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The ultimate rush in poker comes from outplaying a poker pro. You trick him into thinking you have one hand, when actually you have something else. You deceive him with your line and sizings and win a monster pot. You win the leveling game. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of leveling, this is where players talk about “what does he think I have” or the next level: “what does he think I think he has”....

Someone asked me recently to speak a little more about poker and meditation. Once I began, I realized I have a lot to share, so I’m going to break this up into multiple entries. Here are some ways meditation has helped my own poker game. managing stress and tilt improving concentration expanding the field of view putting things in perspective The most immediate benefit meditation can offer is managing stress and tilt. Often there is a direct correlation between the amount...

A number of folks have been inquiring about my results, so here they are. :) I'm going to also be linking this post permanently from my 2+2 coaching ad. And I will update this over time with recent results. This is easier than contacting 2+2 every time to update the thread. These results are for the last 2 months of play at Full Tilt Rush. Hope to increase my volume to 60k hands this month! ...

I want to impress upon you the power and importance of personal poker study. Typically in our quest for greater wisdom, we look outside of ourselves to poker books, videos, coaches, and peers. I explored this part of the process last week: learning from the wise. Just as important though is the work we do on our own. In fact, some of the best professional poker players like Patrik Antonius and Viktor Blom (Isildur1) are entirely...

During last weekend's meditation retreat, the teacher described two ways by which we gain wisdom: externally through others and internally through reflection. While this may sound simple and obvious, the topic itself is of such great importance that it deserves exploration. Framing the process of gaining wisdom in this way gives us a convenient starting point for contemplation. Also, as this is foremost a poker blog, we will specifically consider gaining poker wisdom. Credibility External learning presents the...