How to Maintain Mental Discipline in Poker with Dara O’Kearney

We started our own podcast series to meet you with successful players – you’ll hear their stories about the mental game challenges they face and how they handle them to become PRO. This podcast is part of our mission to provide knowledge and a profound perspective about the psychological side of the game.

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In today’s episode with Dara O’Kearney aka Doke you are going to learn:

  • What is it like to start playing poker at the age of 42, from a mindset perspective?
  • How previous experience in sports can support your progress in poker, and what does it mean to tilt after you play at the tables.
  • The biggest mental challenge Dara faces.
  • The routine of a poker pro.
  • Advice from a poker pro to a poker pro.
  • And much, much more!

If you are interested in any particular advice and mental game experience, read till the end.

Meet Dara O’Kearney

But first, let us tell you more about Dara – an impressive person in many ways. He is a professional poker player from Ireland with a long-standing reputation as the best satellite specialist in the game. He has won over $1 million in satellite tournaments alone and twice won the PokerStars UKIPT satellite leaderboard.

Former Irish international ultra-runner turned poker pro, Dara O’Kearney aka Doke is known for being a lot of things. A Satellite Beast. A Short Stack Jedi. David Bowie’s mate. The Oldest Internet Poker Kid. 2nd.

Poker pro/coach. Host of the award-winning podcast The Chip Race. Author of three #1 best-selling strategy books.

“I tilt all the time but never when I am playing.”

In the first part of the MD Podcast, Dara shared how did he end up being a poker player, his first experience and his impression of the game. Then, he was introduced to GTO as a strategy and everything changed…

Top 3 Mindset Traits You Should Focus On in Poker

Motivation comes from results and looking into the long-term goals and Dara said so well. Zoom out, embrace mistakes and focus on getting better at the game.

Advice to an Experienced Players from a Poker Pro

One of the best pieces of advice we heard from Dara was to poker players with 10+ years of experience who believe they are good at poker. 

The real thing is that they are shit at poker… just like anyone else. To know more, watch the short video below.

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You’ll hear stories of successful people and how they handle the mental game challenges they face to become PRO. This podcast is part of our mission to provide knowledge and a profound perspective about the psychological side of the game.