Interview with Paul “Vulcans” Ratchford

Paul RatchfordMy latest guest on the Mental Game of Poker Podcast is Paul “Vulcans” Ratchford. He’s a prolific coach for DragTheBar.com and is author of a new book “Exploitive No Limit Holdem.” Before Paul entered the poker 6 years after the great recession took him from his corporate job at JP Morgan. In poker he’s a cash game player who’s averaged a 7BB/100 winrate since 2009 at a mix of stakes from $2/$4 up to $25/$50, and has won another $100k in live tournament winnings.

He’s a thoughtful and smart guy who has a lot of interesting things to say. In today’s show we discuss:

  • His take on All-in EV (he thinks it’s awesome)
  • Why he doesn’t care to calculate variance
  • Understanding the subtle difference in his tilt
  • How he maintains a high level of performance when he shows up to work and doesn’t get paid
  • Why confidence isn’t enough to be successful

If you’d like to learn more about Paul or his new book, check out his website, and follow him on Twitter: @PokerCapitalist

Finally, I would really appreciate it if you subscribed to this show on iTunes. I have more big guests lined up, and recent shows you may have missed include Vanessa Selbst, ElkY, Jason Mercier and Eugene Katchalov.

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French Translation of The Mental Game of Poker

36481_TMGP1_ftcover_French Very excited to announce that The Mental Game of Poker has been translated into French. In partnership with Simon Sanchez, the owner of the website Kill-tilt.fr, we were able to produce a high quality translation that people are already very excited about.

The book is available in softcover and ebook, from these places:

Softcover
Directly From Us (Get a 20% discount using promo code: ZE9Z44FX)
Amazon France
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Amazon Germany

Since the book just came out, shipping is a little tricky. At the moment, it’s not currently available on Amazon France. But you can get the book shipped from us, the UK or Germany, but the cost is a little higher than it will be once the book is available from Amazon France.

EBook (No shipping issues here!)
Kindle France
Kindle Canada
Kindle US
Apple iBook France
Google Play
Kobo
Nook


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7 Client Sessions

Over the last several years I’ve released 7 full length client sessions covering a variety of players and topics. You may learn a few things that can immediately help your game, and if you’ve ever considered working with me this gives you a great look at what it would be like.


Session with George who had a major problem handling bad beats.

Session with Garrett covering tilt, fear and loss of confidence.

This session is with a player who thought the problem was one thing and didn’t realize that it was caused by an unknown flaw. Focus problems were caused by a confidence problem, which was in turn caused by fear.

Session with Laurence “LadyLuck” Grondin dealing with some professional/non-poker issues. (On a French website, but the session is in English.)

Session with Martin “Dr. Giggy” Fournier covering tilt. (On a French website, but the session is in English.)

Session with James Atkins to increase motivation and volume, particularly for his SNE chase.

Video session with Sean Gibson (formerly of Poker News Daily) addressing the problems handling downswing. Part 1Part 2.

Hope you find them helping/interesting!

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Interview with Nick Wealthall

Nick WealthallMy next guest on the Mental Game of Poker Podcast is Nick Wealthall. Most of you will know him as a host for PokerStars TV, and a former host for Sky Poker and Poker Night Live. He is also an accomplished poker author, and away from the game, a comedy writer.

You may be surprised at just how much he has to share about the mental side of poker. Learning is a topic that has fascinated him for years and he has used this enthusiasm to create his own training video series at www.transformmypoker.com.

In today’s show we discuss:

  • The value of taking a step outside of the game and looking at it objectively for learning
  • How there is a difference between understanding a poker concept, and being able to implement it in your game
  • Why poker players struggle with short term variance
  • The importance on knowing what you want to get out of poker
  • Why some players struggle to make the adjustment between playing for a hobby, and playing to make serious income
  • What makes a good poker coach

Nick is a really funny guy with a great handle on some of the mental biases that can hamper our progression as poker players. You’ll learn a lot about learning in this show. If you’d like to learn more about Nick, check out his website, and follow him on Twitter: @NickWealthall

Finally, I would really appreciate it if you subscribed to this show on iTunes. I have more big guests lined up, and recent shows you may have missed include Vanessa Selbst, ElkY, Jason Mercier and Eugene Katchalov.

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Interview with Jennifer Shahade

twitternewI’ve worked with elite performers in a variety of fields like poker, golf, billiards and trading. One discipline that I’ve always found fascinating is chess, for a number of reasons. First of all, when you study performance, chess comes up a lot, it is used a lot to prove points about the role of hard work vs talent. I also find chess very interesting because it is a strategic, mental game, like poker. But unlike poker, variance doesn’t play a part.

That’s why I was excited to talk with my guest today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast. Jennifer Shahade is a poker player and ambassador for PokerStars. She is also a chess champion and author, who recently presented a TED talk about understanding decision making in chess and poker.

In the show we discuss:

  • Decision making in chess and poker, and understanding the difference between instinct and intuition
  • Tilt in both poker and chess
  • How she is promoting poker to chess players
  • How she got over the anxiety of public speaking to do her TED talk

Poker is often compared to chess but I don’t think many poker players realise how fundamentally similar they are in terms of how we make decisions. After this interview, I think you will understand how many commonalities they share.

If you want to learn more about Jennifer, check out her website, blog, and follow her on Twitter: @JenShahade

Finally if you haven’t subscribed to the podcast yet please do so, recent guests have included Vanessa Selbst, Jason Somerville, Jason Mercier and ElkY.

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