Mental Game of Poker - Table of Contents

You should never judge a book by its cover, but you probably can get an idea by its table of contents. I am a real book worm and the feature on Amazon where you can skim the first few pages of a book has certainly influenced me to buy loads of titles, most of the time the book has lived up to the expectation the contents pages have created.

So The Mental Game of Poker will be available for preorder next week, but until then hopefully this table of contents will prove compelling enough. As you can see the book is pretty involved, but you won't have to read every section as we advise a bespoke way of reading the book depending on the particular mental game issues you are working on.

The client stories are as the name suggests are personal accounts from poker players who Jared has helped improve their tilt and other issues. The 'Barry's Take' sections are musings from yours truly, where I try and explain some of the more complex concepts Jared talks about in terms poker players understand.

Some of the sub titles will make no sense until you read it, but I would suggest you skim the tilt section now to see if any single lines/terms strike a chord.

If anyone has any questions on this based on the table of contents drop me a line in he comments box and stay tuned next week for the launch of the website and pre-order for the book:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Golf Sets the Stage
Enter Poker
Client’s Story: Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt
I’m Not a Poker Player
The Problem with Conventional Poker Psychology
Mental Game Fish
Mental Game Strategy
Mental Game Myths
How to Use this Book
Chapter 2: Foundation
The Adult Learning Model
Sidebar: Flaws are Skills
Client’s Story: Niman “Samoleus” Kenkre
Two Common Learning Mistakes
The Process Model
Client’s Story: Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt
Sidebar: Results-oriented Thinking
Client’s Story: Niman “Samoleus” Kenkre
Use the Process Model Everyday
Chapter 3: Emotion
Malfunctioning Mind
Two Causes of Emotion
Accumulated Emotion
Spectrum of Emotion
Performance and Emotion
Chapter 4: Strategy
Injecting Logic
1. Recognition
2. Deep Breath
3. Injecting Logic
4. Strategic Reminder
5. Repeat as Necessary
6. Quitting
Mental Hand History
Sidebar: Correcting Flaws in Poker
Sidebar: The Mental Side of Poker Mistakes
Additional Strategies
Tracking Improvement
Accumulated Emotion
Chapter 5: Tilt
Tilt = Anger + Bad Play
The Nature of Anger
Accumulated Tilt
The Tilt of Tilt
The Benefit of Tilt
Winner’s Tilt
Tilt Profile
Sidebar: Think You Don’t Tilt?
Seven Types of Tilt
Barry’s Take: Understanding your Opponents’ Tilt
General Strategy for Tilt
Client’s Story: Liz “RikJamesB1atch” Herrera
What Progress Looks Like and How to Keep it Going
Running Bad Tilt
Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Focused More on Results than Quality
Booking a Win
Poker/Life Balance
Predicting Bad Beats
Resetting Your Mind
Injustice Tilt
Sidebar: Assuming You’re Better
Terrible at Spotting Good Variance
More Than is Fair
Injustice Tilt Opportunity
Wishing Poker Wasn’t This Way
Desire to Control Variance
An Excuse Not to Learn
Client’s Story: Barry Carter
Bad Beat Stories
Hate-losing Tilt
Money Lost
Client’s Story: Jordan “iMsoLucky0” Morgan
Believing You Can Win Every Hand
Lost Skill
Losing Gets Personal
Losing Hurts More Than Winning Feels Good
Mistake Tilt
Expecting Perfection
When a Mistake is Not a Mistake
Obvious Mistakes
Threatens Your Goals
Know Too Much, Mastered Too Little
Entitlement Tilt
Losing to Fish
Client’s Story: Liz “RikJamesB1atch” Herrera
Losing to Regulars
Client’s Story: Mike “Syous” Song
Moving up in Stakes
Revenge Tilt
No Respect
Facing Constant Aggression
Player with History
Regaining Confidence
Taking Your Money
Enacting Revenge
Your Soul Owned
Desperation Tilt
Sidebar: When Losing Feels Good
Non-negotiable Strategy
Using Tilt to Improve Your Play
Keeping Records
Chapter 6: Fear
The Nature of Fear
Barry’s Take: Be Fearless Like Ivey
Incomplete Information
Fuel to Perform
Fear Profile
1. Overthinking
2. Not Trusting Your Gut
Barry’s Take: Feel Players
3. Second-guessing
4. Performance Anxiety
5. Negative Future
General Strategy for Resolving Fear
Playing out the Fear
Answering Questions
Common Fears
Fear of Failure
Fear of Success
Fear of Mistakes
Fear of a Bad Run
Client’s Story: Pascal “Stake Monster” Tremblay
Fear of Moving Up in Stakes
Risk Aversion
Client’s Story: Barry Carter
Chapter 7: Motivation
The Nature of Motivation
Barry’s Take: Prop Bets
Stable Motivation
Common Motivational Problems
Running Good and Bad
Sidebar: Underestimating Stress
Goal Problems
Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Freerolling Your Talent
Stop Dreaming
Absence of Learning
Client’s Story: Jordan “iMsoLucky0” Morgan
Numb to Emotion
Chapter 8: Confidence
The Nature of Confidence
Stable Confidence
Under-confident and Overconfident
Developing Stable Confidence
The Skill of Recognizing Variance
The Skill of Recognizing Your Skill
The Skill of Recognizing Your Opponents’ Skill
Barry’s Take: Defining Your Edge
Illusion of Control
Client’s Story: Matt “mbolt1” Bolt
Illusion of Permanence
Illusion of Learning
Client’s Story: Sean Gibson
You Have Not Mastered This Book
Appendix I
Warm-up and Cool-down
Appendix II
Client Questionnaire


James Atkin said...

Looks really good :)

Jeff Mcintyre said...

Looks good Barry. I am looking forward to reading Chapters 3 and 6 in particular.

As far as Chapter 3 goes, I have stumbled upon Albert Bernstein's book recently. I am curious to see if your book takes a similar approach.

His site:


His book:


Chapter 6 interests me because I feel that a big percentage of intermediate players suffer from fear and it crushes their bottom line.

I still have not listened to Jared's latest cash plays podcast, but I have read that they go into "the different forms of tilt".

Thank you for the TOC...


Barry Carter said...

Hey Jeff,

Having quickly scanned Bernsteins contents/comments I would guess that there some similarities for sure - however I will ask Jared to come and comment personally as he will probably know Bernsteins work better.

Fear - you are right, everyone 'knows' tilt, but few people realise that fear effects their bottom line. Particularly when it comes to things like taking shots at new stakes or risk aversion, where there is an opportunity cost (ie. the risk of doing nothing).

I myself had a big risk aversion issue before I met Jared, which we discuss in the book, so its one of my favourite sections.

You deffo should listen to the latest podcast, its one of his best.

Jared said...

Hey Jeff,

I hadn't heard of Berstein's work, but after reading the first few pages of his intro I get the sense that he has a similar overall philosophy as I do. That's not to say that Chapter 3 is similar as I couldn't see more of his content, but if you like his stuff, my sense is that you'll like ours.

Latest cash plays is just on Injustice Tilt. One of the 7 that I talk about in the book.

Thanks for your interest in the book. Barry and I are really excite about it, can't wait to hear what you and other think.


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