The cool thing about travelling the poker scene is meeting the amazing people you would never even thought you’d ever in a million years become friends with. From the moment I met Benjamin Reason, we had an instant chemistry. I mean, I am friendly and I generally get along with most poker players, but rarely do I ever want to associate with them outside of the poker rooms. Ben, however, only after talking to him briefly at the tables, I asked him if we could have lunch together. Over a salad, he told me about poker coaching, and how poker coaching works. This was my first introduction to poker coaching as I never even considered it before, and our talks quickly went to more deeper areas of my game/life.
Here we are from left to right with Idris Gencoglu, Jonathon Tamayo (sitting to the right of this guy in the WSOPc Main Event is still my worst nightmare), Me – Sandra Wong, Benjamin Reason & The Hesse Fest (I still have no idea why everyone told me to call him that?!).
Long story short, we stayed in touch, connected over skype (still the longest skype meeting I ever had) and social media. Our first talk was over 3.5 hours about everything under the sun but in the end concluded that I needed some peace and that I really work on my mental game.
He, of course, recommended The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler (Love this book btw), as well as another book known as the Buddhist Brain. I took his advice, and over the next few years put work into improving my mental game, which ultimately lead to improving almost every area of my life as well.
Ben Reason is not only an amazingly talented poker player, he is a smart, well-rounded and grounded individual. His talents lie far beyond poker, (which is probably what makes him such a great player) I think the biggest thing I want to say about Ben is that his interest in helping others improve is genuine. He has a natural knack for teaching, is aware and balanced. He is smart enough to know that the more you give, the more you receive – something I believe most of the world never learn – and I respect that.
Ben Reason is someone I will always be railing and I’m happy to welcome him to our LLG Blog.
Benjamin Reason has a degree in music education. He’s 26 year old (it’s 2015 right now) travelling poker player who splits time between live and online. From Texas. Sponsored pro via Rungoodgear.com and instructor for Tournament Poker Edge.