Interview with Eugene Katchalov

katchalov-websiteIf you are trying to limit the amount of extra calories you consume over the holidays, or are thinking about making some big lifestyle changes in 2014, my next guest is a real inspiration.

Eugene Katchalov is a professional tournament poker player and a Team PokerStars Pro. He boasts two WCOOP titles, a WSOP bracelet and a WPT titles, as well as a super high roller victory at the PCA. Outside of poker this former trader also was featured in Men’s Fitness magazine for his impressive weight loss after making some big changes in his fitness and diet.

In the show we talk about:

  • How he adapts to his crazy travel schedule
  • His love of learning and how the biggest battle in poker is the one within
  • How he deals with losing streaks and the ways he makes sure he learns from them
  • The overconfidence that comes with winning streaks and how it can make you forget the game which made you win in the first place
  • How taking notes while he plays has helped him play his A-game more often
  • How fitness has helped him mentally at the poker table and the rest of his life
  • The value of meditation, which he has just started to take seriously

This is a really enjoyable interview and I think every poker player who is looking to make long term habitual changes in 2014 can learn a lot from Eugene. So be sure to also follow him on Twitter: @EugeneKatchalov

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