In this episode, Dylan Linde, a renowned Run It Once coach, professional poker player, and author of Mastering Mixed Games, reveals what it takes to build and maintain mental toughness. He shares why his ability to see strategic similarities between games has been a catalyst for his success. Elliot and Dylan talk about going back to the basics, learning from small hands, and reviewing your bad plays.
Listen in for a quick coaching session from a pro – and learn the mindset training strategies that have done wonders for his game.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
[00:40] – Introducing Dylan and his poker journey
02:30 – He had temper tantrums when he lost and was challenged to constantly improve
03:05 – His life changed when he won his first tournament; he plays a variety of games and likes the weird variance
03:50 – He loves watching and playing poker; he lives in Vegas
[04:20] – Tips when trying new games
04:25 – Find similarities with the games you know; adapt your thinking to the new game
05:00 – Start with strategic similarities
06:14 – He can travel easily to play poker and plays different mixed cash games in LA
[07:10 – Coaching tips to improve your game
07:30 – Be honest and review your play; think about your overall game, not just the big hands
08:25 – Small hand errors compounded are what really hurt you
09:00 – It was difficult for him to be honest at the beginning; now he happily shows his bad plays in order to teach others
09:50 – Building mental toughness means owning up to your mistakes and learning from them
[10:15] – On going back to the basics
10:30 – You master fundamentals by cementing the basics in your mind so they become unconscious
11:00 – he loves no-limit hold ‘em because there are many interesting, nuanced spots; limit game are driven by mathematics and are less dynamic
[12:30] – On mixed games online
12:45 – It has died down a lot in recent years on big platforms, but there are smaller apps and browser sites with crazy games
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