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WSOP Diaries: For The Love Of The Game

I want this last WSOP Diary entry to be a positive one, so I’ll get the weekly bad beat story out of the way first. The Depressing Return To South Point My roommates this summer have been patient with me with a number of things, but at the top of the list has been my …

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WSOP Diaries: The Friends We Made At Paris & Bally’s

In the modern era of poker, it is easy to fixate on intricacies of the game that may stray away from where our affection for it comes from. At the end of the day it is about turning a profit, crunching the numbers at the table to make the right plays, and hit your ideal …

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WSOP Diaries: Attempting Every Type Of Poker In Las Vegas

This past week, the guys and I not only continued our tournament grind, but took advantage of some alternatives to traditional no-limit Texas Hold’em (NLH). Exploring Las Vegas has also meant exploring different games, providing amazing opportunities to see different sides of poker as well as meet new players. With the WSOP organizing events outside …

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WSOP Diaries: A Warm Welcome To The World Series

The WSOP Housewarming A long time coming, James and I made our way to Paris/Bally’s last week to finally play in our first ever World Series of Poker event. Taking in the droves of people hectically maneuvering the hallways outside the Paris ballroom, we could tell we weren’t the only ones here making their WSOP …

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Meet Brock Wilson: High Stakes Pro And New Coach

PokerCoaching.com is excited to welcome it’s newest coach: Brock Wilson. A young yet accomplished professional poker player, Wilson has become a mainstay on the high roller poker circuit and can often be seen playing on PokerGO. Last year, Wilson took down the $10,000 buy-in event of the Poker Masters defeating Elio Fox heads-up, adding to …

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WSOP Diaries: There Is No Tournament Like Your First

If I had to pick an airport terminal to transfer four pounds of one of my checked bags to the other to avoid a $70 baggage fee, it would be the terminal at Spokane International Airport (GEG). While I found the exchange of basketball shorts and the one hour layover in Seattle to be an …

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World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Diaries: The Intro

It’s nine o’clock at night in Spokane, Washington, and it is extremely hard to calculate my pot odds with the sound of bowling pins toppling over in the background. I ask the dealer for a count of the bet, to which he laughs and simply shakes his head ‘no’ at me. While I have an …

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Trusting The Poker Process

For today’s, article I want to write about the process and journey of a poker player. Being a poker player, or at least a successful, high-level one, involves a process outside just sitting down at the table and playing. Such a process involves countless hours of study, warm-up routines, cool-down routines, and reviewing play among …

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Gut Instinct At The Poker Table

Gut instincts are often misunderstood, especially by weak poker players and those who are superstitious. I’ll preface this article by stating I am no psychologist and everything I write today is from my experience and discussions with Jared Tendler, a highly regarded mental performance coach. My inspiration for this article stemmed from being at the …

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Maintaining Confidence In Poker

Today we will talk about a mental issue that I see in a lot of poker players, including myself. The issue in question is the failure to realize that the objective of this game is to not win the most pots, but to win the most money. The ability to recognize in your game when …

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The Aspirations Of A Poker Player

A great military strategist once said that there is a large difference between wanting to become someone and wanting to do something. He rallied against the office politics that surrounded military high command. He discussed how wanting to be “one of the boys” in the top brass meant sacrificing your values and differing opinions. However, …

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So You Wanna Be A Pro?

Being a poker pro can be very exciting and very fulfilling; if you go about it the right way. When you go pro, it’s no longer a game; it’s your job, so you have to be willing to work long hours and study the same way you would if you were in college. Going pro …

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Remembering Versus Knowing

“But this teacher says I should do this play in that situation.” “Why did he say that?” I ask. (Crickets) The above exchange is worrying to me. When I am talking to aspiring poker players, I am struck with an impression: They want firm answers. They want a poker trainer who they can trust 100%. …

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Taking You From Beginner To Consistent Winner

Many people are initially drawn to poker because they assume there’s easy money to be made. That’s partly true: there’s money, and if you’re a good player it can be easy, but it’ll require hard work and time to get to a point where you are that good.  There is no magic switch from unprofitable …

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Embrace Healthy Systems Part 2

Did you come up with resolutions for 2022? According to many studies, there is a 92% chance you won’t accomplish those goals. Why? It has nothing to do with you. They’re always talking about having ambitious goals in school, however, they never teach you how to achieve those goals. It’s only been in recent years …

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Forget Goals, Embrace Healthy Systems

In this article, we are going to discuss some systems that you can implement in regards to your life. These life systems will help improve your mood, which will help you play better poker. To get the best results you are going to need to track every day you fulfill a system. If you do …

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Invest in Management, YOU Are The Manager

My friends in the business world have an adage they repeat often: “Over invest in management.” One employee screwing up negatively impacts that employee’s tasks. A bad manager, however, will affect all the employees on his watch. As a poker player, when you wake up in the morning you are your own manager. You have …

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Live Poker Tournaments Preparation Guide

The most important thing you can do to prepare for a live tournament is to know your stuff. The more comfortable and confident you are at the table, the better your decision making becomes because you’re in the right headspace. Cultivating the right headspace starts with having a rock-solid foundation. If you can adopt the …

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Examining Spite Equity And Its Impact In Poker

I recently was listening to an audiobook called The Hacking Of The American Mind. In the book, they discussed a study which I found extremely interesting. Researchers did this test where they put two people in a partnership, with one being the “decider” and the other the “recipient”. They were given a $100 to split …

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What the Future of Poker Looks Like

If I have learned one thing as a professional poker player over the last 15 years, it is that I do not know how the game will change going forward. That said, if the poker world continues as it has in the recent past, here are some things I expect to happen.

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Winning Poker Mindset: 5 Things to Control

The reason I love writing about poker is it’s very much writing about life. If you don’t have your life in order, you will not play winning poker. Unless your training is simply impeccable, you will fly off the handle at some point. It takes years and years of deliberate study to get your game …

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