104 – Josh Arieh – Heart, Passion, and Poker Performance

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In this episode, Josh Arieh discusses how he first came to love gambling and how he went from the pool hall to the professional poker table. He shares his views on the importance of adrenaline and how it helps him be a better poker player in the face of high-pressure situations.

He tells us his plans for the future and how playing poker helps him while going through a rough patch in life and gives some great advice to young poker players. Elliot and Josh talk about the infamous 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and how he wasn’t as much of an asshole as you think he was!

Listen in to hear his honest and unique approach to poker and why he loves competing the most when the stakes are high.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[01:00] – Introducing Josh, a poker player that became a household name during his run in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event.

[01:40] – The story of how he started playing poker

  • 01:45 – Josh started playing poker when he was 18 and has been a professional poker player since 1999
  • 02:00 – Josh started gambling on games of pool and soon started looking for poker games to compete in
  • How being able to correlate the probability part of poker helped him to start winning games

[04:30] – Josh’s first memories of gambling (and losing)

  • 03:20 – How Josh spent all summer mowing lawns so that he could buy clothes, which he then lost to a friend in a game of pool. Although he lost, he was hooked on pool and gambling

[05:05] – On going from pool room to poker table

  • 05:20 – There are a lot of poker players that started in the pool room including Nick Schulman, Jean-Robert Bellande, and John Hennigan
  • 05:45 – There is a small percentage of people from the pool room that have the work ethic to improve themselves in order to play poker

[06:00] – The importance of adrenaline for Josh

  • 06:35 – The adrenaline of a high stakes game whether it is poker, golf, or pool, help Josh get to a level that he would not be able to get to in a normal situation

[11:00] – Josh talks about his deep run in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event

  • 11:15 – How his appearance in the Main Event was a huge opportunity for him to make it as a pro player and to use poker as a means to support his wife and their 2-year old daughter
  • 11:50 – Josh admits that the competitor in him came out during the Main Event but things were edited to make him look like more of an asshole than he really is
  • 12:20 – A small piece of useful information for if you are in an emotional situation and the cameras are on

[13:20] – Elliot asks Josh how it felt coming back to the World Series this summer

  • 13:30 – Josh tells us why he loves the grind of being at the World Series and how it reminds him of being a kid in the summer
  • 13:50 – Josh’s motivation to win one more bracelet and get on the Hall of Fame ballot

[14:10] – Why Josh is having a rough time at the moment and how Elliot and poker have helped

  • 14:20 – Being at the poker table is so freeing when going through a rough time in life

[15:25] – How did Josh get himself to the level where he is able to compete against the best players in the game in the toughest tournament in poker

  • 17:00 – Josh explains how he tries to mirror what The Grinder (Michael Mizrachi) brings to the table

[20:15] – Josh gives advice to young poker players

  • 20:30 – Josh recommends going and playing pool or golf for money and seeing how you react when your heart rate goes up
  • 21:25 – There is more than the technical side to poker and Josh is the perfect example of that
  • 22:00 – Josh admits that if he wasn’t so lazy he would study the game of poker and become one of the best players in the world
  • Get out there experience adrenaline and experience making decisions when your heart rate is up in a high-pressure situation

[22:30] – Josh shares his plan to study more and make a push to being in the World Series Hall of Fame

[23:45] – Who does Josh look up to in the poker world?

3 Key Points

  1. Every time the button moves, just reset!
  2. Why so many poker players started in the pool room
  3. Get out there and experience high pressure, heart rate inducing games!


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