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What started as a small, unconscious difference in stress reactions grew into a hunch, and eventu- ally turned into conscious recognition. Anticipatory SCR level for the good and bad decks The Iowa Gambling Task proves that there is constant data collection and pattern recognition happening below the level of our awareness.
The zone makes this knowledge accessible and usable. The ideal level of 18 energy previously described maximizes the brains ability to pull this data to the surface and use it to make extraordinarily high-level decisions. The next step is to actually become aware of this data and eventually be able to apply it in your sessions. In order to do this, you first need to understand the process this data goes through in order to become fully learned and consistently accessible to you.
Level 1: Intangible Competence. You know whats right, but cant explain why its right. In other words, youre blind to the reason you performed so well. In a vacuum, the move might even look like a mistake, but you have such a strong hunch that you just go with it.
The real reason you called or folded could be due to your opponents prior action, a physical tell, a timing tell, a bet-sizing tell, the momentum of the game, G-Bucks, table image, table position, metagame, range balancing, or something entirely new.
You know there are so many factors that can go into making a poker decision, but this decision is one you simply cant explain. The knowledge you have at this level is composed of the same unconscious data that was highlighted by the Iowa Gambling Task. Level 2: Conceptual Competence. After an aha moment or looking closely at decisions made while playing in the zone, you now realize why you knew what was right.
Youve become aware of a skill or concept that will take your game to a new level; however, you havent gained enough experience yet to consciously apply it on a regular basis.
When you reach this level of knowledge, youve gathered up enough unconscious data and are at the same stage the participants of the Iowa Gambling Task were in after picking up the 80th card. There are two ways to reach this level: develop original concepts or learn them from other players. The alternative method is to learn from others by watching videos, reading articles, and working with a coach. Level 3: Conscious Competence.
You have done sufficient work to understand the concept and can now apply it on a regular basis, even when not in the zone. You still have to do it consciously thoughit isnt yet second nature. Level 4: Unconscious Competence.
Knowledge about the concept is now so well learned that its automatic at all times, even when youre tilted or exhausted. Consistent access to new Intangible Competence is necessary to reach the zone.
In order to gain that access, you must regularly convert Intangible Com- petence into Conceptual Competence.
The reality is it can take weeks, months, or longer for you to become conscious of these complex patterns in poker. The A-game journal is a tool that simplifies and accelerates that process. A-game journal. In the A-game journal youre gathering notes about the peak of your game.
Here are some ideas for how to get the most from this tool: After every instance that you play in the zone, take exhaustive notes about your experience. Some of what you write about will make sense right away, and other things may be tougher to explain.
You can also talk this out with other players, just be sure to write down notes after your conversation. Recording video or audio notes can work as well. Focus on hands where you had a strong intuition or made a spon- taneous move that worked, and try to explain why they were 5 See Appendix I for more details.
These are likely to be the toughest hands to explain, but its important that you try. Dont edit, censor, or force your thoughts, just write or talk. Youre too early in the process to know exactly what is right and what can provide any insight.
Trying to force an answer can lead you to arrive at an incorrect conclusion. If youre unable to make sense of your notes, revisit them in the future, and try again to explain what you saw in the hand. You may still be unable to conceptualize why your play was correct, but each time, you will inch your way closer.
While playing, you may have clear thoughts about why your deci- sion was correct, but then you forget just a few minutes later. Consider quickly writing down your thoughts without analyzing them any fur- ther until after the session.
Youre trying to balance continuing to play in the zone with capturing high-level data about your game. If you divert your focus too much, you could end up falling out of the zone.
This process cant be forced. Like the participants in the Iowa Gambling Task, you may struggle to explain this unconscious knowl- edge that you know had a role in your decisions. Thats okaystrug- gling is expected.
Merely attempting to access this knowledge will prove to be helpful in digesting some of the accumulated data. Record any insights that you have while watching a training video, talking with other players, or at random times. The A-game journal becomes a record of your exploration of the highest levels of your game. Revisit it after you have new ideas, play in the zone, or develop insight after watching a poker video. Over time, as you continue to think, gather more experience, and learn about these areas of your game, you will be able to trans- form a hunch into Conceptual Competence.
The work you put into the A-game journal may not immediately bear fruit.
If youre already aware of the concept, having learned about it from a video or another player, the A-game journal will help you develop an even higher level of comprehension. The process is a bit like a baby learning to walk. They cant be forced; they can only be encouraged. Encouragement in the A-game journal comes in the form of regular attention, attempted explanation, repetition, trial and error, and gathering ideas from other sources.
The A-game journal is not only a great tool for keeping your mind clear so you can consistently get into the zone, it also helps you learn at the high- est level of your game. There is no one perfect way to use the A-game journal, but the more you work with it, the more youll discover which methods work best for you. The Data Stream The action in poker flows like a stream of data with an endless supply of betting patterns, bluffing tendencies, physical tells, and more.
Trying to force an answer can lead you to arrive at an incorrect conclusion. You may still be unable to conceptualize why your play was correct. Merely attempting to access this knowledge will prove to be helpful in digesting some of the accumulated data. Revisit it after you have new ideas. Like the participants in the Iowa Gambling Task. Over time. Consider quickly writing down your thoughts without analyzing them any fur- ther until after the session.
If you divert your focus too much. To prevent data accumulation after a session. Converting data to the next level of learning can help to free up the necessary space to acquire new intangible competence. After a session in which you reached the zone. Encouragement in the A-game journal comes in the form of regular attention.
The Data Stream The action in poker flows like a stream of data with an endless supply of betting patterns. This slows down the learning process and prevents you from regularly getting into the zone. There is no one perfect way to use the A-game journal. The process is a bit like a baby learning to walk. The mind absorbs a lot of data while playing poker.
The methods you use depend on your level of performance. The A-game journal is not only a great tool for keeping your mind clear so you can consistently get into the zone. While the flow of data is constant. Whether watching a movie or playing a hand of poker. In the next section. Chances are.
As your skills in poker evolve. As that happens. Correcting tactical mistakes uses the same strat- egy. To see the evolution of your game.
After taking a bad beat. Those immediate corrections minimize the accumulation of data. This process can be illustrated in something as basic as watching a movie. If tactical and mental leaks are left alone and additional layers of thought are piled on. When you watch a movie several times. From a mental side. This is because you have access to your full range of knowledge. After learning more about the zone. Go slow and just process everything. I would try and talk myself into it by saying.
In the tour- nament just before the main event—the 10K Heads-Up—I felt like I was outplaying a very good opponent. I was really motivated to get my brain functioning at the highest possible level and was willing to do whatever I could. I either miss a crucial piece of information or am just not able to process it. That meant making decisions slower and really trying to take in every single piece of information possible—how quickly did the person tap the table when he checked. That meant not only improving tactically and mentally.
For me. I was really going all out to play my best. I had made a deep run and played really well against some incredibly tough competition. Whenever a non-aggres- sive player became aggressive in hands within close proximity. But that time.
I was dealt pocket jacks preflop and opened in late position. Picking up on all these small details that usually would go over my head. This was a moment where I felt like I was playing at the highest level I could possibly play.
And now I was about to base my decision on it. James Bord—the eventual winner—reraised me. I think what was so surprising to me about this hand was how much information that was so subtle managed to help me make a big fold.
James was a tight player who rarely reraised and had recently reraised me preflop. I noticed so much more going on in each hand. Being mainly an online player. I stayed committed to my plan and played really well against them. I tended to interpret the latter as strong. I gave them way too much credit for putting me on an exact hand or figuring out what I was up to. It was just a little piece of information that. I decided to fold my jacks and he ended up telling me later that he had pocket aces.
Throughout my career. I had an active image at the time. But there was another impor- tant factor that helped me decide. One hand in particular stands out.
I looked at him and realized he looked and acted exactly the same as he did during a hand two days before when he had aces. I had a real problem playing against players that I really respected. Fueled by a balance of challenge and skill. Gaining an understanding of what being in the zone means specifically for you sets the target that all your efforts will be centered around. Using the basic theory around these factors as a foundation.
They give up a lot of mental game edge by failing to recognize the subtle differences in their levels of performance. This profile is not something you complete once and never refer to again. After studying your experience in the zone. The best way to capture and analyze these differences is by creating a zone profile. The zone profile can be so eye-opening for some players that just by completing it. Here are some questions to get you started: Do you feel calm. It becomes a living document that first serves as a baseline.
How long does it typically last? When adding new notes. Work on it for several weeks. On the other hand. In fact. Try and gather the best information you can find.
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Be sure to update your zone profile after each time you play in the zone. This confirms that your initial assessment was correct. It is important that you take notes about the new instance before review- ing your existing profile. Here are some tips to help you complete your zone profile: Do your best to distinguish the difference between playing at a high level and playing in the zone.
Gathering high-quality information could take up to a month. Faster recognition of when you are slipping out of the zone means you can get back into it more easily. After several hours.
In poker. Zone Routine In life. Many people take for granted how many routines and habits are ingrained into the fabric of their lives until their routines are disrupted. Imagine how complex your days would be if you had to think about each mundane task: If you have ever moved into a new home. Increased focus often provides an instant boost in the quality of your mental game.. You no longer easily know where things are. Even something as simple as making a morning cup of coffee becomes harder since your coffee.
A well-defined target is easier to hit. The changes to your routines and habits are a big reason why moving is so stressful.
When this association becomes strong enough. Stay focused on build- ing a longer track record that really proves you can get there consistently. When you get into the zone more frequently as a result of your routine. You can see the evolution of certain qualities of the zone. With a lot of attention being given to playing in the zone. Playing in the zone is tough enough under ideal circumstances. If you have struggled in the past to add these elements to your game.
Your zone routine must include two essential components: As soon as your routine becomes stale. Look at any successful athlete.
One major reason is that their routine puts their minds in a bubble where nothing can distract them from focusing on their performance. While you want a routine that is consistent. Once inside that bubble. That dependence compromises your mental edge and practically guarantees that you will not play in the zone.
Warming up before you play and cooling down after- wards eventually need to become such a natural part of playing poker that you do them automatically.
In the early stages of develop- ing your warm-up and cool-down. With enough time and effort. Your poker routine serves the same purpose. If your warm-up needs work. Consider adding the following steps to your warm-up in the order below: The goal.
While many players have a structured warm-up. Remove and minimize the potential for distractions. These can be a combination of tactical. A warm- up is simply what you do just prior to the start of playing poker: Review long-term goals and set short-term goals for the day. You can also set results and quality goals. Once you have your goals clear in your mind.
Begin by reviewing your C-game. As you probably suspect. Write them out so that you can check them off before each time you play. Be prepared to improve the back end of your range—your C-game— every time you play.
One essential short-term goal is to play in the zone. Depending on the environment in which you typically play. You need to do the same thing with both your tactical and mental game. You will then be ready to move on to reviewing and setting goals. If they are too high or too challeng- ing. This is similar to what most professional athletes do prior to every game. They get themselves ready to win by reviewing the competi- tion. You can do this by reviewing the following: The last step of the warm-up is not as essential as the previous ones.
When athletes visualize an action involved in their sport. Visualization is often portrayed as a tool to become instantly successful.. P Imagery in mental practice. Human Kinetics Publishers. This helps to clear and steady the mind. Clearly this is not the case. Many even report sensing their bodies move during visual- ization. In Advances in Sport Psychology. Even though the value of visualization has often been oversold. For example. If this were true.
Reviewing these keeps the corrections to these errors in the front of your mind. It is important for players to realize that imagining what they want to happen is not enough to. In sports. PGA Tour play- ers often envision playing the first few holes while warming up on the driving range. If a new player uses visualization to warm up. Just remember that you must have also acquired enough skill to be proficient in controlling tilt. Zone Cool-down Just as every player has a warm-up before they play.
They can also use it to improve mental game issues such as tilt. They picture the first hole in their minds. They can prepare for specific tactical goals. One way players can use visualization is to imagine being in a situation where they tend to make mistakes. While there is a lack of research on the use of visualization in mental sports.
With visualization. Often players look at their biggest winners and losers. The mind requires a similar level of maintenance in order to function at high levels. You also could have taken an emotional battering due to wild swings in variance. Did you improve upon any areas of weakness.
This can be done by following these steps: Did you notice a new sign or cause of tilt. To prevent this from happening. They help their muscles recover by icing and stretching them. Mental game issues such as tilt can accumulate and carry over into the next time you play.
If your head has ever been swirling so much after a session that you struggle to fall asleep. If you had a particularly intense session. Hands that really make you think are a better indication that there is something to learn.
While playing. Do the same if you reached the zone and fell out of it. You may be able to avoid doing a proper cool-down and ride the momentum of good play for several days or even longer. Rather than have your warm-up and cool-down become mundane. If you are one of those players who rarely utilizes a cool-down. Examples of this include jumping into a game before an amazing seat is taken. Routine Adjustments There are certain scenarios in poker that require adjustments to your rou- tine.
A proper cool-down is one of the most effective tools available to poker players. An easy way to ensure it stays current is to have the information collected in your cool-down feed into your next warm-up.
Unpredictability and breaks in the action are not excuses that justify skipping your routine. The mental weight of the accumu- lated and undigested unconscious data will be too much for your mind to handle. Tennis players This is something that athletes regularly have to deal with. Most players already have a break routine that includes talking about hands with their friends.
You may even decide to wait for the blinds to come around just so you can do your warm-up. Start the day with a big warm-up like you normally would. The aim here is to build on that In order to maintain the highest level of play throughout the tournament.
Here are some ways to adjust your routine to these types of situations: When a game is too good to pass up. To deal with this type of situation. Online heads-up play. Then you can compensate with a longer cool-down. Some games might be so good that you have to jump into them right away before the seat is taken.
For a cool-down. Sustaining high-level play throughout the long grind of a large-field tournament. Tournament play. Since there can be a long wait before you get action. As you now know.
You go against your gut and know instantly it was a mistake. The rest of this chapter is devoted to helping you understand the most common problems and prevent them from get- ting in your way. You make a few mistakes. You simply lack the skill to realize how it was predictable. When in the zone. While the information contained in this section can help you to reach the zone more consistently. While the cause of your fall from the zone may seem random.
Caught in a downward spiral. If you spot one or two hands that you want to talk about. The longer you wait. If you have read TMGP. This is why early recognition is the most important piece of the puzzle. There are a few differences.
Step 1: In addition to major mental game issues such as tilt. Think back to previous hands.
Follow these steps to create your A. The level of detail you recorded determines the num- ber of categories. It will also help you to see the differences between each level of your performance in an organized way. This is not suggesting that you put yourself in spots where you could lose a lot of money just for the sake of evaluating your game. If you found a lot of detail. A great resource for improving recognition is an A. If you found less detail.
What is your mental game like and what are the obvious mistakes you make when at your absolute worst? Seeing the differences between my Completing this A. If you have two or more mental game issues.
All of the subsequent steps in this process depend on it. That way. Without this crucial first step of recognition. The big thing for me was awareness. This makes finding new details easier. Looking back on it now. This gave me so much control over my game and allowed me to prove that I was making real progress with my mental game.
Below are my old and current A. Within a few seconds. Just having the awareness of the range in my mental game and poker game gave me all the signs I needed to know when my game was off. I feel like I have one or two extra tools in my back pocket.
I was able to get in the zone much more frequently. The knowledge I have from working with my A. After call- ing this out and working on it over many months.
To build my awareness at first. I wrote a few notes on the back of a card protector and was constantly looking at it as a reminder. The big change was in my C-game. That alone was brilliant and really helped me avoid big mistakes. I could recognize that I had started to play badly.
Last year. I have extra knowledge about my game that not many players have. My A-game is only slightly better. I say to myself. When I sit down at a table full of good regs. Injecting logic. Steady Your Mind When your game slips out of the zone. We often watch athletes dig deep within themselves to find a spark that gets them back on track after the momentum has shifted against them. This is the essence of inject- ing logic. One reason to try using a deep breath is that it can be done quickly.
A deep breath is one way to do this. Step 3: Inject Logic. If you find that standing up. Implementing this technique can give you the mental boost necessary to break through the problem and get back into the zone. The purpose of a deep breath is not relaxation. When they find that spark.
In interviews afterwards. When minor mental game issues. Injecting goals. You start to feel pressure as you get close to the final table. Every time you play. When you get bored. You get overconfident after winning several pots in a row and start play- ing too many hands. This allows it to dissipate enough for you to refocus and get back into the zone.
Here are some examples of how injecting logic can help: You get frustrated after getting coolered by a weak player.
When you slip out of the zone. Step 5: Repeat When Necessary Once the door to exit the zone has been opened. Success will eventually come after Be prepared with a sampling of things that inspire you: Injecting inspiration.
Keep this list easily accessible with your injecting logic statements. In your A. Read and connect your actions to them. Step 4: Strategic Reminder The previous three steps are occasionally enough to get you back into the zone. Sometimes remembering your goals is not enough. For this reason. If you end Note that the more severe the problems are. To speed up the process. That means you are avoiding B. The good thing is that even if your attempts to get back into the zone fail.
If you have already read TMGP. T HE ZO NE you gain stronger recognition of the subtle nuances in both your tacti- cal and mental game and have found injecting logic statements. As they con- tinue to mount. While in the zone. While you may not be affected by major mental game issues. Do you: You may never have suffered from full-blown monkey tilt.
Tilting is far and away the most common mental game issue in poker. Since tilt tends to be the most prominent mental game issue in poker. Having too little confidence is as big of a problem as hav- ing too much.
When triggered by a certain event. Accumulated emotion. Lacking enough motivation is a major problem in poker. When issues such as tilt.
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Accumulated emotion is a hidden resource hog. Solving Accumulated emotion—or emotional bag- gage. The more emotion you accumulate. If this is a common occurrence. Overexcitement and overconfidence can make it hard to stay in the zone. You have a finite amount of energy with which to play. Fatigue Some amount of your mental energy is burned up with every decision you make at the poker table—tough or easy.
This builds mental endurance. They often play in the zone for a chunk of time at the start of their session or tournament—maybe 45 to 75 min- utes—and then their game rapidly deteriorates. Wide Range Some players are unable to stay in the zone for long periods of time because their range is too wide. After a big meal. The solution to bloated brain is twofold and needs to happen both dur- ing and after play. The reason they are burning so much energy is they have an excessive amount of knowledge that has yet to be mastered.
The more likely cause is that the gap between their A-game and C-game is too wide. This issue is subtle and hard for players to identify. Bloated Brain When too much data accumulates. When your mind becomes bloated with an excess of data. During this time. If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer. I'd like to receive the free email course. Send me the 7 Steps! We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Years later when tilt was still a factor, I decided to read it again.
But instead of just jumping back into it, I went online to research how we learn from books.
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I took what I learned there, adapted it to learning from poker strategy books, and put it to use in my second reading of TMGP. It took quite a bit longer 2 weeks as opposed to 3 days , but I got an unbelievable wealth of useful information from it and still use that knowledge daily.
I want to give you the strategy I developed from my own research.One reason poker players often struggle to understand how to get in the zone is that they confuse it with running well. They can then dig deeper to find new insights that further strengthen the correction and reduce the intensity of emotion around the problem.
PillPack Pharmacy Simplified. Skills that are already well-known require repetition at the table and need to be tested in challenging situations. In the years since the first book. Get an overview of existing theories. Gaining an understanding of what being in the zone means specifically for you sets the target that all your efforts will be centered around.
When you get proper rest.
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