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May 07, 2019 20:52:59

Mental game part 1

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Richard Lynch

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I used to be a professional poker player. One of the most important skills you need to succeed (at least in the later days) is a solid mental game. 'Mental game' is a term used by poker players that refers to maintaining a calm balanced thought process regardless of the how the game is going. Endeavouring to play consistently regardless of wins or losses (winning can be as detrimental to your performance as losing). The best book on the subject, and one of the most influential books I've ever read, is 'The mental game of poker' by Jared Tendler. One of the key concepts in the book is correcting mental game issues as soon as possible. These issues arise from emotions ramping up and once a certain threshold is crossed they shut down rational thought processes (evolution, tldr in survival situations fight or flight > planning). It takes a lot of trained awareness to catch the earliest signs of these issues and deal with them while they are still correctable. One strategy for catching these issues is being aware of your micro tells, putting in place a system to alert yourself to these, and using that trigger to correct them.

I've almost hit 200 words. I'm splitting the post here. In the next installment I'll tie this back to software development.


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Originally published at 200words.rjldev.com

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    @richardlynch Who is your favorite professional poker player?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 08, 2019 08:11:22
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      @brandonwilson Tough to pick one, I've always enjoyed training videos from Sauce123, Jman, Irishman89, Shooter, also I respect Leatherass9's grind!

      Richard Lynch avatar Richard Lynch | May 09, 2019 10:16:11
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      @richardlynch Wow I guess I've been out of the loop for too long. I don't recognize any of those. I was expecting something along the lines of Daniel Negraneu or Phil Ivy.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 09, 2019 07:25:19
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      @brandonwilson Haha the guys I mentioned are all old skool now. Phil Ivey is still one of the best

      Richard Lynch avatar Richard Lynch | May 15, 2019 20:40:35
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    @richardlynch - Finally a post I can actually understand lol. I think the concept of 'Mental Game' is really interesting because it's so applicable to everyday life, you don't need to be a professional poker player to benefit from it. I particularly like the part about training yourself to develop an awareness of when you are begining to feel 'tilt' or a kind of detrimental mental instability. Thanks for posting!

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 07, 2019 23:23:18
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      @soulinantarctica Thanks :-)

      Richard Lynch avatar Richard Lynch | May 09, 2019 10:16:23
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