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Poker-techniques and methods:

A simple Mental approach to Coaching.

"I wish I could play today as I played that day"


a)- The Win- Be winning doesn't mean that you're playing well.

b)- The Control - You can't control the cards but you can control the form of play.

c)- The Illusion - Your mind can make you believe that you’re playing well, or poorly, which may not be real.

Second, Jared Tendler (Mental Coaching) that considers to be four levels of learning, that he call ALM (Adult Learning Model): Unconscious, Conscious, Incompetence and Competence, Jared puts these principles in a Johari window which uses psychology to help the individual and enhance your relationship with him and with others. (Open-Closed-Secret-Hidden).

The Poker Player is always in action, moving, playing, with the "thought", the "emotions" and "decision making". These three are the factors that a poker player needs to know about itself, these are strengths or vulnerabilities of any sport, as well as of any profession.

Jared also offers a model process for working with the player (PPREA) and refer also that the emotions of Poker players are always between the Doubt, Anxiety, Fear and can pass to Phobia. The basic emotions are joy, disgust, fear, sadness and anger, and are universal and they all affect the decision.

About your mental game, (involves what you think, what you feel and what decides) not always these three factors are United or appropriate at the moment (but because I make that call?) There are three key points that are needed to recognize:

1) the ability to recognize the variance.

2) the ability to recognize your technique.

3) the ability to recognize the technique of your opponent (s).

The pressure given on a material, (in the case of Poker players are in constant pressure) depends on the pressure exerted on the body and the material's response to that same pressure. and so is for actions that involve decision-making. The term Resilience is born of a concept where metallurgy materials go back to your original form after a certain pressure exerted on them (e.g. the rubber band back to your original shape after being stretched). So, it can recover more quickly and be able to maintain stable and so it is for human beings and for Poker. The Tilt is an emotional reaction to a determines pressure (negative), the opposite is the Euphoria that leads many players playing so deficient in virtue of having received what might be called positive pressure, strengthening, however with time will be influenced by the pressure of having to continue to win. What will create the illusion that you can't lose to a "fish" or who can win every hand.

The Resilience of a player builds up not only with his life, but there are studies indicators of these capabilities may be more developed in some personality types that others (see "children of Haiti").

However, the cognitive approaches can gladly develop aspects and fear reduction techniques and correct development of confidence and self-observation, introspective, very useful for professional players. Well with the motivation. on the question of motivation, understand that motivate is not to say, "you can do it", because that doesn't make sense because we don't know, we want to be able to, but we don't know if it's going to be. We can remember the joke of "stuttering talks ...! and he said to stutter the lame dropped "the lame wanted to walk and when he threw his crutches away, fell, because you said that he was capable of.

The real question about motivation is if the person knows how, when and what you can do (Pot Odds, implied Odds, bet value, equity, …). the confidence born from the reason and not the from illusion. So, learn, read, management is a good planning and organization to know what you are doing.

"Are you motivated? "I’m, today I'm with a great feeling " If you’re losing bigger will be down and the longer it will take to recover. A coaching would quickly a call to reality and say focus on "feeling " but don't forget that you're not going to play alone (that's his profession). It can be display optimized that confidence levels can and should be used, but then the spending euphoria is a moment, just a fuse, and then automatically loses the rationality. (that's his profession).

In the corridors between hands what we hear, most of the time, are the players count their bad beats. their stories. but are they really had a feedback and learn about it, some seek an opinion, but not to talk about their emotions "don't be a weak man, because men don’t cry", but the opinion was about something that happened and the probability of that hand to repeat in the same circumstances are tiny, so what is?

If we know that the future actions are determined by other variables that the player does not consider, what was your position? everyone knows that answer, but where were sitting on the table? Place 1? 10? 6? had players who were in action on that field of your vision? you know that the brain makes different readings varying where you are watching? How many players saw? as they were sitting, the room was the same? (...). And, what kind of players a have on my table?

So, what can the mental coaching do for you? Develop techniques and capabilities you consistently and linear. You're not just losing because you play badly, there's circumstances you don't control but you can learn to deal constructively and objectively with them.

Today poker won it’s a much larger dimension that just: Ah! It was a bad beat, or a cooler (? and how do you feel? how many times do you think of that? or are you on a downswing. For all now everybody is uses the expression that you are on a downswing, and that can be a month or even last for years (I think that's called depend on luck or bad luck) which makes no sense, no, because there is no professional in your area to last if I stand by that crisis, if you're not selling anything or not you show up customers Nothing's going to happen if he does nothing. He needs it to live, is a Poker player, (Not a gambler) and they have to realize that there may be things to do, Learning, Strategies, Planning, Motivation and Confidence.

"If you have a store up the street and you don't have customers to buy your products, you wait?" thus becomes effective build a realistic plan and it is here that the mental coaching in conjunction with the player, build a vision of the whole and plan strategies together, about what you think, how you feel and what you're thinking. How are you going to do? What are the alternatives. Many of the players depend on the luck of being winning to maintain levels to which they call it confidence. But is it reliable? And last?

What isn’t Mental coaching? Mental coaching isn’t to teach to play Poker or to tell you how to play that hand, or managing a bankroll. But the skill and knowledge of coaching in all these fields can be very useful and even identification is very important, as well as the empathy most relationship processes do not work because of the lack of empathy that is also understanding.

Poker, grew up, has already surpassed the stage of innocence and is much more than a simple call and all-in or know the rules or "can be hit". Requires in-term a good resilience. among much study, practice and a great self-awareness.

On the myth of emotions in Poker we will speak in another session or one day.

Mental coaching look for poker, for your poker, and work with a coaching is not just say "Goooooo" “unlucky” and GG or GL, or we're all going to be on the rail for you, it’s okay but … . Mental coaching looks at a whole (lifestyle, individual, group, actions, thoughts). Gives you the ability to be you.

Einstein said the Borh Solvey Congress in 1930, "God does not play dice" and because of this the science has never been the same.

Just like in Poker there are Deterministic and Probabilistic.

PS: I’m not sailing nothing this is just homework.

some personal references from the works of Jared Tendler.

(it is prohibited to reproduce or replicate this text) Alvaro Carvalho.

ADC, 2015

Why do you want to play Poker?

Nowadays many play poker with the aim of earning money and fame quickly. I do not know any winner, who keeps on winning, who does not have to work hard and many hours of dedication to learning and managing their emotions. Review material, coach objectives, bankroll management, types of strategies and everything a player needs to be a good player.

At Poker statistics are very important and we can evaluate our game and also choose the changes to the way we are playing, our study of them and the game analysis. VPIP, CBET, PFAF, Cunning, Shooter factor, among many other data. What is SPR? The REM process? Tilt, and more, much more. Poker is such an advanced and sophisticated game that you need a solid foundation of learning to develop your poker.

More than winning poker is a learning game (There are very useful and sophisticated working systems and instruments). Alone the probability of evolution is reduced, so we learn from each other and the formations of players have nowadays a very important role. The school as learning and method.

If you expect that your poker will be your results and the evaluations in the immediate by your gain, perhaps this is only a small part of the process.

Some play because it is fashionable, others play by way of life and there are others who play because they like the game and learn a lot. And there are others who will never want to learn.

Where and how can we recognize a style of play and adapt the way we play looking for our style. Who are we and how are we playing. What is the quality and style of your poker?

AdC, Almacarvalho (MajorAlma), 2016

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