Coaching

by Haseeb Qureshi

What is mind coaching?

Mind coaching is about all the stuff that isn't taught in poker books.

It’s about how to pull out of your downswings, how to be indifferent to losses, how to bluff and valuebet more fearlessly, how to maintain your motivation when things are tough. It's about all the stuff that people don't bother trying to teach, because they think it's unteachable.

Nobody teaches us how to be poker players. We are taught strategy, how to read hands, how to size bets. But being a poker player requires much more than that.

The goal of mind coaching is to teach what most people consider unteachable: how to master your mind, control your emotions, and command the lifestyle you want to live.

Poker is a tough ride. We all know that. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, and for most of us, we’re the only person running the show.

Mind coaching puts another person in your corner.

It's someone to strengthen you through your ups and downs, to bolster your weaknesses, develop your strengths, and when you stray, to nudge you back on the right track.

I had a mind coach when I was playing high stakes. In fact, almost every great player I know has received mind coaching at some point—for many of them, it was instrumental to their long-term success.

As a poker player, it is imperative that you take up every arm to get an edge over your opponents. Mind coaching provides that invaluable edge to your poker skills.


What do I get out of it?

Improve your mental game

  • Control and eliminate tilt
  • Increase your motivation
  • Extinguish your anxiety
  • Raise your confidence against regulars
  • Maximize your time management
  • Live a healthier and more stable lifestyle
  • Work through mental and emotional roadblocks you’re facing
  • Develop your self-discipline

Feel more positive about poker

  • Optimize your poker skills
  • Reduce your fear of bluffs, flips, or risky plays
  • Develop your studying habits and optimize your learning
  • Fix patterns of mistakes in your game
  • Improve your understanding of psychology

Maximize your EV

  • Get out of a downswing
  • Increase your hand volume
  • Become a more consistent player
  • Overcome your fear of moving up or taking shots
  • Bring your A-game more often, and minimize your B and C game
  • Improve and develop relationships with people in the poker world
  • Advise you on growth in your poker career and the poker economy

How good are you?

What makes me stand out as a mind coach is my wealth of experience, skill, and knowledge.

I’ve been mind coaching for over three years, having worked with over 30 mid-stakes and high-stakes players.

Before that, I coached over a hundred professional poker players for another four years, advising them on both strategy and mindset. During that time, I honed many of the ideas that now inform my mind coaching. I’ve also coached lots of nosebleed players. Many of my students are now among the strongest players in the world.

But before all that, I was a high stakes professional poker player myself for 5 years. I started at the very bottom at 16 years old, with $50 to my name, playing only cash games. Within three years, I had become considered one of the ten best NLHU players in the world, and made about a million dollars in a year. I was also a widely followed poker instructor, producing leading high-stakes content for Deucescracked and Cardrunners.

My mind coaching is informed by all of these sources. Not only have I developed my techniques from my vast experiences in poker, but I’ve also learned a great deal from my mentors, from great thinkers I admire, and from my own personal studies of clinical and performance psychology.


What's it like?

See for yourself. Here are sessions I did with real clients.

Scott C, a $2/$5 grinder who was struggling with tilt, confidence, and motivation to play.

YaroslavC, a 200NL-1KNL HU player who wanted help with anger, hot tilt, and consistency.

João, a successful online MTT player who was struggling with live tournaments, specifically boredom and anxiety, especially when HU.


How do I get started?

It’s easy.

Just tell me a little bit about yourself—what you’re going through in your poker career, and what kind of value you want to get out of mind coaching.

You’ll get a free consultation to start, so we can explore your mental game and see how we can work together to help you improve. There’s no cost or obligation, and there's no risk even after your first session, so if you’re curious, drop me a line.

You can also e-mail me directly at haseeb(at)haseebq.com


How much does it cost?

The initial consultation is always free.

The cost of a session is $200/session. But this rate is discounted if you purchase a package.

Intermediate Package ($700)
  • 4 sessions—for those looking to achieve moderate improvement in their mental game
  • $175/session
  • Sessions are generally spread over a month, but is flexible based on your schedule and needs
  • Notes on each session e-mailed to you afterward
  • A free copy of How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker
  • Savings of $100
Full package ($1320)
  • 8 sessions—for those looking for serious breakthroughs, intensive work, and overhauling their mental games
  • $165/session
  • Sessions are generally spread over two months, but is flexible based on your schedule and needs
  • Notes on each session e-mailed to you afterward
  • A free copy of How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker
  • A free copy of audiobook
  • Indefinite availability to discuss any issues over e-mail, even after coaching is over
  • Total value savings of $300

Longer-term packages are negotiable; ask me about them.


FAQ

How long is each session?

Each session is 50 minutes long. But we can make the times flexible as our work progresses.

How far in advance do I need to schedule a session?

It’s usually fine to schedule a session a day or two in advance. I am based out of Austin, Texas, so I’m on Central Standard Time, but I’m flexible and can work with your schedule. Many of my clients live overseas, so finding a suitable time shouldn’t be an issue.

If you are in some sort of crisis, or just want someone to talk you down and need to do a session immediately, contact me and let me know, and I’ll do my best to make myself available on short notice.

What platform do you use for sessions?

Sessions are generally conducted through voicechat on Skype. Sessions through phone, video, and other programs are also available.

What’s your refund policy?

Don’t worry—if you feel like you haven’t gotten any value, I will gladly refund your money after the first session. This hasn’t been an issue in the past, but I don’t want you to be worried about it, so rest easy.

Will you eliminate my tilt?

No. Only you can do that. Improving your mental game is a continuous process, and one that requires constant commitment. I can show you the layout of your mind, teach you useful techniques, and lay out the path toward improving your mental game. But if you don't put the work in, you're not going to see improvement. That, I can promise.

Do I have to be a poker player to get mind coaching?

Not at all. Although my experience is primarily with poker players, the insights and skills of poker can be generalized to many fields. If your field involves high performance, emotional control, and strategic thinking, then there’s a lot you can get from mind coaching. There's no risk, so I encourage you to give it a try.

Are you a licensed mental health professional?

No, I am not. If you are seeking help for a serious psychological issue, are severely depressed, or are considering self-harm of any kind, please consult a therapist or contact someone for immediate help.

My knowledge and expertise is specific to poker and general health and well-being. Although I have studied psychology on my own, I am not equipped to diagnose or treat complicated mental health issues such as OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia, or debilitating addictions. I am open to working with individuals who struggle with mental illness, but only in tandem with a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist advising on those issues.

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