Review: The Mental Game of Poker by Barry Carter and Jared Tendler
Although you may not feel that way on nights when you have lost all your money at a real-life or online casino such as www.gamingclub.com/au, the title The Mental Game of Poker does not refer to the lunacy of those who play this casino favourite. Rather it is another of those books that promises to be able to make you a better player – something any poker fan will know there is no shortage of. So do Barry Carter and Jared Tendler have a full house of poker performance secrets, or are they bluffing?
Well despite the order of the names, Tendler is really the main man here. He is a former golfer who specialised in coaching players mentally for that sport, before shifting his focus to poker in 2007. Therefore he clearly does have some background and success in psychological coaching, making the book’s promise of ‘proven strategies for improving tilt control, confidence, motivation, coping with variance and more’ seem like more than just empty bluster. The book is certainly impressively detailed in terms of the case studies and theories. It is also structured in such a way that you can read the opening chapter and then focus on the areas that you feel you need help in – rather than having to read it from cover to cover.
This is handy, as it lets you get straight to the most relevant parts for you – and there is also a questionnaire designed to help you work out where your poker game needs help, should you be unsure. The mix of theory and case study is a good idea, because it allows the reader to see each theory applied in a practical game scenario, before they actually hit their favourite online casino, or local land-based one, to try it themselves. The Mental Game of Poker is perhaps not a book suited to casual poker players, but those dedicated to improving their game will probably find it one of the more useful books on the market.