I’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.
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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