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Jared Tendler M.S , Barry Carter
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4 May 2011
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. With the games getting tougher, now is the time to take these problems head on.

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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Jared Tendler, LLC; 1st edition (4 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615436137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615436135
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 22.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Gospel of Matthew, Perry, 1:40-43 40 A man with severe tilting problems came to Him and begged Him on his knees, If you are willing, you can make me Ivey. 41 Jared was filled with compassion. He reached out His hand and touched the man. I am willing, He said. Be Zen! Immediately the tilt left him and he was cleansed. 42 Jared sent him away at once with a strong warning: See that you don t tell this to anyone. Go, instead, to the tables and make the plays that Taylor Caby has taught thee. 43 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jared could no longer enter a poker site openly and yet the people still came to Him from everywhere. So he wrote a book. Now, I m not saying that Jared Tendler is Jesus Christ. I m just making an argument that the two are analogous; plus, if you jumble up the letters and add an s in there and swap in a u ... Anyway, if you re the kind of player who dissects ranges with a fine toothcomb, studies 3-betting fundamentals, analyses tricky turn spots to death and yet still can t seem to make progress without giving back all your hard-earned chips in a fit of madness, Jared could well be your saviour. With a price tag of $50 (£35 approx) this is expensive relative to most things on the shelf at Waterstone s but I honestly believe if you are going to buy a poker book then make it this one. This book contains advice that simply isn t out there on forums or training sites and could well be the most important book you ever read. --Bluff Europe

The Mental Game of Poker, TMGP, basically gives you a roadmap to work on your mental game. They even recommend keeping mental hand histories so you can review your emotional states like you do how you actually played a hand. It s a more practical and scientific approach than simply trying to deny your emotions. TMGP gives you the tools to understand your tilt rather than simply avoiding it. By understanding why you tilt you can work on the underlying cause rather than treating the symptom. Getting to the heart of why you go on tilt is probably more important than learning to breath deep and tell yourself some positive affirmations. You might tilt because you feel you re entitled to win over weaker opponents. Someone else might tilt because they ve been cold decked for over a month. While the differences might seem subtle the way you address each can be very different because you re dealing with completely different emotions. TMGP also deals with issues like Fear and Motivation that are also integral to becoming a successful poker player. If you re playing scared money or you choke in big pots it s going to be hard to excel in poker. Likewise if you you can t work up the motivation to bring yourself to the tables it s going to be pretty damn hard to make money. It s funny because reading through the book I kept finding myself being able to personally connect with what was being described. Not just in the poker world but in other parts of life as well. For instance, the Adult Learning Model (ALM) section was exactly how I progressed in learning about scuba diving. And the biggest compliment I can give it is that not only did I see myself in many of the examples but I learned useful ways of approaching issues on the poker table and off that have made a positive impact on my life. I ll give TMGP a big thumbs up. I think it s one of the few books that breaks new ground in the poker genre. --BillRini.com

About the Author

Jared Tendler, M.S., LMHC, was a mental game coach for golfers on the PGA and LPGA tours before he became the leading mental game expert in poker. He now coaches some of the top players in poker and more than 200 other professionals from around the world. Jared's groundbreaking methods have also helped thousands more through his training videos, articles, and forum Q&As. He is also a featured coach for DragtheBar.com, and writes monthly instructional articles for WPT Magazine. Jared earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and became a licensed mental health counselor prior to becoming a mental game coach in 2005.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest influence on my game to date 21 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
I've been planning to give a review of this book for a long time but I haven't got around to it until now. There are two reasons for this - I'm up the walls in college and also I haven't finished it yet

I've decided to give a review on the chapters I have read because of how much they've helped my poker game and me as a person. I've read chapters 1-4 comprehensively. I've read them three or four times and when I get some free time this week I'm going to read them again. This is the main reason I haven't finished the book yet.

I think the most important thing to understand about this book is that it really is a book for the mental game. It's not just a book to deal with tilt. It deals with all aspects of your mental approach to poker. A quick read through the contents inside the front cover will signify this.

The main thing this book has shown me so far is how I've been approaching the learning side of the game completely wrong. In Ireland we have a saying, `He's a working fool'. It's a phrase to describe someone who is all work and bluster but never seems to get anything done. Well I felt like a working fool after reading chapter two.

I am someone who has no issue working on my game. I read books, I watch Cardrunners videos and I post on twoplustwo as much as I can. I've always made a point of trying to improve - I suspect my personality traits are fairly common among twoplustwo users.

The thing about my learning strategy was I was always trying to learn new things - every day. I'd load up a set of sngs with so much new info clogging my mind that I wouldn't know what to do. I always assumed the day would come when old information would make sense and new information would stick automatically; I just needed to persevere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial 4 Jan 2013
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This book is absolutely crucial and should be read by any player moving on from the Beginner stage. Jared's view on tilt and other mental game issues is pretty much novel amongst poker writers but more to the point it's far more on the money and will actually help you cure tilt as opposed to just suppressing it.

This is one of the best poker books I've read and heartily recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book introduced me to an area of poker that I had never truly considered, the mental game. The thoughts behind learning processes are great and the way he applies them to specific issues is very helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if you are serious about your game 9 Mar 2013
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excellent piece of work designed to make u understand your own decision making when in pressure situations in poker. Reading it, using it, adds money to your pocket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read for any serious player 5 Dec 2012
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Will definitely sort out any tilt issues you have as well as any other minor emotional problems you have. Sorted out my frustration at losing pots to crap players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 10 Nov 2013
By JD
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This book has totally changed how I view the game and my attitude toward it. For the better I should add.

I am low stake sng and mtt long term winner but I am very prone to tilt and needed to find a solution to it- this book has give me the foundations to be able to move forward positively not dread periods of run bad, being jealous of other players I perceived to be luckier than me, not feeling like I was cursed, making tilt calls along with keeping calm during games and hands!

The book guides you through the types of tilt, how to recognise them and why they can be so damaging and helpful to your game at the same time!

Definitely worth a read for ANY poker player!! I say any and not just players who suffer from tilt because some of the tilt described in the book I didn't even realise I have!

GL at the tables!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 July 2012
By RWilson
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I had this book in my wish list for a while and when I saw it was only a fiver on Kindle, decided to purchase it.

This book is excellent and I have really noticed improvements in my play since I started reading it. I have always had a problem with tilting on a bad run and spewing my bankroll away. This book helped me adjust the way I think about poker, variance and, crucially, to get realistic expectations about what to expect in Poker. This helps me stay in control when someone gets lucky against me or I don't play a good session.

I now think the mental game aspect of poker is something that is really neglected and full marks go to this book for addressing the issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, what i was looking for! 30 Mar 2012
By dan
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i read all the must read literature for poker. 'supersytem 2' phil gordons books' etc was a winning player but wanted the next step, the next thing to read to improve my game. this is that book. i didnt think i was much of a tilter and was skeptical about this so called mental game, how i was wrong, buy this book. it turned out i did tilt, i did have mental game issues and this book brought that to light. i was a mental fish and now im working on it. it also helped me learn to study my actual game better thus i found many flaws in my play. im now trying to fix these bad plays and learn the proper plays to unconcious competence lol. buy the book its worth it
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Really annoyed. I paid 17 quid for this product and it is all dog-eared and battered. Got this as a gift for my partner as a thank you present for being there for me through my... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves to be a classic
I stumped up a couple of weeks ago and bought a copy from Amazon. I have suspected that there had been something wrong with my game but couldn't put my finger on it. Read more
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