This benefit is obviously huge to poker players, who may find their mind wandering during long sessions. The following three pros fully realize this concept and meditate on a regular basis.
Daniel Negreanu first professed his affinity for meditation in 2015. He wrote a lengthy blog post about why he thinks the activity is so great for poker.
Here’s one excerpt from his post:
“People often ask me how to deal with a bad beat, and my answer to that is to take three to five really deep breaths. That in itself is a form of mediation that can help center you and relieve the body of anxiety. As you meditate more often, this practice can help you deal with these situations more easily.”
Faraz Jaka not only got into meditating, but also sent himself to a 14-day retreat in Thailand to truly learn the practice.
Jaka was initially skeptical about how the insane amount of meditating he’d be doing at the retreat. But he eventually embraced the activity and fully began understanding it.
Aside from going on this meditation retreat, Jaka has also back-packed across much of the world.
Andrew Lichtenberger has always been known as one of the biggest hippies in poker. That said, it’s no surprise that he’s into a practice that’s all about finding your inner self.
Lichtenberger talks about meditation extensively in his book, Yoga of Poker. The 55-page book is about far more than just meditating or playing poker. However, this work also shows what meditation has done for Lichtenberger’s life.