The Mental Game of Poker (2011) review

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Jared Tendler and Barry Carter released the book The Mental Game of Poker back in 2011. This is one of the few poker books which can lay claim to changing the poker landscape.

The enemy of “Tilt” and controlling the menace can put any player off their game but never has it been better analysed than in this literary phenomenon. The combination of an intelligent author as well as a co-author with a good understanding of how to appeal to different types of poker enthusiast is familiar to regular readers of this series. Tendler and Carter’s partnership is satisfying as Carter’s work with O’Kearnery.

The book was very successful and also made players think about their own mental health. The strength of a poker players character needs to never be in doubt as it is a key component which is required by any professional gambler to deal with the downswings, mad setbacks as well as bad beats which are part of the game.

The Mental Game of Poker has had a big influence over the change in culture within poker which has seen applications such as Fedor Holz’s Primed Mind attempt to help poker players to stay calm. Elliot Rowe has also prescribed perfect hypnotherapy and a thousand other life coaches as well as poker trainers appeal to the brain as much as the mind.

As with all poker books, the game moves on. Players began to take on new information and the game adjusts. Every optimal theory can be countered. However unlike strategy books, The Mental Game of Poker’s advice holds truth until today.


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