Episode 72 – Nick Howard, Part 1 – Rapid Improvement Via Contrarian Coaching


In This Week’s Episode: 

Nick Howard has been a professional poker coach for eight years. As a former RunItOnce.com coach, he became known for teaching practical simplifications of well-balanced play. I️n 2015-2016, he documented a notable amount of success on Ignition High stakes in his Run it Once Blog “Achieving Higher Balance,” where he developed many of the independent learning strategies he uses today.

Nick Howard is the founder and CEO of Poker Detox, an NLHE training company that launched in May 2016. In its first year, Poker Detox produced three major public courses, and Nick began a side project attempting to train a selection of losing players, using a team-training format. By Fall of 2017, that “losers” team had proven itself successful, and Nick had been able to refine his coaching methodologies to a point where he was ready to expand.

Poker Detox now functions as one of the most elite application-based staking companies in the industry, containing a crew of mind coaches and language-optimization experts that work to provide a full support system for students. The company achieved a high enough level of methodology that it became possible to tailor the Detox training system for players of different native languages and even different learning types. The result is a powerful combination of training exercises that highlight the necessary concepts while empowering the learner to choose their path toward integration.

Applications for new team members are accepted several times per year, and in 2018 Poker Detox became the first training organization to offer guaranteed salaries to its players.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How chasing the GTO dream caused Nick to hit rock bottom and nearly give up on the game. (3:56)
  • The two-step process for creating poker strategies that are both easier to implement and more profitable than GTO. (7:54)
  • The hyper-aggressive exploits that have Nick’s student’s moving up so fast that their opponents have no time to adjust. (9:20)
  • The mindset that is guaranteed to limit your progress in the game and kill any possible motivation. (10:36)
  • Why it’s impossible to separate the mental game from the strategic game when trying to analyze hands at the highest level. (12:58)
  • How culture and language affect playing styles and optimal methods for learning the game. (25:45)

Nick Howard

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