118 – James Whittet – Bulletproof Daily Routines

Episode 118 - James Whittet

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James Whittet, a former high-stakes player and mindset coach to poker professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners, shares why he’s grateful for Black Friday and the possibilities it presented. He talks about what motivates him and how the source of his drive has changed over the course of his life. James and Elliot break down the three biggest challenges poker players have and how a player’s well-being has a direct impact on their bottom line.

Listen in to hear James reveal a bulletproof daily routine – and learn why having a community is one of the best things you can do for your personal and professional development.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[01:30] – Introducing James and his journey as a professional poker player and mindset coach

  • 02:10 – He traveled around the world and became friends with Patrick Leonard
  • 02:20 – He began training his guys and coaching one on one

[02:45] – What led him to personal development

  • 03:00 – He always strived to be a little bit better; he knew he could work hard and become great
  • 03:35 – He wanted to prove to himself and others; now his inner game is strong and he isn’t motivated by that anymore

[04:00] – How he learned and grew

  • 04:15 – He listened to audiobooks and read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle; it changed his life as did meditation
  • 05:45 – “A New Earth” is about helping humanity, whereas “The Power of Now” really resonated to James as a young man thinking about himself

[06:40] – On poker

  • 06:50 – He used to be a high-roller sit-n-go player; a friend taught him PLO and he taught his friend life skills
  • 08:00 – He transitioned from playing poker to mindset coaching
  • 08:50 – The year after Black Friday he had low motivation, then he made a ton of money for 6 months, got supernova elite, and went on an uptick

[10:15] – On Black Friday

  • 10:30 – He thought it’d be good for him to travel and explore; he is also grateful for it because things were made possible because of poker

[12:00] – The biggest issues poker players have

  • 12:09 – He believes the biggest issues are false identities, burnout, and trying to compensate with poker instead of fixing the inner-narrative

[15:20] – The optimal lifestyle for an MTT player

  • 15:45 – A solid morning routine is important; your well-being has a direct impact on your bottom line
  • 16:30 – Have a warm-up and cool-down before and after your session and at the beginning and end of your day
  • 17:40 – Practice feeling how you want to feel and treat your poker as a business; delegate the things you don’t like to invest more in what you love doing
  • 21:12 – Turn to experts for their expertise; every star athlete has a support team, as should every professional poker player
  • 23:10 – Many poker players see themselves as a lone wolf; embrace community and don’t feel like you need to do it all alone
  • 24:00 – Many pros can confirm that having a network is a huge advantage; there are lots of options out there

[25:30] – The course James offers

  • 25:30 – He helps players program their thoughts, emotions, and habits at and away from the table
  • 25:34 – He has a free course on meditation, mindfulness, and poker; his paid course is a done-with-you video and group coaching course
  • 26:15 – People make real friendships, build a community, and have mentorship opportunities 1-on-1 or as a group

3 Key Points

  1. Put your well-being first.
  2. Your well-being has a direct correlation to your bottom line.
  3. Remember that you’re a business person as a poker player.


  • A-Game Poker Masterclass – Website
  • James Whittet’s Website (find the free course there)
  • Get his free course by clicking the link in his Instagram bio

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About the Author Elliot Roe

Hi, I'm Elliot Roe... And I Help Poker Players Squeeze Every Ounce Of EV From Their Poker Skills and Abilities. Over 7500 poker players have downloaded my Mindset MP3s to boost their focus on the table and to relax and recover post-session. I have personally worked with hundreds more on mastering their emotions and the tabling and developing the “Pro-Athlete Mindset” needed to be successful into today’s games. Creating a strong poker mindset has been the “secret weapon” of the high stakes elite for years now, and I started this site to bring that edge to any player willing to work on that area of their game.

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