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Old 09-21-2021, 10:06 PM   #1
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New Book From 2+2: Bad Beat Therapy

Hi Everyone:

We have a new book: Bad Beat Therapy; How To Become a Better Poker Player and Person by Dr. Robert Samuels. Here's a link to the Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880685655...s=books&sr=1-1

and here's the "Table of Contents:"

Preface v

About Robert Samuels vii

Chapter One: Introducing Bad Beat Therapy 1
...There is No Poker God 1
...Are you Addicted? 2
...Being Self-Aware 3

Chapter Two: Lying about Lying 5
...The School of Pain 8
...Blame and Shame 9

Chapter Three: Thinking about Thinking 11
...Selling Magical Thinking 11
...Listening to Experts 13

Chapter Four: The Psychological Reasons for the Biggest Mistakes 15

Chapter Five: The Five Essential Bad Beat Concepts 19
...Repression 19
...Addictions and the Pleasure Principle 20
...Magical Thinking 21
...The Reality Principle 22
...Transference 23

Chapter Six: Poker, Emotions, and Non-Reciprocal Information 27
...Blame and Victimhood 28
...Non-Reciprocal Information 30
...Poker Experts and the Information Economy 31
...Group Dynamics 32

Chapter Seven: The Psychopathology of Everyday Players 35
...Narcissism at the Table 35
...Borderline Personalities 36
...Online Poker, Boredom, and Focus 37
...Online Problems 38
...Why You Cannot Sleep 39
...Analysis of a Poker Dream 40

Chapter Eight: Why People Play Irrationally 43

Chapter Nine: How to Overcome Cognitive Biases 47
...Avoiding Missing Information 47
...Group Delusion 49
...Not Knowing What You Do Not Know 51
...Being Negative 52
...Focusing on Results 52

Chapter Ten: Common Bad Advice 55
...Bad Play Syndrome 57

Chapter Eleven: How to Play a GTO No-Limit Hold ’em Strategy 59
...Seeing the Elephant 59

Chapter Twelve: The Psychology of Tournaments 63
Online 64

Chapter Thirteen: What the Brain Sciences Tell Us about Poker 67

Chapter Fourteen: The Psychology of the Player Types 71

Chapter Fifteen: Improving Your Poker Memory 75

Chapter Sixteen: What Makes NLHE Poker Instructional Material Effective 79

Chapter Seventeen: What is Poker Addiction? 83

Chapter Eighteen: Poker Threshold Concepts 87

Chapter Nineteen: Beyond GTO: Why Computers Will Beat Us at Poker 93
...What Does the Solver Want? 94
...From Online to RTA 96

Chapter Twenty: Psychoanalyzing The Biggest Bluff 99

Chapter Twenty-one: Why Losers Continue to Play 103

Chapter Twenty-two: How to Deal with Bad Beats and Coolers 107
...Desensitization 107
...We Need Bad Beats 108
...Understanding Randomness 108
...Selective Memory 110

Chapter Twenty-three: The Curse of Knowledge in Poker and Life 111

Chapter Twenty-four: Debating Malmuth’s Real Poker Psychology — Expanded Edition 115

Chapter Twenty-five: Superstition in Poker 119

Chapter Twenty-six: So Sick!: Advanced Bad Beat Therapy 123

Chapter Twenty-seven: Why You Cannot Improve on Your Own 127

Chapter Twenty-eight: Conclusion: Having the Right Perspective 129

Index 133
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Old 09-21-2021, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: New Book From 2+2: Bad Beat Therapy

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We have a new book: Bad Beat Therapy; How To Become a Better Poker Player and Person by Dr. Robert Samuels.

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...There is No Poker God 1
The poker gods aren't real?

Death to the blasphemer!
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:29 PM   #3
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I like mindset books. Ordered.
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Old 09-23-2021, 02:03 AM   #4
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I like mindset books. Ordered.
Hi Mr. Jones:

Thanks for the order. Let us know what you think.

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Old 09-24-2021, 10:30 PM   #5
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About 1/2 way through. Not bad, seems more or less common sense stuff.

I disagree with the part about breath work and mediation, to be disregarded in favor "learning something from the bad beat"

Anecdotally breath work after taking a tough beat, has allowed me to regain control of my A game faster, and thus increase my win rate.

If you get it in with AA vs 22 preflop, and lose huge % of your stack, there's nothing "to learn", you played it correctly. But, if that was on day 7 of a tourney, you're going to feel some pain. If the breath work / mediation helps you numb that out and keep grinding, I'm all for it.

One little tidbit I liked was that you should actually listen to other people's bad beat stories. 99% of the time I nod my head and smile and don't pay attention to the story at all.

However, the author incites that you can gain information from these stories as to how the villain plays. And I like, and agree with that.
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Old 09-26-2021, 05:05 PM   #6
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I do think that taking a breathe or meditating can help some people in some situations. My main point is that it is also important to process what went wrong after a bad beat.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:57 PM   #7
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I do think that taking a breathe or meditating can help some people in some situations. My main point is that it is also important to process what went wrong after a bad beat.
But I would say the majority of bad beats nothing went wrong....You played the hand correctly, just got unlucky. Majority of bad beats provided you are already a winning player.
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:00 AM   #8
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Re: New Book From 2+2: Bad Beat Therapy

Hi Mason. Just bought this book for Kindle. Browsed the first few sections and my only criticism at this point is that the Kindle formatting somehow has left many separate words strung together without spaces in between them all throughout the book. It's annoying trying to read and having to stop every couple of paragraphs to make out 5 words without spaces between them. Hope you can fix this and update it.
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:14 PM   #9
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Hi Mason. Just bought this book for Kindle. Browsed the first few sections and my only criticism at this point is that the Kindle formatting somehow has left many separate words strung together without spaces in between them all throughout the book. It's annoying trying to read and having to stop every couple of paragraphs to make out 5 words without spaces between them. Hope you can fix this and update it.
Hi bd:

We’re aware of this and hope to have it fixed in 7 to 10 days. Then you should be able to download it again from Amazon.

Best wishes,
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Old 10-07-2021, 06:14 PM   #10
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I had to return because the Kindle issues are very bad... unfortunately I haven't read this thread before so I had wait a little longer for a fix
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:22 PM   #11
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I had to return because the Kindle issues are very bad... unfortunately I haven't read this thread before so I had wait a little longer for a fix
Hi Heavy Mask:

The fix was made today. In our preview, it looked perfect. So, hopefully it'll soon be available to all of those who already bought the kindle.

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Old 10-08-2021, 02:45 PM   #12
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Robert is a lively thinker and a good interview, you can find our talk about the book on the Poker Zoo podcast.
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