As you've likely guessed from my screen name and avatar, my name is Travis Steffen and I'm the author of Peak Performance Poker. I'm also coming out with a new series on DC called Hustle and Flow, which is a little bit of an inside look into approaching poker like a pro athlete.
This isn't your everyday coaching course. We won't be discussing hands, talking poker strategy, or having any crazy meta game debates. What I teach is a way to optimize your body and brain so that you can be more effective at the table. Among the hundreds of benefits you'll reap, you'll experience:
- Clearer thinking
- A much-needed boost in energy
- Improvements in working memory
- Elevated attentiveness and awareness
- Increases in stamina and longevity
- Improvements in mood, focus, and emotional control
- Lower stress levels
- Increase in confidence
- More effective overall cognitive function
- Higher degrees of control over the body's physiological states of arousal
Approaching poker as a high level athlete approaches their sport is extremely powerful. By changing your habits, thought processes, and overall outlook on improving in poker, you'll find that you become a much more effective player - and also a much healthier, happier human being.
Some common questions and subsequent answers clients have are as follows:
Does this type of coaching need to be long-term?
You're right if you think that the type of coaching I offer is more effective if done long-term, though you're free to stop or put your sessions on hold whenever you deem you want/need to.
Also, know ahead of time that I only agree to coach those who I truly believe I can help. If I don't think that my services are what you need, that you may benefit more from hiring another coach instead, or you've absorbed all I have to teach you, I'll always let you know.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions last at least an hour, though if we go over time you won't be charged extra. The "per hour" label is a little deceiving, and "per session" may be better. Sessions will last as long as they need to in order to ensure you fully grasp and understand the concepts we cover in that session.
How often should I schedule sessions?
Session frequency is up to you, but I recommend that you schedule at least 2 sessions per month. However, scheduling sessions more than once per week would be overkill. When we cover a topic it may take a little time for you to adopt strategies and habits I suggest, and throwing too much at you at once may be a little too overwhelming.
$500 is a little steep...why do you charge so much?
My rate on DC is $500/hour for your benefit, not mine. This may sound a little confusing, but here's what I mean:
When you're in a field like mine, people tend to subconsciously fight you're teaching. They don't mean to, but they do resist. This is because the human mind is evolved to seek the path of least resistance, and it embraces comfort - especially when there isn't much of a downside to doing so aside from simply slowing their progress.
While the things we'll go over are obviously helpful to almost everybody, if there isn't a significant investment on your part, you won't feel nearly as bad if you decide to stray from the habits we're trying to instill in your mind.
However, when you feel the investment you're making in the course is significant, you're going to feel as if you have to stay on track. Otherwise your money goes to waste.
Right...but I feel like there are lower amounts of money that appear significant to my mind as well. After all, I can hire Krantz for that much!
You're right - you can definitely hire a high stakes poker coach for the same rate - and sometimes even a little less.
There are a ton of poker coaches out there, and their client-base is spread out among all of them. The coaches on DC are all great btw.
On the other hand, I'm the only coach of my kind in the poker industry, so anyone looking for help on what I teach comes to me and me alone. Since I do have a lot of other ventures I'm involved in (I run 3 companies, I'm an author, and also a motivational speaker), I can only take a limited number of clients on at a time in order to be sure I can fully commit myself to helping them improve. I'm forced to set my rate at what it is in order to filter out those who are only halfway committed to improving. The ones who do come to me despite a higher than average rate are MUCH more likely to make progress.
Who benefits from your coaching?
Those who already have a firm grasp on the game are the ones who will see the most value from my services. This covers the "overlearned skillset" I talk about in PPP. For this reason, I mainly keep mid/high stakes players in my stable of clients as these are the types of players who are (typically) the ones who are committed to the game to the point where approaching it as a pro athlete is more realistic.
This doesn't mean I exclude lower stakes players by any means - but I do feel that other poker coaches may be a better fit for these players as many aren't yet consistent winners.
What do you mean by offering services "on retainer"
While the "per hour" tag is $500/hour, you'll find that my ongoing rate is much cheaper than $500/hour.
For example - while my rate is listed on DC as hourly, I mainly work on retainer. This means I'm at your services on a daily basis in one way or another. This includes:
- 4 monthly sessions
- DAILY feedback and support to your homework assignments and log posts (which I explain in detail to clients)
- Timely responses to any of your questions
- A personalized fitness and nutrition program tailored to you and your goals
- Various resources sent to you on my dime depending on your needs and direction of our sessions
When hiring me on retainer yourself, pricing is $1250/month (which comes out to a little over $300/session and doesn't even factor in the value of the daily advice and support - MUCH more affordable than the $500/hour I list).
Do you offer packages?
Absolutely - though I only do package deals on retainer. You can put me on retainer for 2 months at a time for $2000, knocking your price per session down by half.
I also do group deals, making things even more affordable. For 2 people, pricing on retainer is $1850/month, dropping price per session to a little over $200/session, and for a 2 month package for 2 people I offer a $3000 fee, knocking price per session down to under $190/session.
You can always add more people to your group if you like, but know that the more people you add, the less personalized attention you get. Essentially you get what you pay for in that aspect.
Do you offer packages for a live tournament series or the WSOP?
Yes, but pricing will differ depending on the number of people in your group and the time you'll want me at the tournament with you - and travel and expenses will be extra.
Do I know anybody you've worked with?
Most likely - though I keep my clients confidential unless they provide me with permission to release their names.
Here's what some of them had to say:
"As someone who has always been lazy and unproductive in numerous aspects of life, I sought out help from Travis years ago to learn how to be a healthier person and play better poker because of it. At this point I was still playing lower stakes.
Travis taught me how to eat well, increase my energy levels, lose weight, manage my life, and most importantly feel better than I ever had before. I was skeptical about how his teachings would effect my game, but it all had a major effect on how effective was at the table, and it's shown in my results. The road to being healthier, happier, and achieving your peak performance at the table isn't an easy one, but what Travis can teach you will make you feel like it is."
-DeucesCracked coach Fenderjaguar
"Working with Travis gave me the motivation, and more importantly, the know-how in helping prepare myself for the long grind of tournaments. His extensive knowledge of the impact of nutrition and diet on cognitive performance is infectious as it truly makes you believe that you have to prepare for poker like an athlete prepares for a sport.
I credit Travis for helping me take my energy levels, concentration, and focus to a level they have never been at this year's World Series of Poker."
- Best-Selling Poker Author Matthew Hilger
"Travis has been educating me now for about 2 years. I've been lucky enough to be able to ask him questions and follow his training programs. Not only have his programs gotten me in excellent shape and made me much healthier, but I've also learned a LOT.
He's made me understand the reasons why his methods work. All of this has made me a healthier and happier person in all aspects of life - and last but not least, it has lead to better focus and helped me be more disciplined during poker sessions."
-High stakes online pro ECart
If you're interested in coaching and feel my services are right for you - send me a PM.
Feel free to ask any questions you've got pertaining to my qualifications or my services and I'll be sure to answer!