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T H E M E N TA L G A M E O F P O K E R

about makes it easier to figure out the underlying question you’re trying to answer. Once you’ve identified the question, write out the answer. Overthinking creates confusion and clutter in your mind. A cluttered mind is like a cluttered desk; it’s difficult to find what you’re looking for. Writing helps you to clear out the clutter and use your mind more efficiently to find answers. 2. Not Trusting Your Gut You know the right play, but go against it. Why? It’s because you don’t trust the answer your gut spits out. This leads us to ask, “What the hell is the gut?” If you don’t know what the gut is, it makes sense why you wouldn’t trust it. Essentially, the gut is skills at the level of Unconscious Competence reacting to the situation with an answer. It’s the mental version of an athletic reaction in sports. One example of this is when a basketball player driving to the basket instantly adjusts the placement of the ball in his hand to avoid a defender’s attempt to cut him off. There’s no thinking in this athletic move, it’s a purely instinctive reaction. The same is true on a mental level; the gut doesn’t think to come up with the answer, the answer comes automatically.

B A R R Y ’ S TA K E

Fe e l Pl ay e rs You often hear about “feel players.” These are players who seem to have some mystifying soul-reading ability, but in reality, they’re just using their skills trained to the level of Unconscious Competence really well.

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The Mental Game of Poker Excerpt: Chapter 6 Fear  

Here are a few sample pages from the chapter on Fear. They'll help you better keep your sanity and make sound decisions right now.

The Mental Game of Poker Excerpt: Chapter 6 Fear  

Here are a few sample pages from the chapter on Fear. They'll help you better keep your sanity and make sound decisions right now.

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