The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes For Poker Success - Ian Taylor & Matthew Hilger

To be honest, I’ve never been too impressed with Matthew Hilger and had never heard of Ian Taylor, so I had some serious doubts about how good of a book this would end up being.  It turns out that neither are psychologists or even have much of a background in it, and their experiences are simply what they have learned at the poker table, which I think is actually the beauty of it.  As it turns out, I feel that this is the most outstanding book on poker mindset that you can buy.

The authors take you through a number of important topics on the mental side of the game of poker, starting with assessing your current thinking more critically, and then moving on to the problem areas, such as handling bad beats, downswings, and tilting.  They also provide a lot of good advice on enhancing your mental approach overall, and even delve into the topic of assessing and taking advantage of the mindset of your opponents.

Getting a good grip on the psychological part of the game is an extremely important component of becoming successful and realizing your potential.  This is the sore spot for a lot of players though, even some pros, and the sound advice that the authors provide here could really benefit everyone, especially those who tend to struggle with it.

If you only read one book on poker psychology in your life, this would be my pick.

Rating:  4.5 out of 5