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The Mindset Advantage is a weekly Poker Podcast hosted by mindset coaches Elliot Roe. Each episode they are joined by a top poker player to discuss how to become a better player by improving your mindset.

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The Mindset Advantage is a weekly Poker Podcast hosted by mindset coaches Elliot Roe. Each episode they are joined by a top poker player to discuss how to become a better player by improving your mindset.

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World class mental game resource

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It's a privilege to have these experts of psychology and hypnotherapy bring their experience and knowledge to the poker world. Elliot Roe and Dr Tricia Cardner share valuable insights in this podcast. Huge value for any serious poker player.

Big fan of poker and psychology discussions

By SeanK64 - Oct 06 2015
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I've been listening to Elliot and Tricia's podcast and there are always at least a couple gems and actionable takeaways in every episode to improve my poker game. Plus they talk about interesting psychology studies that give insight into our wacky minds and how to better take control of that lizard brain.

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37 Ratings
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World class mental game resource

By ksc_23 - Aug 24 2016
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It's a privilege to have these experts of psychology and hypnotherapy bring their experience and knowledge to the poker world. Elliot Roe and Dr Tricia Cardner share valuable insights in this podcast. Huge value for any serious poker player.

Big fan of poker and psychology discussions

By SeanK64 - Oct 06 2015
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I've been listening to Elliot and Tricia's podcast and there are always at least a couple gems and actionable takeaways in every episode to improve my poker game. Plus they talk about interesting psychology studies that give insight into our wacky minds and how to better take control of that lizard brain.

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The Mindset Advantage is a weekly Poker Podcast hosted by mindset coaches Elliot Roe. Each episode they are joined by a top poker player to discuss how to become a better player by improving your mindset.

045 Fedor Holz on Discipline and Deep Poker Thinking

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When we last spoke to Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, in Episode 34, he was about to start play in an Alpha 8 final table as the chip leader.

He went on to win it for $1,589,216. Two week later he took down the WPTN Philippines SHR for $3,463,500.

Now, he’s back to talk about how those wins have changed his mindset as well a discuss his upcoming MTT master class.

Click here to visit the show page for all resources and links

Apr 29 2016

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028 Daniel Negreanu (Part 1) – The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Daniel Negreanu is a professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. The independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognised Negreanu as the best poker player of the past decade.

Since his second place in the Big One For One Drop 2014 tournament, he is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $30,600,000 in prize money. He was named the WSOP Player of the Year in 2004 and again in 2013, making him the first player in WSOP history to win the accolade more than once. He was also the 2004-05 WPT Player of the Year. He is the first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations (Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) and the first to win a bracelet at each. In 2014, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Oct 12 2015

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029 Daniel Negreanu (Part 2) – The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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This is Part 2 of our interview with Daniel Negreanu, a professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. The independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognised Negreanu as the best poker player of the past decade.

Since his second place in the Big One For One Drop 2014 tournament, he is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $30,600,000 in prize money. He was named the WSOP Player of the Year in 2004 and again in 2013, making him the first player in WSOP history to win the accolade more than once. He was also the 2004-05 WPT Player of the Year. He is the first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations (Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) and the first to win a bracelet at each. In 2014, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

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Oct 19 2015

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061 Doug Polk on Upswings, Downswings and Mastering Ego

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In This Week’s Episode:

Doug Polk is known as one of the (if not THE) best Heads Up No Limit Holdem players of all time. In addition to making a name for himself on the tables, he made waves in the poker community by not being afraid to speak his mind and call out other players.

He’s also had success in the live poker arena with two WSOP bracelets and over $5 million in earnings.

Since starting his training site, Upswing Poker, he’s become one of the most popular personalities in the poker world with one of the top viewed Twitch Stream and YouTube channels in poker.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • What Doug did when he lost 90% of his net worth and had to decide between giving poker one last go, or finding another path.
  • How to prevent your ego from getting in the way of being honest about your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • The most important mindset to embrace if you have trouble with tilt.
  • What you should do when you notice your confidence slipping after losing 30+ buy-ins.
  • How Doug worked his way back from a massive $1.7 million downswing.

Apr 18 2017

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085 - Matt Berkey on The Evolution Of Poker Training

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In this episode, Matt Berkey, high stakes poker pro, coach, writer, and blogger, breaks down the strategy, application, and constant evolution of the game. Elliot and Matt discuss the problems with playing hands based on theory alone, and analyze why adaptability is an important characteristic for gives players to gain an edge against their opponents. Listen in to hear Matt explain what his academy, Solve for Why, offers students and why there will always be a “wild card” in the world of poker.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:00 –Matt’s summer started with a massive loss but he ended up breaking even; what this does to the mind
  • 01:30 – He views playing cash as his bread and butter; as running a business without the results impacting him daily
  • 02:05 – He has hope every day and sees it as a legitimate return on his investments; it was frustrating to start but had plenty of opportunities to make it up
  • 02:55 – The difference for locals in Vegas playing high stakes cash games in the summer
  • 03:05 – It’s a huge impact for mid stakes; for high stakes, it’s a revolving door and caters to VIPs throughout the year and keeps Matt out
  • 03:55 – In the summer, the games run more frequently so there’s a mix between VIPs and guys like Matt; the games are different with more tough spots, which he likes
  • 04:34 – It’s nice to have fighters in the game; it can exceed the bottom line in a good way
  • 05:00 – He barely has any downtime in the summer; the process is fun, but when you’re in it, you’re in it
  • 05:40 – What these next few weeks before Florida look like for Matt
  • 05:45 – Cash games and the academy are still going; he’s got 5 days of rest before travelling east, but he’s got content and teaching to do
  • 06:26 – The story of Nick Manion; he offered to give Matt and his friend, Jordan Young, Matt’s partner and roommate, exposure and offered to wear their Solve for Why gear
  • 07:00 – They obliged and they got their brand out there, but there was a misunderstanding in that they didn’t get a piece of the winnings
  • 07:30 – Poker News ran a story about Nick’s play and win, and rolled that story with the fact that he’s friends with Jordan so was wearing Solve for Why gear
  • 08:20 – What’s going on with the Solve for Why Academy; they had 18 players (at least half part-time) and about $400,000 of cash for the summer
  • 08:45 – One of their students won the Golden Nugget in week one and they’ve got multiple events coming up
  • 09:15 – They are launching a sub-site August 13 that will be live-focused and focused on implementing and not just building strategy
  • 09:30 – The game evolves so quickly; it’s natural that their material would as well
  • 10:10 – The online academy is for anyone passionate about poker; it’s tiered depending on level
  • 10:50 – A big piece of content is “Poker Out Loud”; he’s happy about how it came out and how unique the teaching methods are
  • 11:30 – They are doing a docu-series and a podcast as well
  • 12:20 – The “Poker Out Loud” strategy, pressure, adaptation, and confidence
  • 12:48 – It gets daunting for others, but Matt is used to breaking down his plays; tilt and emotions are normal and are used in the game in an exploitative way
  • 14:30 – They are doing a lot of work on strategy and foundational knowledge in live game theory; they do the heavy lifting and come back with a base strategy and deviations
  • 15:30 – When playing online, you don’t have all that extra information; live can be contrarian to what theory would dictate
  • 16:10 – People don’t know how to process new information if they just focus on theory
  • 17:15 – How Matt sees the company evolving
  • 17:28 – The academy is the icing on the cake; the new products are follow-up/primer products
  • 18:48 – Being online allows them to work with people all over the world; they can provide value and entertainment to their community
  • 20:35 – There are some things he wouldn’t divulge because it’s a liability to apply those nuances and it’s difficult to teach
  • 21:20 – He teaches what can be deployed and encourages self-learning and independent thinking
  • 22:10 – No two strategies look the same; largely speaking, people will apply strategy differently
  • 22:45 – Outliers within the community do things differently by challenging notions that he sees in the collective
  • 23:30 – We’ll never reach a stage where plays are standardized because we are human and imperfect
  • 24:04 – Application processes will always be different, so there will always be a “wild card” and “sore spots” in the strategy 

3 Key Points

  • No two strategies look the same because people will always apply strategy differently.
  • The game evolves quickly so it’s natural that poker teaching materials would, too.
  • You can learn strategy and implementation, but the way it is comprehended and executed will never be standardized.

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Aug 02 2018

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003 Jonathan Little – The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Jonathan Little is a professional poker player who has won over $6,000,000 playing tournament poker over the last 8 years. He also plays high stake cash games on a regular basis. He owns and operates the poker training site, FloatTheTurn.com. He is part of 3bet clothing, InstaPoker and BluesharkOptics.

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Mar 18 2015

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084 - Zachary Elwood on The Mindset of Poker Tells

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In this episode, Zach Elwood, author, former professional poker player, and poker behavior consultant, reveals the most consistent tells that he’s studied over years of playing and analysis. Elliot and Zach discuss why the studying of tells will be more important in the 2018 World Series than in previous years. Listen in to hear one of the few experts on tells in the game share some invaluable tips and tricks that’ll give you an extra advantage at the table.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Zach Elwood, author of 3 books on poker tells, who has helped main event final table players prepare through studying and tips
  • 01:20 – Zach has been working on the poker tells video series and has been trying to watch the World Series
  • 01:30 – When he watches the World Series he’s always looking for tells; the earlier in the main, the easier it is to see behaviors
  • 02:20 – The differences between Zach’s 3 books
  • 02:30 – His first book in 2012, “Reading Poker Tells,” goes into things that hadn’t been talked about in terms of physical, verbal and the thinking behind poker tells
  • 02:53 – “Verbal Poker Tells” of 2014 was longer and more in-depth; he’s most proud of this one
  • 03:11 – “Exploiting Poker Tells” came out last year and explored more physical tells, concrete analysis, and fundamental strategy
  • 04:10 – There isn’t a lot of good content about poker strategy; Zach had to do a lot of research and analysis to write his books
  • 04:50 – He created a spreadsheet to create codes and organize patterns he saw on TV and while playing
  • 06:05 – Some poker tell hints and tips
  • 06:15 – Example: The famous hand between Esfandiari and Negreanu when Negreanu raises it on the flop and goes all in, and says “Thank God you didn’t snap call”
  • 06:30 – The expressing of relief after someone doesn’t call immediately will almost always be a pretty honest reaction and can help you narrow down someone’s hand
  • 07:15 – “We can” statements and how he categorized hand statements; bluffers usually don’t want to weaken the perceived range of their hand
  • 08:00 – Indirect weak-hand statements, the consistency of the weak-hand patterns, and understanding underlying intentions
  • 09:33 – A deeper explanation of the book “Exploiting Poker Tells”
  • 09:38 – He revisited ideas that were firmer in his mind after having wrote about them 5 years’ prior
  • 10:00 – It goes into how to determine behaviors as meaningful or not meaningful
  • 10:45 – The things he’s done from outside: the video series and he worked with 2 main event final table WSOP players, Amir Levahot and Max Steinberg
  • 11:25 – They watched old video footage of their opponents and video footage during the WSOP
  • 11:30 – A potential game-changing tell
  • 11:35 – The 2011 main event, Pius Heinz was the champion that year, and he was playing Martin Staszko
  • 11:43 – Heinz had a pronounced tell where he looked down during a hand and at the flop; turns out he had pocket aces
  • 12:30 – Zach made a video analyzing his tells and explains how to use those tells to your advantage
  • 13:30 – It will be more interesting this year from a behavioral perspective because the players won’t have a break before playing
  • 14:00 – There will be more in-the-moment tells
  • 14:22 – Amateur or recreational players are going to be exhausted this year while the professionals will be battle-tested
  • 15:13 – How Zach has used what he’s learned through poker in other areas of life
  • 15:20 – He doesn’t pretend to have special knowledge and doesn’t believe in a correlation
  • 15:32 – He did work identifying fake accounts on Facebook and his work was featured in the Washington Post and New York Times
  • 16:06 – He was excited and his parents were proud, especially because he started out studying print journalism
  • 16:40 – He was pissed about certain things happening in the world and was happy to create awareness about something others didn’t know about
  • 17:20 – He had the same sentiment about poker tells
  • 17:35 – The issue with fake Facebook accounts
  • 17:40 – He’s been friended by fake accounts who were accepted by others in his network
  • 18:20 – A lot of it is financial because the fake accounts drive people to websites who pay for the traffic
  • 19:11 – In some cases the fake account’s purpose is unclear; Zach doesn’t think it’s purely financial
  • 20:15 – Facebook doesn’t seem to care
  • 20:40 – Zach’s recommendations and tips for poker players
  • 21:00 – Strategy is more important than tells, but if you’ve got strategy down and want to learn about tells, watch Zach’s free videos on YouTube
  • 21:27 – Read Zach’s articles on Poker News and his first book “Reading Poker Tells”

3 Key Points

  1. Bluffers usually don’t want to weaken the perceived range of their hand.
  2. Strategy is more important than tells.
  3. Identifying tells is useful, but you must know how to interpret them and read a player’s intentions. 

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Jul 15 2018

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047 Jonathan Little on Peak Poker Performance

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Since he first joined us in Episode 3 of The Mindset Advantage Podcast, Jonathan Little has co-written a book with TMA co-host Dr. Tricia Cardner and launched the new training site PokerCoaching.com.

Peak Poker Performance lays out a blueprint for playing your “A” game every session. Topics covered in the book include; Creating winning habits, systematizing success, and beating procrastination.

PokerCoaching.com is a training site that uses weekly quizzes to show you which areas of the game you need to work on the most. There is also an in-depth monthly homework question where Jonathan grades/discussions the answer to in a webinar.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to actually integrate the mindset lessons we talk about into your game
  • How optimizing your environment can set you up for success before you even start playing
  • How watching TV while you play can slash your winrate
  • Why it’s important to have an overall vision of why you’re playing poker
  • How Jonathan was able to final table the WSOP Team Event with his Mom and Dad
  • The difference in mindset and strategy needed to be successful in satellites vs. regular MTTs

Aug 03 2016

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077 YourDoom on The Downswing Myth

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In This Week's Episode:

YourDoom is a US-based NLHE cash game pro and owner of the training site YourDoomPoker.com.

He takes a different approach to the game than many players, choosing to play low volume to ensure that he’s always playing his A-Game. Using this approach, he’s been able to maintain a high win-rate and strong profit numbers only playing 12 hours per week.

If you’re interested in learning more about his approach, he has offered a sizable discount to listeners of the show. When you use the code MINDSET, you can save 33% on his Expert Cash Game Play course or 20% off any other courses on the site.

In This Episode You'll Learn: 

  • (1:25) Why Ryan believes playing just 12 hours per week maximizes his profitability and enjoyment of life.
  • (3:27) The difference between poker as a lifestyle and poker as a job, and why success depends on which you choose.
  • (6:33) Why Elliot completely changed his mind about the future profitability of online poker.
  • (10:29) Why “Downswings,” as most poker players view them, are a complete myth, and one that can completely ruin careers.
  • (26:20) Ryan’s “silly little trick” for messing with your online opponent’s heads.

YourDoom

Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome:

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Feb 14 2018

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101 - Tommy Angelo - Making Meditation a Daily Habit

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In this episode, Tommy Angelo, poker and meditation coach, discusses his new book Dailyness: How to Sustain a Meditation Practice.

He shares what meditation means to him and why, if you commit to making it a practice, you need to go all-in. Elliot and Tommy explore the common excuses and challenges people face when they meditate. Listen in to hear an expert share how meditation gives players an edge at the table and why you’re already better at it than you think.

Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode

May 30 2019

26mins

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100 - Becoming An A-Game Player

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Episode 100 of The Mindset Advantage Poker Podcast is here! 

This is a massive milestone for the show, and more importantly, the poker community who have embraced the mental game and are always striving to become the best versions of themselves.

Today’s episode isn’t about any guest; it’s about you.

Here you'll discover what it means to be an A-Game Player, and how you can use the A-Game Poker Masterclass as a shortcut to get from where you are now to A-Game Player status.

Get access to the course here: PokerMindCoach.com/class

Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode

Apr 28 2019

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008 Isaac Haxton – The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Isaac "Ike" Haxton is an American professional poker player and High stakes heads-up NLHE specialist from New York. Before poker, Haxton, like many other poker pros played all kinds of board and card games including chess and Magic: The Gathering. He picked up poker in high school and became serious about the game when he started studying Computer Science at Brown University.

After awhile, Haxton decided to take some time off school and pursue a career in poker. However, unlike many other young poker guns, Haxton had his family behind his back. By the time he turned 18, Haxton took his game to the live circuit and has been doing quite well for himself.

His major breakthrough came in 2007 when he finished as runner-up at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), back when it was an event on the World Poker Tour (WPT). It was a result worth an incredible $861,789, and announced Isaac as one of poker’s rising stars.

Haxton is also considered one of the best online players in the game. Fearless and aggressive, he’s racked up numerous tournament scores online and regularly plays in the largest cash games around.

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Apr 22 2015

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009 Ed Miller – The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Ed Miller is a professional poker player and an author of books about poker. He wrote Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play with David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth in 2004. In 2005, he completed Getting Started in Hold 'em, a beginner's book. In 2006, he co-wrote No Limit Hold 'Em: Theory and Practice with David Sklansky. Miller is also co-author of the book Professional No Limit Hold 'em with Matt Flynn and Sunny Mehta published in 2007 and wrote Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em co-authored with Sunny Mehta and Matt Flynn. Miller came out with How to Read Hands At No-Limit Hold'em in 2011, Playing the Player in 2012, and Poker's 1% in 2014. Miller is part owner and produces educational poker videos for Red Chip Poker and StoxPoker, both subscription fee based poker coaching sites. His newest book, The Course, is set to release late April 2015.

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Apr 29 2015

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063 Matt Berkey On Solving For Why

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In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How Matt went from a break even online MTT player to crushing the highest stakes in just 6 months.
  • Why Matt was one of the few poker pro fist pumping when Black Friday happened.
  • What happened when Matt lost $5.5mm in the 300/600/1200 and was down to his very last buy-in for the game.
  • Why poker is rooted in failure, and how using that knowledge can help you not to take the results personally.
  • How asking “why” can help you escape the learning curve and start your journey to hitting your ceiling in poker.

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May 05 2017

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074 How To Thrive In Poker in 2018

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Want to get your hands on some of Elliot's best poker mindset content for free?

From December 26th-29th he is hosting The Poker Mind Coach Academy Open House, to celebrate the opening of public enrollment to the Academy.

Over 4 days you'll get 9 video "Sneak Peeks" of Academy content, and be able to attend a free live webinar with Elliot on the 29th.

To register for this free event just visit:  

http://www.pokermindcoachacademy.com

Dec 26 2017

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097 - The Untold Story of Fedor Holz' Epic Run

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We are back with another special episode, celebrating the launch of Elliot Roe's A-Game Poker Masterclass in partnership with Phil Galfond's Run It Once Training.

In Today's episode, Elliot is joined by Fedor Holz as he recounts the events leading up to them working together and how he was able to go on his epic high-roller run so soon after.

It's a great story, and to our knowledge one that he's never shared publicly before today.

Pay close attention to this one, every time Fedor speaks, he drops so many valuable nuggets that you can use to be a better player almost immediately.

Listen in to hear how working on his mental game changed the trajectory of his poker career (and life) and learn why he recommends Elliot’s A-Game Poker Masterclass.

Get access to the course here: PokerMindCoach.com/class

Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode

Apr 25 2019

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041 Matt Berkey on Pain Thresholds, Nosebleed Cash Games and Playing with Hitmen - The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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You can often find Matt Berkey sitting in the biggest game in Ivey’s room, where six, and even seven, figure pots are regularly contested.

His poker career started as just a way to fund his dream of making a Major League Baseball roster.

After playing four years of college baseball, Matt set off on the road traveling between pro tryouts along the East Coast and in the Mid-West.

In between tryouts he would find the local casino and play $5/$10 NL to support his travel.

In 2006, he made the switch to a full-time poker pro, and he quickly climbed the ladder to the biggest cash games in the world.

He credits his success to the many hours he’s spent studying game theory and opponent tendencies.

Matt runs the exclusive Solve For Why Academy, a poker camp created to take players from good to great.

Each camp is restricted to 9 attendees who receive hands-on training from Matt and his team of coaches.

To learn more about the camp and see if you qualify to attend visit:

http://solveforwhyacademy.com

Mar 29 2016

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094 - Blake Eastman - A Data Driven Approach To Poker Tells

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In this episode, Blake Eastman, founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of The School of Cards, talks about the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players. Elliot and Blake discuss how to integrate this new information into your game and why the use of tells isn’t for everyone. Listen in to hear a psychology expert share some tips and tricks that you can implement immediately to have an advantage over your live opponents.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Blake, the founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of School of Cards
  • 00:55 – He was a psychology professor and now uses that knowledge and data to help people understand the use of tells in the game
  • 01:23 – He started playing poker in his teens and his work now combines his three main passions – poker, nonverbal behavior, and teaching
  • 02:25 – Blake was anti-behavior and anti-tells before, but after Beyond Tells his perspective changed
  • 03:06 – Information on Beyond Tells
  • 03:08 – It is the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players; things like blink rate were recorded
  • 03:55 – They found that the quantitative approach is useless but the qualitative results have been game-changing
  • 04:22 – The poker community has been wrong about how they read tells – the results have found that qualitative patterns tell the most
  • 04:57 – They’ve designed frameworks and approaches to identify who to watch, when, and how so you can integrate that into your game
  • 05:30 – Video is necessary to analyze spots
  • 05:50 –Blake’s “A-ha!” moment – when he realized the data was useful and he had been wrong
  • 06:05 – He was in the office looking at footage and implemented the “grounding theory,” where you code the data without a hypothesis
  • 06:30 – He was watching a specific player and saw correlations between his hand movements and range
  • 06:51 – He started noticing the same thing with other players and live at the table; poker tells can be taught, they aren’t just an inherent skill
  • 07:30 – How Blake teaches the skill to students
  • 07:35 – First, students must understand and know the body can give off information, then that can be prioritized into a system
  • 08:00 – They can establish feedback loops for players
  • 09:20 – What you can pick up in a small amount of time
  • 09:35 – Predictive models allow for you to follow a player using common patterns
  • 10:27 – The system allows for you to know, not think, where another player is weak
  • 11:15 – Which players to read
  • 11:30 – It depends on the players, but is still beneficial even if you can only read one player
  • 12:18 – He teaches people to go after certain spots and opportunities so behaviors can define and guide as to when to make certain moves
  • 12:43 – Working with the greatest minds in poker
  • 13:05 – He doesn’t want the highest echelons knowing his techniques because he plays with them
  • 14:04 – On his work with Nonverbal Group and the power of perspective
  • 14:35 – He sees a difference between mindset and mental game; he sees mindset as an approach and mental game as on-table optimization
  • 14:50 – You must fix the foundation (mindset) before working on anything else
  • 15:35 – On the game moving fast
  • 15:50 – At the top it moves fast, but most games move slow; there’s a media bias and the local card room isn’t represented
  • 17:42 – Lower-level players are still not up to date on higher-level information about the game
  • 18:00 – Reading behavior and tells is for a specific kind of player, not just anyone
  • 19:04 – On what Beyond Tells does
  • 19:11 – They focus on live, no-limit Hold ‘Em and have a serious of programs depending on what the player needs, but mechanics need to be established first
  • 20:10 – The course is embedded with his knowledge of psychology
  • 23:36 – A tip for listeners: Pay attention to the hands
  • 23:50 – Pick one or two players and focus on their hands pre-flop; see what they do right before and right after
  • 24:12 – Increase your awareness
  • 25:15 – High-level players want to know timing tells but there are more interesting tells to analyze
  • 26:26 – A final tip for listeners: Embedded concealment strategies make it easier to pay attention to them
  • 27:00 – Blake’s plans
  • 27:06 – He’s going to Aussie Millions and WSOP
  • 27:28 – He’s learning and understanding other player’s spots; he’s using his own findings to improve his game

3 Key Points

  • The qualitative results Blake has found are game-changing.
  • You must master the foundations of poker before studying behavior and tells.
  • A player’s hands tell a lot – pick a player or two and see what their hand say.

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Feb 07 2019

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011 Brian Rast - The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Brian Rast is an American professional poker player from Poway, California, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began playing poker in 2003 and is mostly known for winning two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2011. He was one of the 48 players to enter the biggest poker event in history, the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop during the 2012 WSOP. He final tabled that event and eventually finished in 6th place collecting more than $1.6 million in winnings.

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May 01 2015

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027 Tommy Angelo - The Mindset Advantage Podcast

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Tommy Angelo grinded for 15 years before opening his “TILTLESS” coaching business ten years ago. Most of his clients are professional players. Tommy now defines himself as a writer. His 2007 book, Elements of Poker is widely considered to be one of the best poker books. Tommy writes a monthly column for PokerNews, he makes videos for RunItOnce.com, and he is finishing his third book, Painless Poker.

Tommy’s teachings go into extreme detail on every aspect of living the poker life. In broad strokes, he places emphasis on mental health, and reducing unhappiness, as means to increasing profit and well-being.

Tommy is like the Vince Lombardi of poker coaches.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach

Oct 07 2015

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109 - Dan "Jungleman" Cates - The Journey of Mastering Your Mind

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In this episode, Dan Cates AKA Jungleman, opens up about his anger issues and shares what he’s been doing to improve his mindset. He reveals what he has learned about himself while diagnosing the cause of his tilt, and gives some advice to those struggling with the same challenges. Elliot and Dan talk about Dan’s exciting new lifestyle project and we get a peek into what to expect.

Listen in to understand Jungleman on a deeper level – and learn some tips and tricks to begin the journey of mastering your mind, too.  

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Nov 22 2019

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108 - Kevin Rabichow - The Mentality Of A Winner

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In this episode, Kevin Rabichow, a popular Run It Once coach and longtime professional, talks about shifting into new poker games. He shares the biggest differences in mentality between online cash game and tournament pros and gives insights into the key mindsets that lead to success.

Listen in to hear why certain people “make it” while others fall to the wayside – and discover how to stay ahead of the pack.

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Nov 07 2019

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107 - Andrew Brokos - Why We Fail

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In this episode, Andrew Brokos, poker coach, host of the Thinking Poker podcast, and author of the book Play Optimal Poker talks about why we fail. He shares what he has learned on and off the table and stresses why it’s so important to manage your money wisely – even during upswings. Elliot and Andrew reveal why we can’t – and shouldn’t – always rely on predictions.

Listen in to hear why knowing poker theory is critical and learn how Andrew has made it accessible to the casual player.  

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Oct 31 2019

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106 - Rob Tinnion & Jon Van Fleet - Creating the Blueprint

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In this episode, Rob Tinnion and Jon Van Fleet (aka Ape Styles), two of the best MTT players and coaches, talk about their training site Max-Value.com. They share information about their new course, The Blueprint. Elliot, Rob, and Jon deep-dive into the course’s material, their teaching methodology, and the results their clients achieve.

Listen in to hear two of the best MTT players in the world give tips for success.

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Oct 12 2019

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105 - The Thirst Lounge - Making the Most of Opportunity

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In this episode, Elliot will be talking to Matt, Drew, and Jon from The Thirst Lounge, a group of 10 talented individuals that stream poker and document their journey while sharing the highs and lows of their life-changing experience.

Find out how they became involved in The Thirst Project and what Elliot's course means to them, as well as hearing about some of the crazy prop bets that the guys have, and are getting themselves into!

Listen to what it is like to live in the Virgin Islands and to be sponsored by Bill Perkins on a year-long once in a lifetime poker adventure.

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Sep 19 2019

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104 - Josh Arieh - Heart, Passion, and Poker Performance

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In this episode, Josh Arieh discusses how he first came to love gambling and how he went from the pool hall to the professional poker table. He shares his views on the importance of adrenaline and how it helps him be a better poker player in the face of high-pressure situations.

He tells us his plans for the future and how playing poker helps him while going through a rough patch in life and gives some great advice to young poker players. Elliot and Josh talk about the infamous 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and how he wasn’t as much of an asshole as you think he was!

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Sep 05 2019

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103 - Jeff Gross - Engaging the Poker Community Online

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In this episode, Jeff Gross, one of the most interesting personalities in all of poker who professionally plays live and online, discusses how he got started on Twitch. He shares how he’s learned to be realistic about his evolution and growth in the poker world. Elliot and Jeff dive into how to get started on Twitch, what to expect, and how you could turn streaming into a business.

Listen in to hear this PBF – Professional Best Friend - talk about balance, family life, and why he loves engaging the poker community online.

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Jul 25 2019

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102 - Sandra Mohr - Filming The Poker Queens Documentary

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In this episode, Sandra Mohr, a Hollywood director and producer who retired to travel in an RV and play poker, discusses why she recently reentered cinema. She shares her inspiration for the film Poker Queens and reveals some of the famous (and not-so-famous) faces we’ll see in it. Elliot and Sandra explore what holds women back in poker, what gives them an advantage, and how we all can practice evolved awareness on and off the table.

Listen in to hear this poker queen talk about killer instincts, painful tilts, and the strides she’s making to highlight the badass women of poker.

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Jul 23 2019

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101 - Tommy Angelo - Making Meditation a Daily Habit

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In this episode, Tommy Angelo, poker and meditation coach, discusses his new book Dailyness: How to Sustain a Meditation Practice.

He shares what meditation means to him and why, if you commit to making it a practice, you need to go all-in. Elliot and Tommy explore the common excuses and challenges people face when they meditate. Listen in to hear an expert share how meditation gives players an edge at the table and why you’re already better at it than you think.

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May 30 2019

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100 - Becoming An A-Game Player

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Episode 100 of The Mindset Advantage Poker Podcast is here! 

This is a massive milestone for the show, and more importantly, the poker community who have embraced the mental game and are always striving to become the best versions of themselves.

Today’s episode isn’t about any guest; it’s about you.

Here you'll discover what it means to be an A-Game Player, and how you can use the A-Game Poker Masterclass as a shortcut to get from where you are now to A-Game Player status.

Get access to the course here: PokerMindCoach.com/class

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Apr 28 2019

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099 - Stories From A-Game Players Part 2

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In this episode, I have conversations with two students of my A-Game Poker Masterclass. Patrick Testoni and David Jeffres discuss the course, how they’ve implemented what they’ve learned, and the specific results they experienced. Patrick is a semi-professional player who plays both live and online MTTs, and David is an “enthusiastic amateur.” Both experienced tremendous growth since completing the course – in poker and in life.

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Apr 27 2019

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098 - Stories From A-Game Players Part 1

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In this episode, Elliot talks with two students of the A-Game Poker Masterclass. Andrew Lok and Lara Eisenberg discuss the course’s content, how they’ve implemented what they’ve learned, and an insider’s perspective on what to expect when you enroll. Whether you’re a full-time pro, semi-professional, or enthusiastic amateur – this course could be just what you need to get to the next level.

Get access to the course here: PokerMindCoach.com/class

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Apr 26 2019

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097 - The Untold Story of Fedor Holz' Epic Run

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We are back with another special episode, celebrating the launch of Elliot Roe's A-Game Poker Masterclass in partnership with Phil Galfond's Run It Once Training.

In Today's episode, Elliot is joined by Fedor Holz as he recounts the events leading up to them working together and how he was able to go on his epic high-roller run so soon after.

It's a great story, and to our knowledge one that he's never shared publicly before today.

Pay close attention to this one, every time Fedor speaks, he drops so many valuable nuggets that you can use to be a better player almost immediately.

Listen in to hear how working on his mental game changed the trajectory of his poker career (and life) and learn why he recommends Elliot’s A-Game Poker Masterclass.

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Apr 25 2019

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096 - Introducing The A-Game Poker Masterclass w/ Phil Galfond

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In this episode, Elliot and Phil Galfond discuss their exciting new partnership. They are releasing Elliot’s A-Game Poker Masterclass through Phil’s Run It Once training site because they recognize how important it is for truly dedicated poker players to master their mindset. Elliot and Phil discuss why a strong mental game is more critical than ever – especially now that solutions are more available and studied. Listen in to hear what to expect from the course, why Phil stands behind it, and how you can become part of a community of A-Game Players. 

Get access to the course here: PokerMindCoach.com/class

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Apr 25 2019

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095 - Wayne Yap - From Financial Adversity to the Top

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In this episode, Wayne Yap, high-stakes poker professional and advisor, reveals how he made his way to the top despite severe financial adversity – and a two-year stint in the army. Elliot and Wayne discuss the importance of studying and building a network within the poker community. Listen in to hear an expert share his strategic thinking, practical game theory, and mindset mastery tips so you can jump stakes and play bigger.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Wayne, his journey, and direction
  • 01:20 – His started by playing small games in Singapore; his parent’s business was failing and he went into the army for two years at that time
  • 02:00 – He didn’t have the money to practice his game so he downloaded poker videos and would watch them while out in the jungle while in the army
  • 02:40 – The importance of studying
  • 02:57 – Learning is important in any field if you want to improve and succeed
  • 03:07 – The learner’s mindset is the most important thing
  • 03:25 – How he ensured his improvement and success
  • 03:32 – He had financial pressure so he felt like he had to get good
  • 03:55 – After the army he went to Macau with some good high-stakes poker players and because he studies math and statistics he was helpful to them
  • 04:10 – He learned from them and was valuable to them; this helped set up his network
  • 06:05 – How long it took him to support himself through poker
  • 06:22 – He got into high-stakes in about six years
  • 07:05 – He didn’t appreciate it then, but does now looking back
  • 07:42 – The mindset needed for the system used in Macau
  • 07:53 – He said it was lucrative but killed brain cells
  • 08:30 – Sessions run 24 - 30 hours and some do doubles to play longer with VIPs
  • 09:33 – It’s not professional; after 20 hours, they are delirious and need to release awkward energy
  • 10:50 – He knows only 5-10 people who like it to some degree; most of the time they’re miserable and tired and are doing it for the money
  • 11:55 – He got very bonded with the people he played with; everyone became friends
  • 12:38 – How the VIPs play in Macau
  • 12:48 – The ones that come back to play want to be good players but don’t care about losing money
  • 13:20 – They don’t care about the game but get to make friends with pros
  • 13:50 – Advice for player who want to get to high-stakes
  • 13:55 – Decide whether you want to be good at poker or be good at poker and make money
  • 14:20 – Poker is dynamic; GTO is not the angle
  • 15:37 – You can’t ever practically apply the exact solver outputs; you work on assumptions that can be wrong
  • 16:30 – Don’t get stuck on the theory part
  • 17:20 – Things Wayne sees around mindset
  • 17:35 – The biggest mindset flaw is that people take things too seriously
  • 18:25 – Letting emotions get to you has a negative compounding effect at the table
  • 19:10 –The money you have is more valuable than the money you earn; find your threshold and know how much money you need and what you can afford losing
  • 20:50 – Know your emotional limitations around losses
  • 21:13 – What Wayne would’ve done differently
  • 21:50 – Strategy-wise, zoom out a few levels from where you are
  • 23:10 – Wayne’s next steps
  • 23:25 – He explored block chain and made investments
  • 23:45 – He wants to educate, train, and empower others
  • 24:05 – He plans on doing cryptocurrency education and feels he brings a fresh perspective
  • 24:33 – He’s teaching people how to play and make money playing poker; it’s important to build soft skills 

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094 - Blake Eastman - A Data Driven Approach To Poker Tells

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In this episode, Blake Eastman, founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of The School of Cards, talks about the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players. Elliot and Blake discuss how to integrate this new information into your game and why the use of tells isn’t for everyone. Listen in to hear a psychology expert share some tips and tricks that you can implement immediately to have an advantage over your live opponents.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Blake, the founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of School of Cards
  • 00:55 – He was a psychology professor and now uses that knowledge and data to help people understand the use of tells in the game
  • 01:23 – He started playing poker in his teens and his work now combines his three main passions – poker, nonverbal behavior, and teaching
  • 02:25 – Blake was anti-behavior and anti-tells before, but after Beyond Tells his perspective changed
  • 03:06 – Information on Beyond Tells
  • 03:08 – It is the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players; things like blink rate were recorded
  • 03:55 – They found that the quantitative approach is useless but the qualitative results have been game-changing
  • 04:22 – The poker community has been wrong about how they read tells – the results have found that qualitative patterns tell the most
  • 04:57 – They’ve designed frameworks and approaches to identify who to watch, when, and how so you can integrate that into your game
  • 05:30 – Video is necessary to analyze spots
  • 05:50 –Blake’s “A-ha!” moment – when he realized the data was useful and he had been wrong
  • 06:05 – He was in the office looking at footage and implemented the “grounding theory,” where you code the data without a hypothesis
  • 06:30 – He was watching a specific player and saw correlations between his hand movements and range
  • 06:51 – He started noticing the same thing with other players and live at the table; poker tells can be taught, they aren’t just an inherent skill
  • 07:30 – How Blake teaches the skill to students
  • 07:35 – First, students must understand and know the body can give off information, then that can be prioritized into a system
  • 08:00 – They can establish feedback loops for players
  • 09:20 – What you can pick up in a small amount of time
  • 09:35 – Predictive models allow for you to follow a player using common patterns
  • 10:27 – The system allows for you to know, not think, where another player is weak
  • 11:15 – Which players to read
  • 11:30 – It depends on the players, but is still beneficial even if you can only read one player
  • 12:18 – He teaches people to go after certain spots and opportunities so behaviors can define and guide as to when to make certain moves
  • 12:43 – Working with the greatest minds in poker
  • 13:05 – He doesn’t want the highest echelons knowing his techniques because he plays with them
  • 14:04 – On his work with Nonverbal Group and the power of perspective
  • 14:35 – He sees a difference between mindset and mental game; he sees mindset as an approach and mental game as on-table optimization
  • 14:50 – You must fix the foundation (mindset) before working on anything else
  • 15:35 – On the game moving fast
  • 15:50 – At the top it moves fast, but most games move slow; there’s a media bias and the local card room isn’t represented
  • 17:42 – Lower-level players are still not up to date on higher-level information about the game
  • 18:00 – Reading behavior and tells is for a specific kind of player, not just anyone
  • 19:04 – On what Beyond Tells does
  • 19:11 – They focus on live, no-limit Hold ‘Em and have a serious of programs depending on what the player needs, but mechanics need to be established first
  • 20:10 – The course is embedded with his knowledge of psychology
  • 23:36 – A tip for listeners: Pay attention to the hands
  • 23:50 – Pick one or two players and focus on their hands pre-flop; see what they do right before and right after
  • 24:12 – Increase your awareness
  • 25:15 – High-level players want to know timing tells but there are more interesting tells to analyze
  • 26:26 – A final tip for listeners: Embedded concealment strategies make it easier to pay attention to them
  • 27:00 – Blake’s plans
  • 27:06 – He’s going to Aussie Millions and WSOP
  • 27:28 – He’s learning and understanding other player’s spots; he’s using his own findings to improve his game

3 Key Points

  • The qualitative results Blake has found are game-changing.
  • You must master the foundations of poker before studying behavior and tells.
  • A player’s hands tell a lot – pick a player or two and see what their hand say.

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Feb 07 2019

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093 - Phil Galfond - Run It Once Poker

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In this episode, Phil Galfond, poker pro and owner of the Run It Once training site, reveals insider information about the launch of his new site and the challenges he has faced while developing it. Elliot and Phil discuss how his playing style has evolved over the years and how he has come to accept losses. Listen in to hear who inspires Phil, why he started Run It Once, and what to expect when his new site launches. 

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. 

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  • 00:50 – Introducing Phil and his company
  • 01:20 – He started playing poker 15 year ago; he dropped out of school to play full-time
  • 02:00 – He’s been a pro for 13 years, plays mostly PLO, and has had a few WSOP wins; 6 years ago, he launched the Run It Once training site
  • 02:40 – How poker has changed over the last 13 years
  • 02:50 – Achievable win rates were higher, but pros have gotten better; it’s still the same game, but the strategic knowledge has progressed
  • 03:30 – How Phil felt when launching Run It Once
  • 03:50 – He had made training videos before and focused on balanced strategy; he was comfortable and confident that he wouldn’t show leaks
  • 05:30 – He prefers video coaching; he doesn’t like doing 1 on 1 personal coaching
  • 06:30 – Phil’s swings and how he dealt with them
  • 06:50 – Swings take longer to get drastic in nosebleeds; he hasn’t seen the swings that some players have
  • 07:30 – He started playing as a broke college kid and the money didn’t scare him; he saw getting back up to higher money levels as a game
  • 08:30 – His emotional disconnection with money allowed him to think more clearly; today, he feels more pressure and that makes it harder to detach
  • 09:00 – He finds himself shying away from certain spots now; he feels there’s no replacement for the naivety of youth
  • 09:30 – What Phil’s mindset is like now
  • 09:38 – He can snap out of feeling down very quickly; he can accept the reality of a loss or string of losses
  • 10:30 – Everything feels stronger live; the social element makes wins and losses feel more personal
  • 11:00 – Phil’s mindset inspiration
  • 11:10 – Dan Cates (Jungleman) is very emotional when he plays, but his game never changes and this is a big advantage
  • 12:00 – Phil used to think Dan tilted a lot, but he doesn’t; he has an interesting mind and can’t contain his emotions
  • 12:37 – He doesn’t have the emotional pull that most people have
  • 13:00 – The Run It Once company
  • 13:15 – He loved meeting people who say Run It Once helped them; the coaches of the company are proud to be a part of the brand
  • 14:10 – The switch from a training site to creating a software
  • 14:15 – The training site gave him a false confidence in his business acumen; the training site did very well with little marketing
  • 14:48 – The development team is bigger and the project is bigger; he now must manage people, which he hadn’t done before
  • 15:15 – What’s new and different about Run It Once
  • 15:30 – He was worried that the online poker market was in trouble; he didn’t know where online poker was heading
  • 16:55 – They launched with cash games only; they have anonymous games and dynamic avatars to eliminate HUD use
  • 18:30 – Stakes that’ll be allowed on the site
  • 18:31 - It’ll be 6 max only at launch; they don’t want to split their player pool
  • 18:50 – They’ve come up with some innovative things that’ll improve the quality of the experience and game for cash games and tournaments
  • 19:10 – They are not incentivizing bum-hunting and targeting of weaker players
  • 19:45 – There’s a balance that needs to be kept between the money that net depositing players lose going to the players on the site; it can go too far in one direction, as it has on other sites
  • 20:19 – They haven’t finalized the exact stakes they’re going to offer; they must consider liquidity at launch and will open other stakes as more players join
  • 20:55 – They won’t have nosebleed stakes at launch; they’ll build a separate experience for that with different rules and policies
  • 21:15 – The launch timeline
  • 21:18 – They are still working on fixing some bugs; he’s optimistic but needs to be sure it’s working perfectly before launch
  • 22:30 – He’s not sure when it’ll launch
  • 23:00 – New advancements with the training site
  • 23:08 – They’ve gotten good coaches and are running a promotion for a discount and gift on annual elite membership
  • 23:30 – They’ve reopened their apparel store
  • 24:00 – How to join Run It Once
  • 24:10 – Go to eu to see the features and policies and sign up for the mailing/beta test email list 

3 Key Points

  • An emotional disconnect with the money can allow for clearer thinking during the game.
  • Creating a training site is very different than creating a software.
  • Phil’s training site has improved, and he’s not sure when the new site will launch.

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Jan 17 2019

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092 - Jack Sinclair - Winning The WSOP Europe ME

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In this episode, Jack Sinclair, WSOP Europe champion and final tabler at the main event in Las Vegas, reveals what he did to go from recreational player with a day job to WSOP champion – in two and a half years. Elliot and Jack discuss what it feels like to get into flow state and why understanding psychology can give you that extra edge. Listen in to hear a professional who fast-tracked his way to success share some insider tips that’ll inspire you to take leaps of faith, improve your game, and experience your own flow state.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Jack Sinclair, a pro who made it to the final table at the main event in Las Vegas and won the World Series of Poker Europe
  • 01:30 – He’s been a professional poker player for two and a half years now; he started playing online MTTs in London
  • 01:40 – He had a coaching session with Phil Gruissem and later became his roommate
  • 02:30 – He got 8th in the main event at the World Series of Poker in 2017 and won Europe’s WSOP this year
  • 03:30 – He was happy to have placed 8th; he was playing above his highest level and was happy with his performance
  • 04:27 – The decision to leave his day-job and play poker full-time
  • 04:52 – He took a leap of faith before he was good enough to play full-time
  • 06:10 – He’s wasn’t that confident, but was willing to try no matter what
  • 06:20 – He started playing poker at university and got hooked
  • 07:15 – Switching between online mid-stakes to live tournaments
  • 07:43 – He’s always been a live player; he has a good understanding of psychology which helps his game
  • 08:17 – With online poker you can’t read people as easily; he plays an exploitative game style which is best live
  • 09:40 – Anton Morgenstern reads “vibes” and Jack is inspired by that
  • 11:00 – Jack’s thoughts on the mental game in poker
  • 11:15 – He was an early adopter of The Mindset Advantage and hypnosis; he was a member of Poker Nerve as well
  • 12:17 – He’s suspicious of everything but thinks that these tools are helping his game
  • 13:50 – It doesn’t matter how good your mental game is if you are unsound; the question is if improvement to your mental game helps your poker game
  • 15:12 – Producing your best technical game at the table without failing due to energy loss, stress, or tilt
  • 15:30 – You can’t always play to the best of your ability, that’s why mindset improvement is important
  • 16:22 – Jack doesn’t enjoy meditation, but when he did it, he won the tournament
  • 17:00 – Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to meditate
  • 17:35 – He wears lucky socks when he plays
  • 18:11 – The pressure at the final tables
  • 18:25 – It didn’t feel momentous; he was just blown away being in Vegas and it was an overload
  • 20:10 – He got into flow state on day six; he felt like he was no longer thinking and that every move was being gifted to him
  • 21:10 – Describing flow state
  • 21:16 – The day went by quickly, like there was no time
  • 21:52 – He felt he was using his brain more and that the stream tables helped
  • 23:33 – On day four or five of WSOP Europe he had a hand where he thought he was beat but called anyway; he knew he should have folded
  • 25:20 – Now he doesn’t care and does what he believes is right; this mentality helped him at the final table
  • 26:00 – On playing stream tables
  • 26:02 – You’ll always look like an idiot because the audience can see things you can’t
  • 27:05 – The reality is that there aren’t high-level poker players giving free, good advice on YouTube or stream comments
  • 27:33 – On the getting the trophy
  • 28:00 – He is satisfied with the way he played; he minimized basic errors and honed in his mental game

3 Key Points

  1. Going from recreational to professional poker player requires a level of faith.
  2. A trained mindset is important because you can’t always win on skill alone.
  3. Flow state makes time fly and decisions feel like they are simply given.

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091 - Kevin Martin - Leveling Up Your Success

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In this episode, Kevin Martin, former Big Brother winner, Twitch streamer, and professional poker player, reveals how his studying to get cast on the show helped the way he studies the complexities of poker. Elliot and Kevin discuss why having a healthy body and mind is critical to success – especially during multi-day tournaments. Listen in to hear a young and successful expert of the game share how he boosts his confidence, when he sits out of a game, and why his girlfriend’s support might just be his deadliest weapon.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Introducing Kevin Martin, former Big Brother, Twitch streamer, and successful live MTT player
  • 01:25 – Kevin is a 25-year-old poker professional in Canada
  • 01:55 – Kevin won the Big Brother show in Canada; he used to love reality TV so he studied the casting process to get cast on the show
  • 03:00 – He relates studying the casting process to studying the complex systems in poker to find an edge
  • 04:00 – Kevin’s view on self-development
  • 04:15 – It’s always necessary, in poker it’s easy to say “I’m running bad” when you really need to improve your game
  • 05:00 – Kevin’s accomplishments
  • 05:10 – This past summer he went on a crazy live run; he won three tournaments and placed 2nd in two tournaments  
  • 06:10 – He sees the wins as a testament to his hard work and wants to keep it going
  • 06:55 – Kevin’s game plan to get an edge
  • 07:07 – You must set yourself up for success before the tournament; it’s important to eat well and take care of your body
  • 07:45 – Optimizing breaks, meditation, and disconnecting while at the table
  • 08:30 – If you miss a showdown, you lose money; treat the game like the most important thing in your life at the moment
  • 09:10 – Tournament professionalism
  • 09:25 – At the $1,000, $2,500, and $600 buy-in level, no one has the intensity required to get to higher stakes  
  • 10:12 – How confidence impacts his playing
  • 10:22 – He plays more aggressively when he’s confident; he advises not to play if you don’t feel confident
  • 10:40 – Take a break if you’re on a downswing to study and boost your confidence; players will play differently against you when you are confident
  • 11:28 – Kevin’s buy-ins: He was in a tournament for six bullets because he was within his bankroll management and it was still a profitable decision
  • 12:10 – He feels comfortable playing bigger buy-ins now; he’s excited to play at a $25,000 buy-in this year

  • 13:30 – Tournaments where PokerStars use it as marketing

  • 13:51 – There will be a lot of dead money at the tournament, so it’s a good one to participate in when increasing your buy-in
  • 14:00 – Seeing people break down at tournaments
  • 14:38 – People that aren’t taking care of themselves fall apart in long tournaments; this is an advantage for pros
  • 15:55 – Recreational players can study, commit to improving, and still win tournaments
  • 17:20 – Kevin’s Twitch streaming
  • 17:27 – He’s moved up stakes and started firing up mix games; his community has been very supportive and has set him up for success
  • 18:02 – They play small, medium, and some high stakes
  • 18:33 – Some people from Big Brother support him and got into poker
  • 19:23 –Kevin’s goal list
  • 19:40 – “To become a super-killer” poker player
  • 20:23 – Kevin studies his mistakes and surrounds himself with smart people so he can improve
  • 21:45 – Ego can get in the way, but you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • 22:14 – The best players always question themselves and always look to improve
  • 22:54 – A moment from 2018 that sticks out
  • 23:17 – It was the final 22 at Run It Up Reno and there was $70,000 up top, his girlfriend was there
  • 23:50 – He wasn’t himself so she told him to workout, shower, and meditate, and he came back after the dinner break 100% and ready to play
  • 24:25 – She is a supportive partner and gives him an edge
  • 25:00 – A message for listeners
  • 25:00 – Poker is accessible to anyone who is willing to commit to the game; there’s still the opportunity to follow the poker dream
  • 27:10 – Play sober and study; following the game plan pays off

3 Key Points

  1. Optimize breaks, meditate, and stay healthy to perform at your best.
  2. Always question yourself and look for ways to improve.
  3. Play sober, rested, and confident – or don’t play at all.   

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090 - Arlie Shaban - The 12 Labours Of Arile

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In this episode, Arlie Shaban, full-time poker player and Twitch streamer, talks about what it was like to stream 125 days in a row for 8 hours a day – a total of 1,000 hours – and get challenged by Poker Stars. Elliot and Arlie discuss extreme tilts, online trolls, and how he has learned to control his temper during a bad beat. Listen in to hear an Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee turned full-time poker player share his journey to becoming a professional player and progress on the “12 Labors of Arlie” Poker Stars challenge.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – Arlie Shaban is a Twitch streamer who has just been challenged by PokerStars for a chance to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass
  • 01:20 – Arlie’s Introduction
  • 01:30 – Arlie’s been playing poker full-time for 15 months; he hated working a regular job and loved poker
  • 02:30 – He had a mentor to learn Twitch and Twitch poker; he went through the Max-Value Training Program
  • 03:35 – Starting in November of 2017 he streamed 125 days in a row for a total of 1000 hours; he has an intense work ethic and went all-in
  • 04:25 – Now he’s a full-time Twitch poker streamer
  • 04:40 – What it was like to stream 125 days in a row, 8 hours a day
  • 04:43 – He was confident and over-prepared; it was harder than he thought but he wasn’t willing to fail
  • 06:50 – The challenges Arlie faced
  • 07:00 – Arlie can grind for months; he thought that would translate well to streaming, but he completely underestimated its intensity and negativity
  • 07:32 – He thought since he was on Big Brother Canada, he could handle anything; but he found streaming draining and distracting
  • 09:30 – You have less time to study when you’re streaming; he stopped studying for a while
  • 10:05 – Study and play hours
  • 10:15 – He’s not consistent and doesn’t have a set schedule
  • 12:23 – This past month he was at an 85% ROI; he’s up almost $4,000 and plays small $22 games and below
  • 12:45 – The 12 Labors of Arlie challenge
  • 13:10 –Poker Stars noticed his 1,000-hour challenge
  • 14:00 – He later did a 43-hour stream and got 1,400 followers
  • 14:45 – Poker Stars challenged him to the 12 Labors of Arlie, which were 12 random challenges
  • 15:22 – He’s on challenge 5 now and just found out that the challenge is for a $30,00 platinum pass
  • 16:30 – Breaking down the challenges
  • 17:00 – Jamie Staples, the Twitch “Granddaddy,” set-up inspiration and things to do to improve his streaming and brand
  • 18:30 – Mindset improvement challenge: He must clip when he has a bad beat and record himself having a positive reaction
  • 19:30 – Arlie has intense swings and thought that’d be his barrier to entry in poker
  • 20:10 – He realized that if he wanted to become a professional he would need to teach himself to not have negative reactions
  • 21:05 – He understands poker enough to play without emotions affecting him
  • 21:30 – As an MTT player, you should understand that you will have bad beats
  • 22:00 – Play your best and you’ll be profitable over time
  • 22:30 – As he’s gotten better and made more money, his reactions have improved
  • 23:25 – Down time and study time is critical for success; playing 8 hours a day every day isn’t sustainable over time
  • 24:40 – Consistency is key
  • 24:55 – The most extreme tilt he’s had was with chats; he used to have a fan near his bed that he’d break
  • 26:15 – He’d lose it over super-small stakes; he turned off chats for years because he knew how much it impacted him
  • 27:10 – Where to find Arlie: Arlie.tv

3 Key Points

  1. Mentorship and training programs can help you improve your game faster.
  2. It’s important to balance your study and play time.
  3. Unchecked negative emotions will hinder your success.

Contact/Resources

Twitch site: Arlie.tv

Podcast Production, Editing, Show Notes & Transcript by Podcastily

Oct 18 2018

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