Review: The Mental Game of Poker by Barry Carter and Jared Tendler

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Review: The Mental Game of Poker by Barry Carter and Jared Tendler

It might be quite a mouthful to pronounce but ìThe Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies For Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and Moreî is quite a book for the poker enthusiast.

The book looks at how the game of poker happens in your head. Unlike other poker books it does not concern itself with how to play the cards, instead it concentrates on playing the mental side of the game. The authors shows us how the mental side of poker as crucial. It is one of the few art forms you can master, play perfectly yet still lose. With step-by-step instructions which are presented simply the book allows for anyone to learn the skills to control psychological problems such as tilt, controlling emotions, handling fear, dealing with variance, and maintaining motivation.

Recommendations include maintaining mental histories of every hand as well as game histories. This allows for analyze of your emotional states as well as your actual card play. The book does not intend to stifle or deny your emotions, but rather give you the tools to understand them so that you can address the underlying causes of the problems that you encounter whilst playing. It also provides you with short term strategies to deal with these problems.

This is a book that can change the game of poker as you know it, and it can change your poker life forever. No real poker player can avoid the issues that they are dealt with, and every poker player needs to find a way to deal with them. This book not only gives you the whys and the wherefores, it also gives you the howís.

The guidance is just as applicable to online poker as it is to playing it in a live poker room at If you buy only one poker book this year, then make it this one if you want to make rapid progress.


Denise Alicea
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This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

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