Power of the mind decides winners and losers in poker

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There is not much distinction between an average player and a great player. The average player can do much to improve his game with meditation, diet and endurance. Never underestimate the power of your mind.

Meditation can be very beneficial before you play. I like to meditate at least an hour before the tournament. This helps me to be in tune with what I want to accomplish.

What I will tell you can help you to prepare for the WSOP in 60 days and may help you become a world champion.

The most important thing is to prepare your mind. Take charge of the mental part of the game to reach your goals. I promise you a well-prepared player is hard to beat.

A negative person can’t beat a positive person who thinks he’s going to win. The one who planned his way to the top will beat the one who is just wishing to be there or trying to get lucky.

The person who has a goal and a plan will kick your ass at the table and in life.

Being mentally alert will give you an advantage over most other players. If you are not a naturally positive person, then you must program your thoughts. Progress requires change.

You must get rid of all thoughts that are not focused on the task at hand. You have to bring your mind into laser focus. Focus on your power and think, “I play better than my opponents. They will make mistakes if I have the patience to wait and take advantage of every situation.”

You can erase all thoughts around you and just focus on your opponents and what information the game is giving you. I teach players to watch a game before playing or when you enter a game, to relax and take deep breaths; just watch and take in as much of the information the opponents are giving you.

This will put your self in a poker state of mind. You can study, read books, watch videos or television to gain knowledge about how to play, from position to hand selection, and when and where to play.

One story I like to share is the best player in the world cannot choose the winning hand among three hands if he chooses first. For example, say it’s Ace-King versus two fours or a Jack-Ten of clubs. If he takes the Ace-King, then you take the pair of fours. If he takes the fours, you take the Jack-Ten suited. And last, if he takes the Jack-Ten, you take the Ace-King.

Even the best player can be presented with a no-win situation. That shows you how close a good player is to a great player. Poker is not always black and white.

Decisions are hard. The choices you make will resonate not only in poker but also in life.

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