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Full Tilt builds its own Mindset Academy

The second biggest online poker room, Full Tilt Poker (FTP), has signed mindset coach Sam Chauhan to its professional squad as their “go-to” man on matters of the mind and strengthening players against suffering from losses due to tilt.
Sam Chauhan

Sam Chauhan

The money Chauhan has helped people make in the poker world has come to the attention of FTP; in only 2010, the poker glitterati coached by him, that include Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, David Williams, Gavin Smith and John Racener, made almost $9 million.

FTP is giving Chauhan the role of developing the Full Tilt Mindset Academy – a step towards ridding players of entering the negative state we know as ’tilt.’ Chauhan’s teachings will be made available to players via a range of interactive applications all published online under umbrella of the FTP Academy.

“Mindset matters the most when you have two players that are equally skilled and the only difference in the match is the mindset. It will give you an edge if the mindset is on the right track. I’m going to be helping out and creating the Full Tilt Poker Mindset Academy which is an online academy and possibly working with qualifiers who come into town for a big event.” Informed Chauhan.

Chauhan has taught at the World Series of Poker Academy and sees the new FTP project as a way to reach a wider audience that perhaps couldn’t afford his one-on-one prices: “The greatest thing about this is that there are a lot of people who might play on the site who normally can’t afford to even come to an academy or be able to get some help … they can [go online] and I’ll have the ability to help them out and make a difference in their lives. That’s what excited me about the opportunity.”

Chauhan’s work includes breaking the patterns of a down-swing and teaching mind tricks that players can use to regain their focus and not sit at the table waiting to get lucky with their hands. He believes players can learn to deal with tilt and “the thoughts that are taking them in the wrong direction. I’ll teach them not to put themselves in a psychological disadvantage.”

According to Chauhan, the key to a bigger bankroll is not to let other players gain a psychological edge “from the moment they sit at the table, and that’s what most players do.”

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