153 – Rory Young – Mindset for Poker and Business



Rory Young is a serious high stakes cash games player, who has also reaped significant tournament cash prizes. Rory is also well known for high profile sports bets as well as having founded a high level poker software company.

We discuss his poker and business careers as well as the mindset that was necessary for excelling in both fields and what crossover learnings he made.


Time Stamped Show Notes:


[00:34] Elliot introduces new podcast host Stephen Baker to the show.

[1:06] Welcome Rory! Let’s talk about the full picture of your career first. How did you get into poker? What did the early days look like?

  • Studying journalism, Rory started playing poker and fell in love with it pretty quickly. After meeting some people who were ahead of him, he knew that this could be a career for him. He goes into more detail about the start of his career.
  • What were the biggest mindset challenges for Rory? What was his mental game and was there a particular point in his career when he recognized he needed to work on it? What are his thoughts on fear of failure?
  • Rory talks about tournament poker and what implications these situations have when it comes to the mental game. 

[08:28] What about mental game leaks? Skill level in poker vs mental side of the game. Rory talks about being open to new ideas and approaches to work on his mental game. 

  • Rory shares some insights about the mental side of the game. How does Rory get into the mindset of winning? How does he stay focused?
  • What led Rory into creating poker software? How did he port over his learnings from playing poker to creating a company?
  • Rory talks about the app he created called “Battle”. It’s an awesome tool for high level analysis for your poker game combined with a simple user interface.

[27:42] What are Rory’s reflections about the mindset and performance aspect of poker and what advice would he give to other poker players.

  • 36:51 Wrapping it up. Thank you for the interview, Rory!

Wrap up—Thanks For Checking Out This Episode Of The Mindset Advantage Podcast!


Key Learning Points: 

  1. Find people who are where you want to be in a few years and learn as much from them as you can.
  2. Get in tune with your goals and figure out how you most quickly achieve these goals.
  3. If you are struggling with addiction, be honest with yourself and take it seriously.


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