There Is No Shortcut in Poker Just Constant Work, with June Cuervo

In this outtake, we welcomed June Cuervo to hear her perspective on the mental game aspects of poker, how to control your emotions and why mindset is a thing.

In episode 4 of our podcast, June also gives a clue about what is it like to start as a recreational player and move to a poker pro due to Covid-19.

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In today’s episode…

… with June you are going to learn:

  • Why did an ex-game designer choose poker as a professional career path?
  • When does mindset become a thing in poker?
  • The biggest challenge as a semi-pro and pro player
  • How to take care of your mental health in general?
  • Why being a stoic is not a solution anymore?
  • And much, much more!

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

Meet June Cuervo

But before we jump into the deep, let’s introduce you to June.

June Cuervo is a professional poker player and game designer originally from Oakland California and currently residing in Las Vegas Nevada. She’s a live and online player who primarily plays 2/5 and 5/T No Limit at the Wynn and Aria poker rooms, or 100 and 200NL online.

Outside of work, she’s passionate about roller-skating and going out on adventures with her wife and two dogs.

Follow June on social media to find inspiration and motivation from a poker pro, playing both live and online:

“There is no shortcut in poker just constant work.”

Why did you choose poker as a professional career path?

June was a recreational player by night and a graphic designer by day. She lost her job due to Covid-19 and she thought that it was the best time to give poker a try and move to the “pro” league. 

She shared what’s the right mindset a player should have to progress in poker and become a pro. Thanks to her family and friends she successfully managed to become a pro. Now, reflecting on the past 2 years made her realize a few major insights about her emotions as a poker player. What’s needed for good mental health…

The Answer to a Good Mental Game Is to Be Totally Stoic

Stoicism is one of the most spread philosophies among poker players and June explained the reasons why it is not good for poker. Not good for life in general. However, being too emotionally invested has to be balanced with more rational decisions and working on your mindset daily.

How to Avoid Making Mistakes in Poker?

“It’s pretty common to make mistakes. The only thing you have to do is to embrace them and be consistent. Study if you are losing. Study if you are winning. There is no other way to improve.”

In the second part of the podcast with June, we discussed what is the strongest mental game trait that helps her in the game. One of the best pieces of advice she gave is about your daily routine as a player and how to constantly keep improving. To learn more, watch the short video below.

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