In early 2017, one year after I created Poker Detox, I started an experimental coaching for profits (CFP) group with only losing players. Within six months, that group had completed a six-figure profit goal. Around that time, our group took a trip to Amsterdam. Naturally, we talked about poker nonstop. But what I remember the most is the conversations we had about how different their lives were now that they were proven winners.
Six months ago, they were grinding it out at low stakes and seeing no results. But in almost no time at all, the team had generated over $100,000.
It wasn’t just the money or the stakes that had changed. Their attitudes toward the game were completely different. They were more confident and positive than they had ever been. Poker was fun again.
At that point I realized we had created something special. Coaching For Profits became the company’s flagship program. Since then, we have refined our training programs and expanded the team to over twenty members.
I sat down with two of my biggest winners from the 2017 group and asked them about their experience. Here’s what they had to say…
“When I came into this program I was losing at micros. I made a choice to just put one foot in front of the other and do what I was told would work. About 3 months into the program my results began to skyrocket and I haven’t looked back. This course is truly transformational for anyone who is done with placing blame on outside factors and genuinely open to change. I have developed a brotherhood with my teammates and the support and appreciation we’ve developed from going through this process together is unreal.”
– Yves D, CFP ‘Loser’s Only’ Group, +$100k
“When I joined the program I was a losing player. I decided I was going to put all of my faith into this program and follow it to a T. 6 months later I was up over $100,000 and I couldn’t recognize myself as a player or a person. Detox has completely changed the trajectory of my future, and the brotherhood I’ve developed with my team members is irreplaceable.”
– Simon B, CFP ‘Loser’s Only’ Group, +$100k
Now, I know what you’re thinking…
NOBODY can go from losing at micros to beating high stakes in just six months.
I used to tell myself that the success story wasn’t for me—it can’t be for me. At least not at this stage.
It’s very difficult to get yourself on a motivated path if you’re still telling yourself the same self-defeating story:
“This can’t work. Poker is solved. There are just too many good players out there. There is not enough edge for me.”
It’s the narrative that holds you in a state of paralysis. You keep wondering if you should apply yourself to poker, but you keep rationalizing against it because you think failure is inevitable.
So if someone hears that they can be a losing micro-stakes player and move up to high stakes within six months, I have to be transparent about the fact that these players are getting very delicate care.
My students are so successful because they have a comprehensive gameplan that they execute every day. They have a support system of coaches to answer their questions. They have a team of peers who are all trying to achieve the same goal, and who challenge and appreciate one another.
The difference between Poker Detox - and other coaching stables
The average day of a Poker Detox CFP student is completely different from what a typical low-stakes grinder does. Look at the examples below. Which do you think is a smarter approach to the game?
After a rough session…
What most players do: I felt totally lost today. I lost three huge pots and I don’t know if I should have played them all differently. I guess I’ll post these hands on the forums and see if anyone responds.
What Poker Detox players do: I’m going to post these hand histories in the team’s work space right now. I’m going to organize my data point analysis so that people can quickly point out flaws in my reasoning. I know they’ll be answered by this time tomorrow. Then I’ll log them in my study library for review.
Creating a study plan…
What most players do: I just need to do more PIO sims and get better preflop ranges. Then I’ll have better results. My Skype group hasn’t met in two weeks. We never get anything done. Why are they so lazy? Maybe I should try to set something up with them this Sunday.
What Poker Detox players do: Tonight, after my session I’m going to meet with my teammates and we’re going to study what we feel is currently most relevant together. Annotated hand libraries, “The Almanac,” or maybe we need to revisit the foundation concepts of the course.
What most players do: I feel like I am all alone these days. Poker is such a lonely game. It’s hard grinding the day away alone in a room with your only friends being on or two other poker players who might be online.
What Poker Detox players do: Man, I am feeling so motivated coming back from the team trip to Australia. I love spending time getting to know everyone on a personal level. We always get each other back on track and ready to crush.
Poker Detox Team in Kefalonia, Greece, 2018
Every day your game gets better. Every day is a new opportunity to be a better version of you. To learn and grow. You won’t settle for less, and your teammates won’t let you settle.
This is the kind of environment that turns losing players into high stakes crushers.
Are you truly happy with your results?
In 2015, when the solvers came out, I poured my heart into the GTO craze. But I wasn’t seeing results. It was too complicated. Deep down, I knew I wasn’t using the programs efficiently.
I was banging my head against the wall getting nowhere. This culminated in a massive burnout.
I couldn’t bring myself to play anymore. I was literally bedridden for a week. I was trapped in a poker paralysis.
When I came out of it, I knew that if I was going to stay with poker I had to do it differently. I didn’t know what that meant yet, but I was committed to trying something that made more sense than chasing the GTO pipe-dream.
What developed was a greater sense of self trust. I also had greater clarity in my vision about what an independent learner looks like. I learned how to adjust one piece of my strategy at a time, and then teach myself based on the feedback in a way that was more accurate and relevant.
A more practical and efficient strategy rose from the ashes of my burnout. I learned to make decisions based on what was incentivized by the environment. Best of all, it led to me founding this company.
My courses today are a blend of theory and exploitative play, but I also incorporate the theme of independent learning into all of my programs. If you can walk away from my coaching knowing that you can train yourself from that point on, then I feel my job is done.
Over the past few years, I have seen so many players who don’t understand the nature of futility in the learning process. Futility means you are insistently pushing in a direction that isn’t purely incentivized. There actually is no solution in this direction. You’re just being stubborn and needing the solution to work the way you think it should work.
What we see as a result is a community that stagnates. We have a bunch of players who got this idea that the magic pill is to play GTO. They’ve become so attached to this idea that they can’t let it go, even when it’s hurting them.
I get emails from coaching applicants like this on a daily basis:
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. But many players are still stuck in this mindset even today.
It was my biggest weakness. But everything changed when I stopped being so insistent about the path I needed to take. The clarity came once I balanced my stubbornness with a healthy dose of humility.
So I’d like you to be honest for a moment. Ask yourself:
What have you done in the past six months to really improve your game?
You have all the tracking programs and software, but how well do you use them?
You watch hundreds of videos online, but what do you really learn from them?
Maybe you’ve tried hiring a coach. He looks at some of your hands and says what he would have done differently. But it never leads anywhere. You get the sense that he doesn’t really care about you.
It all seems so inefficient. In the modern poker era, there is endless information, but how do you connect the dots?
The Ownership vs Surrender Paradox
At Poker Detox, I’ve assembled a team of executive coaches to research the mental frameworks that keep players trapped in a losing mindset.
What we’ve found is these players experience massive flips in their poker paradigm with startling frequency.
One moment, they are all about ownership. Taking ownership is assigning the responsibility onto ourselves. It’s about being proactive, not reactive.
Players with an ownership imbalance say things like, “If I just try harder, eventually I will get the results I want.” They might even think, “One day I’ll be so good, I’ll always win.”
Then something happens—a bad beat, a mistake in a big pot—something causes them to flip into a surrender mindset. Surrender is assigning responsibility away from ourselves. It’s about understanding that some external factors are outside of our control.
A surrender imbalance looks like this: “I run so bad, I make all the right decisions but I still get crushed.” Eventually, this leads to, “It doesn’t matter what I do. I’m still going to lose because I suck at poker.”
We call this the four-step vicious cycle:
Step 1: Struggle for control
The player senses that he is not doing enough. He needs to do something more to create an edge. He begins to either force aggression or bluff less. To either make wild bluff catches or fold more.
Step 2: Excessive ownership
Then a big losing session comes along, and suddenly he wakes up. The disappointment sets in. “What have I been doing?” His confidence plummets. He blames himself and starts to overthink everything.
Step 3: Inevitable frustration
The player comes face to face with a harsh reality: change in action does not immediately produce change in results. It reminds him how little control he has.
Step 4: Complete surrender
He then turns on his autopilot function. Sloppiness ensues. He stops studying and putting in consistent volume. Why would he try to be better at poker if it makes no difference, if variance is the only thing that matters?
This cycle can be disastrous for a player’s mental game. The flips occur with dizzying speed because the two imbalances foster each other.
Some players flip back between an ownership imbalance and a surrender imbalance multiple times in the same day. And we wonder why we feel like we’re spinning our wheels!
So, what can we do?
The first step is acknowledging that you don’t have the results that you want.
Most people don’t even get this far. They just blame variance forever. But once you admit this, you’ve already taken the first step toward making real change.
The second step is figuring out what elite players have that you don’t.
Let’s face it: there are players out there who have spent less time playing this game than you, but have seen 10x, even 100x your results.
It’s hard to stomach, but deep down you know it’s true. The winners are out there. You have seen them on all the podcasts, and they must be doing things differently.
Do they have better information than you? Are they more talented? Are they just luckier?
Or is it something else?
Unlocking the power of a community
“My close friends, my poker friends, my network; they have been of so much help to me. Some of the things I’ve learned from them over the years have been so valuable I can’t even go into detail. It’s just been really a very mutually beneficial relationship, and I think we’re all very grateful that we met and connected in such an intense way.” – Fedor Holz
The best players in the world understand the magic power of a community. It’s the secret weapon that elite players have, and that losing players don’t.
In order to be successful, you need a passion for the game and a strong independent drive. But nobody succeeds without the help of others. A community provides so much more than just a contact list of other poker players.
This is what you can expect from being a part of an elite community:
- Accountability and motivation – this ensures that you are putting in the necessary effort required to see results, and puts you in a positive, supportive environment with other students who are doing the same.
- Friendship and camaraderie – the opportunity to be a part of something bigger, to build memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.
- Trust – you no longer have to feel like you are doing everything on your own. You can give a share of the responsibility to coaches who are more experienced and better at connecting the dots than you are
Without a community, you have to consistently maintain high levels of motivation and performance, fight off the loneliness of grinding in isolation, and manage crushing self doubt during downswings. With a community, there is no longer any worry about whether you are doing the right thing. Each day, you put in the work, check off the boxes, and leave it to the experts to make the necessary tweaks and adjustments.
Even better, you feel like you’re a part of something bigger. A community provides a strong sense of connection, collaboration, new experiences, travel, diversity, and the opportunity to help others succeed.
This is the secret weapon that has made Coaching For Profits such a success. It’s not just the 1-on-1 coaching or the course content—those are extremely important—but it’s the environment of support and accountability that propels students to high stakes at speeds they never thought possible.
We’ve used the power of our community to build one of the most advanced training courses on the market. I’d like to take a moment to walk you through what’s inside our Coaching For Profits course right now…
Fast-track the path to high stakes with the accountability of elite coaching, the security of a full stake, and the motivation of an unshakable community.
Poker Detox CFP is a training system which sequentially covers all the concepts in my training arsenal, starting with the most basic and culminating with the most advanced material I have ever published.
The training process operates outside of the normal competitive paradigm. This means applicants who are accepted for the 4 week try-out phase are not competing against each other, they are competing with themselves. We assess performance based on a combination of technique and character , and we offer contracts to all players who make strong impressions on us during try-outs. It is rigid and structured to establish that the student is capable of following instruction. The boot-camp concludes with a 10k hand history submission - reviewed by our coaching staff.
Contracted players will progress towards more advanced levels of training. They will be introduced to Ether, The Bluff-Catching Almanac, and the rigid foundations taught earlier in the course will be relaxed. Students will work to develop the skills necessary to freely calibrate their in-game decision making.
What is Ether?
The Ether Almanac is our most in-depth data analysis research. It combines bet-size and textural mass data analysis over many lines, formations, and player profiles. It’s the most potent method for developing world-class bluff catching ability, and it has become our focus for advanced training with our students.
Upon successful completion of initial basic training, students will be deployed into real games on a full stake. Beginning in Division 1 of our 4 Division Model, students will unlock access to more advanced content as they prove themselves as winners and move from low stakes into higher stakes and higher divisions. Students gain access to Ether Ultimate once they reach Division 2.
What’s in the course
- The Poker Detox preflop ranges
- The Poker Detox standard line playbook, which condenses the content of my PIO Unlocked and Night Vision Expansion courses into a set of simplified post flop instructions
- Several hours of distilled video content, including lectures and highlights of my lessons with CFP students
- A library of 100+ annotated drill hands, organized by concept and updated frequently with new material
- The Ether Almanac – the most in-depth mass database analysis available. The “Holy Grail” of MDA research
- Assignments that test your course integration
What you will learn in this course
- A complete preflop system organized into grids and quickly accessible for in-game reference
- How to use standard line instructions to execute an effortless exploitative strategy in common post flop scenarios
- My data-point analysis process to organize your thoughts when making difficult decisions
- How to pour on aggression in “hotspot” zones where mass database analysis has proven that the pool is over folding
- The most productive ways to use PIO solver, and why the GTO pipe-dream is irrelevant in the modern era of mass database analysis studies
- How to recognize severely under bluffed lines and make above-the-rim folds in seconds
- My simplified strategies for accurate post flop polarization
- Why you should use texture and line pattern recognition, not combinatorics, to develop a detailed awareness of your opponent’s equity
- How to identify “code red” board textures to make advanced folds painless
- My “playability” strategy for bluff catching over multiple streets with lethal accuracy
- How to identify and bluff catch against lines that draw high correlation to volatile players
- How to assess your opponent’s perception of YOUR range to understand when you have domination, and when you are crushed
- Simple bet sizing tells to dramatically increase bluff catching efficiency
- How to tweak these instructions depending on your opponent’s HUD stats and tendencies to further increase your exploitative power
- Advanced: The nature of polarization in a dead pot game—a concept most advanced players don’t understand
- Advanced: Non-binary thinking, or the ability to think about two opposing concepts at once
- How to manage tilt and develop natural confidence at the tables
- How to re-frame your perspectives on volume and variance for a healthier, more professional approach to the game
- The counter-intuitive solution to the vicious cycle of ownership-surrender imbalance
How do I know Poker Detox CFP is right for me?
I have to warn you: I get far more applications for coaching than I have time to take on. Honestly, most players simply are not ready for this program. So how do you know if Poker Detox is a good fit for you?
You love poker and you are serious about applying yourself to the game for at least the next two years
You crave the support and positive influence of an elite poker community
You feel like you have been fighting the battle alone and just need a mentor to guide you toward the right path
You want a coach who actually cares about your progress
You are ready to give up the GTO pipe-dream and take a more relevant approach to the game
You feel being under-rolled has caused you to make poor decisions in the past, or has kept you from moving up in stakes
The idea of “endless improvement” resonates with you on a deep level, and you want to realize your full potential on and off the tables
You’re in this for short-term monetary results and you already spend most of your time thinking about moving onto other ventures after poker
You prefer to study irrelevant parts of the game, like perfecting your GTO preflop ranges
You are not interested in moving up to high stakes or realizing your full potential as a poker player. Beating low/mid stakes is “good enough” for you
Trusting a system and following a coach’s instructions are not skills that come easily to you
Do I play with my own money?
During the training phase, all hands will be played at micro stakes with the student’s bankroll. Upon completion of Tier 4, the student is deployed into real games on a full stake.
Does this program cost anything to join?
No. There is zero cost to join and all training is free to the student. “Coaching for profits” means you will pay for your training with a portion of your winnings each month.
How much of my winnings do I keep?
The profit split begins as a 50% / 50% split. Students can increase their profit split up to 70% when they progress to high stakes.
How long will my contract with Poker Detox last?
Contracts are time-based. The contract commitment is for two years and begins when you are deployed into real money games (after the initial training period).
What if I have never won at poker before?
Some of my most successful students began their training as losing players. I also regularly reject applications from winning players that I don’t think will be a good fit for our community. The main qualities I look for in a student are a deep passion for the game, a receptiveness to training, and a consistently positive attitude.
How much time should I expect to devote to this course?
We prefer to take on students who have no outstanding work commitments away from poker because this course requires a significant amount of time and energy. I do not recommend trying to balance this course with a demanding full-time job. You should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of twenty-five hours per week to study and play.
What if I fall behind?
The 6-week training phase will be competitive, and you need to earn your spot on the team. You will be at a disadvantage if you fall behind on studying and integrating the course content. Students will use the last 2 weeks of training to play a 10k hand sample that is used as a final assessment . Students who demonstrate successful integration of the course concepts have the highest chance to earn a contract.
How do I know your coaching is legit?
To learn more about my coaching philosophy and style of play, you can watch the free content on my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXq
Do you know when enrollment will be open again?
No. I take on new students when I have the time and energy to devote my attention to a new group of players. Enrollment usually opens one to three times per year.
Are you ready to unleash your full potential?
There are thousands of players out there right now grinding it out alone at low stakes, not improving their game, and making barely enough to scrape by. A year from now, most of those players will be in the same situation.
They’ll stick to the same story: blaming variance, and convincing themselves that there’s not enough edge in poker to win. They’ll see success stories online and wonder what winners have that they don’t.
But a few of them will turn things around. They will blow past the competition and never look back at the drudgery of the low-stakes grind.
Take a look at this story from one of my students. What do you notice?
“I was very lucky to find Nick and Poker Detox when I did. At the time I was struggling to make a living from playing poker. It’s not a struggle any more. Poker is fun again. The rewards are there now, the future looks good for me and my family, and I’ve found a mentor and good friend.
I started with PIO Unlocked in July 2016. Through this, I felt inspired to learn for the first time in years. I immersed myself in study, and Nick very kindly helped steer me along the way. I surrendered myself to his guidance. Part of that work followed on from some other students of Nicks, and led to us making the Night Vision pack together later that year. Some of the findings of this pack were used to develop metrics that Nick uses in his training of new students.
In October 2016 I enrolled in one of Nick’s monthly unlimited programs (which has now been replaced by CFP). Through this close contact, my understanding of the game improved dramatically, results turned around, and I felt very confident and comfortable at the tables. It’s not always been that way since, there have been ups and downs, but Nick’s always been there to help.
Through 2017 I’ve often studied alongside the CFP students, and I’ve seen all of the students develop their games a great deal.
Nick continues to develop his training programs to ensure maximum benefit to the student. Without doubt he’s the best teacher I’ve come across in any discipline.”
– Steve, student, +$150k
Here’s what jumps out to me about Steve’s story:
- He recognized that what he was doing wasn’t working, and he took action to change it
- He stopped trying to do everything on his own. He found the right coach, put all of his trust into the training process, and then did the hard work.
- He is confident in his game now, but he is still striving toward endless improvement.
- He knows that whatever challenges come up in the future, we will find a way to solve them.
Of course, it’s a lot of work to make a change this big. At no point in Steve’s story does he say it was “easy,” or that his game turned around “overnight.”
Successful students aren’t afraid of the hard work, they embrace it.
Unsuccessful students avoid the hard work, but they trade it for the ENDLESS frustration of making the same mistakes over and over, never seeing improvement.
I think we can all agree, there is nothing scarier than wasting years, waking up each day feeling the same sense of uneasiness, playing the same stakes, making the same amount of money. Feeling like we’re not living up to our potential.
Successful players will put in two or three times the work, but they will see 10x, 100x the rewards.
Along the way, they will make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. And they’ll find an unshakable inner confidence that no one or no thing can take away.
Every day their game gets better. And every day is a new opportunity to be a better version of themselves.
They won’t settle for less, and their teammates won’t let them settle.
Which of these players do you want to be?