Poker Psychology

Do you enjoy the mental game of poker just as much as the mathematical side? Learn more about manipulating your table image, reading other players’ behaviours for tells, how to stay strong when you suffer a bad beat and more.

Is Approval Addiction Wrecking Your Poker Performance?

“They don’t like you.” Four little brass-knuckle punches to the gut. A poker player told me that two well-known British poker players didn’t like me.  As a writer, it’s not unusual to be disliked. Those…

January 3, 2017 | 6 minutes to read
Marcus Aurelius
Poker Lessons from The Stoics: On No Control & Saying No

Stoic philosophy and its lessons are en vogue in entrepreneurial circles right now. Tim Ferriss wrote a blog post called Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs and also created a 3-volume audio book called The Tao…

December 21, 2016 | 4 minutes to read
5 Ways to Cure Your Social Anxiety at the Poker Table

Have you seen Mr Robot, yet? No? Come on; Game of Thrones Season 7 won’t be on until sometime in the spring so I know you have a hole to fill. Mr Robot is a…

December 2, 2016 | 12 minutes to read
If You're Not Using Deliberate Practice in Poker, You Won't Win

My son is a math wizard. I hated math. I guess that gene got lost somewhere along the slippery slope. I was talking to him about his math GCSE and he was so confident about getting…

November 12, 2016 | 10 minutes to read
How to Get Home Court Advantage in Poker

It was December 2011 when I saw the switch move into the ‘on’ position inside the mind of Marvin Rettenmaier. He was sitting in the Casino Di Venezia in Venice; not the elegant, oldest casino…

October 27, 2016 | 10 minutes to read
How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself at the Poker Table

I looked like the Elephant Man. I had a swollen left eye. My lips were Jagger-esque. And my nose would have broken had a fly landed on the bridge. It was a good punch. It…

October 14, 2016 | 6 minutes to read
16 Reasons Why You'll Never Win at Poker

The whorls on my feet and toes look grotesque. “Are you getting out or not?” asks my wife as she wipes the bathroom mirror with a towel, hairbrush in hand. I can’t seem to shift. I…

July 27, 2016 | 22 minutes to read
Let James Woods Be a Lesson: How to Avoid Poker's Table-Talk Tax

Do you remember when James Woods beat Doug Polk? It was one of the highlights of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). The pair clashed in the second round of the $3,000 No-Limit…

July 16, 2016 | 4 minutes to read
Find Your Stick: 9 Things Daredevil Can Teach Amateur Poker Players

There are 26 hours of intense, pleasurable Daredevil action on Netflix right now. I’ve loved every minute of it. The Netflix Original Series has broken the old superhero mold and created a new one. Along…

March 24, 2016 | 6 minutes to read
How Anxiety in Poker Gets You to the Learning Zone

Why is it so hard to get out of your comfort zone? Why is it necessary to do so? And how can poker help us in that? Everyone always says we should learn how to…

November 15, 2015 | 5 minutes to read