Hi, I’m Nick Howard, founder and CEO of Poker Detox, an elite NLHE online cash game staking company.

I am a former Run It Once Elite Pro coach and I have thousands of hours of experience coaching players at all levels, from low stakes to nosebleeds. My mission is to guide all of my students toward endless improvement, both on and off the tables.

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 prior, they were grinding it out at low stakes and seeing no results. But in almost no time, 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.

CFP ‘Loser’s Only’ Group in Athens, 2017

At that point I realized we had created something special. Coaching For Profits became the company’s flagship program. Since then, we have continued to refine our training program and expanded the team to over thirty 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 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 too many good players out there. There is not enough edge to beat the game.”

It’s the narrative that holds you in a state of paralysis. You keep wondering if you should apply yourself to poker and you keep rationalizing against it because you think failure is inevitable.

If someone hears that they can be a losing micro-stakes player and move up to high stakes in six months, I have to be transparent about the fact that these players are getting very delicate care and are putting in massive amounts of work to improve. 

My students are successful because they have a systematic game-plan that they execute every day. They have a support system of coaches and teammates to answer their questions. They have a group of peers who are all trying to achieve the same goal and who challenge and appreciate one another.

 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?

My courses today are a blend of theory and exploitative play, but I also incorporate the theme of independent learning. 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.

I have seen 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 remain stuck in this mindset.

It was my biggest weakness. Everything changed when I stopped being so determined about the path I thought 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? 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 blame variance forever. 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 and 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, 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 power of a community. It’s the secret weapon that elite players have and struggling players don’t.

To be successful you need passion for the game and a strong independent drive but very few succeed 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 course content, it’s the environment of support and accountability that propels students to high stakes at speeds they never thought possible.

Poker Detox CFP is a training system that covers all the concepts in my training arsenal, from the most basic to the most advanced material I have ever created

The training process begins with a 4 week try-out phase. During this time the student will get familiar with our training methodology by studying and becoming competent in its application. 

We assess performance based on a combination of technique and character and we offer contracts to players who make strong impressions. It is structured to establish that the student is capable of following instruction and completely buys in to our training approach. The training phase concludes with a 25k hand history submission - reviewed by our coaching staff. 

Upon successful completion of initial training, students will be deployed into real games on a full stake. Beginning in either Division 1 or 2 of our 4 Division Model, contracted players will unlock access to more advanced content as they prove themselves as winners and move from lower stakes into higher stakes and higher divisions. 

Training Content Outline

  • CFP Division Structure
  • 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
  • Ether – the most in-depth mass database analysis available. The “Holy Grail” of MDA research. It combines bet-size and textural mass data analysis over many lines, formations, and player profiles. 
  • Hand History libraries marked with data-point analysis to help integrate concepts efficiently  
  • Exclusive CFP Forum Access
  • Active Skype chats for each Division 
  • Group calls and access to all previous recorded calls
  • Several hours of distilled video content, including lectures and highlights of my lessons with CFP students
  • The Poker Detox preflop ranges  
  • The Poker Detox Mental Game Module  

What you will learn 

  • A 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
  • How to recognize severely under bluffed lines and make above-the-rim folds in seconds
  • 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 simplified strategies for accurate post flop polarization
  • 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
  • How to identify and bluff catch against lines that draw high correlation to volatile players
  • 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?

Poker Detox CFP is right for you if…

  • 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

Poker Detox is NOT right for you if…

  • 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

Frequently asked questions

  • Does this program cost anything to join?


  • 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?

    The contract commitment is for two years and begins when you are deployed into real money games (after the initial training period).

  • Do I play with my own money?

    During the training phase, all hands will be played with the student’s bankroll. Upon completion, the student is deployed into real games on a full stake.

  • How much time should I expect to devote to this course?

    You should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 25-30 hours per week to study and play. It's preferable for students to have sufficient savings or a part time job for life expense stability. I do not recommend trying to balance this course with a demanding full-time job.

  • 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 low-stakes grind.

Remember that email from Matthew above? In 2016, he was consumed by the GTO craze just like me. He earned a well deserved spot on our team in late 2018. Here's a quote from him on his experience to date: 

"I joined Poker Detox CFP and moved up from 100nl to 1knl in 6 months. I've been playing poker for 10 years with dreams of big success, and it's felt surreal to finally become the consistent mid-stakes crusher I knew I could be. I'm confident in my strategy for the first time as I know everything I do is quantified and scientific, and the nuanced questions I have are answered by the coaching staff. The support feels amazing, but the true gift has been the opportunity to realize the potential I felt for myself deep down. I couldn't have done it without Poker Detox."

Here's a quick look at his results since the beginning of his contract in September 2018: 

Here’s what jumps out to me about Matt'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 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 Matt'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'll 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 either. 

Which of these players do you want to be?