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Dr.Tricia Cardner – Poker Author & Player

April 11 Sandra Wong

Dr.Tricia Cardner is one of the most interesting personalities I have met in poker travels. I met her deep into the money in a WSOP ladies event and was lucky enough to sit to her right. She chatted my ear off and usually I’d be annoyed but she had so many interesting stories and knowledge it was refreshingly enjoyable. We have stayed in touch every since, (wish we took a photo) and I’m happy to share some of her personal background with you here:


Dr. Patricia (Tricia) Cardner specializes in peak poker performance and sport psychology. Besides playing poker, she loves teaching players the most efficient and effective mental game strategies. She is the author of Positive Poker (which features commentary by Jonathan Little) and makes monthly mental game training videos over at You can follow her on twitter @drtriciacardner or check out her facebook fan page: 

a. 1) Favorite Food to eat while playing?
I take healthy snacks to the table like fruit, nuts, and of course a huge bottle of water!

2) Drink of Choice?
Iced Tea & Frozen Margaritas – but not at the same time

3) Favorite City/Poker room to play in / Place to Play? Why?
I love playing at the Wynn, Las Vegas – it’s the nicest room and the staff is always super friendly and helpful! I play in Oklahoma a fair amount and I prefer the Winstar in Thackervlle – also a very nice room!

4) Favorite Poker Hand?
That’s a tough one because I’m especially partial to winning hands! I really like 9Ts, though.

5) Favorite Player/mentors?
I enjoy watching the super high-roller German contingent: Fabian Quoss, Martin Finger & Philipp Gruissem are favorites. I’ve learned the most about poker strategy from Jonathan Little and James “Splitsuit” Sweeney. I’m also a fan of the videos of Evan “Gripsed” Jarvis – he’s super fun and smart! I watch him on his twitch channel and he has a ton of youtube videos.

6) Good luck charms?
I don’t really have one – but maybe I should get one!

7) Give us your #1 tip to share with other players?
Never stop learning. The game is always evolving, so you have to keep up. Also, as you move up and improve, the mental game becomes so much more important. Develop and maintain good mental habits & you’ll increase your odds of success exponentially.

8) Recommended books? & Favorite Authors.
I am a fan of Jonathan Little’s books for tournaments (Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volumes 1-3). I’ve been getting into Chris Moorman’s Book of Poker lately. For beginners, No Limit Hold ‘Em Theory and Practice by Sklansky and Miller is a solid choice.

9) Do you play online? Where?
Back in the day, I played on Full-Tilt and Poker Stars – now, not so much. I sometimes play on the WPN (Winning Poker Network) or when in Nevada.

10) Favorite Game? No limit Hold ‘Em

11) Biggest Personal Poker Achievement so far.
From a playing stand point, making the final table of the River Main Event in 2012 was a highlight & one I’d love to repeat!
From a teaching stand point, I’m really proud of my book Positive Poker which Jonathan Little contributed to.

12) What are you working on right now in your game or life?

I’m super excited that I have a chapter in Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No Limit Hold ‘Em which is available for preorder on now and has a release date in June – during the WSOP! Excelling at No-Limit Hold‘em is a 500+ page book that Jonathan Little put together that includes 17 of the greatest no-limit experts in the world analyzing all aspects of the game.

I just finished filming an extensive mental game video series (with James “Splitsuit” Sweeney) which is due to be released on April 1, 2015, on

For people who like to listen to mental game strategy, Elliot Roe (a master hypnotherapist who can be found at and I are producing a The Mindset Advantage Podcast where we will be joined by some of the biggest names in poker and MMA. We’ve recorded the first episode already and it will be available on itunes very soon!

I also make monthly videos at & I regularly contribute articles on the mental game over at
Finally, I provide mental game coaching to some of the top cash and MTT players in the game.

People can always follow me on twitter @drtriciacardner to hear about everything that’s going on because I try to keep a lot of irons in the fire!

13) Where will we be seeing you next in the live scene? Any future poker plans?

This year I was at Card Player Poker Tour making a stop in Durant, Oklahoma in April 2015, and of course, I’ll always be at the WSOP for the duration! I’m hoping for some run good this year and every year – but even if I don’t get it, I always have a fabulous time playing cards and meeting up with both old and new friends!




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