A new look for LearnWPT!

You may have noticed a new look when you logged in to your LearnWPT Member Dashboard.

We are rolling out a new design to improve site usability and enhance our overall look and feel.

You can take a look around and explore for yourself, but here’s a brief summary of what’s changed (below) for your reference. As always, if you notice anything wrong or experience any difficulty in using the site the way you normally would, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can resolve the issue.

Updated Navigation Bar:

LearnWPT Navigation now uses a unified bar so you can always get from one part of LearnWPT to another with ease.

New Ask a Pro:

We’ve cleaned up the Ask a Pro page to make it easier to read, and we’ve added the ability to sort questions and answers as well.

New Episodes Page:

We’ve added the ability to filter and sort your Strategy Episodes!

Filter allows you to control which types of Strategy Episodes appear in the dashboard. Clicking on the filter selects and un-selects Episodes.
Sort allows you to change the order in which the Episodes appear

Sort Your Decisions:

Filter allows you to control which types of Decisions appear in the dashboard. Clicking on the filter selects and un-selects Decisions.
Sort allows you to change the order in which the Decisions appear

Updated My Account Page:

The “My Account” page got a refresh as well. Details pictured below.

As you can see, we added an option to Contact Customer Support right out of the “My Account” page. (In addition, you can always click the “Contact” link at the bottom of all pages of LearnWPT.com as well as email us at help@learnwpt.com.)

Thanks for being a member of LearnWPT!

Your 2017 Poker “Resolution-Starter” Guide!

It’s time again to turn the page and look ahead to a brand-new year full of possibilities!

How are you planning on making your poker game better in 2017?

If you’re like most players you’re not quite sure where to begin.

If you want to start 2017 on the path to improvement, I recommend following this list of Poker Resolutions:

1. Make sure my Preflop Raises are sized big enough to thin the field to one or two opponents.
2. Begin using Board Texture to guide my Postflop decisions.

I can’t stress enough how critical it is to apply these two concepts before you start trying to make any other changes to your poker game. These two ideas are so important that we want all of our Members to have watched them before they even join LearnWPT!

Now, if you’re a more advanced player and you already have those two concepts down, I’d recommend you add this Resolution:

3. Limit my Preflop Calling to situations where I:
a) have a speculative hand

b) will be entering (not creating) a multiway pot
c) can call for less than 5% of the effective stack

If you’ve already made all three of these “starter” resolutions part of your game, then a Membership with LearnWPT will be the easiest and fastest way to start adding more levels of complexity and nuance to your game.

Do you play Cash Games? If so, LearnWPT will be running a 2-Day Cash Game Strategy Workshop at Borgata in January. LearnWPT Live Training Events are the fastest, most comprehensive, and most fun way to radically change the way you play poker.

So what are YOUR Poker Resolutions for 2017? Post your answers in the comments below because it helps to write your resolutions down… and you may help another player realize what they need to be focusing on!

Here’s to making winning decisions in 2017!

-Nick Binger

Exclusive Access: Cash Games vs. Tournaments

[UPDATE: This episode is no longer
available for free to non-members.
We hope you enjoy this Sneak Peek.]

We hope you enjoy this special access to a full Strategy Episode from LearnWPT. This Episode is included as part of a $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.

Monthly and Yearly members of LearnWPT get two new Strategy Episodes every week!

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Want to improve your Cash Game Decisions?

Join LearnWPT at Borgata in January for a 2-Day Cash Game Strategy Workshop!
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Congratulations, Mike Sexton!

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Everyone at the LearnWPT team would like to congratulate the newest WPT champion, WPT’s very own Mike Sexton!

As a commentator for the World Poker Tour, Mike has been a tireless ambassador of the game.

As a professional poker player, he’s a living legend that was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.

He can now enjoy one of the most coveted titles in all of poker: WPT Champion. Mike bested a field of 648 entries at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal to become the newest WPT Champion.

He’ll take home CAD $425,980 (US $317,896) for his efforts.

Congratulations Mike, you deserve it!

Ask a Pro: How to Maximize my Bankroll on a Pension

I am retired with a good pension. I have perhaps $600.00 each month with which to play. If I go broke, I quit for the month. I generally get to play all month as often as I want and take my wife out for excellent dinners without using family funds. Three of the past four months were positive cash flow, for a four month net gain of about $700.00.
I budget only $600.00 at the start of each month. My question is when buying in to a 1-3 game with $100 min and $300 max should I buy short to allow more rebuy opportunities or max. to increase/maximize my potential in each hand?

PRO ANSWER:

Good question! This may apply to quite a few players on pensions/fixed incomes. With 2-6 buy-ins ($600) allotted for poker each month, the likelihood of you having months where you lose the entire month’s bankroll before the month is over is quite high. The more often you play, the higher the likelihood would be. If you only played once a month, the chance of you losing the entire $600 in that one session is lower. If you play every day, you are very likely to experience months where you are “out” for the month in the first few days.

This is interesting, because it introduces the concept of Opportunity Cost to cash games. This concept applies most often to tournaments. In a nutshell, if you have limited chips and cannot rebuy, you must take into account future opportunities to use those chips when deciding how to risk them. So in a tournament, you might turn down a 2% edge that puts your entire stack at risk, because you believe you are likely to encounter 5% or 10% edges in the future and losing your stack now will prevent you from ever seeing those opportunities.

Rizen does a great job of talking more about this in this Q&A. (Sorry, this answer is for LearnWPT Members only).

Back to your situation, this means you will encounter spots where you might have a slight edge if you continue, but you should still fold because losing that pot forces you out of action until next month.

Your goal is to maximize the use of your $600 across the month. Being forced out of action, potentially for weeks, is a pretty big downside.

Therefore, to answer your question directly, you should maximize your number of overall buy-ins and buy in for the minimum, $100. Buying in for $100 minimizes your risk of ruin (IE chance of bankroll = $0) for the month. Like you mentioned, this means you will not be able to fully exploit opportunities that you would otherwise be able to with a full buy-in of $300.

Buying in for $100 is also going to have strategic implications for your game, as you will now often be essentially Shortstacking this game. I’d recommend thinking about your Shortstacking strategy by reviewing Episode 40 and 21. Both will help you on this front. (Note: episodes are for LearnWPT Members only).

All of this being said, you should work towards building an appropriate bankroll to move yourself out of this situation as soon as possible. You can learn more about that in Episode 5. This will involve reinvesting any profits back into your bankroll for a few months rather than spending them elsewhere. This short-term sacrifice will allow you to exploit more and bigger opportunities in the future as well as provide you with all the other benefits of a dedicated self-sustaining poker bankroll.

-Nick

Play Cash Games? Come to LearnWPT Live @ Borgata so you can get a clear game plan for success in No-Limit Hold’em Cash Games!

Should You Attend LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio?

We’ve had a few people on the fence about whether or not they should attend LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio for a 2-Day Tournament Workshop…


https://learnwpt.com/bellagio

…so we made a handy flow chart to help you decide if you should join us.

Should You Attend LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio?

So, if you used the flow chart and it says you should attend, then be sure to get your tickets RIGHT NOW…

… because the 50 tickets with VIP Final Experience seats are almost completely SOLD OUT:

https://learnwpt.com/bellagio

PS – Have questions about LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio? Just contact help@learnwpt.com!

What if they know about Reshoving?

In this video, Nick Binger discusses how to play against opponents who are aware of your Reshoving strategy. We covered Reshoving in Closer Look: Bellagio Final Table Strategy Mini-Series.

What is LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio?

LearnWPT Live @ Bellagio is a 2-Day Tournament Strategy Workshop that provides a clear game plan to Tournament success along with the ultimate VIP Final Table Poker Experience the WPT has to offer.

At this special event you’ll:

  • Learn a comprehensive approach used by Pro Poker players to win tournaments, make deep runs, and maximize ROI (return on investment)
  • Get access to VIP seating for the filming of the TV Final Table for the 2016 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
  • Get the chance to meet Lynn Gilmartin, Mike Sexton, and Vince Van Patten, hosts of the World Poker Tour
  • Ask all your Tournament Poker Strategy Questions and get real answers from the LearnWPT Pros
  • Take home a Tournament Strategy Workbook filled with your notes and plans for future Tournaments

Students who attend this 2-Day Tournament Strategy Workshop will receive world-class poker instruction along with the VIP Final Table Experience of a lifetime.

Learn the systems the Pros use to survive (and thrive) in today’s highly competitive poker tournaments.

Once you’ve learned the right moves to make, you’ll get a chance to immediately see these moves in action as a VIP audience member during the filming of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Television Final Table.

 

Sneak Peek: Episode 43 – Playing Draws

In this Sneak Peek of Strategy Episode #43 from LearnWPT.com, Nick Binger discusses Playing Draws.

LearnWPT releases new Strategy Episodes to Members every Tuesday and Thursday. We hope you enjoyed this Sneak Peek! Thanks for watching.

PS – If you liked us on Facebook, Followed Us on Twitter, or Subscribed to our YouTube Channel, then you already knew about this Sneak Peek because we release them there first!

Sneak Peek: Episode 42 – Ask a Pro: Coordinated Boards

In this Sneak Peek of Strategy Episode #42 from LearnWPT.com, Nick Binger discusses Coordinated Boards.

LearnWPT releases new Strategy Episodes to Members every Tuesday and Thursday. We hope you enjoyed this Sneak Peek! Thanks for watching.

PS – If you liked us on Facebook, Followed Us on Twitter, or Subscribed to our YouTube Channel, then you already knew about this Sneak Peek because we release them there first!

Sneak Peek: Episode 41 – Implied Odds

In this Sneak Peek of Strategy Episode #41 from LearnWPT.com, Nick Binger discusses Implied Odds.

LearnWPT releases new Strategy Episodes to Members every Tuesday and Thursday. We hope you enjoyed this Sneak Peek! Thanks for watching.

PS – If you liked us on Facebook, Followed Us on Twitter, or Subscribed to our YouTube Channel, then you already knew about this Sneak Peek because we release them there first!