The Mental Game of Poker to and why?

    Jared's book and methods are to the mental side of poker what Doyle's Super Systew is to the strategy side of poker.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Cadence was well metered but the alternate voice sounded mechanical and contrived. Should have used actual players or someone else's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too much info for 1 sitting.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Arbutus, MD, United States 02-04-13
    Tracy Arbutus, MD, United States 02-04-13
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    "Easy to follow, well written"
    Would you listen to The Mental Game of Poker again? Why?

    Yes, it touches on very important aspects of the game that otherwise go ignored by the average player.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Jared teaches you to recognize and correct habits you may have to improve your game.


    Have you listened to any of Jared Tendler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will be looking for other books after I get done listening to this one and repeat listening it a couple more times.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not yet.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Vanier, Ontario, Canada 10-03-13
    Greg Vanier, Ontario, Canada 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best resources for aspiring poker pros"
    If you could sum up The Mental Game of Poker in three words, what would they be?

    This is an extraordinary book for people who play poker regularly. I will say that this is not the first book you should read about poker if you are just starting out. Jared only covers poker strategy peripherally and there are much better resources for learning the game. That being said, if you are someone who has studied the game a fair amount, someone who wants to play poker seriously and make some money or especially if you are someone who dreams of playing professionally this book is a must have.

    Just the sections on learning (concepts like the inchworm and the adult learning model) alone are worth the price of the book, but Jared goes much deeper into how these relate to common poker problems in later chapters. His in depth discussions about tilt, motivation, fear and confidence blew my mind. Instead of generally accepted poker wisdom which deals with treating the symptoms of emotion or striving to avoid emotion while playing (or avoid playing while emotional), Jared delves into finding the root causes of emotions and ultimately teaches players how to master their emotions and use them as a tool to get better at poker.

    As someone who has spent a lot of time trying to control my own tilt, and made a lot of progress at reducing it, I was deeply impressed and humbled to realize that a lot of it stems from unrealistic beliefs and expectations about the game of poker and the nature of variance. It is too early to say for sure that my emotions won`t get the better of me at the table again (and, in fact, I`m sure they will), but with the strategies and insights Jared has provided in this book I am confident that I will be able to recognize and better understand my emotional responses in the future.

    Ultimately the subject matter of this book extends far beyond poker. A lot of the mental hurdles faced while playing poker are the same ones faced in athletics, business, academics and even romance. Think of pressure to perform or the pain caused by a discordance between expectations and results as a couple of examples. One of my main interests is martial arts and especially the philosophies that guide developing martial artists. Jared never mentions this in his book, but a lot of the mental goals and strategies he describes are very similar to those found in the processes of ego death and transcendence of desire. These are lofty goals, and lifelong struggles, but Jared gives you all the tools needed to work hard at becoming a more zen like poker player and human being.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mental Game of Poker?

    - Dusty Schmidt's analogy about weather and variance.

    - The Mental Game Fish and Mental Game Myths sections.

    - The ALM and Inchworm learning models

    .- The way Jared relates different mental game problems which I previously thought were separate.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jared Tendler?

    There are a lot of issues with the recording of this audiobook. Unlike some of the other reviewers I don't mind Jared as a narrator, but I did find his voice/pacing a little monotonous and slow. I actually listened to the majority of this audiobook on 1.5x playback speed and found it easy to follow. The really bad part of the narration for me was the client stories. I liked the stories, but the voice used for them was atrocious. It sounds like Jared used a computer generated voice to read back the stories. It's especially jarring when a female client's words are read in this voice.

    Side note, I actually know a few of the featured clients (by reputation, training videos and forum posts), and I think these stories are an essential part of relating the concepts to real life examples. Unlike the reviewer who described them as advertisements, I think they play an important role in the understanding of the material. Not only is it useful to hear the clients relate Jared's somewhat abstract strategies to concrete examples, it is also very useful to hear about people that have succeeded using these tactics. Because a lot of the concepts in this book fly in the face of conventional wisdom, and especially because a lot of the strategies/goals are lofty and will take a lot of consistent work, I think it is essential for players to have real life success examples so they are less likely to give up before achieving meaningful results.

    Another issue with the recording is the very nature of the book. It is not the type of material that eloquently transfers to audio. The book features a lot of lists, suggests a lot of cross-referencing and jumping around (much easier to do on paper than in an audiobook setting), and ultimately requires a lot of re-reading to fully digest. I have no regrets about purchasing the audiobook (in fact it's the best poker decision I've made in a long time), but I will be purchasing the actual book in the near future to make sure I get the most from the material.

    One last thing, I absolutely loved the brief sections narrated by the British guy. He concisely states a lot of complex ideas, and I might just be partial to accents, but his narration was a breath of fresh air.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I sat down to listen to the first two chapters but got hooked. I ended up listening to this book all through cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry. I woke up the next day and my first thought was listening to the rest of the book, although I had to complete some other tasks first. Now that I've finished I will be reviewing the sections one by one and working through some of the suggested assignments. It's definitely not a book that can be absorbed all at once, but I found the subject matter so compelling that I couldn't put it down. Now I'm looking forward to going back and studying certain sections one at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be recommending this book to all of my poker playing friends (except maybe the ones I play against regularly).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donnie United States 09-10-12
    Donnie United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Psychology of the holes in your game"
    Would you listen to The Mental Game of Poker again? Why?

    Absolutely. It's not necessarily a complex set of instructions but definitely something to review and gauge your progress.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jared Tendler’s performances?

    The performance of the book was a little rough. Not the best recording and Jared doesn't seem all that comfortable behind the Mic. That may be beneficial to the reader as it sounds like you're listening to a doctor talk to you.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTOPHER Superior, WI, United States 11-12-12
    CHRISTOPHER Superior, WI, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really Good Content but poorly read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, good content. Something I would never think of when working on my poker skills


    Has The Mental Game of Poker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Jared Tendler’s performance did you like?

    na


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Michael Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-17-12
    Michael Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Content's good, but narration's terrible"

    Narrator spoke in monotone and very quickly at times, not leaving enough time to digest the concepts he's talking about. Have to repeat over and over

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    Andrej Vidaković Croatia, Europe 07-02-12
    Andrej Vidaković Croatia, Europe 07-02-12
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    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this book will definitevly help if you make an effort to practise what Jared want you to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    claudio godoy 07-30-14
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    Would you listen to The Mental Game of Poker again? Why?

    Listen.you kidding is not audio for this book.get zgrip


    Would you recommend The Mental Game of Poker to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good and clear improve my game and chances of wini g


    What about Jared Tendler’s performance did you like?

    Well written good teacher


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nil


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    J. Fishel Harrisburg, PA 06-18-14
    J. Fishel Harrisburg, PA 06-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sounds like it was recorded on a phone"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    record it with much better quality


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    less lists and more dialog. Lists do not translate well to audio books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jared Tendler?

    morgan freeman


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Book contains valuable material, but does not make a good audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Underdogdjr Lowell, MA United States 02-17-14
    Underdogdjr Lowell, MA United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Very Informative"
    Where does The Mental Game of Poker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favorite book on poker psychology. My background is in psychology and I have a graduate degree in it. That doesn't make me immune to my own mental game flaws and. Jared is well qualified to teach on the matter. He presents some very common mental leaks in an easy to understand way and provides practical feedback on addressing the leaks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mental Game of Poker?

    The whole book is helpful. The leaks Jared covers are so common you're bound to identify with at least one. It's like having coaching sessions with him to read this,


    Have you listened to any of Jared Tendler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's good at this. The material is great and he reads it well for a non-professional reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. After the overview I couldn't wait to get to the chapters that were specific to my own mental game weaknesses.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason
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    "The Ultimate Guide to the Mental Game"

    Quite simply, Jared Tendler is the best coach for the mental game. He is to poker as Bob Rotella is to golf.



    Its probably one of the most important aspects to master in poker, as it will affect your play no matter what your skill level. And having a solid mental game will get you on the right track if you are still learning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Octavian Clinci
    Bucharest, Romania
    12/24/12
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    "Best book for poker players."

    Although I will repeat what others said before, this book is really the ultimate book when it comes to handling your mind when playing poker (and not just for that).

    This book will teach you so many different things that can be applied in anything you wish to get good at.

    Definitely recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Will prepare you to play correctly."

    Lots to think about here but this provides some v common scenarios and traps

    That players fall into. The book can help prevent you falling into these traps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • qaaa
    Newark, NJ, United States
    6/14/12
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    "Good listen really helped"

    This is a great way to learn poker from a different angle - can't wait to try it the next time I play

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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