092 – Jack Sinclair – Winning The WSOP Europe ME

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In this episode, Jack Sinclair, WSOP Europe champion and final tabler at the main event in Las Vegas, reveals what he did to go from a recreational player with a day job to WSOP champion – in two and a half years. Elliot and Jack discuss what it feels like to get into a flow state and why understanding psychology can give you that extra edge. Listen in to hear a professional who fast-tracked his way to success share some insider tips that’ll inspire you to take leaps of faith, improve your game, and experience your own flow state.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

[00:50] – Introducing Jack Sinclair, a pro who made it to the final table at the main event in Las Vegas and won the World Series of Poker Europe

[01:30] – He’s been a professional poker player for two and a half years now; he started playing online MTTs in London

[01:40] – He had a coaching session with Phil Gruissem and later became his roommate

[02:30] – He got 8th in the main event at the World Series of Poker in 2017 and won Europe’s WSOP this year

[03:30] – He was happy to have placed 8th; he was playing above his highest level and was happy with his performance

[04:27] – The decision to leave his day-job and play poker full-time

[04:52] – He took a leap of faith before he was good enough to play full-time

[06:10] – He’s wasn’t that confident, but was willing to try no matter what

[06:20] – He started playing poker at university and got hooked

[07:15] – Switching between online mid-stakes to live tournaments

[07:43] – He’s always been a live player; he has a good understanding of psychology which helps his game

[08:17] – With online poker you can’t read people as easily; he plays an exploitative game style which is best live

[09:40] – Anton Morgenstern reads “vibes” and Jack is inspired by that

[11:00] – Jack’s thoughts on the mental game in poker

[11:15] – He was an early adopter of The Mindset Advantage and hypnosis; he was a member of Poker Nerve as well

[12:17] – He’s suspicious of everything but thinks that these tools are helping his game

[13:50] – It doesn’t matter how good your mental game is if you are unsound; the question is if improvement to your mental game helps your poker game

[15:12] – Producing your best technical game at the table without failing due to energy loss, stress, or tilt

[15:30] – You can’t always play to the best of your ability, that’s why mindset improvement is important

[16:22] – Jack doesn’t enjoy meditation, but when he did it, he won the tournament

[17:00] – Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to meditate

[17:35] – He wears lucky socks when he plays

[18:11] – The pressure at the final tables

[18:25] – It didn’t feel momentous; he was just blown away being in Vegas and it was an overload

[20:10] – He got into flow state on day six; he felt like he was no longer thinking and that every move was being gifted to him

[21:10] – Describing flow state

[21:16] – The day went by quickly, like there was no time

[21:52] – He felt he was using his brain more and that the stream tables helped

[23:33] – On day four or five of WSOP Europe he had a hand where he thought he was beat but called anyway; he knew he should have folded

[25:20] – Now he doesn’t care and does what he believes is right; this mentality helped him at the final table

[26:00] – On playing stream tables

[26:02] – You’ll always look like an idiot because the audience can see things you can’t

[27:05] – The reality is that there aren’t high-level poker players giving free, good advice on YouTube or stream comments

[27:33] – On the getting the trophy

[28:00] – He is satisfied with the way he played; he minimized basic errors and honed in his mental game

3 Key Points

  1. Going from recreational to professional poker player requires a level of faith.
  2. A trained mindset is important because you can’t always win on skill alone.
  3. Flow state makes time fly and decisions feel like they are simply given.



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