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Oh Leads Day 1B

Day 1b is done and we have our final 10 players. Young Oh is leading the pack with 604,000, which puts him atop both starting flights. The player known as DD had the chip lead ...


Head Games: Managing Yourself As A Professional Poker Player

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Aug 01, 2012

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The Pros: Galen Hall, Chris Sparks, and Taylor Caby Craig Tapscott: What are a few of the mistakes you’ve seen players make when they decide to turn professional and leave their current job behind? Galen Hall: A lot of people get too lost in the game, and poker consumes their life. They can’t be happy if they aren’t winning, and that creates a downward spiral of depression and downswings. When I first started playing professionally, none of my roommates played poker. I joined a rugby team, and I still worked at startups part time; having a lot of different things going on at once really smoothes out the variance in your emotions. Even if I had a bad week in poker, I had a lot of other things to be happy about or look forward to. A second pitfall I’ve seen far too often is that players can become complacent ...


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