I am excited to announce the return of The Mental Game Podcast. Itâ€™s been a longer break than I anticipated, but the time away gave me an opportunity to think more about what I wanted to accomplish with the show. Iâ€™ve had amazing in-depth conversations about the mental game of poker, and now I want to take the show a step beyond. Poker will continue to be a primary theme, and now Iâ€™m also going to have guests who bring fresh ideas from beyond poker to help deepen our understanding of the mental game as a whole. The goal is to elevate your mental game in poker, sports, life and whatever is important to you.
To restart the podcast in style, Iâ€™m very happy to welcome reigning WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson to the show. Last year while watching the final table in person, I got to see Martinâ€™s performance up close. I was obviously cheering for my client Jorryt von Hoof, but it was easy to be impressed with the composure, professionalism, focus, and resilience that Martin showed on his way to the title and $10 million first prize.
With the Main Event final table just around the corner, Martin was the perfect guest to have on the show. In this episode we discuss:
- How he prepared during the November Nine break.
- Why he believes staying positive and his confidence was the key to his victory.
- How he created an edge in none traditional ways, including exercise, meditation and yoga.
- How having so many near misses prior to the Main Event (2 WPT, 4 EPT and 3 WSOP final tables) impacted his performance at the final.
- How he stays motivated after winning the biggest tournament in poker.
As youâ€™ll hear, we have some differing opinions about the value of positive thinking, and our discussion reminds me of a conversation I had with Daniel Negreanu on the subject. Be sure to check out that show as well.
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