The Top Five Mental Game of Poker Podcasts (So far)

mza_2443368573763171259.170x170-75Right now Jared is enjoying his honeymoon, so it gives me the opportunity to write something I know he wouldn’t.

I’m sure Jared would say all the guests on his Mental Game of Poker Podcast were just as good as each other, however today I have picked out five particular episodes that I think all players can learn a great deal from.

All of his guests have been fantastic, but for me the following five guests really are shows all serious players should listen to:

Phil Galfond

20110403081550In the online game, I consider Phil Galfond to be the ultimate professional. He is the best ambassador, best teacher and possibly the best player in the world.

Despite still being one of the ‘young guns’ of the game, he is incredibly mature and has a great handle on his own mental game, which is demonstrated in his very popular blog (which is long overdue a post).

He also has a brilliant attitude towards challenging himself and learning which made this an amazing show.

Steven McCloughlin of PokerTracker

pokertracker_4_logoA recent show I feel any high volume player needs to listen to. So many of Jared’s clients misuse tracking software like PokerTracker, they either use the EV graphs as a crutch to prove how unlucky they are, or they try and hide from the truth by deleting a losing database.

I met Steven from PokerTracker earlier this year and discovered he had noticed similar ways in which poker players made mental game mistakes with tracking software, so I brought the two together for this enlightening show.

Bart Hanson

BartHansonAnother recent show. For me Bart Hanson is the most studious live player in the game today. He is like a one man live poker training site (In fact, he is exactly that, with his site

If we made one big mistake with The Mental Game of Poker 1, it was we did not include enough live poker examples. Bart is living proof that the mental game is just as, if not more, important in live poker as it is online.

Gavin Griffin

gavin-griffin-ept-season-3-championWhat is it like to win it all, then be forced to drop down in stakes and rebuild your bankroll?

Gavin Griffin was the first Triple Crown winner, which meant he was the first man to win an EPT, WPT and WSOP title. However last year he publicly blogged on how he was starting from scratch and building his bankroll up again.

This was a real eye opener for anyone who has won big, then incurred heavy losses, and a great insight of the importance of rebuilding rather than chasing.

Matt Affleck

Matt AffleckIt must truly suck to be best remembered for incurring one of the sickest eliminations deep in the main event – twice.

That is exactly what happened to Matt Affleck, who is infamous in poker for busting out to eventual winner Jonathan Duhamel in a real cooler of a hand, having had it happen the previous year too.

Jared and Matt talk about how he dealt with such a huge sense of injustice, and how he has gone on to build a really solid mental game since. If you ever feel like you are cursed at the tables, this is the show for you.

There are so many great guests on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast and I have left out big names like Jay Rosenkrantz, Phil Hellmuth, Randy Lew,  Lex Veldhuis, Oliver Busquet and Dusty Schmidt. See them all for yourself, and future guests, by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes.

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