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lIlCitanul We arrive at our strategies using a mix of mass database analysis and PIO Solver aggregation reports. We're basically trying to find ways to use pool imbalances and what's incentived in theory to collapse into a lot of simplified strategies. For instance, if you found that the player pool doesn't defend well in a particular scenario on the turn by looking at mass data, then you may want to turn a hand like a gutter that bets half the time and pure bet it. This is a mass simplification and I can't give away all the secrets, but it revolves around trading razor-sharp accuracy for simplicity and ease of implementation.

No, I wasn't a pro. I went to school for filmmaking and worked as a small time director after graduating. Most money came from filming weddings, but I also did some commercials for local businesses and some internal videos for big businesses. (Think just interviewing executives as they talk about new products they're rolling out to investors, or safety videos for new employees). The fun stuff was getting to do a handful of music videos.

Ultimately, I'd like to quit poker someday and go back to filmmaking, but use the money I make to do it on my terms. All the business / wedding stuff was boring and I want to make music videos and my own independent films / TV. Everything in life is easier when you have money, though, so I have no problem exploring my passion for poker in my late twenties as I try to build a savings.

And, yeah, Nick is great.

Thanks! He's very busy these days, but I guess you never know.

May 16, 2020 | 1:01 a.m.

lIlCitanul Thanks! I was turned down for CFP twice before getting accepted on try #3. Persistence is key in life. :) Best of luck on your journey and I'll keep track of your goal thread.

Someone asked me what some of my takeaways were for joining up with Poker Detox. I'll repost that here:

The most important perspective upgrade I learned from Detox methodology was the importance for developing a process for making decisions. A lot of the community follows a theory-oriented strategy that often boils down to what I call "random combo declaring". Players thought processes often devolve into throwing out random hands villain could have on turns and rivers, or declaring what hands they may play in their range if they want to bet.

The problem is that it's a horribly inefficient and bias-laden thought process. First and foremost, I want my thought processes to be ones that always help me come to a decision using readily-observable facts about the hand. For instance, if I'm on the turn in certain situations my strategy may be "Bet all gutters+ and strong value". So if I have a gut shot then I'm not spending 45 seconds deciding what my range should be and how he may react and what he checked back the flop with etc. etc. It's just "gut shot. bet".

Aside from being mentally much more efficient, it actually performs better as well. The problem with random combo counting is that it leads you to making decisions that reinforce your biases; the most common bias being risk aversion. You'll THINK you're doing the balanced or GTO thing by declaring "he could have 56s here", but you'll overemphasize data points that confirm the decision your risk averse self wants to make.

The proof is in the winrate for me. I use much less mental energy and execute my strategy with great consistency. We use a mix of theory and mass data to premeditate strategies in many major lines and the process of playing is very smooth.

There was also a great emotional benefit from joining the CFP and "finding my tribe". Being a professional online poker player is a crazy isolating career, and it can be a lonely process even if you have a close family and significant other. There's just a lack of people that really understand what you're going through and can offer support during downswings that feel crippling.

Human connection is essential for overall happiness and leads to better overall outcomes, I believe. Nick has established a good culture, and I'm happy to contribute in my tight-nit circle. I spent most of my time being more of a lone wolf in poker, but joining a stable did wonders for connecting me with new people on the same journey I was.

May 13, 2020 | 10:48 p.m.

I'm a $10/20 online grinder with an aspiration for 7 figure profits by the time I quit poker. This journal will catalog that process.

My name's Matt and I'm a contracted player for Poker Detox's Coaching for Profits stable run by Nick Howard. I joined the team in September of 2018 at 100nl and moved up to 1000nl within 6 months. I've stayed at HSNL since then, exclusively playing $10/20 at this point. I also helped start the "Peer to Peer Coaching" program in the company and work as a coach to help players in the program move forward. I mainly work with players from 50nl-500nl.


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Seeing all this happen has felt like the poker dream after 9 years of sputtering around at SSNL. I always felt like I had potential to be a great player, but it took finding the right tribe and methodology to make that happen.

I'm currently 28 years old and don't plan on grinding poker forever, but I think hitting $1mm since starting with Detox would be a good minimum goal that I'd always be quite proud of. I'll obviously take it a step at a time, but I figured this thread could be helpful to connect with new players outside my circle and reinforce that the poker dream is still alive.

I'll be using this journal to periodically share results at major milestones, offer thoughts about poker and being a professional, and talk mindset. I'm unlikely to discuss much strategy, but it'll likely be funneled into mindset if I do.

Wish me luck. :D

May 12, 2020 | 8:12 a.m.

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