Poker Mental Game

Playing Poker with an A-game Mindset

A-game mindset means that you’re in the best mental state to play lights out poker. You’re thinking about all the available info and you use it to make solid reads and exploitative plays.  You’re paying…

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Mindset for Poker Players: 6 Japanese Words to Motivate Your Journey

I’ve been practicing my Japanese in preparation for a month-long trip to  Japan later this year. This practice has reminded me of my 6 favorite Japanese mindset/learning concepts, and I share them in the podcast…

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The Agony of Letting Go: The Psychological Battle of Folding Top Pair or Better on a Soaked River

Article by Smart Poker Study Contributor Jeff Conner Making the right decision isn’t always about playing the cards; it’s about mastering the mind. One of the most excruciating situations a poker player can face is…

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Avoid Tilt with a Poker Playing Break

When poker’s got you down, take a break! Downswings happen to all of us. Do some studying instead of playing, work to plug leaks and have some fun before returning to the tables. Listen to…

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Develop a Growth Mindset and Burst Through Your Limits

It’s critical that you approach your poker with a growth mindset. Saying things like “I’m going to figure this out” and “I’m going to analyze this player until I figure out all their weaknesses” are…

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Getting to Poker’s Fantasy Land

Let’s get to poker’s Fantasy Land! What is this, you ask? Fantasy Land is being in the most profitable spot with every hand you choose to play. It’s seeing EVERY flop in position, as the…

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