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Head Games: The Importance of the Mental Game and Common Errors That Hold Back Players From Realizing Their Full Potential

The Pros: Brain Rast and Gabriel Goffi

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Nov 25, 2015

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Craig Tapscott: How important is the mental side of poker for long term success? What specific areas of the mental game have you focused on improving the most?  Brian Rast: The mental side of poker, of course, is all of poker — as it is fundamentally a mental game in almost all aspects. The non-strategic, mental side of poker is extremely important and I think broad enough to ultimately be more important than the strategy aspect in terms of long-term success. These non-strategic mental considerations include topics such as game selection, tilt control, focus, self control, and determination, just to name a few of the most important. With good game selection, you can consistently be in positive expected value (+EV) spots even if you aren’t the world’s greatest player. With good tilt control, you can avoid the disastrous situations where you are hugely -EV because you are tilting (either by ...


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