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Head Games: Know How to Train Your Mind and Emotions to Withstand the Variance of Tournament Poker

With Anthony Zinno, Jeff Madsen, and Quentin Lecomte

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jan 20, 2016


Craig Tapscott: Variance and downswings will hit every poker player at one time or another. Can you please share a few times you have crashed and burned and how you recovered to be a better player? Anthony Zinno: One of my most painful memories was a May 2012 WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah’s New Orleans. I had been selling action for other Circuit events prior to this, and did pretty well such that I only needed a min-cash or so in order to qualify and win a free seat into the $10,000 National Championship. So, I went down there with full confidence that, with about ten events to play, I’d easily make a decent run in a few, and my investor came on board. About midway through the series, I hadn’t cashed in anything despite putting my best efforts in. I was doing everything as correctly as I could assess: ...

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