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The Mental Game Podcast

Tune in each week, as mental game coach Jared Tendler take the airwaves to help listeners strengthen this critical part of their game. A wide range of interesting guests have been on the show, including high stakes players Phil Hellmuth, Lex Veldhuis, Phil Galfond, and Gavin Griffin. Listeners are invited to submit questions and have their mental game problems solved live-on-air. The goal is to make the show fun and entertaining, while also helping you to be mentally stronger at the tables.

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#53 - David Tuchman

My guest today on the Mental Game Podcast has a unique perspective on what it takes to get to the top in whatever profession you choose. David Tuchman is an accomplished poker player, but an even more accomplished poker commentator. When you add up his work on Live at the Bike, Sky Poker, Twitch and, of course, the World Series of Poker, he may have commentated on more hours of high level poker than anyone in the world. He is also a broadcaster and big sports fan for a number of other sports. There is no doubt that talking about poker with other high level poker players is a very effective way to learn the game, so I was curious whether his hours of poker broadcasting have improved his own game.


19 Oct 2015

Rank #1

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#62 - Tilt Q&A

I got a great response to my last Q&A podcast on Goal Setting, so I have done another one all about Tilt. If you want to be featured on a future Q&A podcast, just contact me with your question. Today Barry and I discuss a wide range of topics I’m sure all of you can relate to, even if you are not a poker player. In this episode we discuss: * Why you might Tilt in one format (Like PLO), but not another (Like No Limit)* The differences between Tilt in poker and trading* Is Tilt different online compared to live?* Why Winner’s Tilt is more of a confidence issue than an anger issue* Dealing with pressure at the tables that appears as anger


16 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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#57 - Terrence Chan

My guest today on the Mental Game Podcast probably has about as varied a CV as you can imagine. Terrence Chan is a professional poker player, MMA fighter, former PokerStars employee, founder of Ultimate Poker and currently co-host of the 2+2 PokerCast. Because he has achieved so much in so many fields, I knew he was going to be very insightful about success and the learning process, but even I was surprised at just how educated he was on the topic of learning. If you want to take a sideways step from one career to another, Terrence is a brilliant example of someone who understands how to use what you already know to improve at something else.


23 Nov 2015

Rank #3

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#65 - Jonathan Fader

My guest today on the Mental Game Podcast Dr. Jonathan Fader is a clinical sport psychologist who works with top athletes, business people and most notably the New York Mets. He's also the author of the new book, "Life as Sport: What top athletes can teach you about how to win in life". Like me, he has taken a more traditional approach to performance psychology by first getting a degree in clinical psychology and applying it to the world of sports performance. (He’s added a Ph.D in sport psychology as well.) We may have different methods but there’s a lot we agree on, including there being more to achieving peak performance than simply visualizing yourself winning.


25 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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#3 - Barry "the co-author" Carter

The Mental Game show is back for 2012, and resumes in great stride today, with special guest Barry Carter. Barry is a prolific poker writer and reporter, formerly with PokerNews, and currently with PokerStrategy.com. We begin by discussing mental game trends which Barry has observed in many of the poker players he has interviewed. Additional topics written about in the book are reviewed and applied to real world examples and experiences of Carter’s. This is pretty much The Mental Game of Poker book brought to life. - See more at: http://jaredtendlerpoker.com/blog/the-mental-game-radio-show-4/#sthash.FlrX9Eev.dpuf


11 Jan 2012

Rank #5

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#60 - Chris Chabris

Today's episode of The Mental Game Podcast was a real honor for me. My guest is exactly the kind of expert I had in mind when I wanted to expand the podcast beyond poker. Chris Chabris is an Associate Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Neuroscience Program at Union College in Schenectady, and along with Daniel Simons wrote the fantastic book The Invisible Gorilla: How our Intuitions Deceive Us. He is also an accomplished poker and chess player, and writes a games column for the Wall Street Journal. Chris's work focuses on the many ways in which we fool ourselves everyday, and the illusions we create for ourselves. Think you don't fall for some of these illusion? Think again, we all do it.


25 Jan 2016

Rank #6

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#55 - Q&A

We are trying something new again this week for the Mental Game Podcast. One of the most popular things I have done, and has really resonated well with my audience are Ask Me Anything threads on forums like Reddit and 2+2. It's been great for the person receiving advice to get something tailored to them, but more importantly almost all mental game issues are universal, so very often there’s something everyone can learn from them.So we are introducing the format as a semi-regular feature on the podcast. This week we discuss:• Does meditation help you get in the zone?• How do you overcome a hatred of mistakes?• Are psychological studies reliable?• How can we prepare for high pressure situations that don't happen often (like the final table of a poker tournament)?• My views on medication in psychologyIf you like the format, please let us know as we’re already planning to do it again. If you have a question just contact me at http://jaredtendler.com/contact/.


3 Nov 2015

Rank #7

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#61 - Cal Newport

Everyone talks about wishing they had better focus, while they have one eye on Facebook on their smartphone. We live in an age of distraction and as our relationship with technology becomes symbiotic, it can come with great cost. This week Barry speaks with Professor and Author Cal Newport. Cal is a Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and one of the most productive researchers working today. He also is a best selling author of no less than five books, as well as having a very popular blog which helps you improve your own focus and study. Cal manages all of this, not in spite of, but because of, a dedication to avoiding distractions like email and social media. In his new book Deep Work he talks about how to improve your focus and do difficult demanding work. Focus is not an innate skill, it is something that can be trained and improved like a muscle.


12 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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#59 - 2016 Goals

Happy New Year!Now time for some tough love.Many of you are starting to make big goals for the year. Goals related to your career, your health or ticking something off your bucket list.Many of you also feel unstoppable. This will be your best year. You're inspired by what you're going to accomplish, how much money you're going to make, how strong you're going to get, how much weight you're going to lose, and more.Yet, the odds are greater that by the time April rolls around, you will be right back where you started having not made any progress, or very little at all. Right now, achieving your goals seems inevitable, but in just a few months they can feel impossible.In today's episode of the Mental Game Podcast I discuss why New Years Resolutions are often destined to fail. It's not because resolutions are cursed, it is often a result of predictable and preventable errors that are made at the time you set the goal in the first place.If you have a big goal this year, don't make the same mistakes you've made in years past. Listen closely to this episode, it could dramatically change the outcome of your year.


2 Jan 2016

Rank #9

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#58 - James Altucher

Today on the Mental Game Podcast my co-author Barry Carter interviews a hero of his. James Altucher is an entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, podcaster and NY Times Bestselling author. USA Today called his book "Choose Yourself" one of the best business books of all time. He is very well known in the self-help space, but what is less well known is that he is also an avid poker player. Barry tried, and failed, to get a copy of The Mental Game of Poker into James's hands, only to later discover that not only had James already read it, and had even recommended it to his fanbase. If you are unfamiliar with James, you will discover today that not only is he a brilliant business mind with a unique perspective on success and failure, he is also incredibly funny and down to earth.


1 Dec 2015

Rank #10

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#48 - Daniel Negreanu

My guest today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast needs no introduction. Daniel Negreanu is one of the most famous and most successful poker players on the planet. It is always interesting to delve into the mind of an elite performer, but I am particularly interested in Daniel because in recent years he has made a public commitment to self-improvement. This seemingly has had a big positive correlation with his poker results. This is perhaps the most self-help focused podcast I have done, and we discuss his approach to learning and how he opens himself up to feedback, the importance of taking personal responsibility and not falling into a victim mentality, and how setting goals has been crucial to his poker success. In particular I think you will learn a lot from our discussion about positive thinking. Daniel and I have different perspectives but we still found common ground.


10 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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#42 - Chris Moneymaker

My next guest on the Mental Game of Poker Podcast really does not needan introduction. Without 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker, pokerwould not be the industry it is today. Not only did help spark thepoker boom, he has been a tremendous ambassador for the game. What youmay not know is that he is perhaps the first poker player to put me ontilt. Find out how he out-mental gamed this mental game coach on thegolf course, and much more.


4 Feb 2014

Rank #12

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#36 - Jeremy Ausmus

My guest today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast is Jeremy Ausmus. Jeremy first came to our attention in 2012 when he made the October Nine and came in 5th for over $2 million. He since had a number of near misses in high profile events but finally took down his first bracelet last month in Paris at the WSOPE.Jeremy has been a professional for nine years, and he is just about one of the most balanced and professional players you are likely to encounter. He really is the blueprint for having a solid mental game. In the show we discuss:• Why a slow and steady approach to learning has proven to be very successful in the long term for him.• Why he is always reanalyzing his game and never wants to think he ‘knows it all’.• How he values a strong mental game, and why he would always take a player with a solid C-game over a player who has an amazing A-game but prone to mental game leaks.• How he works on his game away from the table and why not wanting to get caught out in tricky spots motivates him to learn. • The mental adjustments he makes when switching between tournaments and cash games.• How he dealt with the pressure of the Main Event final table. Just a quick reminder, you can now get The Mental Game of Poker 1 and 2 for free either on audiobook or using PokerStars Frequent Player Points. Go to Jaredtendlerpoker.com for more information. Also keep an eye out for a one-time-only sale from November 29th - December 1st on the softcover versions of both books. Get both books for the price of one.


22 Nov 2013

Rank #13

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#35 - The Mental Game of Poker Podcast

I often talk about how being a poker player is a lot like being a small business owner. You are responsible for your own hours, education, money management, risk tolerance and much more. One player who understands this comparison all too well is Marc McLaughlin. When Marc is not playing poker he is a successful entrepreneur, but you all know him as one of this year's November Niners. He's going into the final table with a very healthy chip stack and shot at the world title. As you can imagine this is a very fascinating insight into the mind of someone who is just days away from the biggest final table in poker history.


1 Nov 2013

Rank #14

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#33 - The Mental Game of Live Poker

If there's one thing I would change about The Mental Game of Poker 1 it would be to include more examples from the world of live poker. I tried to remedy that in The Mental Game of Poker 2, and if you want more proof that the mental game is just as, if not more, relevant to live poker look no further than today's guest on my podcast. Bart Hanson is a live cash game player who is best known for his commentary on 'Live at the Bike,' as well as having one of the most critically acclaimed strategy podcasts. His site, www.seatopenpoker.net, is on of the few training sites to concentrate on live play. Live poker does not get anywhere near enough coverage on training sites, but Bart is almost single handedly redresses that balance and proves that live players think as deeply about the game as their online counterparts. During our chat we talk about the importance of patience in live poker, some of the biggest errors online players make when the come to brick and mortar card rooms, how to combat distractions, spotting signs of tilt in others, being results-oriented, and much more. If you're an online player who assumes they can just crush the live game, think again. If you're a live player looking to take your game to the next level, Bart is your man.


15 May 2013

Rank #15

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#31 - The Mental Game of Poker Podcast with Jared Tendler

Today on the Mental Game of Poker Podcast, I speak with Pokerstrategy Coach “Schnitzelfisch” who is a personal productivity coach. He became very popular on the Pokerstrategy forums for this guide that he posted on personal productivity.I’ve talked in the past about and written in the mental game of poker, how errors in how you learn can create mental game problems. You can become frustrated, anxious, lose motivation and confidence all because you don’t understand or have unrealistic expectations of the learning process. Being unproductive or inefficient in the way that you’re working on your poker game, or your ability to balance poker and life, can create the same problems. By learning more about how you learn, or by becoming more productive, you can eliminate some of those mental game problems as well. Primoz may have some answer that can be a big help to you. You can follow him on Twitter: @PrimozSYP


1 May 2013

Rank #16

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#22- The Mental Game of Poker Podcast with Jared Tendler

Today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast, Jared welcomes professional poker player and blogger Olivier Busquet. Busquet delves into issues of tilt control, something he struggled with severely in the beginning of his poker career. Fundamental distinctions are made between the success in live poker and success in online poker. Olivier is one of the most successful online poker players in the world, in large part to his professionalism. Listen in and learn from one of the best.


25 Oct 2012

Rank #17

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#20 - The Mental Game of Poker Podcast with Jared Tendler

Today on The Mental Game radio show, Cardrunners coach Jonathan “Djross13” Davis joined me to talk about a range of topics including how he’s recently solved a lot of his tilt problems. Jonathan’s is a long-time tilter, who’s broken his share of computer equipment. Entitlement Tilt was the main offender, but overall his tilt problems were made worse by personal stressors. After experiencing some major personal issues this year, he’s been dedicated to improving his mental game and eliminating negative emotion. Learn how he did it.Then our old friend and long-time listener, Benny came on the show again. Still struggling with how he handles Injustice and Entitlement Tilt from his last time on the show, we took the necessary steps today to break the issue down further and prescribe a strategy to make the significant progress he’s after.


24 May 2012

Rank #18

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#17 - The Mental Game of Poker Podcast with Jared Tendler

Today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast Jared is joined by Casey Jarzabek from TournamentPokerEdge.com. Casey gives a candid look into his tilt problem and is truly an amazing guest. If you’re looking for a model in how to take tilt problems head on, Casey is your guy. Everything about how he’s approaching improving tilt is a blueprint for you. While your tilt issues may be different, there’s a lot you can learn by listening to how one of the best online MTT players tackles it.


25 Apr 2012

Rank #19

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#16 - The Mental Game of Poker Podcast with Jared Tendler

On this week’s episode of The Mental Game Radio Show you’ll get inside the mind of the top online PLO players in the world, Jim “Lefty2506” Egerer. He’s been playing the biggest PLO games on the net since 2007. Coached players from .10/.25 all the way up to 25/50 and understands the mental approach needed for long-term success in poker.Jim wasn’t always a mental master. But after banging his head against the wall enough times, he was motivated enough to figure what skills were lacking in both poker and his personal life. On today’s show he shares a lot of what he’s learned, and what he regularly teaches to his students. Listen in to this fast paced, conversational interview. You’ll learn some essential mental game skills that can help to keep your game sharp, and constantly improving.


19 Apr 2012

Rank #20