Risk Over Risk Plus Reward

  • Speaker
    James Vogl
  • Date
    Tuesday 1st May 2018.  7.00-8.30 pm followed by drinks.
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Cerebral Gym founder James Vogl will be leading an interactive, scenario-led class on how to approach everyday problems using game theoretical, probabilistic and strategic underpinnings.

Currently writing a book called “Risk Over Risk Plus Reward”, James will share insight and analytical skills gained as a professional poker player and hedge fund market speculator, such as dealing with extreme pressure situations and knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.


James Vogl, 37, is a former professional backgammon and poker player. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 23 in 2004.

He went on to trade equities and credit at Goldman Sachs, before becoming a proprietary trader at Manro-Haydan commodities, then joining Moore Capital as a macro portfolio manager. He became a partner of Graham Capital LLP in May 2012 where he had sole responsibility for running a portfolio of over $1 billion.

In September 2017 he left to set-up Cerebral Gym full-time, an idea he first conceived of six years ago when he challenged his gym personal trainer to become conversational in Mandarin, rather than complete an Ironman the following year. James was delighted to lose the bet.

Upcoming Sessions

Opera Unplugged

Backgammon Hustler

Inside Out Parenting


Cerebral Gym Fiction Book Club

Risk Over Risk Plus Reward

James Vogl

Mortimer House

Cerebral Sessions will be taking place at Mortimer House between 28th February and 1st May 2018.

Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House has served as residency to some of the greatest cultural, literary and intellectual figures of the 20th century and now provides a new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure.

Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart.

Mortimer House is also home to ground floor restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen, serving exceptional Mediterranean cuisine which attendees of the Cerebral Sessions can enjoy before or after classes.

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