The Mental Game Podcast

Tune in each week, as mental game coach Jared Tendler take the airwaves to help listeners strengthen this critical part of their game. A wide range of interesting guests have been on the show, including high stakes players Phil Hellmuth, Lex Veldhuis, Phil Galfond, and Gavin Griffin. Listeners are invited to submit questions and have their mental game problems solved live-on-air. The goal is to make the show fun and entertaining, while also helping you to be mentally stronger at the tables.

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#45 - Jennifer Shahade

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Today on The Mental Game of Poker Podcast I had a great discussion with Jennifer Shahade who is a poker player and ambassador for PokerStars. She is also a chess champion and author, who recently presented a TED talk about understanding decision making in chess and poker. I’ve worked with elite performers in a variety of fields like poker, golf, billiards and trading. One discipline that I’ve always found fascinating is chess, for a number of reasons. First of all, when you study performance, chess comes up a lot, it is used a lot to prove points about the role of hard work vs talent. I also find chess very interesting because it is a strategic, mental game, like poker. But unlike poker, variance doesn’t play a part. That’s why I was excited to talk with Jennifer. Here are a few things we discuss - decision-making, tilt in poker and chess, how she's promoting poker to chess players.