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Winning the Mental Game

Tweet It’s obvious when you’ve won something in poker, your chips, bracelet, title, money, account balance is starting you right in face, but it’s not that way with the mental game. The mental game challenges you to define winning on your own, and especially for goals that take a long time achieve, sometimes you’ll win […]

Insight into Emotional Control

Tweet I woke up this morning with what I sense in my mind is some major insight. I may not be able to explain it well enough yet, writing this blog is as much for my learning as yours, but if you stick through it, and it sparks a conversation, I think it can have […]

Finding 110%

Tweet A couple weeks ago, in my ‘I suck at social networking’ blog I referenced a quote by George Steinbrenner that was my first post on twitter. I’m still enamored by the quote and am devoting this blog to fully explain why I love it so much, and why I think you should too. The […]

Baby Steps

Tweet My cousin invited me to run a 4 mile race through central park on Saturday. It was my first race since developing tendinitis in my Achilles earlier this year. It wasn’t a long run as races go, but with the heat and having recently gotten back into running, the race was tougher than expected […]

Tweeting to Distraction?

Tweet With the rise of poker players using Twitter, and having started posting there myself(can’t yet bring myself to say tweet yet), it makes me wonder – what effect posting on Twitter when playing a tournament has on a players’ performance? Barry mentioned this to me the other day and I thought it was a […]

I Suck at Social Networking

Tweet Ironically it took admitting this yesterday for me to finally do something about it. The truth is I just didn’t really understand how to use the medium to add value to my coaching, but with the help of some friends, and a little research it’s starting to sink in. Tweet

SNE Project Update

Tweet After 5 sessions with Jeff, I’ve started going through the recordings to put together the videos series for all of you. As Jeff has written, he’s made some great strides over the past several months in his mental game and I’m looking forward to piecing together parts of our sessions along with some instruction, […]

Participate in a New Video

Tweet As the title says, I’m putting together a new video series that all DragTheBar.com members (you don’t have to be paying member) are open to participating in. [Btw, for those wondering about the SNE Project videos, I’ll be posting an update about it tomorrow.] This isn’t just a new series, I’m also trying out […]

Vegas

Tweet I’m sitting in the airport a few minutes from heading out to the Vegas for a few days. When I went to the world series a few years ago I was really new to poker and in many ways overwhelmed by how much I was learning. Though my work in poker is very similar […]

115 Hours!!

Tweet I’m amazed. Not shocked, but thoroughly impressed by what Phil Laak pulled off this week playing 115 hours straight of poker. The subject of sleep deprivation is one that’s recently been on my mind since heading over to the Big Game with the intent of helping Dusty play 48 hours straight, so I know […]

Performance Drugs and Poker

Tweet My bull **** detector seems to perk up whenever I read or hear about a new study that’s getting attention in the popular press. Many times the research is solid, but often, really too often, the claims made by the study are headline grabbing, misleading and in some cases down right irresponsible. In my […]

Trip Report Part 2

Tweet As many of you know through Dusty’s blog, we were caught up in the greatest aviation disruption in history, which didn’t work out so well for him being away from his family…but worked out pretty well for me. The first week we were there was jammed with poker stuff, and felt like a resident […]

Trip Report Part 1

Tweet A couple weeks old, but for those who are interested here are the highlights my trip to London for the Big Game. It was one of the most fun trips I’ve taken in a long time and the fact that it was a business trip made it even more fun. Though what’s a trip […]

The SNE Project Player is…

Tweet While there were a number of players who fit a lot of what I was looking for, there was only one who best fit the player I had in mind for this project…Jeff Campbell – DTB screen name is “JCampbell.” I was looking for a player that had several common mental game problems, who […]

PartyPoker Big Game IV

Tweet I’m not usually one to jump on the hype for a show that’s getting a ton of press, but since I’m going to be there, I have to talk about it. It started several weeks ago when Dusty was asked by Jesse May, on The Poker Show to play in the Big Game and […]

Two Great Interviews

Tweet Last week I had a couple very cool interviews. Each one was unique in its own right, but the common thread was they were really enjoyable for me and I thought the two interviewers, Jeremiah Smith and Jesse May, did great interviews. On Monday I was on Jeremiah Smith’s PokerRoad show “Cash Plays.” The […]

The Value of Vacation

Tweet One of the reasons I’m good at my job is that I go through and have gone through many of the same things my clients do. My area of performance has been and is different than yours, but the details of what makes me successful are the same as what makes you. Of course […]

Exciting First Day

Tweet Today is an exciting day. Not only is it my first day at Dragthebar.com it’s also the day that my new SN/SNE program is released. The combination of the two has me fired up even though the weather in NY today is dreary. Coming to DTB, is something that is really well timed in […]

Project Manager

Tweet So the big news and happenings in my career the past few weeks is that I’ve decided to self-publish my book. In evaluating the alternatives, it just makes the most sense for me. I’ve been telling my friends that it feels a bit like it’s my turn to be project manager on the apprentice. […]

The Writing Groove

Tweet This has been a really interesting week. I really didn’t think that much would change by leaving Stoxpoker, but I must have only been thinking about the impact on my work day, not at all on my state of mind. The first couple days, Friday and Saturday, were admittedly quite stressful. Change sometimes just […]

Leaving Stoxpoker

Tweet This is actually a lot harder to say than I thought it would. I’m leaving Stoxpoker. This was a tough decision because I’m grateful for the opportunity to coach here and because I’m leaving all of you. When I joined the site a couple years ago, I admittedly made the foundation series the way […]

A New Set of Results

Tweet Excerpt from Treat Your Poker Like a Business From Dusty’s Blog, December 15, 2009 Hi everyone, Today’s excerpt from “Treat Your Poker Like A Business” pertains to revising your concept of success. This piece is actually written by Jared Tendler, a performance coach for both poker players and golfers. As you probably know by […]

The Only Reason Tilt Happens

Tweet As appeared in April 2008 issue of 2+2 Magazine Tilt is a consequence of the brain’s response to a threat. This response has developed over the past 300+ million years and at this point in evolution, a threat does not have to be real physical danger; psychological threats are treated in the exact same […]

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