And even if it’s pointing you in the right direction, you’re missing shortcuts.
I’m Nick Howard, the CEO and performance coach at Poker Detox. Our privately contracted players have made over $15M in profit since 2019. We have produced high stakes crushers in every major online pool.
All of our high stakes crushers have one thing in common:
They know exactly why they crush.
That’s because they were trained in a way that made them certain of their edge.
If you want to become certain of your edge, you need a mindset coach that can strengthen your hand analysis.
Otherwise, your mindset will always be fragile.
Because strengthening your mindset is inseparable from strengthening your hand analysis.
You can do as much mindset work as you want. But if you’re using broken thought processes to analyze hands, no amount of hard work can save you.
Most performance coaches can help you improve your mood and focus, but they don’t have the expertise to spot leaks in your thought process from street-to-street.
Without that level of expertise, you will never fix your biggest leaks. If you want unshakable certainty over your edge, you need to know EXACTLY..
Maybe you can already feel the confidence produced by those three steps. These are the steps that get you crushing high stakes.
Isn’t that a relief to hear?
That the most effective way to begin your mindset session is to tell your coach about your recent hands?
It’s also why I’m able to guarantee 100% of my services..
Because I’ve NEVER met a poker player who doesn’t like talking about their hands. And the beauty of listening to you talk? It gives me crystal clear insight into the mindset upgrades you need – technical, emotional, and psychological.
Even if your broader mindset issues seem unrelated to your doubts during hands, they’re always related. You just need an expert to show you how they’re connected.
So this the deal:
You tell me about your recent horror hands, and I will permanently transform your mindset – guaranteed – or you pay me nothing.
Check out this message I received after a free Q&A that I gave to my newsletter subscribers. This player was a big winner who had become scared to play. He couldn’t bring himself to start sessions, and his expenses were eating up his bankroll:
I solved the issue in 5 minutes.
See, When your map is broken, you can apply 100% of your effort and never see progress. A part of you can probably relate.
Now here is why it is happening:
Your poker mindset is currently imprisoned by a number of misleading strategy concepts that you learned over the years. In order to free yourself, you need technology that only private groups have access to.
What type of technology?
Population analysis. Hundreds of millions of hands collected from all major online pools. Producing a virtual map hack that shows you exactly how players behave throughout the game tree.
I founded Poker Detox in 2015 to pioneer population analysis, and we have remained the industry leader ever since.
What makes population analysis so powerful?
The fact that it’s irrefutable. It explicitly shows you how often your opponents are bluffing or folding at certain decision points.
You can filter for line, bet size, texture, profile, whatever you need. Population analysis is the tool that the best players in the world train with, because it realigns their thoughts with reality.
The poker industry is slow to recognize the value of this type of technology.
So you see, poker is trapped in the past.
But now you have a powerful opportunity to break free, and use this technology to get ahead of the curve.
Want more proof of the problem?
Take a look at these backwards assumptions that still dominate mainstream poker strategy content in 2023:
“A lot of my opponent’s bluffs got there..so they’re probably not bluffing enough.”
Bad assumption. Population analysis reveals thousands of spots where players are bluffing too much on runouts that are better for their range. If you use this thought process to justify folding, you’re lighting money on fire.
Here’s another myth..
“A lot of draws missed the river, so my opponent probably won’t believe me if I bet.”
False. 300M hands of population analysis across all major pools shows no evidence that your opponents fold less when draws miss. If anything, the evidence points toward the opposite being true.
It’s very unlikely that your instincts have a map to all the hidden treasures that the data can reveal. That’s because many of the statistical findings are counterintuitive.
Now, don’t get me wrong..
I love instincts – as long as they’re grounded.
Here’s a hand where I used instincts to avoid falling into a trap. This footage is from “Poker Out Loud”, a format hosted by Solve For Why Training, where top pros use noise-canceling headphones and record their thoughts during hands.
You see, instincts can be balanced with data to produce a deadly one-two punch. That’s what we want.
I totally understand. That’s why my mission is to provide you with fast, reliable answers to all of your most painful issues.
My team and I have lifted more small stakes players to high stakes than any other private program in the industry, producing high stakes crushers in every major pool.
Now I’m making my personal services available to you – guaranteed – or you pay nothing.
Here’s one of my favorite stories about an MTT client who became a close friend:
In 2019 I did a series of mindset consults with Yuri Dzivielevsky (TheNerdGuy), who is now one of the top MTT high-roller pros in the world. At the time, he was preparing to make the leap into the high-roller scene. He approached me looking for two things:
First we worked on some new frameworks to help him quantify his edge in the upcoming high roller events. Then we clarified his confusion around some recent hands.
After that, we kicked things into gear.
I had one of my top engineers utilize Python to create variance simulations using Yuri’s specific inputs. The inputs reflected all of the events he planned to play that year. Here’s a few things we accounted for in the sims..
These sims helped Yuri sell the right amount of action and take his shots with 100% confidence that his bankroll was safe.
The shots went well, and over the next three years he rose to 1st place on Brazil’s all time money list. He now travels the world playing high roller events and enjoys an epic work/life balance.
“Nick was an extremely important figure in my career. From the moment I came in contact with his method I was sure it was what I needed to be a top player. He personally prepared me to for the high roller scene and his network connections have helped me immensely ever since. I don’t have words for how grateful I am. ” Yuri Dzieveleski
I approach every session from the highest level of personally tailored support.
Why is that so important?
Because personally tailored support is what allows you to transform any issue you’re facing. Take it from Francisco, a recent student of mine:
“Nick listens to what you say and is able to show you what you actually mean. He methodically goes 2 or 3 layers beneath the surface to arrive at the true essence of your problem. He then gives tailored feedback that you can move forward with confidently.” Francisco L. – 30 Day Training Camp Member
I met Nick in 2017 and over the years we’ve had countless conversations regarding mindset in poker. He has an excellent understanding of how to break down mental game issues and guide his players to success.
Nick and I ran mindset training groups together in 2020-2021. Out of those groups came multiple WSOP and online bracelet winners along with substantial increases across the board in self-awareness and performance.
Nick asks the big questions and brings his own personal knowledge as a player and coach to the table in each session, and our players got great value from his insights.
My poker career really took off after working with Nick. I found him 5 years ago when he was on the leading edge of strategy development with PIOsolver. His approach transformed my view of what poker is and how it should be played. Sometimes the answer is simple but you are so stuck in one way of thinking that you completely miss it. Nick has a unique ability to step outside of your paradigm, begin from first principles, and deliver a clear and powerful fix. I have lived in the same house with him, and I just returned from his wedding. He’s become one of my closest friends and I hard vouch for his character, knowledge, and work ethic.
Nick has done it all. He has seen the bad decisions, the good ones, the risk-aversion, the blowups, the rollercoasters, the overconfidence, the self-doubt, the good work relationships and the nefarious ones. He has studied GTO, exploitative, scientific, emotional, and instinctual poker. He has coached the best players in the world as well as your average Joe.
His empathy, his curiousness, and his kindness are the best accompanying tools to his coaching skills. They allow him to understand whatever situation you’re in and explain it to you better than you might have yourself. Nick makes you happy to be alive, and in the process gives you the tools to become a better person. If you have an opportunity to work with him, just take it!
Nick changed my understanding of the long term. I was able to reshape how winning and losing works by seeing poker as an infinite game. There is no “losing” anymore.
“When I first spoke with Nick I couldn’t identify for myself exactly what it was that I needed. I was winning in poker, doing alright in my daily life but I knew I could grow in both areas and wanted to badly. I was playing a game I supposedly loved but wasn’t feeling it before, during, or after my sessions. I thought some combination of technical and mental game improvements surely needed to take place but I wanted to know what EXACTLY it was that was getting in the way. That was difficult, until I spoke with Nick.
We arrived at the source quickly through a series of exceptional questions and brutal honesty. I finally understood what I was feeling and what I needed, and I improved all areas of my life using what I learned that day. ” Jeremy Gibson – Poker Detox CFP player
“I was struggling a lot with the unrelatable nature of being a poker player. When I realized I had no map to the treasure, I decided to get help from Nick. Some of my biggest life and mindset upgrades came from this work. If you have the wisdom to face the things that you are struggling with, I’d highly recommend giving it a chance. ” Cristian P. – Poker Detox CFP player
“My sessions with Nick were better than any licensed therapist I have seen.
The sessions helped me to overcome obstacles like burnout, self-doubt, and self-criticism. When I would burn out, I would become self-critical. I would become unproductive and trapped inside my own head for days, sometimes months. With Nick’s help I was able to unravel the things that were causing this. There were many instances from childhood, family, coaches, and teachers that caused me to feel like shit, which in turn made me angry, but also there was always a deep feeling of never performing high enough no matter how far or high I climbed. Now I’m more confident with my decisions, I respond better to mistakes, and I am not upset at anyone anymore. ” Izayah T. – Poker Detox CFP player
” Before getting coached by Nick I had many doubts about my career choice as a poker player. Those doubts always led to excuses and justifications for mistakes. I always had fear and stress during the most important decisions of my sessions.
When I reached out to Nick, his empathy for my confusion dropped my defenses instantly. He showed me how to balance my passion for the game with discipline, integrity, and structure. I came into alignment as a player by working with Nick. ” Anderson Oliveira – Poker Detox CFP MTT player
Check out this clip from the Beyond Poker Podcast, where Nick reveals the #1 mindset skill of todays top high stakes crushers.