132 – Incze Zoltan – The Poker Mindset

Episode 132 - Incze Zoltan

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At 21 years old, Incze Zoltan walked into the hospital for a quick surgery to remove a swollen node from his face and walked out with a dreaded diagnosis: cancer.

But he decided right then and there that he would be a survivor. He battled and won and then realized he didn’t want to go back to his old life…

He made all the mistakes a player could make, but after reading psychology books, reviewing hands, and taking notes on every poker strategy content he could find, Zoltan grew into a winning player.

With the same determination he used to overcome cancer, Zoltan followed his passions to study hard and become a professional poker player.

Today, Zoltan runs ThePokerMindset.com, inspires players through his Instagram account, and is working on his second poker book. You can get your free copy of 25 Poker Mindset Tips Every Player Should Know at ThePokerMindset.com.

In this episode, you’ll hear Zoltan’s incredible story of survivorship, success, and inspiration. Listen to learn more!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[00:00:33] Welcome to the show with guest Incze Zoltan

  • [00:01:21] Zoltan searches for “how to make money online…”
  • [00:03:59] When he started studying seriously, he saw results

[00:05:44] A battle with cancer leads Zoltan to decide on becoming a poker professional

  • [00:07:10] Life is short and unpredictable—live what you love
  • [00:11:12] Zoltan plays cash games and creates an inspirational poker Instagram

[00:13:21] 10 top tips every poker player should know…

  • [00:18:11] Zoltan’s poker session cooldown routine
  • [00:20:06] Thoughts on winning poker in 2020

[00:21:50] Zoltan’s biggest struggles at the table—and how he overcame them

  • [00:22:49] It takes a while to fully realize the importance of mindset work

[00:24:18] Zoltan’s plans on the horizon

  • [00:25:28] A couple inspirational poker quotes…
  • [00:27:55] Where can you find out more about Zoltan and his book?

[00:29:17] Wrap-up—thanks for checking out this episode!

3 Key Points

  1. After a close call with death, Zoltan decided to live the life he wanted on his own terms. He chose not to return to the nine-to-five lifestyle and instead became a professional poker player. Follow your natural curiosity and live on your terms, investing in your dreams and passions.
  2. As a poker player, the best gift you can give yourself is to learn to handle disappointment. Errors and downswings are all a part of the poker journey—don’t allow one mistake to become many!
  3. Negative self-talk never gets you anywhere in the long term, and your mistakes can serve to improve your game! It’s much more productive (and +EV) to cool down, write your thoughts in a journal, and consider a different way of handling the same situation in the future.


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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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