October 12, 2019
In this episode, Rob Tinnion and Jon Van Fleet (aka Ape Styles), two of the best MTT players and coaches, talk about their training site They share information about their new course, The Blueprint. Elliot, Rob, and Jon deep-dive into the course’s material, their teaching methodology, and the results their clients achieve. Listen in to hear two of the best MTT players in the world give tips for success. Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
September 19, 2019
In this episode, Elliot will be talking to Matt, Drew, and Jon from The Thirst Lounge, a group of 10 talented individuals that stream poker and document their journey while sharing the highs and lows of their life-changing experience. Find out how they became involved in The Thirst Project and what Elliot's course means to them, as well as hearing about some of the crazy prop bets that the guys have, and are getting themselves into! Listen to what it is like to live in the Virgin Islands and to be sponsored by Bill Perkins on a year-long once in a lifetime poker adventure. Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
September 5, 2019
In this episode, Josh Arieh discusses how he first came to love gambling and how he went from the pool hall to the professional poker table. He shares his views on the importance of adrenaline and how it helps him be a better poker player in the face of high-pressure situations. He tells us his plans for the future and how playing poker helps him while going through a rough patch in life and gives some great advice to young poker players. Elliot and Josh talk about the infamous 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and how he wasn’t as much of an asshole as you think he was! Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
July 25, 2019
In this episode, Jeff Gross, one of the most interesting personalities in all of poker who professionally plays live and online, discusses how he got started on Twitch. He shares how he’s learned to be realistic about his evolution and growth in the poker world. Elliot and Jeff dive into how to get started on Twitch, what to expect, and how you could turn streaming into a business. Listen in to hear this PBF – Professional Best Friend - talk about balance, family life, and why he loves engaging the poker community online. Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
July 23, 2019
In this episode, Sandra Mohr, a Hollywood director and producer who retired to travel in an RV and play poker, discusses why she recently reentered cinema. She shares her inspiration for the film Poker Queens and reveals some of the famous (and not-so-famous) faces we’ll see in it. Elliot and Sandra explore what holds women back in poker, what gives them an advantage, and how we all can practice evolved awareness on and off the table. Listen in to hear this poker queen talk about killer instincts, painful tilts, and the strides she’s making to highlight the badass women of poker. Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
May 30, 2019
In this episode, Tommy Angelo, poker and meditation coach, discusses his new book Dailyness: How to Sustain a Meditation Practice. He shares what meditation means to him and why, if you commit to making it a practice, you need to go all-in. Elliot and Tommy explore the common excuses and challenges people face when they meditate. Listen in to hear an expert share how meditation gives players an edge at the table and why you’re already better at it than you think. Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
April 28, 2019
Episode 100 of The Mindset Advantage Poker Podcast is here!  This is a massive milestone for the show, and more importantly, the poker community who have embraced the mental game and are always striving to become the best versions of themselves. Today’s episode isn’t about any guest; it’s about you. Here you'll discover what it means to be an A-Game Player, and how you can use the A-Game Poker Masterclass as a shortcut to get from where you are now to A-Game Player status. Get access to the course here: Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
April 27, 2019
In this episode, I have conversations with two students of my A-Game Poker Masterclass. Patrick Testoni and David Jeffres discuss the course, how they’ve implemented what they’ve learned, and the specific results they experienced. Patrick is a semi-professional player who plays both live and online MTTs, and David is an “enthusiastic amateur.” Both experienced tremendous growth since completing the course – in poker and in life. Get access to the course here: Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
April 26, 2019
In this episode, Elliot talks with two students of the A-Game Poker Masterclass. Andrew Lok and Lara Eisenberg discuss the course’s content, how they’ve implemented what they’ve learned, and an insider’s perspective on what to expect when you enroll. Whether you’re a full-time pro, semi-professional, or enthusiastic amateur – this course could be just what you need to get to the next level. Get access to the course here: Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
April 25, 2019
We are back with another special episode, celebrating the launch of Elliot Roe's A-Game Poker Masterclass in partnership with Phil Galfond's Run It Once Training. In Today's episode, Elliot is joined by Fedor Holz as he recounts the events leading up to them working together and how he was able to go on his epic high-roller run so soon after. It's a great story, and to our knowledge one that he's never shared publicly before today. Pay close attention to this one, every time Fedor speaks, he drops so many valuable nuggets that you can use to be a better player almost immediately. Listen in to hear how working on his mental game changed the trajectory of his poker career (and life) and learn why he recommends Elliot’s A-Game Poker Masterclass. Get access to the course here: Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode
April 25, 2019
In this episode, Elliot and Phil Galfond discuss their exciting new partnership. They are releasing Elliot’s A-Game Poker Masterclass through Phil’s Run It Once training site because they recognize how important it is for truly dedicated poker players to master their mindset. Elliot and Phil discuss why a strong mental game is more critical than ever – especially now that solutions are more available and studied. Listen in to hear what to expect from the course, why Phil stands behind it, and how you can become part of a community of A-Game Players.  Get access to the course here: Click here to gain access to all of the show notes for this episode    
February 14, 2019
In this episode, Wayne Yap, high-stakes poker professional and advisor, reveals how he made his way to the top despite severe financial adversity – and a two-year stint in the army. Elliot and Wayne discuss the importance of studying and building a network within the poker community. Listen in to hear an expert share his strategic thinking, practical game theory, and mindset mastery tips so you can jump stakes and play bigger. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Wayne, his journey, and direction 01:20 – His started by playing small games in Singapore; his parent’s business was failing and he went into the army for two years at that time 02:00 – He didn’t have the money to practice his game so he downloaded poker videos and would watch them while out in the jungle while in the army 02:40 – The importance of studying 02:57 – Learning is important in any field if you want to improve and succeed 03:07 – The learner’s mindset is the most important thing 03:25 – How he ensured his improvement and success 03:32 – He had financial pressure so he felt like he had to get good 03:55 – After the army he went to Macau with some good high-stakes poker players and because he studies math and statistics he was helpful to them 04:10 – He learned from them and was valuable to them; this helped set up his network 06:05 – How long it took him to support himself through poker 06:22 – He got into high-stakes in about six years 07:05 – He didn’t appreciate it then, but does now looking back 07:42 – The mindset needed for the system used in Macau 07:53 – He said it was lucrative but killed brain cells 08:30 – Sessions run 24 - 30 hours and some do doubles to play longer with VIPs 09:33 – It’s not professional; after 20 hours, they are delirious and need to release awkward energy 10:50 – He knows only 5-10 people who like it to some degree; most of the time they’re miserable and tired and are doing it for the money 11:55 – He got very bonded with the people he played with; everyone became friends 12:38 – How the VIPs play in Macau 12:48 – The ones that come back to play want to be good players but don’t care about losing money 13:20 – They don’t care about the game but get to make friends with pros 13:50 – Advice for player who want to get to high-stakes 13:55 – Decide whether you want to be good at poker or be good at poker and make money 14:20 – Poker is dynamic; GTO is not the angle 15:37 – You can’t ever practically apply the exact solver outputs; you work on assumptions that can be wrong 16:30 – Don’t get stuck on the theory part 17:20 – Things Wayne sees around mindset 17:35 – The biggest mindset flaw is that people take things too seriously 18:25 – Letting emotions get to you has a negative compounding effect at the table 19:10 –The money you have is more valuable than the money you earn; find your threshold and know how much money you need and what you can afford losing 20:50 – Know your emotional limitations around losses 21:13 – What Wayne would’ve done differently 21:50 – Strategy-wise, zoom out a few levels from where you are 23:10 – Wayne’s next steps 23:25 – He explored block chain and made investments 23:45 – He wants to educate, train, and empower others 24:05 – He plans on doing cryptocurrency education and feels he brings a fresh perspective 24:33 – He’s teaching people how to play and make money playing poker; it’s important to build soft skills  Contact/Resources Wayne’s website Follow Wayne on Instagram Follow Wayne on Facebook Check out the Jump Stake website Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
February 7, 2019
In this episode, Blake Eastman, founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of The School of Cards, talks about the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players. Elliot and Blake discuss how to integrate this new information into your game and why the use of tells isn’t for everyone. Listen in to hear a psychology expert share some tips and tricks that you can implement immediately to have an advantage over your live opponents. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Blake, the founder of The Nonverbal Group, creator of Beyond Tells, and owner of School of Cards 00:55 – He was a psychology professor and now uses that knowledge and data to help people understand the use of tells in the game 01:23 – He started playing poker in his teens and his work now combines his three main passions – poker, nonverbal behavior, and teaching 02:25 – Blake was anti-behavior and anti-tells before, but after Beyond Tells his perspective changed 03:06 – Information on Beyond Tells 03:08 – It is the largest study ever conducted on the behavior of poker players; things like blink rate were recorded 03:55 – They found that the quantitative approach is useless but the qualitative results have been game-changing 04:22 – The poker community has been wrong about how they read tells – the results have found that qualitative patterns tell the most 04:57 – They’ve designed frameworks and approaches to identify who to watch, when, and how so you can integrate that into your game 05:30 – Video is necessary to analyze spots 05:50 –Blake’s “A-ha!” moment – when he realized the data was useful and he had been wrong 06:05 – He was in the office looking at footage and implemented the “grounding theory,” where you code the data without a hypothesis 06:30 – He was watching a specific player and saw correlations between his hand movements and range 06:51 – He started noticing the same thing with other players and live at the table; poker tells can be taught, they aren’t just an inherent skill 07:30 – How Blake teaches the skill to students 07:35 – First, students must understand and know the body can give off information, then that can be prioritized into a system 08:00 – They can establish feedback loops for players 09:20 – What you can pick up in a small amount of time 09:35 – Predictive models allow for you to follow a player using common patterns 10:27 – The system allows for you to know, not think, where another player is weak 11:15 – Which players to read 11:30 – It depends on the players, but is still beneficial even if you can only read one player 12:18 – He teaches people to go after certain spots and opportunities so behaviors can define and guide as to when to make certain moves 12:43 – Working with the greatest minds in poker 13:05 – He doesn’t want the highest echelons knowing his techniques because he plays with them 14:04 – On his work with Nonverbal Group and the power of perspective 14:35 – He sees a difference between mindset and mental game; he sees mindset as an approach and mental game as on-table optimization 14:50 – You must fix the foundation (mindset) before working on anything else 15:35 – On the game moving fast 15:50 – At the top it moves fast, but most games move slow; there’s a media bias and the local card room isn’t represented 17:42 – Lower-level players are still not up to date on higher-level information about the game 18:00 – Reading behavior and tells is for a specific kind of player, not just anyone 19:04 – On what Beyond Tells does 19:11 – They focus on live, no-limit Hold ‘Em and have a serious of programs depending on what the player needs, but mechanics need to be established first 20:10 – The course is embedded with his knowledge of psychology 23:36 – A tip for listeners: Pay attention to the hands 23:50 – Pick one or two players and focus on their hands pre-flop; see what they do right before and right after 24:12 – Increase your awareness 25:15 – High-level players want to know timing tells but there are more interesting tells to analyze 26:26 – A final tip for listeners: Embedded concealment strategies make it easier to pay attention to them 27:00 – Blake’s plans 27:06 – He’s going to Aussie Millions and WSOP 27:28 – He’s learning and understanding other player’s spots; he’s using his own findings to improve his game 3 Key Points The qualitative results Blake has found are game-changing. You must master the foundations of poker before studying behavior and tells. A player’s hands tell a lot – pick a player or two and see what their hand say. Contact/Resources Beyond Tells - Training Website Poker Mind Coach – Elliot’s Coaching Website Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
January 17, 2019
In this episode, Phil Galfond, poker pro and owner of the Run It Once training site, reveals insider information about the launch of his new site and the challenges he has faced while developing it. Elliot and Phil discuss how his playing style has evolved over the years and how he has come to accept losses. Listen in to hear who inspires Phil, why he started Run It Once, and what to expect when his new site launches.  Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes 00:50 – Introducing Phil and his company 01:20 – He started playing poker 15 year ago; he dropped out of school to play full-time 02:00 – He’s been a pro for 13 years, plays mostly PLO, and has had a few WSOP wins; 6 years ago, he launched the Run It Once training site 02:40 – How poker has changed over the last 13 years 02:50 – Achievable win rates were higher, but pros have gotten better; it’s still the same game, but the strategic knowledge has progressed 03:30 – How Phil felt when launching Run It Once 03:50 – He had made training videos before and focused on balanced strategy; he was comfortable and confident that he wouldn’t show leaks 05:30 – He prefers video coaching; he doesn’t like doing 1 on 1 personal coaching 06:30 – Phil’s swings and how he dealt with them 06:50 – Swings take longer to get drastic in nosebleeds; he hasn’t seen the swings that some players have 07:30 – He started playing as a broke college kid and the money didn’t scare him; he saw getting back up to higher money levels as a game 08:30 – His emotional disconnection with money allowed him to think more clearly; today, he feels more pressure and that makes it harder to detach 09:00 – He finds himself shying away from certain spots now; he feels there’s no replacement for the naivety of youth 09:30 – What Phil’s mindset is like now 09:38 – He can snap out of feeling down very quickly; he can accept the reality of a loss or string of losses 10:30 – Everything feels stronger live; the social element makes wins and losses feel more personal 11:00 – Phil’s mindset inspiration 11:10 – Dan Cates (Jungleman) is very emotional when he plays, but his game never changes and this is a big advantage 12:00 – Phil used to think Dan tilted a lot, but he doesn’t; he has an interesting mind and can’t contain his emotions 12:37 – He doesn’t have the emotional pull that most people have 13:00 – The Run It Once company 13:15 – He loved meeting people who say Run It Once helped them; the coaches of the company are proud to be a part of the brand 14:10 – The switch from a training site to creating a software 14:15 – The training site gave him a false confidence in his business acumen; the training site did very well with little marketing 14:48 – The development team is bigger and the project is bigger; he now must manage people, which he hadn’t done before 15:15 – What’s new and different about Run It Once 15:30 – He was worried that the online poker market was in trouble; he didn’t know where online poker was heading 16:55 – They launched with cash games only; they have anonymous games and dynamic avatars to eliminate HUD use 18:30 – Stakes that’ll be allowed on the site 18:31 - It’ll be 6 max only at launch; they don’t want to split their player pool 18:50 – They’ve come up with some innovative things that’ll improve the quality of the experience and game for cash games and tournaments 19:10 – They are not incentivizing bum-hunting and targeting of weaker players 19:45 – There’s a balance that needs to be kept between the money that net depositing players lose going to the players on the site; it can go too far in one direction, as it has on other sites 20:19 – They haven’t finalized the exact stakes they’re going to offer; they must consider liquidity at launch and will open other stakes as more players join 20:55 – They won’t have nosebleed stakes at launch; they’ll build a separate experience for that with different rules and policies 21:15 – The launch timeline 21:18 – They are still working on fixing some bugs; he’s optimistic but needs to be sure it’s working perfectly before launch 22:30 – He’s not sure when it’ll launch 23:00 – New advancements with the training site 23:08 – They’ve gotten good coaches and are running a promotion for a discount and gift on annual elite membership 23:30 – They’ve reopened their apparel store 24:00 – How to join Run It Once 24:10 – Go to eu to see the features and policies and sign up for the mailing/beta test email list  3 Key Points An emotional disconnect with the money can allow for clearer thinking during the game. Creating a training site is very different than creating a software. Phil’s training site has improved, and he’s not sure when the new site will launch. Contact/Resources Run it Once Poker Training Sign up for the beta test/email list Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
December 13, 2018
In this episode, Jack Sinclair, WSOP Europe champion and final tabler at the main event in Las Vegas, reveals what he did to go from recreational player with a day job to WSOP champion – in two and a half years. Elliot and Jack discuss what it feels like to get into flow state and why understanding psychology can give you that extra edge. Listen in to hear a professional who fast-tracked his way to success share some insider tips that’ll inspire you to take leaps of faith, improve your game, and experience your own flow state. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Jack Sinclair, a pro who made it to the final table at the main event in Las Vegas and won the World Series of Poker Europe 01:30 – He’s been a professional poker player for two and a half years now; he started playing online MTTs in London 01:40 – He had a coaching session with Phil Gruissem and later became his roommate 02:30 – He got 8th in the main event at the World Series of Poker in 2017 and won Europe’s WSOP this year 03:30 – He was happy to have placed 8th; he was playing above his highest level and was happy with his performance 04:27 – The decision to leave his day-job and play poker full-time 04:52 – He took a leap of faith before he was good enough to play full-time 06:10 – He’s wasn’t that confident, but was willing to try no matter what 06:20 – He started playing poker at university and got hooked 07:15 – Switching between online mid-stakes to live tournaments 07:43 – He’s always been a live player; he has a good understanding of psychology which helps his game 08:17 – With online poker you can’t read people as easily; he plays an exploitative game style which is best live 09:40 – Anton Morgenstern reads “vibes” and Jack is inspired by that 11:00 – Jack’s thoughts on the mental game in poker 11:15 – He was an early adopter of The Mindset Advantage and hypnosis; he was a member of Poker Nerve as well 12:17 – He’s suspicious of everything but thinks that these tools are helping his game 13:50 – It doesn’t matter how good your mental game is if you are unsound; the question is if improvement to your mental game helps your poker game 15:12 – Producing your best technical game at the table without failing due to energy loss, stress, or tilt 15:30 – You can’t always play to the best of your ability, that’s why mindset improvement is important 16:22 – Jack doesn’t enjoy meditation, but when he did it, he won the tournament 17:00 – Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to meditate 17:35 – He wears lucky socks when he plays 18:11 – The pressure at the final tables 18:25 – It didn’t feel momentous; he was just blown away being in Vegas and it was an overload 20:10 – He got into flow state on day six; he felt like he was no longer thinking and that every move was being gifted to him 21:10 – Describing flow state 21:16 – The day went by quickly, like there was no time 21:52 – He felt he was using his brain more and that the stream tables helped 23:33 – On day four or five of WSOP Europe he had a hand where he thought he was beat but called anyway; he knew he should have folded 25:20 – Now he doesn’t care and does what he believes is right; this mentality helped him at the final table 26:00 – On playing stream tables 26:02 – You’ll always look like an idiot because the audience can see things you can’t 27:05 – The reality is that there aren’t high-level poker players giving free, good advice on YouTube or stream comments 27:33 – On the getting the trophy 28:00 – He is satisfied with the way he played; he minimized basic errors and honed in his mental game 3 Key Points Going from recreational to professional poker player requires a level of faith. A trained mindset is important because you can’t always win on skill alone. Flow state makes time fly and decisions feel like they are simply given. Contact/Resources Jack’s Twitter Jack’s Instagram Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
December 6, 2018
In this episode, Kevin Martin, former Big Brother winner, Twitch streamer, and professional poker player, reveals how his studying to get cast on the show helped the way he studies the complexities of poker. Elliot and Kevin discuss why having a healthy body and mind is critical to success – especially during multi-day tournaments. Listen in to hear a young and successful expert of the game share how he boosts his confidence, when he sits out of a game, and why his girlfriend’s support might just be his deadliest weapon. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Kevin Martin, former Big Brother, Twitch streamer, and successful live MTT player 01:25 – Kevin is a 25-year-old poker professional in Canada 01:55 – Kevin won the Big Brother show in Canada; he used to love reality TV so he studied the casting process to get cast on the show 03:00 – He relates studying the casting process to studying the complex systems in poker to find an edge 04:00 – Kevin’s view on self-development 04:15 – It’s always necessary, in poker it’s easy to say “I’m running bad” when you really need to improve your game 05:00 – Kevin’s accomplishments 05:10 – This past summer he went on a crazy live run; he won three tournaments and placed 2nd in two tournaments   06:10 – He sees the wins as a testament to his hard work and wants to keep it going 06:55 – Kevin’s game plan to get an edge 07:07 – You must set yourself up for success before the tournament; it’s important to eat well and take care of your body 07:45 – Optimizing breaks, meditation, and disconnecting while at the table 08:30 – If you miss a showdown, you lose money; treat the game like the most important thing in your life at the moment 09:10 – Tournament professionalism 09:25 – At the $1,000, $2,500, and $600 buy-in level, no one has the intensity required to get to higher stakes   10:12 – How confidence impacts his playing 10:22 – He plays more aggressively when he’s confident; he advises not to play if you don’t feel confident 10:40 – Take a break if you’re on a downswing to study and boost your confidence; players will play differently against you when you are confident 11:28 – Kevin’s buy-ins: He was in a tournament for six bullets because he was within his bankroll management and it was still a profitable decision 12:10 – He feels comfortable playing bigger buy-ins now; he’s excited to play at a $25,000 buy-in this year   13:30 – Tournaments where PokerStars use it as marketing   13:51 – There will be a lot of dead money at the tournament, so it’s a good one to participate in when increasing your buy-in 14:00 – Seeing people break down at tournaments 14:38 – People that aren’t taking care of themselves fall apart in long tournaments; this is an advantage for pros 15:55 – Recreational players can study, commit to improving, and still win tournaments 17:20 – Kevin’s Twitch streaming 17:27 – He’s moved up stakes and started firing up mix games; his community has been very supportive and has set him up for success 18:02 – They play small, medium, and some high stakes 18:33 – Some people from Big Brother support him and got into poker 19:23 –Kevin’s goal list 19:40 – “To become a super-killer” poker player 20:23 – Kevin studies his mistakes and surrounds himself with smart people so he can improve 21:45 – Ego can get in the way, but you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable 22:14 – The best players always question themselves and always look to improve 22:54 – A moment from 2018 that sticks out 23:17 – It was the final 22 at Run It Up Reno and there was $70,000 up top, his girlfriend was there 23:50 – He wasn’t himself so she told him to workout, shower, and meditate, and he came back after the dinner break 100% and ready to play 24:25 – She is a supportive partner and gives him an edge 25:00 – A message for listeners 25:00 – Poker is accessible to anyone who is willing to commit to the game; there’s still the opportunity to follow the poker dream 27:10 – Play sober and study; following the game plan pays off 3 Key Points Optimize breaks, meditate, and stay healthy to perform at your best. Always question yourself and look for ways to improve. Play sober, rested, and confident – or don’t play at all.    Contact/Resources Kevin’s Twitch   Kevin’s Instagram Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
October 18, 2018
In this episode, Arlie Shaban, full-time poker player and Twitch streamer, talks about what it was like to stream 125 days in a row for 8 hours a day – a total of 1,000 hours – and get challenged by Poker Stars. Elliot and Arlie discuss extreme tilts, online trolls, and how he has learned to control his temper during a bad beat. Listen in to hear an Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee turned full-time poker player share his journey to becoming a professional player and progress on the “12 Labors of Arlie” Poker Stars challenge. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Arlie Shaban is a Twitch streamer who has just been challenged by PokerStars for a chance to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass 01:20 – Arlie’s Introduction 01:30 – Arlie’s been playing poker full-time for 15 months; he hated working a regular job and loved poker 02:30 – He had a mentor to learn Twitch and Twitch poker; he went through the Max-Value Training Program 03:35 – Starting in November of 2017 he streamed 125 days in a row for a total of 1000 hours; he has an intense work ethic and went all-in 04:25 – Now he’s a full-time Twitch poker streamer 04:40 – What it was like to stream 125 days in a row, 8 hours a day 04:43 – He was confident and over-prepared; it was harder than he thought but he wasn’t willing to fail 06:50 – The challenges Arlie faced 07:00 – Arlie can grind for months; he thought that would translate well to streaming, but he completely underestimated its intensity and negativity 07:32 – He thought since he was on Big Brother Canada, he could handle anything; but he found streaming draining and distracting 09:30 – You have less time to study when you’re streaming; he stopped studying for a while 10:05 – Study and play hours 10:15 – He’s not consistent and doesn’t have a set schedule 12:23 – This past month he was at an 85% ROI; he’s up almost $4,000 and plays small $22 games and below 12:45 – The 12 Labors of Arlie challenge 13:10 –Poker Stars noticed his 1,000-hour challenge 14:00 – He later did a 43-hour stream and got 1,400 followers 14:45 – Poker Stars challenged him to the 12 Labors of Arlie, which were 12 random challenges 15:22 – He’s on challenge 5 now and just found out that the challenge is for a $30,00 platinum pass 16:30 – Breaking down the challenges 17:00 – Jamie Staples, the Twitch “Granddaddy,” set-up inspiration and things to do to improve his streaming and brand 18:30 – Mindset improvement challenge: He must clip when he has a bad beat and record himself having a positive reaction 19:30 – Arlie has intense swings and thought that’d be his barrier to entry in poker 20:10 – He realized that if he wanted to become a professional he would need to teach himself to not have negative reactions 21:05 – He understands poker enough to play without emotions affecting him 21:30 – As an MTT player, you should understand that you will have bad beats 22:00 – Play your best and you’ll be profitable over time 22:30 – As he’s gotten better and made more money, his reactions have improved 23:25 – Down time and study time is critical for success; playing 8 hours a day every day isn’t sustainable over time 24:40 – Consistency is key 24:55 – The most extreme tilt he’s had was with chats; he used to have a fan near his bed that he’d break 26:15 – He’d lose it over super-small stakes; he turned off chats for years because he knew how much it impacted him 27:10 – Where to find Arlie: 3 Key Points Mentorship and training programs can help you improve your game faster. It’s important to balance your study and play time. Unchecked negative emotions will hinder your success. Contact/Resources Twitch site: Podcast Production, Editing, Show Notes & Transcript by Podcastily
September 28, 2018
In this episode, Rory “DeosOner” Young, winner of $174K in the WCOOP’s Super Tuesday, talks about what he does to control his mental state and stay confident during the game. Elliot and Rory dive into why studying, training your mindset, and controlling your emotions will always be important – whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned player. Listen in to hear the WCOOP 2018 champion share what he thinks about short-cuts and strategy in cash and MTT games. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Rory Young and his victories 01:25 – Rory’s poker playing journey 02:30 – The difference between online cash game players and MTT players 02:35 – The baseline strategy is more compact with cash games; strategy changes a lot based on stack size 03:42 – Moving to MTTs from Zoom 03:45 –He got coached through the transition by MTT grinders 04:25 – You can get through more spots in a shorter period with MTTs; he enjoys the adrenaline rush and pace of MTTs 05:02 – The schedule is different with MTTs, you must play through and manage your mental state and thoughts 05:50 – Advice on how to control your mental state 06:10 – Use a coach and tools to guide your mental training and understand how to control your thoughts 07:20 – The importance of continued learning and improvement 08:30 – Seeing hands play out and focusing on mental game 08:50 –Starting out in cash games helped Rory become more aware of the variance for MTTs 09:27 – Separating yourself from the emotions during the game 10:04 – Recalling his Super Tuesday win in the WCOOP 2018 11:00 – His PokerStars interview and comment about simply having a good run 12:00 – You must know how to capitalize when you run well 12:30 – Energy, focus, and being driven by the fear of busting 14:30 – Understanding his game and seeing the win as a launching point for improvement and growth 15:20 – Rory wants to study and play the high rollers in a few years 15:30 – Poker for Australian players 15:45 – There will always be good live cash games in Sydney and Poker Masters online, but Rory believes professional players shouldn’t live in Australia 16:40 – Rory believes people should travel, move, and make new friends to grow and push through personal limitations 17:10 – Rory’s travels: He is happy having found a base in Victoria, BC with friends 18:11 – Study recommendations 19:00 - Find someone who is where you want to be in 2 years to help you and offer them something in return 19:15 – Use PioSolver appropriately and talk to professionals who use the program 19:53 – There are no short-cuts; to get to high-stakes you must study 20:37 – The craziest tilt Rory has ever witnessed 22:00 – Rory deleted all his social media accounts, if you want to find him you’ve got to hunt him down 3 Key Points The learning and growing never stops. Find someone who is where you want to be to mentor you. There are no short-cuts; you must study! Contact/Resources Book – The Power of Now Learning Tool - PioSolver Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
September 21, 2018
In this episode, Lara Eisenberg, radiologist and semi-professional poker player, reveals how competitive skydiving and pool have helped train her mind to remain calm and focused, thus giving her a competitive edge against the pros. Elliot and Lara discuss how she balances work, play, continued poker education, and a happy personal life. Listen in to hear a well-rounded semi-pro share what she does to keep her mindset steady, her body healthy, and her poker game strong. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Lara, a semi-professional player and radiologist 01:30 – She started with online PC gaming and taught herself by reading books on poker 02:36 – She uses the A-Game planner to organize her studying schedule and studies 5-10 hours a week 03:23 – As a working person, you must be creative when finding time to learn; you can listen to audio while driving or watch videos while doing chores 04:20 – On sitting at the table with professional players 04:36 – She doesn’t get intimidated and knows to put into action what she has practiced 05:15 – What bothers her making mistakes when she knows better 05:45 – Being a female player in the male-dominated sport of poker 05:50 – She’s always been drawn to fields that are male-dominated like medicine (although there are more women now), pool, skydiving, and poker 06:15 – There are advantages and disadvantages to being a woman in these fields, but she’s always been very competitive 06:48 – The more poker is appealing to a wider group of people, the better it is for all players; help make poker more appealing by being friendly and welcoming 07:38 – Lara doesn’t get phased by anger or rudeness at the table; she notices that the higher the skill level at the table, the lesser the players will make assumptions 09:00 – How she juggles work and play: She works from home and works every other week, so she can attend plenty of events 10:00 – In Maryland she’s lucky to have plenty of places to play nearby; she believes her location is better than Vegas because of the bigger games that happen more frequently 11:35 – Cash-stake games in Maryland 11:38 – The biggest she’s played is 510 but there are limit games that are bigger, people move near the MGM because of the tourist element 12:35 – The re-growth of live poker; Lara believes that the U.S. should have online poker and tax it 13:40 – How competitive skydiving has helped Lara cope with emotions 14:05 – She read the book, “Mental Training for Skydiving and Life,” which taught her meditation, visualization, calmness, and peak performance 14:44 – She has 4,500 jumps, so the danger element has gone away 15:00 – Skydiving has helped her poker game because she can better look for an edge, focus, and remain calm 15:39 – Having a short attention span is a big challenge at the table today 16:15 – Lara fits studying, nutrition, exercise, and mental health exercises into her workweek and play week 18:55 – The winning mindset and being driven to succeed 19:22 – Certain people get obsessed with things and want to be the best; there’s a balance needed between that and other important things in life 20:24 – It’s ok to play within your means and recognize that you aren’t a professional player playing high-rollers if you have a full-time job 22:00 – Poker as recreational: You can have a job and be a winning player if you invest time and money in educational tools and coaching 22:30 – If you don’t have as much time to invest in playing, you should invest in educational things that save you time like the Mindset Advantage or Elevate Groups 23:18 – Alex Fitzgerald has been her coach for years and she appreciates the individualized feedback 3 Key Points You can still have an edge at the table as a semi-professional.   Get your studying in by whatever means necessary; even if that means listening while driving or watching videos while folding laundry.   Invest in educational tools and coaching to improve your game and keep up with the professionals.  Contact/Resources Book – “Mental Training for Skydiving and Life” Poker Mind Coach Academy - website Elevate Group – website Credits Podcast Production, Editing, Show Notes & Transcript by Podcastily
September 13, 2018
In this episode Steffan Sontheimer, aka Goose, talks about the life of a high-roller, the ups and downs of his career, and how he maintains a healthy mind and body. Over the course of his career, he’s seen how unchecked emotions can ruin plays and open the door for rookie mistakes. Elliot and Steffen discuss why taking a break from poker during a downswing is a good thing – and can be better than trying to play through it. Listen in to hear a Poker Master’s champion share why physical fitness is key to long-term success, and why he believes it necessary to enjoy other things besides poker.  Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Steffen and his accomplishments 01:20 – Steffen’s view of the poker scene and how he feels about it 01:35 – 2017 was hot online and in-person, but 2018 has been the opposite 02:20 – How he keeps a good mindset during the ups and downs of his career 02:30 – All pros get emotional, but he tries to remain analytical so his game doesn’t change depending on how he feels 03:35 – The impact emotions make in the high-rollers scene 03:50 – It happens everywhere; as soon as emotions come into play, the wrong plays are made 04:30 – He knows what he needs to do in each hand, but emotions might cause him to play on the higher-variance side 05:30 – Steffen’s relationship with Phil Hellmuth 05:45 – He likes Phil and knows how to play him; Steffen had exploits ready before Phil even knew his name 07:00 – Phil plays the televised events, not the big high-roller events Steffen plays 07:50 – The mindset of world-travelling high-rolling players 08:00 – They give 100% to each game and seem like they’re born to do it 08:35 – It’s a great but draining and stressful lifestyle 08:50 – Steffen’s techniques to prevent stress and draining 09:00 – He takes breaks and spends time with non-poker friends to stay grounded 09:45 – After taking a break, he feels the thrill of playing again 10:00 – What it was like winning Poker Master’s last year 10:10 – It was seven-handed no-limit Hold ‘Em with the same opponents; he was used to the style of the game 11:00 – He was confident, played well, stayed analytical, and felt it was his time to win 12:45 – Online poker as a training tool for different types of tournaments 13:30 – He strengthens his weaknesses and maintains his strengths with online poker 14:00 – He doesn’t have a master plan or schedule; he likes to divide and conquer by splitting up his training into manageable parts 15:00 – Physical fitness and success 15:15 – Steffen believes physical fitness is key to long-term success because players should have other enjoyable activities in their life besides poker 15:30 – His worst played week was the week after his knee surgery when he couldn’t exercise 16:00 – A poker downswing isn’t enjoyable, so physical activity and/or sports gives the feeling of accomplishment and success during that time 17:00 – Advice for players experiencing a downswing 17:15 – He likes to whine and complain to let it out, and he thinks a break from poker during a downswing is a good thing 17:40 – Always play because you love the game and want to improve 17:50 – When he experienced a downswing, he went to a beach volleyball camp and took a break to forget poker for a while 18:45 – What’s to come for Steffen 19:00 – He doesn’t enjoy poker as much as he used to, and doesn’t want to travel as much, so he’d like to find something new that brings him as much joy as poker did 19:20 – Twitching is just part of the job for him 3 Key Points Remain analytical so your emotions don’t affect your game. Physical fitness is key to long-term success. Take a break to reset your mindset during a downswing.  Contact/Resources Steffen’s Instagram and Twitter No Limit Gaming Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
August 27, 2018
In this episode, expert accountant Ray Kondler gives us a crash course on poker taxes so that amateur and professional players can understand their tax responsibilities and liabilities. Ray explains the pros and cons of filing as an amateur or professional, and stresses the importance of filing - no matter what. Listen in to hear a tax educator give tips and strategies on how to properly record, file, and deal with the IRS - whether you’re an international player or not - so you can maximize your earnings and keep your head in the game.  Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing poker taxes and guest Ray Kondler 01:18 - Ray will give a crash course on poker, taxes and how they impact players 01:37 - Taxes are a common issue, especially for international players playing in America 01:44 - Kondler and Associates are national experts on taxation of poker players and serve both national and international players 02:00 - Services for American players 02:12 - Determining if to file as a pro or as an amateur, providing tax-saving strategies through investments, foundations, LLCs, etc. 02:26 - Services for International players 02:30 - Some countries take 30% out of the winnings, and his company works to get their clients as much of that back as possible 03:15 - Discovering the niche of serving poker players 03:22 - It started by educating people; most accountants and CPAs don’t understand the gambling industry and it’s intricacies 04:00 - If gambling is a person’s profession, they must file differently 04:20 - The advantages and disadvantages of different filing routes 04:30 - If you file as an amateur gambler (not poker-specific), you can only take your gambling losses against it, but it can be all gambling losses 05:30 - If you file as a professional, losses and buy-ins can count against income 05:45 - Professionals can file a schedule C as a business and write-off other related expenses like travel, cell phone, office, meals, etc. 06:25 - Professionals can even take pension plans 06:34 - A disadvantage to filing as a pro is that if there’s substantial income, they’ll pay regular and social security tax, since they are a business 07:10 - If a person doesn’t travel a lot, they wouldn’t file as a pro because they wouldn’t have the write-offs to make up for the social security tax 08:14 - Many accounts just show gambling and don’t consider all the other expenses; Ray’s having an issue with the IRS 08:30 - The IRS labels professional poker players a business 08:45 - If you win big one year and lose big the next, you can’t write it off in a subsequent year against a prior year income; Ray believes this is unfair 09:15 - The poker industry is an up and down game, and the taxation system should consider that 09:30 - He’s trying to take this issue to the next level because if the profession is considered a business on paper, it should be treated as such 10:10 - Deductions, making sure you file, and the use of Bitcoin 10:25 - If high-winning players don’t file, they can have an issue with the IRS 10:50 - Players are using and playing with Bitcoin and they found out some information had to be given to the IRS 11:15 - Ray gets 10-20 people at the booth each year who haven’t filed in years so he works to educate them on the process 12:00 - Tax tip for players: If you win, pay quarterly, and keep record of your earnings 12:30 - Bitcoin 12:50 - Some websites show Bitcoin records, but even the IRS is having trouble classifying what is taxable 13:41 - The IRS has classified Bitcoin as a stock, so the taxation rates are based on the length of time you’ve held it 14:00 - Keep record of your purchases and coin so your accountant has numbers to work with 14:40 - Always file something; the IRS will work with you if you’ve filed 15:55 - He’s working with foreign players to get their refunds from the past three years, but they usually don’t have expense records 16:30 - They can recreate their expenses with bank statements and credit card bills; the chances of a refund review are unlikely for foreign players 17:30 - He can get his foreign clients a tax ID number so they can get their refund; it takes 2-4 weeks to get their ID number and 3-6 months for the refund 18:30 - A certified copy of their passport is necessary for the process to be started, but it can be challenging 20:30 - Ray plays in events and knows what it’s like for players in the industry 21:20 - Ray never charges for calls and advice, so any tax-related questions should be directed to him  3 Key Points The biggest difference between filing as an amateur and filing as a professional is that a professional files as a business. Always file because the worst thing to do is not report anything at all. Always keep records of your expenses and earnings, and pay quarterly if you win.  Contact/Resources Ray’s Website - Kondler & Associates Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
August 2, 2018
In this episode, Matt Berkey, high stakes poker pro, coach, writer, and blogger, breaks down the strategy, application, and constant evolution of the game. Elliot and Matt discuss the problems with playing hands based on theory alone, and analyze why adaptability is an important characteristic for gives players to gain an edge against their opponents. Listen in to hear Matt explain what his academy, Solve for Why, offers students and why there will always be a “wild card” in the world of poker. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:00 –Matt’s summer started with a massive loss but he ended up breaking even; what this does to the mind 01:30 – He views playing cash as his bread and butter; as running a business without the results impacting him daily 02:05 – He has hope every day and sees it as a legitimate return on his investments; it was frustrating to start but had plenty of opportunities to make it up 02:55 – The difference for locals in Vegas playing high stakes cash games in the summer 03:05 – It’s a huge impact for mid stakes; for high stakes, it’s a revolving door and caters to VIPs throughout the year and keeps Matt out 03:55 – In the summer, the games run more frequently so there’s a mix between VIPs and guys like Matt; the games are different with more tough spots, which he likes 04:34 – It’s nice to have fighters in the game; it can exceed the bottom line in a good way 05:00 – He barely has any downtime in the summer; the process is fun, but when you’re in it, you’re in it 05:40 – What these next few weeks before Florida look like for Matt 05:45 – Cash games and the academy are still going; he’s got 5 days of rest before travelling east, but he’s got content and teaching to do 06:26 – The story of Nick Manion; he offered to give Matt and his friend, Jordan Young, Matt’s partner and roommate, exposure and offered to wear their Solve for Why gear 07:00 – They obliged and they got their brand out there, but there was a misunderstanding in that they didn’t get a piece of the winnings 07:30 – Poker News ran a story about Nick’s play and win, and rolled that story with the fact that he’s friends with Jordan so was wearing Solve for Why gear 08:20 – What’s going on with the Solve for Why Academy; they had 18 players (at least half part-time) and about $400,000 of cash for the summer 08:45 – One of their students won the Golden Nugget in week one and they’ve got multiple events coming up 09:15 – They are launching a sub-site August 13 that will be live-focused and focused on implementing and not just building strategy 09:30 – The game evolves so quickly; it’s natural that their material would as well 10:10 – The online academy is for anyone passionate about poker; it’s tiered depending on level 10:50 – A big piece of content is “Poker Out Loud”; he’s happy about how it came out and how unique the teaching methods are 11:30 – They are doing a docu-series and a podcast as well 12:20 – The “Poker Out Loud” strategy, pressure, adaptation, and confidence 12:48 – It gets daunting for others, but Matt is used to breaking down his plays; tilt and emotions are normal and are used in the game in an exploitative way 14:30 – They are doing a lot of work on strategy and foundational knowledge in live game theory; they do the heavy lifting and come back with a base strategy and deviations 15:30 – When playing online, you don’t have all that extra information; live can be contrarian to what theory would dictate 16:10 – People don’t know how to process new information if they just focus on theory 17:15 – How Matt sees the company evolving 17:28 – The academy is the icing on the cake; the new products are follow-up/primer products 18:48 – Being online allows them to work with people all over the world; they can provide value and entertainment to their community 20:35 – There are some things he wouldn’t divulge because it’s a liability to apply those nuances and it’s difficult to teach 21:20 – He teaches what can be deployed and encourages self-learning and independent thinking 22:10 – No two strategies look the same; largely speaking, people will apply strategy differently 22:45 – Outliers within the community do things differently by challenging notions that he sees in the collective 23:30 – We’ll never reach a stage where plays are standardized because we are human and imperfect 24:04 – Application processes will always be different, so there will always be a “wild card” and “sore spots” in the strategy  3 Key Points No two strategies look the same because people will always apply strategy differently. The game evolves quickly so it’s natural that poker teaching materials would, too. You can learn strategy and implementation, but the way it is comprehended and executed will never be standardized. Contact/Resources Solve for Why Academy Website Subscription Website Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
July 15, 2018
In this episode, Zach Elwood, author, former professional poker player, and poker behavior consultant, reveals the most consistent tells that he’s studied over years of playing and analysis. Elliot and Zach discuss why the studying of tells will be more important in the 2018 World Series than in previous years. Listen in to hear one of the few experts on tells in the game share some invaluable tips and tricks that’ll give you an extra advantage at the table. Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.  Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:50 – Introducing Zach Elwood, author of 3 books on poker tells, who has helped main event final table players prepare through studying and tips 01:20 – Zach has been working on the poker tells video series and has been trying to watch the World Series 01:30 – When he watches the World Series he’s always looking for tells; the earlier in the main, the easier it is to see behaviors 02:20 – The differences between Zach’s 3 books 02:30 – His first book in 2012, “Reading Poker Tells,” goes into things that hadn’t been talked about in terms of physical, verbal and the thinking behind poker tells 02:53 – “Verbal Poker Tells” of 2014 was longer and more in-depth; he’s most proud of this one 03:11 – “Exploiting Poker Tells” came out last year and explored more physical tells, concrete analysis, and fundamental strategy 04:10 – There isn’t a lot of good content about poker strategy; Zach had to do a lot of research and analysis to write his books 04:50 – He created a spreadsheet to create codes and organize patterns he saw on TV and while playing 06:05 – Some poker tell hints and tips 06:15 – Example: The famous hand between Esfandiari and Negreanu when Negreanu raises it on the flop and goes all in, and says “Thank God you didn’t snap call” 06:30 – The expressing of relief after someone doesn’t call immediately will almost always be a pretty honest reaction and can help you narrow down someone’s hand 07:15 – “We can” statements and how he categorized hand statements; bluffers usually don’t want to weaken the perceived range of their hand 08:00 – Indirect weak-hand statements, the consistency of the weak-hand patterns, and understanding underlying intentions 09:33 – A deeper explanation of the book “Exploiting Poker Tells” 09:38 – He revisited ideas that were firmer in his mind after having wrote about them 5 years’ prior 10:00 – It goes into how to determine behaviors as meaningful or not meaningful 10:45 – The things he’s done from outside: the video series and he worked with 2 main event final table WSOP players, Amir Levahot and Max Steinberg 11:25 – They watched old video footage of their opponents and video footage during the WSOP 11:30 – A potential game-changing tell 11:35 – The 2011 main event, Pius Heinz was the champion that year, and he was playing Martin Staszko 11:43 – Heinz had a pronounced tell where he looked down during a hand and at the flop; turns out he had pocket aces 12:30 – Zach made a video analyzing his tells and explains how to use those tells to your advantage 13:30 – It will be more interesting this year from a behavioral perspective because the players won’t have a break before playing 14:00 – There will be more in-the-moment tells 14:22 – Amateur or recreational players are going to be exhausted this year while the professionals will be battle-tested 15:13 – How Zach has used what he’s learned through poker in other areas of life 15:20 – He doesn’t pretend to have special knowledge and doesn’t believe in a correlation 15:32 – He did work identifying fake accounts on Facebook and his work was featured in the Washington Post and New York Times 16:06 – He was excited and his parents were proud, especially because he started out studying print journalism 16:40 – He was pissed about certain things happening in the world and was happy to create awareness about something others didn’t know about 17:20 – He had the same sentiment about poker tells 17:35 – The issue with fake Facebook accounts 17:40 – He’s been friended by fake accounts who were accepted by others in his network 18:20 – A lot of it is financial because the fake accounts drive people to websites who pay for the traffic 19:11 – In some cases the fake account’s purpose is unclear; Zach doesn’t think it’s purely financial 20:15 – Facebook doesn’t seem to care 20:40 – Zach’s recommendations and tips for poker players 21:00 – Strategy is more important than tells, but if you’ve got strategy down and want to learn about tells, watch Zach’s free videos on YouTube 21:27 – Read Zach’s articles on Poker News and his first book “Reading Poker Tells” 3 Key Points Bluffers usually don’t want to weaken the perceived range of their hand. Strategy is more important than tells. Identifying tells is useful, but you must know how to interpret them and read a player’s intentions.  Contact/Resources Website – Reading Poker Tells Zach’s books – “Reading Poker Tells” “Verbal Poker Tells” & “Exploiting Poker Tells” Zach’s YouTube video analyzing Pius Heinz Zach’s YouTube channel Zach's Reading Poker Tells Video Series Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily
June 21, 2018
Elliot and Gonzaga discuss why your poker network has such a significant impact on your success, why joining a backing group is the fastest way to move up through the ranks, and how Gonzaga and his partners engineered a positive and supportive community in their stable.
June 15, 2018
After PokerStars removed SuperNova Elite, Bertie Bayley (who achieved SNE 3 times while being a pre-rakeback winner) took the “Renaissance Man” approach to poker by spreading out his play over many formats rather than specializing in just one. You can find Bertie online playing under the handle “bigstealer” where he bounces between Spin & Gos, cash games, and tournaments. Most recently Bertie chopped a $1k Party Poker Powerfest event for $80,000.
May 3, 2018
In this episode, Elliot Roe promotes his online mindset training academy, Poker Mind Coach. His academy offers help to those looking to improve their poker game without paying to become a personal client of Elliot. The membership benefits of Poker Mind Coach are of unbeatable value and include access to Q&A sessions from the world’s top poker players. Elliot’s Poker Mind Academy seeks to help the average poker player develop the mindset and skills to become an excellent poker player.
April 26, 2018
For over a decade, Gabriel Kollander has been playing online poker professionally. He initially started out his poker career mastering SNG’s and then moved on to short stacked no limit cash games and crushed the highest stakes there for years. He has now made the transition to playing $500-$1000 Spin & Go’s full time to focus his energy towards providing the maximum value possible to members of his Spin & Go staking group, Evolve Staking.
April 19, 2018
Raghav Bansal made history in 2015 by becoming the first Indian to final table an event at the WSOP. Then, in March 2017, at the PokerStars Championship, he placed 2nd at the high roller for about $337k - the biggest cash prize by an Indian in the past 10 years. A well-respected member of the Indian Poker community, Raghav has truly shown Indian poker players that they can play the best players in the world and win.
April 12, 2018
Ivan Stokes, also known as “ILS007,” is an English professional poker player who has been competing since the age of 18 and has been a two-time Supernova Elite player as well as a successful coach. Coming from a “study-minded” standpoint from his experience with chess, this mindset has benefited Stokes’s poker career from the start. In this episode, he speaks about how keeping a positive, productive mindset helped him become a better poker player, and offers tips on how you can improve your own ga
February 14, 2018
In This Week's Episode: YourDoom is a US-based NLHE cash game pro and owner of the training site He takes a different approach to the game than many players, choosing to play low volume to ensure that he’s always playing his A-Game. Using this approach, he’s been able to maintain a high win-rate and strong profit numbers only playing 12 hours per week. If you’re interested in learning more about his approach, he has offered a sizable discount to listeners of the show. When you use the code MINDSET, you can save 33% on his Expert Cash Game Play course or 20% off any other courses on the site. In This Episode You'll Learn:  (1:25) Why Ryan believes playing just 12 hours per week maximizes his profitability and enjoyment of life. (3:27) The difference between poker as a lifestyle and poker as a job, and why success depends on which you choose. (6:33) Why Elliot completely changed his mind about the future profitability of online poker. (10:29) Why “Downswings,” as most poker players view them, are a complete myth, and one that can completely ruin careers. (26:20) Ryan’s “silly little trick” for messing with your online opponent’s heads. YourDoom Graph and Results Facebook Twitter YouTube Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook   ***If you've enjoyed this episode of The Mindset Advantage podcast, please subscribe and leave us a review over on iTunes to help spread the word about the show. Thanks!***
February 6, 2018
In This Week's Episode:  Maria Konnikova is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, and author of the best selling books The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Maria gained notoriety in the poker community when she won the 2018 PCA National Championship for $84,000, plus a $30,000 PSPC Platinum Pass. What makes Maria’s story so fascinating is that a year before her victory, she had no clue how to play poker, and admittedly didn’t even know how many cards were in the deck. Maria’s books focus on psychology, and it’s application in the real world. She chose poker as the subject of her next book, The Biggest Bluff, to try to understand the nature of luck vs. skill and figure out if we can learn how to tell the difference. To research the book she chose to fully immerse herself in the game and attempt to make it on the live tournament circuit. With the help of Erik Seidel, her story has been one of outstanding success, and she’s going to continue with the journey at least until next year when she’ll play the $25,000 PSPC at the 2010 PokerStars PCA. In This Episode You'll Learn: 10:52 - How Maria landed Erik Seidel as a coach before she ever read a poker book (and why she targeted him as her ideal coach). 26:36 - The high leverage skill that Maria learned through poker which she now applies to her most important decisions. 28:11 - The 3 reasons why Maria achieved rapid success even though Erik Seidel labeled her as "not naturally suited to poker." Resources:  Maria Konnikova: Twitter Instagram The Confidence Game Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook
January 14, 2018
In This Week's Episode:  Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet has long been considered by many to be the greatest online MTT player of all time, and his accomplishments in 2017 only served to cement that legacy. In 2017 he won the Party Poker Millions Main Event for $1,027,000, the Party Poker Power Fest Main Event for $153,000, and the PokerStars $700 Super-Sized Sunday for over $82,000. Jon joins Elliot and Adrienne to talk about his incredible year and how you can study under him in his Elevate Group Coaching Program on In This Episode You'll Learn:  [3:37] – How on the final day of the Party Poker Millions Jon was able to set aside the enormous amount he was playing for, make peace with whatever happened, all while remaining confident that he was going to win. [6:45] - The specific Yoga discipline that high-stakes poker players are using to improve their mental and physical performance. [12:13] – Why Jon stopped trash talking other player’s games even though he consistently finds leaks in their games and doesn’t believe anybody is very good. [14:20] – The mindset that Jon uses to maintain his passion for improving his game, even after grinding online MTTs for over 13 years. [21:14] – Learn about the Elevate Program that Jon runs on and how you can apply to be a member and learn his system. Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet Apply For Jon's Elevate Program Twitter  PocketFives Profile Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook
December 26, 2017
Want to get your hands on some of Elliot's best poker mindset content for free? From December 26th-29th he is hosting The Poker Mind Coach Academy Open House, to celebrate the opening of public enrollment to the Academy. Over 4 days you'll get 9 video "Sneak Peeks" of Academy content, and be able to attend a free live webinar with Elliot on the 29th. To register for this free event just visit:
November 17, 2017
In This Week's Episode:  Nick Howard returns for Part Two of his interview. If you haven't already please listen to Part One first. In This Episode You'll Learn: Exactly what you should do if you’re a low stakes player who feels like they’ve missed the boat, but still wants an opportunity to make it in poker. (7:52) Why Nick chose to start a coaching for profits group that ONLY accepted losing players. (11:37) The most devastating form of tilt and how Nick “punted his life off” for 8 years straight because of it. (17:46) What to do if you’re putting in 7-12 hours of study each week but still not seeing results (18:31) The key mindset shift between Nick's students who got stuck in the micros and those who are now earning $30-$50k per month at high stakes. (20:51) Nick Howard YouTube Channel Run It Once Blog Twitch Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook  
November 17, 2017
In This Week's Episode:  Nick Howard has been a professional poker coach for eight years. As a former coach, he became known for teaching practical simplifications of well-balanced play. I️n 2015-2016, he documented a notable amount of success on Ignition High stakes in his Run it Once Blog “Achieving Higher Balance,” where he developed many of the independent learning strategies he uses today. Nick Howard is the founder and CEO of Poker Detox, an NLHE training company that launched in May 2016. In its first year, Poker Detox produced three major public courses, and Nick began a side project attempting to train a selection of losing players, using a team-training format. By Fall of 2017, that “losers” team had proven itself successful, and Nick had been able to refine his coaching methodologies to a point where he was ready to expand. Poker Detox now functions as one of the most elite application-based staking companies in the industry, containing a crew of mind coaches and language-optimization experts that work to provide a full support system for students. The company achieved a high enough level of methodology that it became possible to tailor the Detox training system for players of different native languages and even different learning types. The result is a powerful combination of training exercises that highlight the necessary concepts while empowering the learner to choose their path toward integration. Applications for new team members are accepted several times per year, and in 2018 Poker Detox became the first training organization to offer guaranteed salaries to its players. In This Episode You'll Learn: How chasing the GTO dream caused Nick to hit rock bottom and nearly give up on the game. (3:56) The two-step process for creating poker strategies that are both easier to implement and more profitable than GTO. (7:54) The hyper-aggressive exploits that have Nick’s student’s moving up so fast that their opponents have no time to adjust. (9:20) The mindset that is guaranteed to limit your progress in the game and kill any possible motivation. (10:36) Why it’s impossible to separate the mental game from the strategic game when trying to analysis hands at the highest level. (12:58) How different culture and language affect playing styles and optimal methods of learning the game. (25:45) Nick Howard YouTube Channel Run It Once Blog Twitch Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook
November 9, 2017
In This Week's Episode:  Fernando Habegger, known online as “JNandez87”, has been a professional poker player since 2011. His main game is $10/$20 Pot Limit Omaha and has accumulated over $100K in online tournament winnings. After being an elite coach for Run It Once for over 2 years, Fernando started his own brand “JNandez Poker” and began streaming PLO live on Twitch. In 2015, he ran a challenge to turn $20,000 into $100,000 in 100 days and succeeded on day 96. Earlier this year, Fernando switched to YouTube as his main content creation platform, where he mostly makes videos about both, live and online poker, mindset subjects and traveling vlogs. As the sole Pot Limit Omaha instructor on Upswing Poker, he just launched his second product called the PLO Lab, where his goal is to empower more poker players to follow in his steps, rise up the stakes and gain personal independence. In This Episode You'll Learn:  Why Fernando chose the “Burn All The Bridges” approach to starting his professional career rather than playing it safe What Fernando decided to spend 2/3 of his life roll on the moment he decided to go pro. The mindset Fernando cultivated that allows his to play his best even when he drops down in stakes during a downswing. A two-step process for creating a massive life’s vision that will motivate you to crush it every day. How to go from “socially awkward poker pro” to growing a huge network with friends and connections in every city you visit. JNandez Poker Youtube Facebook Twitter Instagram The PLO Lab Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook
August 31, 2017
Elliot and Adrienne share their secrets for success in WCOOP and other big MTT festivals.
August 1, 2017
In this Episode of The Mindset Advantage podcast, Scott Blumstein joins Elliot Roe and Adrienne “Talonchick” Rowsome to talk about winning the most prestigious tournament in poker.
July 25, 2017
For past episodes of the Mindset Advantage Podcast visit: About This Week's Guest:  Jared Tendler wrote the book on The Mental Game of Poker, in fact, he wrote two. His best-selling books The Mental Game of Poker 1 & The Mental Game of Poker 2 have introduced thousands of player to the mental game, and have been instrumental in growing the interest for poker mindset content. Jared was first introduced to the game when he met poker-pro Dusty Schmidt on the golf course. After hearing about the trials and tribulations Dusty went through in poker, he felt that his mental game coaching program would be a great fit for poker players, and he started working with Dusty to test this theory out. When Dusty achieved SNE and saved thousands of dollars in broken computer equipment, Jared felt confident that he had something of value to share with the poker world. From there he created content for Stox Poker and went on to write his two books. Jared’s clients include WSOP November Niners, WSOP bracelet winners, and EPT Champions. He is now recognized as one of the leading experts on the mental game in the poker industry. In This Episode You'll Learn: How Mental Game coaching can pay for itself if you’re prone to smash mouses, computer monitors, or your walls when on tilt. How the Mental Game has evolved over the last 10 years, and where it’s going over the next 10. The mental leaks you might have if you’ve ever said: “Even if I’m mad or on tilt, it doesn’t affect my game.” How “Embracing Your Suck” can kick start a failing poker career. The one time it tilt’s Jared to see players reading his books. How the Mental Game work you do in poker can carry over to all areas of life. Jared Tendler:  Get The Mental Game of Poker audio book for free The Mental Game of Poker 1 The Mental Game of Poker 2 Twitter Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
June 21, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Ari Meisel is an author and entrepreneur who's books include: Idea to Execution and Less Doing, More Living. He's also the co-founder of Leverage, an upscale Virtual Assistant Service. Ari's philosophy of Less Doing is all about optimizing, automating, and outsourcing life's daily tasks to free yourself to do what you're most effective at.   In This Episode You’ll Learn: How Ari’s team is able to accommodate any (legal) request, even if it’s getting a photo of you riding on a grizzly bear while holding a bald eagle. How technology can take your bad habits and make them substantially worse. The “Liberty Paradox” that causes poker players to get less done even though they have unlimited freedom. How to figure out what daily tasks you can outsource to someone else. How to transition from “Professional Poker Player” to “Startup Founder.” Links: Ari Meisel: Leverage Virtual Assistants Twitter Books Youtube Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
June 13, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Over the last few weeks, there has been a buzz about the new app being released by Fedor Holz and our own Elliot Roe. This week, Fedor joins the show for a 3rd time to reveal all the details on the project.   Primed Mind is a mobile app designed to make mindset coaching accessible to the entire world. They do this by providing bespoke mindset sessions for the most important aspects of your life, and guided sessions for growing every aspect of your mindset. The app is now available on iOS and Google Play, and you can learn all about it on their website >>> In This Episode You’ll Learn: How Fedor stays ahead of the curve, even though he’s “retired” down to 10% of his old volume. Why Fedor believes discipline is an essential skill for players of all talent levels. What you must to surpass opponents who started the game before you, and have a head start in skill level. A step-by-step guide to forming your poker “inner circle.” What is this Primed Mind thing everyone is talking about? Links: Fedor Holz: Twitter Primed Mind Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
May 27, 2017
Kevin Martin is a professional MTT player, Twitch Streamer, PokerStars Pro and Reality TV Superstar. After a 9th place finish in Big Brother Canada Season 3, he returned in Season 5 and went all the way to the end, facing off with his biggest rival in the final competition of the season. While his opponent crumbled under pressure, Kevin’s experience in high-pressure final tables showed, and he was able to win easily. This allowed him to vote out his only competition and win the show, and $150,000, by a 9-0 vote. Even if you’ve never watched Big Brother, you’ll still want to give this a listen, as Kevin lays out a road map for what it takes to accomplish those huge goals you have in life. In This Episode You’ll Learn: How Kevin’s diligent study habits took his poker game to the next level and eventually allowed him to win Big Brother. What it’s like to live in a film studio for 3 months with no privacy and a camera pointed at you for 24 hours a day. How using mediation in the house allowed him to overcome the sleep deprivation all the contestants were faced with. How Kevin’s final table experience allowed him to stay calm in the final “heads up” competition for $150,000 and the win. The Non-TV friendly end-game strategy Kevin used to “break” Big Brother. Links: Kevin Martin: Twitter YouTube Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
May 12, 2017
This week is going to be a bit different. Over the last few episodes, you've probably heard about the recently launched Poker Mind Coach Academy. It's a community of ambitious poker players all trying to reach their full potential in the game. One of the benefits of being a member is a bonus segment from the podcast called "Afterthoughts." After we record an episode Elliot, Adrienne, and the guest all need to hang out while the recordings download. There's always a great conversation during that time, so we decided it was a waste not to record it. Usually, these conversations are only available to Academy members, but this week we'll be sharing the Afterthoughts from last week's episode with Matt Berkey as a sneak peak into the Academy. For more info on all the other benefits just visit
May 5, 2017
In This Episode You’ll Learn: How Matt went from a break even online MTT player to crushing the highest stakes in just 6 months. Why Matt was one of the few poker pro fist pumping when Black Friday happened. What happened when Matt lost $5.5mm in the 300/600/1200 and was down to his very last buy-in for the game. Why poker is rooted in failure, and how using that knowledge can help you not to take the results personally. How asking “why” can help you escape the learning curve and start your journey to hitting your ceiling in poker. Links: Matt Berkey: Solve For Why Academy Twitter YouTube A Gambler's Fallacy Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
April 25, 2017
Lex Veldhuis is a Dutch professional player and a member of PokerStar’s Team Pro Online. Lex made a name for himself with his hyper-aggressive play in televised cash games like High Stakes Poker and The Big Game. With roots in online gaming and e-sports, Lex’s true home is on the online tables. Over the last year, he’s dedicated himself to growing his following and has one of the biggest streams in poker. One of his goals is to build a bridge between the poker and e-sports world, and he will often stream other games as well as host (and be hosted by) large gaming streamers. In This Episode You’ll Learn: How Lex bribed his opponents into teaching him mixed games. What Lex did to get branded as a fish, how that got it invited to huge private games, and why he’s done a complete 180 and wants to be viewed as a great player. What Phil Galfond, Sauce123 and Jungleman do that keeps them at the top of the game. How to prevent burnout during SCOOP and other large MTT series. How Lex uses his uses his anger and frustration to actually prevent tilt. (Be careful with this one as the majority of players who say this works for them are just denying they are on tilt) Links: Lex Veldhuis: Twitter YouTube Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
April 18, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Doug Polk is known as one of the (if not THE) best Heads Up No Limit Holdem players of all time. In addition to making a name for himself on the tables, he made waves in the poker community by not being afraid to speak his mind and call out other players. He’s also had success in the live poker arena with two WSOP bracelets and over $5 million in earnings. Since starting his training site, Upswing Poker, he’s become one of the most popular personalities in the poker world with one of the top viewed Twitch Stream and YouTube channels in poker. In This Episode You’ll Learn: What Doug did when he lost 90% of his net worth and had to decide between giving poker one last go, or finding another path. How to prevent your ego from getting in the way of being honest about your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. The most important mindset to embrace if you have trouble with tilt. What you should do when you notice your confidence slipping after losing 30+ buy-ins. How Doug worked his way back from a massive $1.7 million downswing.
April 11, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Since his appearance on the first ever TMA Podcast episode, Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress has taken the live poker scene by storm. Since then he’s amassed over $3,000,000 in live tournament earnings, and become a staple in the High Roller/Super High Roller scene. Daniel joins us to share how the ups and downs of making the transition from online to live, and how he uses mindset work to gain an edge on the field. In This Episode You’ll Learn: Why preparation, play and study for live sessions is so much different than online. How learning a new game or format can boost your motivation. The exact routine Daniel uses before playing a high roller. How Daniel leverages high-pressure situations to run over a table. The correct way to use live-tells to enhance your technical decision making. How to gain an edge when you’re not a naturally gifted player.
April 4, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: In Tommy Angelo’s new book, Painless Poker, he approaches teaching the mental game from a new angle. The book focuses around 7 fictional poker players, all archetypical characters representing the pain we experience while playing, who are attending Tommy’s “Painless Poker Clinic.” Rather than teaching mindset with the typical textbook approach, you get to follow along with the story and see the changes the characters make in their own game. When you buy the print book directly from Tommy’s site, he’ll send you an autographed copy as well as a free digital download. In This Episode You’ll Learn: Links: Why Tommy decided to use a fictional story to teach mindset concepts. Why all poker players should start meditating today. The point in your poker career you should start working on your mental game, and why most players start way too late.
March 28, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet has been one of the most successful and profitable online tournament players of the last decade. With $8,000,000 in lifetime cashes, he’s won some of online poker’s toughest tournaments, including Pokerstars’ $1,050 Super Tuesday and Sunday Grand, and he has the highest average cash of the top 20 players on Pocket 5s’ all-time earnings leaderboard. His most recent achievement, in January, was the largest Triple Crown recorded by Pocket 5s since 2013, featuring wins in the 888 Super XL High Roller and the Party Poker Super High Roller. Jon credits his success to staying a student of the game, constantly adjusting, not being afraid to try new strategies, and prioritizing mental/physical health alongside study. He’s a contributing instructor on Cardrunners, a co-author (with Rizen and Pearljammer) of the book Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, and has worked with hundreds of students as an online MTT coach since 2011. In This Episode You’ll Learn: How keeping a daily poker journal allowed Jon to discover a huge mindset leak. Jon’s “study prescription” for Adrienne. The great thing about downswings. Why you should be ruthless on the tables even if that’s not your personality in real life. The inverted relationship between the amount of alcohol Jon drank daily and how much he won at the tables. How playing poker for a living gave Jon the freedom to give back in areas that were important to him  Links: Jon Van Fleet: Twitter PocketFives Profile Cardrunners Profile Adrienne Rowsome: Watch and Subscribe to Adrienne’s Twitch Channel Twitter Facebook
March 21, 2017
In This Week’s Episode: Big news this week!  Dr. Tricia Cardner has decided to focus on other pursuits and will no longer be co-hosting the show. We’d like to thank Dr. Cardner for her contribution to the show and for her dedication to helping poker players improve their mindset. You can follow along with her work by visiting her website: Taking over co-hosting duties is none other than Adrienne “Talonchick” Rowsome. Adrienne is a member of PokerStar’s Team Pro Online and runs one of the top streams in the poker directory. Her experience in poker and work as an Occupational Therapist gives her a unique perspective, and we are excited to have her on-board. You can watch Adrienne play on Twitch Every Monday, Friday and Saturday. Please check out her steam and support her efforts by subscribing to the channel: In this week’s episode, we are joined once again by 2x Sunday Million winner Rob Tinnion. Rob runs, one of the largest backing stables for online MTTs, and the training site Since his last appearance on the show, he has placed 2nd in a 1k SCOOP for $314k and released his long-awaited course MTT Foundations.  In This Episode You’ll Learn: What Rob’s optimal schedule looks like and how it’s allowed him to get more done while having more free time. How to structure your study, so you improve faster with less work. Why Rob thinks he sucks at poker, and how that mindset has made him successful. Why winning a lot of money early in your career is the worst thing that can happen to you. How to build the foundations of an MTT game that will allow you to be successful for as long as the game is profitable.
February 10, 2017
Kurt “kurt23x” Fitzgerald has been an MTT pro for the last 10 years. After Black Friday he briefly gave live poker a try but was lured to Costa Rica by some poker friends. His initial run while living there did not go well, and he moved back home with that plan to get a conventional job and go back to school. After getting a taste of this life, he decided to re-dedicate himself to the game and gave Costa Rica another run. This mindset shift changed everything, and Kurt has been able to maintain his position as a top pro ever since. He recently started a Twitch channel with the goal of raising money for hurricane victims in Costa Rica. Please check out his channel and donate to the cause if able.
February 8, 2017
Kristy Arnett first made a name for herself in the poker world by reporting on the game. She started playing poker in university, and in 2006 made the move to Las Vegas to work for Card Player. After accomplishing everything she wanted in the poker journalism world, she made the switch to full-time player. She used the added freedom this gave her to focus on self-development. That has led her to become an Emotional Intelligence Coach and to start the “WTF Am I Doing With My Life” podcast. In This Episode You'll Learn: The simple tweak that got 200% more study participants to exercise at least once a week. The reason that Kristy gave up a comfortable job as a poker reporter to play the game full-time. How Kristy uses poker to become a better person. How to decide if a risk is essential to take or if you should avoid it at all costs. How having a vision can help ensure that you are never just drifting through life. Why it’s important to be a decent human being to your fellow poker players.
November 9, 2016
Chris “Apotheosis” Kruk is a multiple game specialist and respected poker coach. His career started when he took a semester off school and gave poker a shot instead of working a conventional job. A month after starting off at NL100 Zoom he found himself all the way up at NL500 Zoom. Unlike other players who found poker success in university, Chris went back and finished his degree, coaching on the side to earn a living (and some beer money). In his 4 years as a pro he’s become proficient in many forms of poker. He started at NL cash, moved to PLO cash, tried his hand at 8-game, and has recently decided to focus on NL MTTs. He’s also a video producer for Run It Once and MTT coach for the BitB staking group. In This Episode You'll Learn:  The supplement that a recent study showed boosted participants IQ by 10% and increased gray matter volume in the left hippocampus by 6.13%. How Chris has been able to transition from NL cash to PLO to 8-game and NL MTTs and have big success every step of the way. How to maintain a strong mindset even after absolutely bricking every tournament in a big MTT series. How preparing for the worst case scenario can help you stay mentally strong. Why MTT players might not be as bad postflop as cash game players would have you believe The techniques Chris uses with his students to get them past the mental leaks holding them back from getting the most out of his coaching. Why some people are incapable of learning poker even if they are otherwise brilliant.
November 9, 2016
In this week’s episode, Simon Jonas shares how being a poker pro has given him the freedom to travel the world and explore his passions. You'll hear how the praise he got from becoming a great player made him question if there was more to poker than just getting to the top, what he discovered after reading 120 books in 2 years, and the one thing he’s sure is more important than mastering math and theory if you want to be good at poker and actually enjoy playing. If you’ve ever felt like you’ve lost your passion for poker or that the game wasn’t as fun as when you first started, you’ll enjoy listening to Simon’s story. If you’d like to hear more stories and tips from Simon check out his PokerSprout Blog. In This Episode You’ll Learn: How to ignite the passion you once had for the game. Why you need to think twice before moving into a grind-house. Why you'll learn more watching a 10-minute poker video than a 90-minute one.  The reason why most player’s approach to study ends up in a dead-end. How to play outside your comfort zone without losing your shirt.  How getting praised as a great poker player made Simon feel less confident about his game. 
November 9, 2016
Dan Heskett was a successful high-stakes HUSNG professional, but after one private coaching session with Elliot, he was inspired to take his life in a new direction. In episode 52 of The Mindset Advantage Podcast, Dan shares the result of that session and why it led to him getting qualified in Hypnotherapy. He also discusses his journey as a professional poker player, and his new direction to help pokers players and men improve their mental game at the table and in the ‘dating’ scene. In This Episode You’ll Learn: What ‘interleaving practice’ is and how it can improve the effectiveness of your study. The one exercise Dan does before every podcast, poker game, and interaction with women that makes him feel ‘unstoppable’ The 3 skills you need to succeed with poker, women, and life that you’ll never get from school. The difference between playing VS. practicing (why the players who ‘make it’ ‘practice’ more than they ‘play’) What to do if you have confidence issues when talking to women How to use Hypnotherapy to deal with anxiety, improve your poker game, and be socially attractive to the opposite sex What to do if you can’t afford Elliot’s $300 session rate but still want high-performance coaching.
October 11, 2016
The Mindset Advantage Guest Run-Good continues as Eric Crain recently took down DraftKings Millionaire Maker. He also placed 3rd, 4th, and 12th in the contest and totaled $1,350,000 in winnings on the day. He returns on this week’s episode to talk about what it was like to sweat the final minutes of the game and how the score will impact his career. He also shares valuable insights on what it takes to play Daily Fantasy Sports for a living, and lays out a framework for anyone looking become a profitable player. In This Episode You'll Learn: The strategy Eric used to go from losing DFS player to multi-million dollar winner in just one year How to transition from poker to DFS, and why poker players are so successful moving over How winning a major DFS tournament is different from a big poker score Why Eric is in no rush to buy a house after his big win How being a huge sports fan can actually hurt your chances of winning at DFS  
October 5, 2016
310 miles. 48 Hours. 1-day notice. That’s what Brian Rast had to accomplish on his bike to win a $600,000 prop bet with Dan Bilzerian. These were the terms: Brian’s $100,000 to Bilzerians’s $600,000. Riding only a road bike from the Las Vegas sign to Bilzerian's house in Beverly Hills (about 310 miles). He must leave by midnight the following day, so he would have no time to train. The crazy part? Brian had only purchased his first bike as an adult two months earlier, and a well-respected cycling coach gave him a 0% chance after looking at a wind map. In episode 50 of The Mindset Advantage Podcast Brian Rast returns to share his amazing story of overcoming the odds and accomplishing a huge feat of physical and mental toughness. (Oh, by the way, he also won the WSOP $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship for a second time which we talk about as well.) In This Episode You’ll Learn: The habit that’s linked with lower brain matter density and worse attention and focus. What it felt like when he set foot on Dan Bilzerian's doorstep thus winning the $600,000 prop bet. How he was able to stay mentally strong even when the experts were giving him no chance to win. How Brain called his shot (by betting big on himself) in the $50,000 Player’s Championship. Why Brian doesn’t want to be judged on his tournament success, even though he has one of the best resumes in the game. The mindset differences between being an underdog and being a big favorite. Links: Brian Rast: Dr. Tricia Cardner: @DrTriciaCardner Positive Poker Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em  
September 27, 2016
Bryan “bparis” Paris is one of the most successful MTT players in online poker history. With $9,671,716.97 in earnings (at the time this episode was released), he ranks 3rd in the all time online earnings leaderboard. He also runs a popular Twitch channel, where you can regularly find him playing high stakes online MTTs. Poker success came relatively easily for Bryan. He built his bankroll when the games were soft and was able to maintain a solid win rate without the need for much study. That all changed in late 2014/early 2015 when he found himself in the biggest downswing of his career. In a spot where many players would consider leaving the game, Bryan doubled down and decided to work hard to reclaim his spot as one of the top online MTT players in the world. If you’ve ever worried that the game will one day pass you by, this episode does a great job showing you how to evolve your poker mindset in an ever changing game. In This Episode You’ll Learn: The supplement that studies show may help reduce anxiety. The most important software to study if you want to take your game to the next level. How to handle the thought (or reality) that the game may one day pass you by. How having a child affected Bryan’s poker mindset. Why it’s important to play live poker occasionally if you are strictly an online player. The mindset shifts that “old school” players need to make to be successful in today's games. Links: Bryan Paris: Dr. Tricia Cardner: @DrTriciaCardner Positive Poker Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em
August 11, 2016
Christian Soto is a professional poker player from New Jersey. He got his start in live, low-stakes, cash games, but now focuses on $5/$10+ cash games and mid-stakes live MTTs. Feeling that the slow grind of cash games wouldn’t allow him to achieve his goals fast enough, he embraced variance and Jumped into MTTs for the shot to get a big score early to boost his bankroll. It worked out, as after getting his feet wet in New Jersey online MTTs he final tabled 2 of the first 4 $1,000+ live tournaments he played. Christian is a Co-founder of Red Chip Poker, a site designed to provide low-stakes live cash game players a friendly environment to improve their game. He’s also a coach for the Solve for Why Academy, who run boot camps for players looking to quickly improve their game. In this episode you’ll learn: How brain training compares to physical exercise when it comes to improving mental performance Why Christian chose variance over stability when deciding to focus more on MTTs Why self-knowledge and understanding your bias is one of the most important factors of the mental game What it means to be a “Paper Champion” poker player How being excited and passionate can help take your game to the next level
August 3, 2016
Since he first joined us in Episode 3 of The Mindset Advantage Podcast, Jonathan Little has co-written a book with TMA co-host Dr. Tricia Cardner and launched the new training site Peak Poker Performance lays out a blueprint for playing your “A” game every session. Topics covered in the book include; Creating winning habits, systematizing success, and beating procrastination. is a training site that uses weekly quizzes to show you which areas of the game you need to work on the most. There is also an in-depth monthly homework question where Jonathan grades/discussions the answer to in a webinar. In this episode you’ll learn: How to actually integrate the mindset lessons we talk about into your game How optimizing your environment can set you up for success before you even start playing How watching TV while you play can slash your winrate Why it’s important to have an overall vision of why you’re playing poker How Jonathan was able to final table the WSOP Team Event with his Mom and Dad The difference in mindset and strategy needed to be successful in satellites vs. regular MTTs  
May 26, 2016
Brent Hanks is a former teacher turned professional poker player who now works for the 24/7 poker network Poker Central. His poker accomplishments include 6 WSOP final tables, one WSOP bracelet and $1,521,204 in live MTT earnings. Poker Central is the world’s only 24/7 Poker TV network, and can currently be seen on most streaming devices such as the AppleTV, FireTV, Roku, and Xbox. They also run and the Super High Roller Bowl, a $300,000 buy-in tournament that starts Sunday, May 29th. The tournament will air live on the CBS sports network starting on May 29th and concluding on June 1st. To learn more visit:
April 29, 2016
When we last spoke to Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, in Episode 34, he was about to start play in an Alpha 8 final table as the chip leader. He went on to win it for $1,589,216. Two week later he took down the WPTN Philippines SHR for $3,463,500. Now, he’s back to talk about how those wins have changed his mindset as well a discuss his upcoming MTT master class. Click here to visit the show page for all resources and links
April 26, 2016
On Thursday, April 21st, 2016 Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado touched gloves in the Octagon at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, NV.  The fight was the culmination of 6-months of intense training, and a $270k purse was up for grabs.  Over 100 spectators paid a $20 entry fee, which was all donated to the One Drop charity, and thousands more watched online. Most had a financial interest in the fight, with over $1,000,000 in side action was rumored to have been wagered.  The fight was set for four 5-mintue rounds, with a fifth to be added if it ended at 2-2.  The judges were not needed, as the fight was called after just 3 rounds. Olivier had bloodied up JC badly in the third, and it was agreed that it was no longer safe for him to continue.  Olivier opened as the underdog, but after a dominant performance had his hand raised as the winner.  In the week's episode Olivier joins us and shares his thoughts on the experience.  
April 14, 2016
Rob Tinnion is best known for winning the Sunday Million outright twice and has been one of the most consistent online MTT winners over the last few years with over $650,000 in total profit. He is also a manager and coach for the backing group Pocarr, and founder of the MTT training site Rob’s rise to the top of the MTT world is a great case study on how far hard work and a strong mindset can get you in poker. He began his career in the tough post-Black-Friday environment and didn’t have a huge score early to jump start his career. Instead, he grinded a low ABI and worked incredibly hard on his game. After a rough streak, he joined Pocarr as a backed player and used their library of resources to further improve his game. After winning the Sunday Million twice in 5 months and owning a large share of Pocarr, Rob continues to serve as a manager and coach.
April 12, 2016
Sean Kapul is a mid-high stakes PLO cash game pro who has been winning at the game since 2008. Sean decided to take a shot at going pro after hearing his older friends constantly complaining about their conventional jobs. A 2nd place finish, for $50,000, in a 1k Venetian 1k MTT during his last year of university gave him the buffer he needed to take the plunge. In our interview, Sean talks about how his poker career is just one piece of his plan to live his dream life. This is why he decided to move to Buenos Aires, and travel the world, even before US players were forced out of the country by Black Friday. He also coaches PLO cash games, with a focus on helping NL players make the transition to PLO.  If you’re interested in learning more about his coaching, you can visit his site:
March 29, 2016
You can often find Matt Berkey sitting in the biggest game in Ivey’s room, where six, and even seven, figure pots are regularly contested. His poker career started as just a way to fund his dream of making a Major League Baseball roster. After playing four years of college baseball, Matt set off on the road traveling between pro tryouts along the East Coast and in the Mid-West. In between tryouts he would find the local casino and play $5/$10 NL to support his travel. In 2006, he made the switch to a full-time poker pro, and he quickly climbed the ladder to the biggest cash games in the world. He credits his success to the many hours he’s spent studying game theory and opponent tendencies. Matt runs the exclusive Solve For Why Academy, a poker camp created to take players from good to great. Each camp is restricted to 9 attendees who receive hands-on training from Matt and his team of coaches. To learn more about the camp and see if you qualify to attend visit:
March 22, 2016
Adam Sherman is an online MTT pro turned Wall Street Trader. His first major score came in PokerStars’ Wednesday Quarter Million event in January '10 for $58,200. He followed that up with a victory in the Stars $150k Guaranteed for $41.1k and also has a first place finish in the Nightly Hundred Grand for $22,700. One of his largest online tournament cashes came courtesy of a victory in the PokerStars SCOOP-22-H ($3,000+150 NLHE 4-max) for $210,000. Less than a week later, Adam placed 2nd in the SCOOP-31-H ($2,000+100 NLHE Cubed 1r+1a) for $173,000. Those scores came only one month after he took down the Sunday 500 for $89,500. In April 2012, Sherman chopped the PokerStars Super Tuesday and cashed for $69,000. In August 2013, Sherman was back at it, finishing second in the PokerStars Sunday Million following a four-way chop for $150,000. In May 2015 Adam won the PokerStars Sunday 500, taking home $76,000. In 2014 he made the move to New York to take a job in a Wall Street trading firm. In our interview, we discuss the similarities he’s found between his two professions, and what poker players should do if they want to stock trading.
March 15, 2016
Ryan, aka "YourDoom", is a successful NLH cash game pro, video producer and coach. Over his last one million mid-to-high stakes cash game hands, he has maintained an 11bb/100 winrate. Before poker Ryan obtained a Master's degree in Secondary Math Education, and worked as a math teacher. He has translated this teaching ability to, a poker training site for high level players. You’ll also learn: The tasty treat that could potentially boost mental performance Why so many pro poker players are unhappy How to overcome the mental road blocks holding you back from being your best The massive difference that good game selection can have on your winrate The 3 things YD does before he plays a poker session How to make your fold button a weapon
March 8, 2016
In part 1 of our interview with Olivier Busquet, we covered an incident that sparked his motivation to become the best HUSNG player in the world, how he started to learn deep poker theory and what he’s done to improve his tilt issues. In part 2 we dive into his strategies for dealing with downswings and discuss his upcoming high-stakes MMA prop bet vs. J.C. Alvarado. You’ll also learn: • How a properly timed nap can boost your study efforts. • How to recognize when you’re playing bad so you can quit and reset. • If you should drop down in stakes when on a downswing. • How Olivier found himself fighting another pro in an MMA match for six figures. • How Olivier is learning to develop the discipline that eludes most poker players. Links:  Olivier Busquet: Olivier Busquet (@olivierbusquet) Dr. Tricia Cardner: @DrTriciaCardner Positive Poker Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em
March 1, 2016
Olivier “livb112” Busquet is known as one of the most successful heads up SNG players in online poker history. In recent years, he has branched out to live MTTs, where he has quickly racked up $6,857,078 in earnings. Olivier’s passion for greatness was sparked when he was berated for his losing HUSNG SharkScope graph early in his poker career. A desire to get that graph even quickly transformed into making the games his full-time grind and he could be found near the top of the HUSNG profit leaderboards for many years after. Olivier has been very public about his issues with tilt, most notably his epic chat blow-ups, and in this interview we take a deep dive into how he’s worked through fixing them. In this week's episode you'll learn: • Whether having a few drinks to calm your nerves helps or hurts your game? • Why you should never berate the weak players in your game, especially by pointing out their losses. • How Olivier made the shift from using “brute force” to win to gaining a deeper theoretical understanding of the game, and why everyone needs to make that change if they want to stay competitive in today’s games. • Why a serious study practice is essential if you wish to make a living at poker. • How your circle of poker friends is quickly becoming an important factor in having an edge in poker. • Why Olivier self-banned his online poker chat. • Why Olivier believes being mentally strong is a requirement to be a long-term winner. Links:  Olivier Busquet: Olivier Busquet (@olivierbusquet) Dr. Tricia Cardner: @DrTriciaCardner Positive Poker Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em
February 18, 2016
Carlos Welch has been playing and studying the game of poker for over ten years. He is a writer for various poker media outlets and has been a frequent guest on several poker podcasts. He plays small to mid-stakes tournaments and is well known for his extreme frugality - most notably his decision to live in a van. Although he travels the world playing poker, he is not quite a professional poker player. He considers himself more of a professional poker student. You can keep up as he lives his dream by watching his Twitch channel at and following him on Twitter at @HipHop101Trivia. This week you'll learn: The two activities you can use to boost your happiness and reduce depression How Carlos got a room for just $350 per month in Vegas for the WSOP How your overall life happiness should be factored into the games you play How to be a successful player without becoming jaded Why the “expense” side of poker profitability is just as important as “revenue”
January 27, 2016
Paul “Internet” Otto got his start in poker at the play money tables and worked his way up to being a mid/high-stakes 6-Max NL pro. He is also a highly regarded coach and video maker, producing content for Paul is the owner of, a website where you can sell and buy both tournament action and poker content. You’ll also find an active forum and rakeback deals on the site. In this episode you’ll learn: The two food types that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep How you can disconnect from the value of money while you play, so you can make the best decisions each hand The mindset you need to be successful when switching between Online and Live cash games How to approach improving your game, no matter what format you’re playing How to move up to mid/high-stakes once you’ve been successful at low stakes Why everyone should use math to improve their game, even if you think you’re “just a feel player”
December 21, 2015
Fedor Holz is a 22 year old player from Germany, now residing in Vienna Austria. In his short career Fedor has won several tournaments including the WCOOP Main Event 2014, he plays the high roller circuit now and placed 25th in the 2015 WSOP Main Event. Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
December 8, 2015
Eric Crain burst onto the poker scene when he was featured in the ESPN Coverage of the USPC in Atlantic City (video below). His online and live MTT earnings total $1,584,960 including 3 WSOP Circuit rings, 3 WSOP final tables, and a $215 WCOOP win for $281,524. Eric’s poker career has been the definition of swingy, and in our interview he discusses winning and losing million dollar bankrolls on multiple occasions. He also talks about his recent switch to Daily Fantasy Sports, the mindset needed to be successful there, and preparing for two $50,000+ buy-in DFS Championship events where he will be playing for a $3 million and a $5 million first prize. In this episode you'll learn: How too much positive thinking can actually stop you from hitting your goals The consequences of not learning to respect the money What it takes to make it as a pro today When should you start working with a mental game coach? Why Eric put his computer tower in a bathtub and turned on the tap Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach  
November 24, 2015
Mark Herm (known online as “Dipthrong”or “shippitt”) is one of the most successful online tournament players in the world. He has been playing online poker professionally for 10 years and has amassed over 6 million dollars profit in poker play. He has also run one of the most successful online poker backing operations in history. He has won nearly every big online tournament including a Sunday Million victory for $229 000, a victory in the Full Tilt Poker Major for $128 000, and chopping the Sunday 500 on PokerStars 3 times… just to name a few. Along with online success, Mark has had some deep runs in the live arena, despite not playing much. His most notable runs have been an EPT Prague final table for €100k, 3rd place in the 2014 WSOP $1500 Mixed Max for $128k, and a 226th place finish in the 2014 Main Event. Mark has backed/coached many of the best online players to play the game and was recently ranked in the top 10 in the world according to Pocket Five.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
November 10, 2015
Paul is a former high school teacher who now plays and teaches heads up sit and go tournaments for a living. He is perhaps the best known coach for these games professionally. He has developed two very popular courses that teach people how to become profitable at regular and turbo speed games as well as the hyper turbo husngs. Paul’s hourly rates are $100 per hour and he works via Skype and screen sharing. Contact Paul on Skype/AIM (cogdissonance1) or at Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
October 30, 2015
Joshua 'jdawg91' Hoesel is a 24 year old US born SNG pro that has resided in Rosarito Beach, Mexico since November, 2011, and plays on PokerStars as "slayerv1fan". He has achieved SuperNova Elite+ four years straight, playing mostly midstakes to nosebleed hyper-turbo SNGs. In that time he has accumulated over 7 million VPPs, and will likely become the youngest player to earn 10 million lifetime VPPs on Pokerstars, which has currently only been achieved by four players. Having faced many ups and downs over the course of his career, most of which has been publicly recorded in his yearly blog threads on the TwoPlusTwo forums, he is someone to be looked up to for overcoming adversity and having the mental capacity to always strive to improve on and off the tables. He is now working behind the scenes with a newly created MTT stable, FishTailStaking, which will be looking for new players in the near future.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
October 19, 2015
This is Part 2 of our interview with Daniel Negreanu, a professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. The independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognised Negreanu as the best poker player of the past decade. Since his second place in the Big One For One Drop 2014 tournament, he is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $30,600,000 in prize money. He was named the WSOP Player of the Year in 2004 and again in 2013, making him the first player in WSOP history to win the accolade more than once. He was also the 2004-05 WPT Player of the Year. He is the first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations (Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) and the first to win a bracelet at each. In 2014, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
October 12, 2015
Daniel Negreanu is a professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. The independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognised Negreanu as the best poker player of the past decade. Since his second place in the Big One For One Drop 2014 tournament, he is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $30,600,000 in prize money. He was named the WSOP Player of the Year in 2004 and again in 2013, making him the first player in WSOP history to win the accolade more than once. He was also the 2004-05 WPT Player of the Year. He is the first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations (Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) and the first to win a bracelet at each. In 2014, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
October 7, 2015
Tommy Angelo grinded for 15 years before opening his “TILTLESS” coaching business ten years ago. Most of his clients are professional players. Tommy now defines himself as a writer. His 2007 book, Elements of Poker is widely considered to be one of the best poker books. Tommy writes a monthly column for PokerNews, he makes videos for, and he is finishing his third book, Painless Poker. Tommy’s teachings go into extreme detail on every aspect of living the poker life. In broad strokes, he places emphasis on mental health, and reducing unhappiness, as means to increasing profit and well-being. Tommy is like the Vince Lombardi of poker coaches.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
September 29, 2015
Jaime Staples also known by his alias Staples is a Canadian professional poker player from Alberta, Canada who specializes in live streaming of online low stakes multi-table tournaments on He primarily plays on PokerStars and became a 'Friend of PokerStars' in April 2015. As of 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,000 and his online tournament winnings exceed $550,000.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
September 18, 2015
Alexander ‘msusyr24’ Carr is founder of Pocarr. Alex has played over 100,000 tournaments on PokerStars and is also a coach for Pocarr. Alex now plays primarily cash games and MTT’s while helping manage Pocarr.   Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
September 11, 2015
Elliot Roe is a licensed Hypnotherapist based in Las Vegas who specializes in helping poker players resolve their mindset issues at the table. During his career, Elliot has worked with over 150 poker players from NL25 all the way up to some of the best known high stakes pros.  Elliot's take on mindset issues differs from many of the other mindset coaches. He uses his expertise in hypnotherapy to explore players’ past experiences to help to resolve their issues at the table. By helping clients to  understand and resolving the issues of their past  it enables change in their behavior at the table. Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
August 28, 2015
Adam "coffeeyay" Sobolewski. Currently residing in Denver and also the Shetland Islands for poker, Adam is a Heads Up SNG pro and coach. He created the "CoffeeHUD" for heads up players and is the author of "Math in HUSNG's". Adam has a BS and MS in Mathematics and a BA in physics with honors, a university level teaching certificate and has taught semesters of calculus and physics.
August 21, 2015
Dr. Tricia Cardner is a peak performance strategist who provides coaching and consulting to some of today’s biggest names in poker, sport and business by teaching them how to use psychology to gain an edge over their competition. After becoming enamored with the game of poker, she conducted research on the psychological traits of elite tournament poker players for her doctoral dissertation called Peak Poker Performance: A Qualitative Case Study. She combined her research and her experience playing MTTs into an upper-division university course on the psychology of poker.  She is the author of Positive Poker which features commentary by Jonathan Little. Positive Poker, A Modern Psychological Approach to Mastering Your Mental Game, combines her years of psychological research, clinical experience and poker playing into one place. She is a co-author on Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em, and her chapter focuses on mental toughness for poker players. She is currently developing an online Psychology of Poker course to further help poker players improve their mental games. You can follow her on Twitter @DrTriciaCardner Website:
August 13, 2015
Patrick “Pads1161” Leonard is a MTT pro with over 2M in online earnings. He also coaches and runs a very successful MTT staking group. He’s twice reached the #1 spot in the PocketFives Online MTT Rankings, and has accomplished the rare feat of final tabling every PokerStars Sunday Major. His love for creating media led him to get a Journalism major at the University of Sheffield, and he keeps that passion alive by blogging, podcasting and creating videos. His personal blog thread on the TwoPlusTwo forums is incredibly popular, with almost 270,000 views at the time of this recording. Patrick’s strong approach to the mental game makes him a great example of the right way to approach professional poker, a role that he admittedly seeks and enjoys with the players he chooses to stake.  Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
August 6, 2015
Tomáš Molčan, also known as Scarmaker online, is a 6-max cash game player and poker social media enthusiast. He works for the website, the biggest social media website for poker. TiltBook is a poker community with over 20,000 members, including poker fans and players all the way from micro-stakes grinders to some of the top players in the game. Members can follow other player’s results, thoughts, hands, and goals as well was sharing some of their own. You can follow Scarmaker’s humorous posts and emails by checking out his TiltBook profile here: Mental Game MP3s -
July 29, 2015
In Episode 18 Brian Rast becomes the first two time guest of The Mindset Advantage Podcast. In Episode 11 he discussed his plans for the 2015 summer in Vegas including WSOP events, high stakes cash games, and playing the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB). His summer was a smashing success, as he won a $500,000 SHRB seat in a $25k satellite, had a winning summer in cash games and won the SHRB for $7,525,000. The SHRB win gave Brain his 4th 7 figure score, and moved him up to 11th on the all-time money list.  In this interview we recap his fantastic summer, and learn exactly what work he did on his mental game to help him achieve these results. Brian reveals that he’s been working with Elliot doing private mindset coaching, and explains how it’s helped him improve his game. He also discusses how he was able to stay composed after taking a massive bad beat 3 handed in the SHRB, which allowed him to come back and win. Brian Rast is a high stakes poker pro and lead instructor for Zen Poker Training. Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
July 3, 2015
David Tuchman has one of the most recognizable voices in poker. He's the commentator for the WSOP live shows airing on ESPN and streaming on the internet. Mental Game MP3s -
June 26, 2015
Christ Moneymaker was the winner of WSOP main event in 2003. His win was a major driver in the popularization of poker and the World Series of Poker. This has been referred to as the "Moneymaker Effect." His autobiography, Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Pokerwas published in March 2005. Moneymaker has 2 WPT cashes and 4 WSOP cashes. Moneymaker married his wife in Las Vegas in April, 2005. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Mental Game MP3s | Poker Mind Coach
June 19, 2015
Daryl Jace is a professional poker player and MTT specialist from Saugus, Massachusetts. Known online as "aaaaaaaa"and "fkscreennames". Daryl started playing online over 9 years ago back when he was 14. He currently has 3million in winnings and over 1.1 million in profit. His remarkable online scores include 5 sunday million final tables with 2 wins, 5th in the WCOOP main for 200k , 1st in FTOPS main for 385k , 4th in 500$ WCOOP for 200k. As far as the live tournament circuit goes he has 2 deep runs in the WSOP main get in 2009 ( 196th) and 2011 (89th). Daryl is currently traveling the live circuit , trying to make a living as a live pro.  Mental Game MP3s -
June 5, 2015
Evan Jarvis is the Head Captain of Team Gripsed, and the Lead Instructor of Get Stackin' University.His mission is to help people reach their full potential and become the best poker players they can be. He played poker professionally for 11 years, and he now runs the largest and most popular free poker training YouTube channel at Mental Game MP3s -
May 29, 2015
Terrence Chan is professional poker player and MMA fighter from Vancouver, Canada. Terrence is perhaps best know for his impressive performance in the 2009 Pokerstars SCOOOP series where he won two limit hold’em events simultaneously – the $500 medium buy in and the $5000 high buy in. Other career highlights include 15 WSOP cashes (primarily in limit), including two 2010 limit final tables. Chan’s poker resume is rounded out by cashes on the WPT an APPT title as well as an assortment of deep runs in other international and local tournaments.  Terrence has also founded and operated customer support organizations for two different poker startups: PokerStars (2002-2004) and Ultimate Poker (2013-2014). His main hobby and passion is the martial arts that are typically associated with the sport of MMA: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai boxing, western boxing, and wrestling. He has an amateur MMA record of 3-0 and a professional MMA record of 1-0. Mental Game MP3s -
May 22, 2015
TJ Dillashaw is an American mixed martial artist and the current UFC Bantamweight Champion. Dillashaw was also a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. As of April 29, 2015, he is #6 pound-for-pound in the official UFC rankings, and is ranked #1 Bantamweight in the world by  Duane Ludwig is a coach, retired American professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist. As the K-1 2002 World MAX USA Champion, he is one of only five K-1 Champions and the only K-1 World MAX Champion to compete in the UFC. In addition, Ludwig also holds the official fastest knockout record in the UFC after his win against Jonathan Goulet (in 0:06) at UFC Fight Night 3.  Ludwig has also received acclaim for his role in the success of Team Alpha Male operating out of Sacramento, California, which is home to numerous highly ranked mixed martial artists who have competed in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting. Ludwig currently serves as the teams head coach, where his impact is believed to have been the "missing link" in elevating the team as one of the gold standards for training camps in the world. Ludwig has been voted the Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Ludwig was considered the key element in helping Team Alpha Male win Gym of the Year in 2013 by the World MMA Awards.  Mental Game MP3s -
May 8, 2015
António Ramalho has studied economics and he was always good with foreign languages, but was after his studies that he really started taking Poker more serious. He started by playing one dollar tournaments, and by playing micro cash limits. After reading ‘’Kill everyone’’ he started to crush 180s for a 20%+ Roi! In his next challenge he managed to turn himself from a low stakes regular into a solid high stakes regular in only six months, impressing the international community by achieving Supernova Elite with pre rakeback Profit. Nowadays you can find him in the 6 max hyper turbos 60$ up to 500$. And, his European Poker Tour journey already begun. Mental Game MP3s -
May 1, 2015
Brian Rast is an American professional poker player from Poway, California, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began playing poker in 2003 and is mostly known for winning two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2011. He was one of the 48 players to enter the biggest poker event in history, the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop during the 2012 WSOP. He final tabled that event and eventually finished in 6th place collecting more than $1.6 million in winnings. Mental Game MP3s -
April 29, 2015
Ed Miller is a professional poker player and an author of books about poker. He wrote Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play with David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth in 2004. In 2005, he completed Getting Started in Hold 'em, a beginner's book. In 2006, he co-wrote No Limit Hold 'Em: Theory and Practice with David Sklansky. Miller is also co-author of the book Professional No Limit Hold 'em with Matt Flynn and Sunny Mehta published in 2007 and wrote Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em co-authored with Sunny Mehta and Matt Flynn. Miller came out with How to Read Hands At No-Limit Hold'em in 2011, Playing the Player in 2012, and Poker's 1% in 2014. Miller is part owner and produces educational poker videos for Red Chip Poker and StoxPoker, both subscription fee based poker coaching sites. His newest book, The Course, is set to release late April 2015. Mental Game MP3s -
April 22, 2015
Isaac "Ike" Haxton is an American professional poker player and High stakes heads-up NLHE specialist from New York. Before poker, Haxton, like many other poker pros played all kinds of board and card games including chess and Magic: The Gathering. He picked up poker in high school and became serious about the game when he started studying Computer Science at Brown University. After awhile, Haxton decided to take some time off school and pursue a career in poker. However, unlike many other young poker guns, Haxton had his family behind his back. By the time he turned 18, Haxton took his game to the live circuit and has been doing quite well for himself. His major breakthrough came in 2007 when he finished as runner-up at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), back when it was an event on the World Poker Tour (WPT). It was a result worth an incredible $861,789, and announced Isaac as one of poker’s rising stars. Haxton is also considered one of the best online players in the game. Fearless and aggressive, he’s racked up numerous tournament scores online and regularly plays in the largest cash games around. Mental Game MP3s -  
April 15, 2015
Zachary Elwood has been playing poker seriously for more than ten years. For three of those years, he played professionally. He’s long been interested in the psychological aspects of poker (while knowing that poker tells are much less important than poker strategy.) In 2009, he started the ReadingPokerTells blog, on the subject of tells and psychology. The site has gained a decent following over the years. In 2012, he published Reading Poker Tells, a book on general poker behavioral patterns, that has been called the “best book on poker tells” by many players, both amateur and experienced. Elwood published the book Verbal Poker Tells in 2014, which has also received high praise. Tommy Angelo, the pro poker player and author, called it “a treasure of profitable content.” He also did several poker tells presentations in Vegas, as part of a full-day seminar co-hosted by Jonathan Little. Elwood used a lot of actual televised poker hands to illustrate behavioral patterns that are often reliable. He writes a monthly column for Bluff Magazine, and has written articles for PokerNews, the TwoPlusTwo Magazine, and The Freeroll. He has created poker training videos for the poker training site Mental Game MP3s -
April 1, 2015
Robert Drysdale is one of the most accomplished tournament decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in the entire 100+ year history of this martial art. Robert was born in the USA in 1981 and has lived in both the united states and Brazil. Robert started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career in Las Vegas, NV in the late 1990’s and trained extensively with MMA pioneer John Lewis as well as the American black belt Steve Desilva. Mental Game MP3s -
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