I worked with Jared over 2 years ago. I've been playing the game for a long time, but never really excelled at it. I was a winner, but I had major, major tilt problems. I mean... I had sessions where I would sit and lose 40 buyins in a straight 12-24 hr session. It was so stressful and emotionally draining for me because poker was my dream and I didn't want to keep working a crappy desk job. I was really putting myself through hell.
Out of desperation, I tried everything, read numerous books, posts, and all kinds of self-help stuff, but never really made any progress with my tilting issues.
In my looking for things to try, I stumbled across Jared's coaching services. I read his reviews, and liked the things he was talking about so I got on his wait list. This was it for me, if he couldn't help me, I was quiting poker.
Well... I didn't quit poker. In fact since I worked with him, I haven't had a real job in 2 years. Sessions with him were amazing. I've been a big fan of his material ever since.
When his book was available for pre-order, I would be surprised if I wasn't the first one to order the book. Needless to say, I was expecting a lot.. but I didn't expect to get a lot from EVERY single page. I mean, when I first got it I would randomly open a page and would be able to relate to the topic on a deep level.
This book is extremely important for my poker career.
Literally, every page has something I can relate to and need to improve on. How many poker books can you say that about? Most of the time I buy a book, I pick up one or two plays, or one or two different ways to view things or it just reinforces what you already know and we still say it was worth buying.
This book will be on my desk for years, it is like a mental game encyclopedia. Have a problem dealing with regulars in your game? The solution is in there. On a bad run, and feel another loss coming? Also in the book.
I know for me when I started working with Jared, I just wanted to 'not tilt'. If only it were that simple. Jared's work breaks down why you do what you do, and understands that you can't just 'not tilt'. That's not how your brain works. You know you make plays you shouldn't when you get frustrated, so why do you make them? It seems illogical, but it's really not. There are completely logical reasons for why you do it, there are also logical solutions. This book has them.
Recently, I took a bit of a downswing. One guy last week said "I've never seen someone run so bad". You know the type of run where every big hand you get loses. The good news is that I was laughing and joking the whole time without any frustration. I mean, the dude hit a 3 outer on the river and I thought it was a brick!
"Oh good! a brick" I thought, "ALL IN!!!".......... oh... you hit the 7...oops...
For some reason that still makes me laugh.
People say losing is never fun, that's just not true. I've never been a good loser until now.
You have no idea how good it feels. It's like freedom. I don't 'hope' anymore. I don't hope he doesn't bet, I don't hope, he folds, I don't hope my hand holds. I don't even hope I make the right decision. It's so weird saying that and actually meaning it.
It took me a lot of work to get here, and I still have a lot of mental game problems and that's why this book is so important to me.
I am so grateful I found this work.