143 – Mario Mosbock – Following The Fedor Holz Blueprint

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Mario Mosböck is a former professional footballer who gave up the game and transitioned into the poker world. 

After following the blueprint laid out for him by his mentor Fedor Holz, Mario has recently had some significant scores, including taking down the SCOOP Main Event for over $800,000. 

In this week’s episode, we dive deep into why he decided to give up life as a professional athlete, the emotional roller coaster of winning the SCOOP Main Event, and how he’s used the power of network to rapidly accelerate his learning.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[01:37] Welcome to this episode with guest Mario Mosböck

  • 2:09 Why Mario decided to give up life as a professional athlete, and why it surprised so many people around him. 
  • 4:57 How Mario transitioned from the pitch to the poker table. 

[07:04] The emotional roller coaster of winning the SCOOP Main Event.

  • 7:38 The exact moment where Mario started to believe he could take down the SCOOP Main Event. 
  • 8:02 Why Mario’s level of preparation made the victory taste that much sweeter. 
  • 8:55 What went through Mario’s head when he entered heads-up play with a 4:1 chip deficit. 

[10:47] Following the “Fedor Holz Blueprint” in the PokerCode grindhouse. 

  • 11:33 How “just a bunch of randoms” transformed themselves into the next big breakthrough poker crew. 
  • 17:49 Is momentum in poker a real thing?
  • 18:21 How Mario made the switch from unstructured study, to a highly structured and efficient study system. 
  • 19:19 How Mario’s poker crew used their numbers to rapidly accelerate their rate of improvement. 
  • 21:26 How a member of Mario’s poker crew used this accelerated learning model to go from a $500 bankroll to hitting $70,000 scores in just a few months. 

[23:12] Mario’s best advice for players looking to take their game to the next level. 

  • 25:33 How to start growing your poker network even if you have to start from scratch. 

[28:44] Wrap-up—thanks for checking out this episode!

3 Key Points

  1. Set goals you can control: If you set a goal of winning a specific MTT, nearly every time you’re going to fall short. When you set poker goals around actions that you can control your success start to build the momentum you need for a long-term and successful career.
  2. Optimize for happiness: It takes a massive amount of courage to make a huge change in your life when it looks like everything is going well for you. Even if others are envious of where you’re at, if it’s not fulfilling for you, that’s all that matters. You can rarely go wrong when you decide to optimize for happiness.
  3. Use a group approach to rapidly accelerate your ability to grow in poker: When you are part of an ambitious group of poker players, you can break up different learning segments and have each person report back on their key findings and biggest takeaways. This allows you to rapidly accelerate your learning as well as sharpen your thought process around the game.


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About the Author Elliot Roe

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