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Head Games: How Top Professionals Improve their Game Away From the Table

With Brian Rast, Alex Foxen, and Nicholas Palma

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: May 19, 2015


Craig Tapscott: In the past, what have been some of the ways you have worked on your game away from the table to vastly improve your game? Brian Rast: When I first started out, the primary way I worked on my game away from the table was reading books. This was over ten years ago, and there weren’t many resources back then besides books and other people, and I didn’t know any good players when I was starting out in college. Books aren’t best, in my opinion, for beginning to intermediate players, as they can’t be as specific or nuanced as a person, nor answer your questions. As the years went by, I started working on my game by using three different tools. The first was, as I developed relationships with other good poker players, I would talk strategy about hands after sessions. The second is, as it became available, ...

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