Mental Game Mondays with Jason Su – PAIN

Here’s a big idea:

Seeking out pain.

It’s the type of thing that we don’t really need to do in the rest of our lives to get everything we want.

But if you want to make it big in poker?

Absolutely necessary.


Here’s what happened recently with a client at Poker Detox:

This guy is going to the moon, there’s no doubt about it.

His habits are extraordinary.

Every day he gets tons of sleep, eats only the best foods, studies hard, goes for walks outside, hits the gym hard, and gets his volume in.

Every. Single. Day.

So where’s the leak?

He’s staked by Poker Detox, and he always stops playing the stakes that he’s been cleared for and moves down so that he can “grind it back up” and not be in “too much makeup” before anyone else tells him to.

This guy’s in his 20’s. No wife, no kids, no mortgage. Owns a business on the side that brings in money and has savings to last a while.

Nothing in his life changes if it goes poorly for a while.

He should be at full throttle––playing as big as allowed until they tell him to stop.

But the desire to avoid that pain makes him play at smaller stakes when he could be earning twice as much each day, and over time that habit has probably cost him tens of thousands in EV.

All to avoid the pain.


I’m not saying you should go around looking to torch your bankroll.

But if you’re a great player, you need to give yourself a chance to be great.

What the greats all have in common:

They just had the ability to always get back up, keep getting better, and jump back in again and again until they beat the game.

If you’re playing a game where it doesn’t hurt a little when you lose, you’re playing too small.
Stop avoiding, and start facing the pain.

Channel it, learn from it, and turn it into energy to fuel you into becoming the player you know
you can be.

That’s how you get to the top.

See you next week,


Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%.

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