114 – Daniel Dvoress – Winning the Super High Roller Bowl

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In this episode, Daniel Dvoress, a super high roller, shares how he became “numb” to the crazy variance of online $25Ks. He explains how playing online prepared him for his Super High Roller Bowl win in the Bahamas. Elliot and Daniel talk about dealing with pressure, spotting weak mindsets, and controlling your emotions when experiencing big swings.

Listen in to hear Daniel break down the secret to effective learning – and find out how to get the most out of your study time.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[01:30] – Introducing Daniel; the recent champion of the partypoker Super High Roller Bowl in the Bahamas

  • 01:44 – His past year has been focused on high rollers and online games; he’s been grinding and travelling
  • 02:15 – For the online 25Ks he’s playing more hours but they’re more relaxed than the ones he played before; he’s been able to improve his game
  • 03:30 – High stakes MTTs prepared him for super high rollers; he feels very prepared for the 25Ks

 [04:30] – On dealing with variance and moving to live poker

  • 04:40 – He gets numb to it, the daily swings are huge but keeps the bigger picture in perspective
  • 05:30 – Online wasn’t fast-paced, so the transition to live wasn’t huge; the Super High Roller Bowl was the first time he had touched physical cards in months

 [06:50] – On the pressure of high roller games

  • 07:05 – Most players have been around awhile and most are staked; if you want to establish yourself on the scene there’s a lot of pressure

 [08:45] – On mindset

  • 08:50 – Mindset training allows him to be more calm and better execute his strategies
  • 09:05 – At this point in his career, it’s more about execution and small exploits
  • 09:30 – Super high rollers usually don’t crack and don’t have a weak mental game; it’s evolutionary

[10:30] – On selling action stifling creativity

  • 10:48 – For a $250K there may be more room for creativity since there are typically more backers with looser relationships
  • 11:40 – For a $50K it’s usually backed by one or two people with a closer relationship; they typically understand your logic behind hands

[12:15] – On winning the Super High Roller Bowl

  • 12:35 – He felt everything came together for him; he never has felt more calm or comfortable
  • 13:05 – He had a free mindset and felt very prepared; he had some bad beats but had no emotional reaction to it

[16:00] – On winning the short-deck tournament the next day

  • 16:18 – He was mentally drained but got back in the groove

[17:00] – His post-tournament plans

  • 17:24 – He went straight back into playing online and went to Prague

 [19:00] – Tips to level-up

  • 19:25 – Years ago, the trick was getting good information; now, there’s information-overload
  • 20:02 – Now it’s about being able to efficiently process information so you can use it in the game

 [22:30] – His next poker stops

  • 22:30 – 2020 is a big year for Daniel’s live poker; he’ll continue online as well
  • 23:30 – He’ll be back in the Bahamas next year
  • 24:00 – Daniel’s theory: Great players don’t come from places with good climates; it’s too distracting

3 Key Points

  1. Study efficiently and be sure you actively process information.
  2. Natural ability isn’t enough – put in the work to get the results.
  3. Super high rollers have strong mental games.


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About the Author Elliot Roe

Hi, I'm Elliot Roe... And I Help Poker Players Squeeze Every Ounce Of EV From Their Poker Skills and Abilities. Over 7500 poker players have downloaded my Mindset MP3s to boost their focus on the table and to relax and recover post-session. I have personally worked with hundreds more on mastering their emotions and the tabling and developing the “Pro-Athlete Mindset” needed to be successful into today’s games. Creating a strong poker mindset has been the “secret weapon” of the high stakes elite for years now, and I started this site to bring that edge to any player willing to work on that area of their game.

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