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The poker podcast dedicated to answering your questions on both tournament poker strategy and peak poker performance.

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Episode 60 - Controversy and Burnout
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Welcome to Episode 60! MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia Cardner are back with more answers to listener questions. But first, they start the episode with a spirited discussion of the controversy surrounding social media maven and aspiring poker player Catherine “catrific” Valdes who was removed from a WSOP-C Circuit event. She registered for one event, was seated in another, realized it and stayed in long enough to bust a player and amass a large chip stack. She was unhappy with the way the floor people talked to her according to a now removed YouTube video. Gareth and Tricia dissect her motivations and go over what to do if you should find yourself in a similar spot. Then the discussion turned to the question: What do you do when you no longer enjoy poker? Tricia led the discussion on the psychological construct known as burnout including the signs and symptoms and possible remedies. Gareth shared some of his personal experiences with poker burnout, too. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a FREE online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Preorder Purposeful Practice for Poker by Dr. Tricia Cardner & Gareth James: D&B Poker or Amazon
Apr 17, 2019
Episode 59 - Magical Thinking and Money Bubble Strategy
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Welcome to Episode 59! MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia Cardner covered a lot of ground in this episode. From discussing the discomfort that can come from getting outside of your comfort zone through to a discussion on magical thinking, they cover many mindset topics. They also discussed some of the issues at Stars and talked about the responsibility that sponsored pros have (or don’t have as the case may be) to promote the game in ways that are beneficial to the poker community as a whole. Gareth then took over the mic to answer Stuart’s question about a hand he played from the button with 118 left and 98 getting paid. Stuart had 16bbs and was dealt K2s. The small blind was sitting on 11bbs and the BB had 64bbs. We discussed the information that was missing from the question in order to reinforce all of the relevant variables that you need to collect data on if you want to maximize your analyses. Gareth talked us through our options and spent some time breaking down limping as a good option in this spot. He also explained the limits with the poker software and factors we need to consider when evaluating the results. Gareth recently released a satellite strategy video with Dara O’Kearney, which you can check out here (his channel has a ton of other great content, too!): https://youtu.be/GvMI8bAvA9s Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a FREE online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Preorder Purposeful Practice for Poker by Dr. Tricia Cardner & Gareth James: https://www.dandbpoker.com/book/purposeful-practice-for-poker or https://www.amazon.com/shop/drtriciacardner
Apr 06, 2019
Episode 58 - Creating an Unbeatable Mindset and Bluff Catching With Top Pair
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Welcome to Episode 58! MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by celebrating the fact that Gareth just shipped the $55 Clasico on Party for almost $5k! In addition, he also made the final table of a Monster Series event on Party. He also was a guest on an episode of The Chip Race Podcast where he talked about an interesting hand he played recently. After a bit more catching up, where the two hosts discuss Navy Seal training when it comes to developing an unbeatable mindset, Tricia answered a mindset question surrounding the concept of how our thoughts dictate our feelings. If you want to change how you feel, change how you think. She gave several strategies for doing so. Gareth then took over the mic to answer Adam’s question about a hand he played blind versus blind. We break down each street of the hand and Gareth explains both the GTO solution as well as the more exploitative line. He really stressed that we need to account for population tendencies and not blindly follow the GTO solution that PIO spits out for us. You can check out the satellite strategy video that Gareth mentions in the show at https://youtu.be/GvMI8bAvA9s Books Mentioned: You can preorder Purposeful Practice for Poker at https://www.dandbpoker.com/book/purposeful-practice-for-poker or from https://www.amazon.com/dp/1912862042/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_7IIKCb05BCGQZ You can also purchase Poker Satellite Strategy by Dara O’Kearney & Barry Carter from the following links: .com https://amzn.to/2SPUqj3 .co.uk https://amzn.to/2EXWOAN .de https://amzn.to/2UlfvU4 .ca https://amzn.to/2ENaxtS .fr https://amzn.to/2UmhUxQ .it https://amzn.to/2EMTc4m Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KKP62FW/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_1l4KCb2Y672AY Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a FREE online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Mar 20, 2019
Episode 57 - We've Finished The Book Plus Mistakes, Pressure and A Preflop Spot with 88
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They’re back with Episode 57! MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by celebrating the fact that their new book Purposeful Practice for Poker is done and turned into the publisher!! You can preorder Purposeful Practice for Poker at D&B Poker (https://www.dandbpoker.com/book/purposeful-practice-for-poker) or from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Purposeful-Practice-Poker-Approach-Studying/dp/1912862042) Tricia then turned the conversation to a question from John about dealing with making mistakes due to feeling pressure. She and Gareth discussed where pressure comes from and how to better deal with it. Gareth then took over the mic to answer Justin’s question about how to play a medium pocket pair versus a 3bet in the middle stages of a MTT. We talked about the importance of chip EV, how to use software to improve in these spots & how to approach questions/study from a ranger perspective. Gareth recently released a WCOOP hand history review featuring none other than WSOP Champion Jack Sinclair which you can check out here (his channel has a ton of other great content, too!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZQZUAaN1NY Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a FREE online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Mar 04, 2019
Episode 56 - Second Guessing and New Year's Goals and Resolutions
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In Episode 56, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia talk about the proper play with KTs and a 9bb stack at the end of day1 in a multiday tournament. Jamie wanted to know if his shove was correct or if he should min-raise and fold to a shove so as to ensure he makes it to day 2. Tricia then turned the conversation to dealing with new year’s goals and resolutions and explained the myriad of reasons why most people are not able to achieve them. She gave tips and strategies to deal with this issue and Gareth shared some of the techniques he is using to more effectively meet his goals. Tricia also mentioned her free online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success as a resource which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ If you want to take your tournament game to the next level then check out https://www.mttpokerschool.com Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a free online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Jan 02, 2019
Episode 55 - Stack Size Mindset and Overcoming Variance
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In Episode 55, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia discussed the reasons why our stack size can lead us to play sub-optimally. There is a certain psychology behind either having heaps of chips or not very many. In both spots, we may take unwise risks and not play each hand to the best of our ability. Then, they answered a question about how to overcome variance when you play live. Specific tips were given regarding considering field size, rake, the # of events you play in a year, and whether or not the event skips levels. A discussion ensued about the role that study and preparation plays in ROI considerations. Gareth recently released the latest part of his Mini Sunday Million Chop review, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/zb7N7Aiy-l4 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a free online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Dec 26, 2018
Episode 54 - Realistic Expectations and Travelling For Poker
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In Episode 54, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia discussed a few tips on how to put poker study into practice. Specifically, we looked at how to understand what is “normal” in poker and how it is hard to tell how well you are playing when you have small sample sizes. The key is to invest in a process and to be process oriented instead of outcome driven. Then we turned our attention to a question regarding playing and traveling on a small bankroll. Gareth gave an excellent description of how to sell action and Tricia discussed setting priorities and making sacrifices on some things so as to afford others. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Dr. Cardner has a free online course called Rev Up Your Poker Success which you can check out at: http://www.peakpokermindset.com/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Dec 05, 2018
Episode 53 - Temptation Bundling, S.A.D., Sleep Hygiene and a Tough River Spot With a Set
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In Episode 53, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia discussed a hand history that was sent in by one of Gareth’s students as well as several psychological topics including: temptation bundling, seasonal affective disorder and sleep hygiene. The hand history review featured a nasty spot where hero gets to the river with middle set and gets jammed on by the cut-off. We analyzed the various the bluff hands and value hands that villain can have in this spot and came up with what we think is the right solution. Have a listen and compare your thinking to ours! Gareth just released all three parts of a WCOOP hand history review featuring none other than WSOP Champion Jack Sinclair which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/mttpokerschool Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/
Nov 26, 2018
Episode 52 - WSOP Europe Trip Report and Advice on Procrastination
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In Episode 52, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia chatted about Gareth’s recent trip to King’s Casino Rozvadov for WSOP Europe where he spent his time commentating both NLHE & PLO! Then, Tricia answered a query regarding how to stop procrastinating and get started studying in order to move up in stakes. She explained: • Why clarity is a key ingredient • How to go small in order to get results • How to use commitment devices to ensure better performance • Why procrastination is actually a mood management technique Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Nov 09, 2018
Episode 51 - Party Poker UK Millions Hand Review and Emotional Intelligence
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In the 51st Episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia discussed the biggest pot that Gareth played at the recent Party Poker Millions Event. The hand includes his response to a 3 bet pre-flop, his decision making on the flop, turn, and river and a discussion of factors that can encourage (or discourage) an all-in river bet. Then, Tricia turned the attention to EQ (emotional intelligence) which Matt Berkey brought up at some length in Episode 50. She got several questions about what it is and how to get more of it. She explained: • A working definition of EQ • The 4 main components of EQ (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management) • Both she and Gareth gave examples and personal experiences with EQ If you want free MTT content, head on over to the MTT Poker School YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mttpokerschool Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Oct 31, 2018
Episode 50 Part 2 - Interview with Matt Berkey
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To celebrate reaching their 50th, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia interviewed Super High Roller Matt Berkey! He spent almost 2 hours answering listener questions. This is is Part 2/2. Topics covered included: •How far Berkey gets out of line •How ranges change when there's a straddle •What Berkey thinks of Doug Polk's strategy •Understanding and accepting variance •And much, much more As a reminder, Gareth has also started a new youtube channel specifically for chronicling both his poker adventures & behind the scenes of his budding poker coaching empire, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/garethjamespoker He also has the strategy channel over at: https://www.youtube.com/mttpokerschool Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @mttpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 28, 2018
Episode 50 Part 1 - Interview with Matt Berkey
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To celebrate reaching their 50th episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Strategist Dr. Tricia interviewed Super High Roller Matt Berkey! He spent almost 2 hours answering listener questions. Topics covered included: • How to improve your MTT game • Why the mental game is so critical to poker performance • Variance • The importance of emotional intelligence • How to deal with tilt • How to play your A-game more often • And, much more Because Matt gave such thorough and thought-provoking answers, this episode will be split into two parts! As a reminder, Gareth has also started a new YouTube channel specifically for chronicling both his poker adventures & behind the scenes of his budding poker coaching empire, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/garethjamespoker Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @mttpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 21, 2018
Episode 49 - Pull The Trigger: Fear of Failure, Perfectionism and Resilience
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In Episode 49, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Engineer Dr. Tricia talk about several topics including: •The best ways to study for an upcoming live MTT with only limited time •Why pre-flop range construction is so important •Not having a min-cash mindset •The importance of volume •The recent cyber-attacks on PokerStars Then, they devoted the majority of the episode to talking about a listener question on pulling the trigger on certain plays and why that can be so challenging. Fear of failure, perfectionism, and resilience were all addressed. As a reminder, Gareth has also started a new youtube channel specifically for chronicling both his poker adventures & behind the scenes of his budding poker coaching empire, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGK1BKEY6-u9hMF9LWIzHZA Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 18, 2018
Episode 48 - Should We Move Up? and Unibet Bucharest Trip Report
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In Episode 48, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Engineer Dr. Tricia Cardner are back to discuss Gareth’s recent poker trip to Romania for the Unibet Open. They covered a couple of hand histories as well as some of the psychological components that go into playing live tournaments with opponents of varying skill levels. Then, they addressed listener question related to the frustration when playing with lesser skilled players. Yes, it can feel frustrating when they, “don’t respect your raises” but learning to play and beat weaker players is a critical piece of the poker puzzle. Other aspects discussed included looking at structures carefully to find the best ones and increasing your chances of getting to the business end of MTTs. As a reminder, Gareth has also started a new Youtube channel specifically for chronicling both his poker adventures and behind the scenes of his budding poker coaching empire, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/garethjamespoker Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @gazelligpoker Follow us on Instagram: @drtriciacardner @garethjamespoker Don’t forget to sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 10, 2018
Episode 47 - Maintaining Mental Fortitude and Multitabling Tips
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Engineer Dr. Tricia Cardner are back to answering listener questions in Episode 47 after starting out the episode by talking about the book they are working on that will teach readers how to develop their poker expertise more easily and efficiently. The plan is to have the book available during next summer’s WSOP, so stay tuned! Then, they addressed two listener questions; one on how to make sure you keep your mental fortitude at an all-time high so as to not make careless mistakes and another on how to make multi-tabling easier. Gareth has also started a new Youtube channel specifically for chronicling both his poker adventures & behind the scenes of his budding poker coaching empire, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGK1BKEY6-u9hMF9LWIzHZA Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @gazelligpoker Follow us on Instagram: @drtriciacardner @garethjamespoker Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jul 27, 2018
Episode 46 - A Las Vegas Recap
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner spend Episode 46 reviewing their respective trips to the 2018 WSOP. Gareth had many adventures including hot air ballooning, golfing, and he even got paddled! Both Tricia and Gareth got in plenty of poker and various hands and situations were discussed. We covered a variety of events including the WSOP Tag Team, the WSOP Monster Stack, PH 6-max and the Wynn Classic. We chatted about some plays we saw others make at the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Big One For One Drop. Gareth has also started a new Youtube channel specifically for chronicling his poker adventures, which you can check out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGK1BKEY6-u9hMF9LWIzHZA Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @gazelligpoker Follow us on Instagram: @drtriciacardner @garethjamespoker Don’t forget to sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jul 21, 2018
Episode 45 - Daily Habits and WSOP 2018 Update #1
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner spend Episode 45 talking about all things Vegas and WSOP. Tricia has just arrived in Vegas and is setting up shop in preparation for a poker marathon. Gareth is following behind in just a couple of weeks and he, too, is planning and strategizing! We also tackled a twitter question from Sandra who asked about setting up daily habits in order to enhance performance at the table. Tricia discussed the importance of a morning routine that includes some meditation, affirmations, visualizations, and exercise. Tricia explained the most effective manner for using affirmations and visualizations and gave some examples. Gareth also outlined how he has been using an evening reflection to help him plan out his next day’s routine. A good morning routine actually starts the night before, so a planning process is mandatory if peak performance is your goal. As the start of the WSOP is here, we are including a link to Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of all of the 2018 Las Vegas summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jun 11, 2018
Episode 44 - SHRB, XL PowerScoop Update and Avoiding Bad Habits
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner spend Episode 44 discussing Gareth’s recent runs in SCOOP (and other assorted online poker festivals) while he was in residence at a grind house with a few other players. They also discussed the recent Super High Roll Bowl where Daniel Negreanu started out with a strong focus, even as Doug Polk attempted to troll him (and Gareth explained the backstory of the feud which led to said trolling). Sadly, his focus seemed to wane at the final table and may have contributed to his 2nd place finish. We also analyzed Phil Hellmuth’s strategy for a bit. Gareth then turned his attention to analyzing a spot between Petrangelo and Daniel Negreanu and broke down some of the mathematics behind the spot. See the link for more background on the hand: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/super-high-roller-bowl/2018-super-high-roller-bowl/300000-super-high-roller-bowl/ In addition, Tricia received a question from Ken regarding not picking up bad habits when playing in a cigar lounge most of the time versus very weak players. Casino play does tend to be a bit better and Ken doesn’t want to mess up his game – even though he is quite profitable in the cigar lounge. As the start of the WSOP is here, we are including a link to Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of 2018 Las Vegas summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jun 05, 2018
Episode 43 - Live Action and Multitasking
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner spend Episode 43 live podcasting as Gareth plays a Powerfest event as well as the $55 Daily Marathon. We discuss several hands and the various lines that Gareth plays in real time. In addition, Tricia received a question from “Doug” regarding how to stop blowing up after playing well for 1-2 hours. Tricia explained how distractions are the main cause of lost focus. There are 2 types of distractions: internal and external. Our goal needs to be to attain calm confidence which we can attain by using verbal, visual, and/or physical cues. Examples of each type were shared and discussed. PSA: Here is Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of 2018 Las Vegas summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
May 23, 2018
Episode 42 - Keeping Yourself Focused and Centred
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner devote Episode 42 to discussing how to keep yourself focused and centered so that you can play more effectively. This is especially important if you find yourself getting nervous or anxious before you play. Before we dove into our main topic, we discussed the various online events that are coming up (SCOOP, Power Fest. etc.) and Gareth shared that he is getting a grind house for SCOOP! We will be expecting some fun reports from that! We shared a few tips and ideas for optimizing play during a series whether it is online or live (napping, caffeine use, and melatonin were all discussed). We also answered a question concerning how much of the pot a person can win if they enter it with only the ante in their stack. PSA: Here is Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of 2018 Las Vegas summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
May 04, 2018
Episode 41 - Bronze Medals, ICM Mistakes and Tired Tilt
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner devote Episode 41 to discussing a recent slight ICM mistake that Gareth made as well as a deep run that he posted up in the Big $55. Gareth took us through some ICM calculations in a spot where 3 players are left and the two short stacks are close in size to each other and the deep stack has an overwhelming percentage of the chips. It turns out that we must call the deep stack’s push a lot tighter than we might imagine in this spot. We also discussed the fact that it is so important to focus on the fundamentals whether we are talking about strategy fundies or mental game fundies. Evolving has to be a constant process if you want to keep up with this game! On that note, Tricia shared a message she got from a colleague describing the connection he found between being tired and going on tilt. She explained several physiological reasons why that is so and outlines a number of tips to help you improve your sleep. Playing tired is definitely sub-optimal. PSA: Here is Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of 2018 summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Apr 23, 2018
Episode 40 - It's About Time She Swiped Right!
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner devote Episode 40 to Tricia and Gareth discussing the roller-coaster tide that is poker. We discussed how the swings of the game can play tricks on your mind and Tricia gave several tips for keeping a positive mindset. With the summer coming up quickly and many of you going to the WSOP and other summer festivals, it is crucial that you not put yourself in a positon to have to rely on luck. You want to have your skills in order so that you can outrun luck and perform at your best. PSA: Here is Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Apr 11, 2018
Episode 39 - Why Are You So Defensive? and Running Out of Willpower
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 39 off with Tricia and Gareth discussing his recent trip to the Irish Open. He had a great time and it is definitely a warm-up for the summer! He also shared a question from one of his group members about why we often get defensive and feel the need to explain ourselves at the table. We considered several relevant theories and offer suggestions as to changing that mindset. Tricia then tackled a question from one of her group members about running out of willpower during the late stages of an MTT. We discussed how to optimize the brain in order to stay in the zone longer. PSA: Here is Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Apr 03, 2018
Episode 38 - Getting Backed and Live Game Selection
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 38 off with Tricia and Gareth discussing International Women’s Day as well as the role of women in poker. Gareth also discussed his top picks for his summer visit to WSOP/Vegas based off of Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet of summer poker schedules which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qpxeIG3O7IVPq_loaFNGTKixAHmxLLdQPHxm1z2GX4E/edit#gid=308492317 The show then transitioned into Gareth’s question from his Facebook group which was on the pros and cons of joining a staking group. We discussed a number of issues on both sides of the argument. Then Tricia answered a question from her group about selecting live MTTs based on factors other than bankroll (such as location and time of event, comfort of the casino, restaurants available, etc.). Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Mar 17, 2018
Episode 37 - Mastering Poker With Limited Time and Bankroll Management
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 37 off with Tricia and Gareth discussing the UKPC which Gareth recently attended. He played the Main Event and the Finale and gave us some insight into the way he played, how the fields were, and what it was like for an online player to go live. Tricia also shared some information on the withdrawal process from online sites that was sent to her via listener Jonas. We then got into the show and tackled a question from Grant regarding how to master poker when you have little time available (30min 30secs) and a bankroll question sent in by Albert (47mins 47secs). Gareth gave some very specific advice on how to determine what sized games we should be playing based on the size of our roll. To get more info on bankroll management, check out the site www.bankrolltools.com Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Mar 04, 2018
Episode 36 - Staying Motivated After Winning
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 36 off with Tricia and Gareth discussing Valentine’s Day, the Olympic Games and Gareth’s many recent online scores. Among other things, we discussed how MTT poker is really a volume game and how getting in proper volume is the key – whether you feel like it or not. We then tackled listener Nigel’s question on a related topic. Specifically, he asked how to stay motivated to play after posting a couple of big wins. We discussed many variables that contribute to de-motivation including fear of failure, fear of success, the motivation equation & the importance of following a schedule. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 35 - Game Selection and Perfectionism
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 35 off with Tricia and Gareth talking about her new puppy Oliver Twist & Gareth’s new boiler situation. Also, Gareth shared a couple of large online MTT wins that he accomplished in the last couple of weeks. Gareth jumped into his question on game selection and we had an in-depth discussion on the various components that make a game “good” including field size, overall opponent skill, and value. Game selection can make a real difference to your bottom line, so figuring it out is critical to your long-term profitability. Tricia then covered a question posted in her Facebook group about why we can know exactly what to do but fail to pull the trigger. She discussed the basic problems of perfectionism: unrealistic expectations, rumination, need for approval, concerns over making mistakes and doubts about proper action. It is important to study and build confidence in your fundamentals so that you know the right things to do and then you must get over your mental blocks in order to execute. You also have to strive for the right amount of fear – just enough caution but not too much such that you are paralyzed. Links mentioned: Pokerdope.com Sharkscope.com Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Tweet us: @drtriciacardner @mttpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Feb 14, 2018
Episode 34 - Max-Exploit, Self-Respect and Self-Discipline
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 34 off with Tricia and Gareth talking about all the progress Gareth has been making towards getting into shape so far this year. He also shared an app called Sleep Cycle that you can download to your phone to track your sleep. Tricia discussed a bit about how the 2nd round of the Solve for Why Academy Primer Course is underway and how she is learning so much more on this second go around. It pays to revisit your learning materials. (36:41) We then launched into answering a question from a Twitch viewer who asked about a particular fold that Gareth made on his stream with 99. The full hand history was discussed and we outlined the times in which it makes sense to make exploitative folds. We even touched on the fact that Phil Hellmuth does a lot of exploitative folding – maybe too much! However, it is important to not talk yourself into making bad river calls. (57:08) Tricia then covered a question sent to her by a private coaching client about the relationship between self-respect and self-discipline. She explained the scientific research that indicates that making the choice to be disciplined actually enhances self-respect. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for Tricia's course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jan 28, 2018
Episode 33 - The Value of Positive Visualizations and Bet/Folding The Turn
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked Episode 33 off talking about accommodations for WSOP as Tricia has gotten hers booked! Gareth has not gotten his booked yet, but needs to get after it because this year will be his longest visit to WSOP so far. (33:36) We then launched into answering a question from a Red Chip member who asked about the value of positive visualizations in reaching his goals. Tricia explained the scientific research that shows that positive visualization alone leads to de-motivation and lack of progress towards meaningful goals. She then broke down the steps to use along with positive visualization to make it more effective. (49:00) We then tackled a hand history that was sent in to Gareth that occurred during a $44 bounty builder tournament on PokerStars. Hero opened from CO with QQ (and a 30bb stack) as was called by the BB (who had a 23bb stack). The hand got interesting on the turn when the BB decided to check-raise a board of 7d 2h 3h - 6c after check calling flop. We discussed all the various ways to play the hand and came to the conclusion that the correct play was sent in. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jan 21, 2018
Episode 32 - The Value of Live Tournaments and New Year's Resolutions
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off 2018 with Episode 32 and Gareth talking about his new personal trainer! Gareth has set a goal of gaining muscle while getting into tip-top shape for this year’s WSOP. Likewise, Tricia has turned up her study time and is reviewing all of her Solve for Why materials. (34:13) We then launched into answering a question from YouTube viewer Oliver who asked Gareth specifically about the value of playing low buy-in live MTTs – especially when you live in a country where online poker is widely accessible. We discussed the various types of value that can be had aside from the tournament itself as well as the many ways to reduce costs overall. (58:47) We then tackled group member Mike’s question about making good New Year’s resolutions. Tricia explained the characteristics of good resolutions along with some practical strategies for deciding which goals to tackle and how to tackle them. She also broke down the research that is available on the topic. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 31 - Satellite Strategy and Avoiding Bad River Calls
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In episode 31 MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle a plethora of questions that have recently been sent in. (16:54) Gareth discussed satellite strategy and explained why even though a shove might be mathematically correct, it is not always the best strategy in a satellite. Tricia also shared some of her experiences playing satellites at the WSOP. Next up (41:27) Tricia discussed the topic of making bad calls even though you know you’re beat. She explained that willpower is limited and it can get used up in a long session. She also prescribed a method for making better decisions while preserving willpower. We also discussed how our fear of looking stupid or of being exploited can cause us to make mistakes. We then wrapped up the show by wishing all of our listeners a happy holiday season! Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! (use coupon code holiday2017 to get $40 off at checkout): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Dec 27, 2017
Episode 30 - WSOP Schedule Is Released and Small Blind Strategy
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 30 with Tricia revealing that she has a new rescue puppy! We then launched into a discussion of the WSOP (9:30) since the 2018 schedule was recently released. Reader Jon asked which WSOP events we think hold the most value for a recreational player and which are our picks as most fun events. We then launched into answering another listener question sent in by Tim (47:40) about how to properly and profitably play the small blind. Gareth takes the lead on this answer and gives a lot of really useful information that you can use to immediately improve your small blind play. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Still putting off signing up for my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination? There’s no time like the present to enroll and learn all the many ways that you can stop procrastinating once and for all! (use coupon code holiday2017 to get $40 off at checkout): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Dec 16, 2017
Episode 29 - More Information and Hand Written Notes
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 29 by discussing the fact that the holiday season is upon us! Even so, Gareth managed to get out to play some live poker (watch the new vlog here: https://youtu.be/niyNCJzwYJM) and Tricia is still studying the Solve for Why Primer Course while looking for a new puppy or two! (33:26) We then launched into the show with Gareth answering a question about the proper way to play versus an UTG +2 3x open when you have 21BBs while sitting in the BB. We discussed various lines and adjustments while acknowledging that with more information we can take more exploitative lines. We talked about how to develop lines that are good, better and best in order to best exploit our opponents. (52:13) Tricia received a question on Twitter about whether you should hand write notes or take them on a computer for optimal results. The listener of the question is taking a MTT course after the new year and is thinking of ways to optimize his study time. Tricia outlined a process by which you can be assured of learning as much as possible from all learning materials whether they be books, courses, webinars, or coaching. Don’t forget that if you have issues with procrastination, my course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code holiday2017 to get $40 off at checkout): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker)
Dec 09, 2017
Episode 28 - Interview with Jordan 'jymaster11' Young
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 28 by discussing the fact that the holiday season (including Black Friday) is upon us! Just in time for holidays, Tricia is offering a limited time coupon code (holiday2017) for a massive discount of $40 off of her Procrastination Course. If you want to stop procrastinating once and for all, check it out at http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse Gareth also has plans to offer more holiday discounts, so to ensure you get notified of when those become available sign up at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ We then launched into the show with very special guest Jordan “Jymaster11” Young. He shared some great stories about his poker journey which has spanned for over a decade already. We discussed his rise to prominence in both the live and online MTT worlds. He talked at length about the ups and downs (including winning and losing millions of dollars) that he has experienced along that way and he even answered several listener questions. If you’d like to find out how to learn more effectively and efficiently and how to take your game to the next level, give this episode a listen. You won’t be disappointed! Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code holiday2017 for $40 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Dec 03, 2017
Episode 27 - Post-Ante Poker and Self-Discipline
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 27 by discussing the fact that the holiday season is upon us! There is no better time of the year than now to think about all the things you’re grateful for as well as to start planning for an amazing 2018. We then launched into the show (21:30) with Gareth answering a question about the adjustments we need to make when antes kick in. As Gareth explained, there are a number of important strategic adjustments that need to occur as M changes/decreases. It is critical that you open wider and defend your BB more often. Having said that, it is important to keep a BB defense range that is made up of hands that realize equity well. (45:52) Tricia then answered the question: is it possible to build self-discipline? The short answer is YES and several practical strategies were offered that explain exactly how. You’ll need to put in some effort, but it is possible to restrain your impulses and make decisions that are good for you – even when you don’t feel like it! Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Nov 26, 2017
Episode 26 - Dealing With Sleep Issues
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 26 by discussing the fact that Gareth is a bit under the weather but that didn’t stop him and his poker buddies from posting a vlog of their recent live poker MTT adventures! Check it out here: We then launched into the show with Tricia addressing a question about how to deal with sleep issues. Specifically, a listener asked about how to get better sleep when you are amped up after a poker session. Tricia broke down the research on why sleep is so important to performance and how you can get a better night’s sleep. Gareth chimed in with some of his own sleep issues and we discussed what to do when your sleep schedule is interrupted by deep MTT runs. HINT: take a nap Several practical strategies were shared that should help most sleep problems. Bottom line: sleep is critical to making better decisions and to performing at your best and most players are woefully sleep deprived. Sleep really is the secret sauce to better performance. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Nov 18, 2017
Episode 25 - Dealing With Depression and Understanding The Push Fold Numbers
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MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off Episode 25 by discussing the latest on the UK live MTT poker scene, and Gareth revealed that a vlog of his recent poker trip is on the horizon! Please stay tuned for that. We then launched into the show with Tricia addressing a question about depression. Specifically, a listener asked about how to know if one has a diagnosable depression and what to do about it. Tricia broke down the 9 key diagnostic criteria to determine if one needs to see a qualified professional for treatment. We then discussed a variety of potential behavioral and cognitive strategies that can be used to reduce depressive symptoms. Depression is called the common cold of psychology, as it is extremely widespread but luckily, there are many effective forms of treatment. Gareth then answered a question sent in by Dennis who wanted to know how to apply the information he gets when he runs Holdem Resources Calculator. Gareth pointed out that getting an answer is one thing, but knowing what to do with that information is another thing entirely. You have to be aware of the adjustments that you need to take with the information you have. Just because a hand is a theoretically correct shove doesn’t always mean it’s a shove given the particulars of the situation. Stack sizes and opponents are critical when it comes to determining if you should take marginal spots. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Nov 03, 2017
Episode 24 - Staying Motivated and Effective Stack 3-Betting
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In episode 24, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off the show by discussing some of the latest poker news including the changes at Pokerstars and Phil Ivey’s recent court case. We then launched into the show with Tricia answering a listener question about how to stay motivated when it is taking a long time to move up in stakes and progress seems slow. Tricia explained the four variables in the motivation equation and gave some tips on how to stay motivated for the long haul. Gareth then addressed a question that one of his coaching clients brought up regarding effective stack sizes and how we play when we have the larger or smaller of the two. As an example, there is a big difference when a 15bb stack opens from the cutoff and we are in the BB with 40bbs versus when a 40bb stack opens in the cutoff and we have 15bb in the BB. Gareth explained the various options for jamming versus min-raising as well as cbetting. Timestamps - Mindset question: 23m 45s; MTT question: 45m 45s Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @mttpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Oct 27, 2017
Episode 23 - Slow-structured MTTs and Actually Achieving Your Goals
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In episode 23, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner kicked off the show by discussing a bit about the MTTs Gareth played recently on America’s Cardroom. Tricia then talked about her continuing studies with the Solve For Why Academy. We then launched into the show with Gareth addressing a question requesting tips of playing slow-structured MTTs. Listener Jonas asked if one should follow a low-variance route and play small ball or go really big and play long ball when playing a deep, slow structured tournament. We discussed the ins and outs of our experiences playing these types on MTTs and we addressed GTO versus exploitative styles in particular. Gareth emphasized that improving turn and river play is key when playing deep. Tricia then answered a question from Stewart where he asked how to get from goal setting and planning and to actual execution. Most players find setting goals and making plans to be relatively easy, but executing those plans can be quite challenging. Tricia outlined 4 key disciplines to execution. Time stamps: 15:11 – Gareth introduces his tournament poker strategy question 36:56 – Tricia introduces her mindset question Tweet us: What goal are you willing to be accountable for? Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @mttpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Oct 20, 2017
Episode 22 - Pre-Game Routines and Accumulating Chips Deep In Tournaments
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In episode 22, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner opened the show by taking a bit of time discussing how to get the most value out of the courses, books and other content you consume to improve your poker. Tricia is studying GTO concepts right now and she and Gareth talked about how it’s important to know GTO lines so you can deviate from them to exploit opponents. In a recent lower buy-in live MTT, Gareth practised chatting up his table mates and used the information he gained to exploit them. Using all his skills and with a little bit of luck, he made the final table as the chip leader. Unfortunately, he had a couple of hands that did not work out in his favor and he busted in 8th. We then took a couple of minutes to chat about the unforgiving nature of MTTs. We then launched into the show with Tricia answering a question about pre-game routines/warm-ups. A pregame routine that you use consistently can help you get into the zone quicker and can prime you to concentrate and focus better. Tricia also shred some research by Drs. John Kounious and Mark Beeman from Northwestern University that shows that being in a positive mood is associated with better decision making and emotional control. For this reason, it is critical that your pregame routine put you in a good mood. This week’s question for Gareth concerned the best way to accumulate chips deep in a MTT. Again, Gareth gave tips on finding players to exploit. Many players tighten up too much as the final table approaches and they are ripe to be stolen from. It is key to be very observant. You can play a ton of small pots and if one of these tight players plays back at you, just give up. If you look for them (and know what to look for), you’ll find a ton of good spots to pick up chips! Tweet us: What is your favorite way to warm-up before you play poker? Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Oct 13, 2017
Episode 21 - Observed Poker and How Do You Play AKs?
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In episode 21, MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Consultant Dr. Tricia Cardner opened the show by discussing the recent mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas. It is a very sad situation that is quite complicated by the gun laws in the USA. Gareth shared the UK perspective and Tricia outlined some of the criminological and psychological as well as legal issue that exist in the USA. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this difficult time. After this sobering discussion, we launched into the show with Gareth answering a question about how to properly play AKs when we open a ~30bb stack from middle position and get 3-bet by a tight player in the cut-off. As with all spots in poker, it is good practice to consider all options. There are a few spots where flatting makes the most sense, but Gareth goes over the reasons why a 4-bet jam is the best play. Then Tricia introduced a question from a listener named Bob who asked why he needs to have a backer or friend watching him in order to play his best. He notes that his play takes a hit when he doesn’t have the pressure of an observer on him. There are many research studies that look at the variables that produce peak performance under pressure, but the latest research points to an enzyme in the brain (COMT) that keeps our dopamine levels in the prefrontal cortex at proper levels. When we get a dopamine surge, the levels must come down and some of us have a variant of COMT that removes them very quickly and efficiently and some of us have a variant that is slow in removing them. Some of us are mixed, but most research focuses on the high and low as of this recording. The findings indicate that if you have the hardworking, fast version, you will benefit from being in a pressure filled situation. If you have the slow, lazy variant, you will not respond as well to stress and pressure unless you have experience with playing under stress. The research Tricia mentioned on Taiwanese students COMT levels and test performance can be found at: Brain Cogn. 2009 Dec;71(3):300-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2009.07.011. Epub 2009 Aug 22. Tricia then gave examples of how to manage your responses for each type. It is possible to improve your responses to stress whether you need to amp it up like Bob or tamp it down. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Oct 07, 2017
Episode 20 - Why Common Sense Is Not So Common
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In episode 20, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by discussing the recent runs Gareth has been having in the WCOOP & Powerfest. While he had a couple of deep runs, a big score was not forthcoming – this time! Tricia is still hard at work in the Primer class that Matt Berkey, Christian Soto and Jordan Young from Solve For Why Academy are currently teaching. This class is an in-depth look at range based poker & it requires a fair amount of study! This week we covered a lot of GTO concepts. If you’d like to join her in going back to school, Gareth is offering a 20% discount on his classes and lessons at www.MTTpokerschool.com – just use the discount code: back2school when you check-out. The code is good through the end of the month (September 2017). After that, we launched into the show with Tricia answering a compelling question sent in by Keith who asks why common sense is not so common among poker players. A long discussion about the many factors that impede our ability to think rationally ensued. Tricia explained that rational thought is actually quite difficult to attain thanks to a number of cognitive biases that we all exhibit. A main reason for this is that we form our beliefs first and then seek out evidence to support them instead of going about it in the opposite direction. Gareth also shared some of his experiences as a qualified teacher and explained how there are also many different learning styles that contribute to exceptional learning. If you want to be a more rational thinker, you’ve got to train yourself to think in a scientific manner. We covered the knowledge illusion, confirmation bias, and how we are all much more adept at seeing irrationality in others than in our own selves. All in all, if you would like to improve your reasoning at poker, it is a good exercise to take the time to write out your complete strategy. By doing this, you’ll likely see areas where you are not as clear and logical as you would like to be. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Also, the 20% off discount code for Gareth’s lessons or products is back2school – just apply it at checkout and your discount will be applied! Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 29, 2017
Episode 19 - Dealing With Pressure and Calling 3-Bet Jams
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In episode 19, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by discussing the fun Gareth has been having playing the WCOOP & Powerfest. He’s had a couple of deep runs, but is still awaiting a big score! Tricia has been hard at work taking the Primer class that Matt Berkey and Jordan Young from Solve For Why Academy are currently teaching. This class is an in-depth look at range based poker & it requires a fair amount of study! If you’d like to join her in going back to school, Gareth is offering a 20% discount on his classes and lessons at www.mttpokerschool.com/shop – just use the discount code: BACK2SCHOOL when you check-out. The code is good through the end of the month (September 2017). After that, we get into the show with Tricia answering a common question sent in by Peter who asks why, in the heat of battle, he cannot make the correct play even when he is sure he knows what it is. A long discussion about the role pressure plays in peak performance ensued. Tricia explains that the brain has limited working memory and gives some tips on how to optimize it in stressful situations. Gareth then tackles a question from listener Jon on how to play small pairs versus a shove in a multi-table SNG where he was the chip leader 12 off the money. Gareth explains the difference between ICM and chip EV and concludes after considering all the relevant factors that calling off with 77 in this spot was the correct play. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Also, the 20% off discount code for Gareth’s lessons or products is back2school – just apply it at checkout and your discount will be applied! Enroll in Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 22, 2017
Episode 18 - Deliberate Practice
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In episode 18, MTT Dr. Tricia Cardner opens the show by explaining that Gareth is off playing poker, so today’s episode will be a solo venture. A listener sent in a question asking for more information on deliberate practice and how it applies to poker. Deliberate practice is the use of a high degree of focused effort to develop specific skills and concepts beyond one’s current abilities. It is much more than showing up to play. Most of us know that playing poker will only get us so far and then we hit a performance plateau. If you want to become truly great, then designing your study sessions using deliberate practice strategies is for you! This episode breaks down the tips, tricks, and strategies that you can implement now to take your expertise to the next level. Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win 10% of Gareth’s WCOOP & Powerfest action: https://gleam.io/vwGEc/10-of-gareth-james-wcoop-and-powerfest-action Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 09, 2017
Episode 17 - Bad Beats, Downswings and Bounty Strategy
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In episode 17, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by discussing the crazy weather we’ve been having here in Texas. They then move on to the questions. Gareth’s question centered around the proper adjustments for bounty MTTs with an emphasis on progressive bounty structures. Specifically, he explained how the bounty changes the pot odds which then leads to changes in push-fold. Typically, we should be calling shoves much wider than normal because we are getting an amazing price. This episode also features Tricia answering a question about how to deal with the bad beats and downswings that come with poker. She explains how having the right expectations can set you up for a smoother ride on the poker journey. The reality is that bad things happen at the poker table and when we recognize this and accept it, we will experience less stress and strife. Second, you need to practice thinking about what is in your control and what is not and put all of your focus on things you can control. Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win 10% of Gareth’s WCOOP & Powerfest action: https://gleam.io/vwGEc/10-of-gareth-james-wcoop-and-powerfest-action Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Sep 01, 2017
Episode 16 - Maintaining Your A-Game and Cashout Strategy
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In episode 16, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner open the show by discussing the merits of prop bets when it comes to exercise and then they tackle two interesting listener questions. First up, Tricia answers a question about how to maintain one’s A-game. She gives a rundown of the factors that contribute to playing in the zone and discusses some barriers. She also highlights the importance of managing your energy in order to extend your time in the zone. This episode also features Gareth answering a question about how to cash out from your winning sessions. Gareth references a 2010 article by Jennifear on the topic and explains how to take cash out while still growing your bankroll. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 15 - Financial Freedom and River Bet Sizing
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In episode 15, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss two interesting listener questions. First up, Tricia answers part two of listener Steve’s question from last week where he asked about having financial freedom as a goal. Gareth and Tricia talked about what financial freedom means as well as some ideas on how to attain it. A couple of book recommendations were also offered. This episode also features Gareth answering a strategy question about how to decide on the optimal bet size on the river. Gareth outlines a series of things to think about with regard to our opponent’s tendencies that can help us determine the best river bet sizing. In general, if your opponent is sensitive, then you should use a large sizing with your bluffs and a small one with your value hands. Your goal it to extract maximum value with your hand! Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ and watch how Gareth turned $22 into over $23,000 at https://www.mttpokerschool.com/the-classroom Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help! (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 18, 2017
Episode 14 - Setting Goals and 15-25bb Range Construction
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In episode 14, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss two listener questions that both came into our respective Facebook groups this week. The first question tackled has to do with setting poker goals when you have limited time available and lots of potential study material. It is important to gain clarity about what it is you exactly want and then you want to break your goals into specific small but focused daily tasks. This episode also features Gareth answering a query about how to play a 15-25bb stack. This is a situation that comes up all the time in MTTs. Gareth outlines a series of questions to ask about our opponent’s tendencies that can help us determine our proper play. He also provides instructions for using Holdem Resources calculator to examine various plays. Doing this work in advance is critical to being able to play well in the moment. Want us to answer your poker question? Post it in Dr. Tricia’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Or in Gareth’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Or tweet it to us: @drtriciacardner @MTTpokerschool @gazelligpoker Don’t forget to sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 11, 2017
Episode 13 - Achieve More Goals and Flop More Straights
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In episode 13, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss a listener question on how to set and achieve more goals using Parkinson’s Law and the Eisenhower Effect. This episode also features a hand history where hero flops a straight on a monotone board. All aspects of play on each street are considered and we hash out the best lines on each street from both the point of view of the hero as well as the villain. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner or post it in my private facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Don’t forget to Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ and join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mttpokerschoolclassroom Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online goal-setting course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) If you have issues with procrastination, my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination can help (use coupon code wsop2017 for $20 off): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Aug 04, 2017
Episode 12 - Positive Reactions To An Aggressive Small Blind
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss a listener question about how to deal with a SB who constantly shoves on your BB. Many people find this situation very frustrating! Tricia covers the psychological aspects of the situation while Gareth provides a solid theoretical foundation for when you should fold and when you should call. After listening to episode and doing a bit of practice with ICMizer, Holdem Resources Calculator & Flopzilla, you’ll be well on your way to defending your BB effectively with minimal mental fuss! Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner or post it in my private facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokerMindsetMasteryLab/ Sign up to get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out her new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jul 28, 2017
Episode 11 - WSOP Update and Relationships
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss a bit about her play in the Marathon event at the World Series of Poker. They also talk about how to respond to being card dead in tournaments. Then, they turn their attention to this week’s question which is about handling relationship issues that come with a poker career. They discuss common pain points and offer up some advice on how to use organization and communication to improve things. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out her new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jun 23, 2017
Episode 10 - Dr Cardner's WSOP Experience So Far
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner discuss her trip to the World Series of Poker. They talk about the various tournament series in Las Vegas as well as some common mistakes opponents are making. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind, @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 9 - Bad Habits and Rebuy Strategy
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions on rebuy MTTs and on how to break bad habits. They also discuss their thoughts on the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) with special emphasis on Kevin Hart and what his presence could mean for the poker world. A brief conversation was also had about Phil Hellmuth showing up late to the SHRB which is a stacked, tough event. Dr. Tricia answers a question from a potential coaching client on how to break bad habits. She discusses the role of awareness, how cues trigger us and how environmental design can help. Gareth then explains the factors that go into deciding whether or not to play a rebuy MTT. He also covers how your strategy should change for rebuy events. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
Jun 02, 2017
Episode 8 - Focus and Defending Your Big Blind
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions related to dealing with big blind defense and focus at the table. They also discuss the pros and cons of hotel versus house/condo while at the WSOP. Dr. Tricia answers a question from one of her members from her private Facebook group (Poker Mindset Mastery Lab) regarding how to stay focused – especially after a mistake. She discusses a quick and yet effective process for regaining focus. Gareth then explains the importance of big blind defense and gives some things to think about when deciding whether or not to defend. Frequencies are discussed as are opponent tendencies. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
May 26, 2017
Episode 7 - Obnoxious Opponents and Stacksize Awareness
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions related to stack size awareness and dealing with obnoxious opponents at the table. Dr. Tricia answers a question from one of her members from her private Facebook group (Poker Mindset Mastery Lab) regarding how to deal with unsavory and obnoxious behavior at the table. She discusses how going into the session with a clear focus can help. It is also advisable to make plans in advance for how you will deal with such a scenario. Gareth then tackles a question about how to play various stack sizes. He offers advice for stacks ranging from 1bb – 40bb and talks about the various considerations that go into deciding which lines to take. Since most MTTs are played with 40bbs or less, this information is critical to understand. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind or @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse
May 19, 2017
Episode 6 - Discipline and Late Registration
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions related to late MTT registration and discipline at the table. Listener Jon asked how late one should register for an online MTT when registration is open for hours. Gareth explains that how late you should register depends on a variety of factors with the most important being your skill level at various stack depths. He also covers how this applies to live MTTs. Dr. Tricia then answers a question from Daniel regarding how to cultivate discipline at the table – especially when you want to play every hand. She discusses the difference between a pro attitude and an amateur one as well as how to utilize the mantra “try to create a game that you can win.” Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind, @gazelligpoker or @DrTriciaCardner Download your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse.
May 12, 2017
Episode 5 - Pre-Game Warmup and Final Table Spot
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In this episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions regarding how wide you should call shoves at a final table when you have a medium stack. Gareth explains that it is critical to react correctly to big stack shoves when there are small stacks on the table. It would be a disaster if you busted with a 25 bb stack when there are sub-20bb stacks on the table. He outlined the top-down approach that he uses to make these decisions while at the table. Dr. Tricia then answers a question regarding the pregame warmup. She shares a 4 step process that you can use to design a personalized warmup routine. You can also use this routine anytime you feel out of sorts at the table. If you want to maintain a focused, calm demeanor, then take the time to map out your own warmup. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse Follow us: @PokerOnTheMind The WSOP 2017 Schedule spreadsheet mentioned in the episode is available at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8f949eiqi7swl7q/WSOP2017.xlsx?dl=0. Thanks to Kenny Hallaert for putting this together.
May 05, 2017
Episode 4 - Table Talk and Shortstack Adjustments
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In today’s episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions regarding how to adjust your push-fold strategy based off of both stack size and opponent tendencies. Gareth explains what we should do if our opponents are not shoving correctly because in these spots it is critical that we get these decisions right: our bankroll depends on it! Dr. Tricia then answers a question regarding speech play. If you’ve ever wondered how to handle speech play at the table, we’ve got you covered. Besides letting you know the best book on the subject (Verbal Tells by Zachary Elwood), we explain how most people are not able to balance their verbal tells and as such give off quite a bit of useful information that you can use to your advantage. We also chat about my new online course called Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination & I give a few helpful tips and Gareth's Mini Sunday Million Review. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) or check out my new premium course Crack the Code: Free Yourself from Procrastination (and sign up for a free trial): http://bit.ly/ProOnlineCourse Follow us: @PokerOnTheMind
Apr 28, 2017
Episode 3 - Effective Study and Playing a 20bb Stack
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In today’s episode, MTT Coach Gareth James and Mental Game Trainer Dr. Tricia Cardner tackle questions regarding how to properly play a 20bb stack and how to study more efficiently. Gareth received a hand history whereby hero found himself in a tricky spot with AQo in the big blind and a 20bb stack. Gareth reveals the proper way to play your hands if you find yourself in a similar spot. Dr. Tricia then goes over an equation that, if mastered, will turn you into an efficiency ninja. She explains that if you want to get more out of your study, you must increase your focus and intensity. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Follow us on Twitter: @PokerOnTheMind
Apr 20, 2017
Episode 2 - Downswings and Tilt
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In this week's episode, MTT Coach Gareth James answers a question from a listener on how to deal with downswings. He gives a detailed response that includes information on: - Moving down in stakes - Playing smaller fields - Studying and its importance to downswings - Volume adjustments - Focus Mental Game Coach Dr. Tricia Cardner advises a listener on how to stop tilt. She explains that our brain exhibits a negativity bias and that it is simply not possible to live an emotion-free existence. The trick is to understand that we can still make +EV choices even when we don’t feel like it. She then reveals the two things that we can control while at the table. Want us to answer your poker question? Tweet it to us: @PokerOnTheMind Get your FREE MTT Tools at: https://www.mttpokerschool.com/ Sign up for Dr. Cardner’s FREE online course called: Rev Up Your Poker Success (http://bit.ly/RevPoker) Follow us on Twitter: @PokerOnTheMind
Apr 11, 2017
Episode 1 - Anger Management and AQs
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Gareth James and Dr Tricia Cardner discuss two questions sent in by listeners: one on anger, how it manifests itself in poker and how to deal with it; and the other on a specific tournament spot with AQs facing a preflop raise.
Mar 26, 2017