Your 2019 Poker Resolution Starter Guide

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

How are you planning on making your poker game better in 2019?

If you want to start 2019 on the path to improvement, I recommend following this list of Poker Resolutions:

1. Make sure my Preflop Raises are sized properly to thin the field to just 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 Students to have watched them before they even join LearnWPT (which is why we give them to you for free)!

Now, if you’re ready to take the next step and you already have those two concepts down, I’d recommend you add these Resolutions:

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

4. Evaluate my play to improve faster by:
a) creating a journal to keep track of hands
b) writing down key details for hands I have trouble with
c) setting up a feedback loop using the Hand Input Tool to record, save, and share hands you’ve played for expert analysis from LearnWPT Pros

5. Think about and set my Poker Goals by:
a) reflecting on my past goals and results
b) setting process and results oriented goals
c) understanding “why” poker is important to me

If you’ve already made all 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.

If you want to jump-start your Tournament game, then the LearnWPT 2-Day Strategy Workshop in Los Angeles this February is for you! Live Training Workshops are the fastest, most comprehensive, and fun way to radically change the way you play poker.

So what are YOUR Poker Resolutions?

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 2019!
-Nick Binger

Create a Winning Habit

We know, you want it all now….

The calendar has just turned over and it’s gonna be your year, no matter what it takes. You’re committed to making the changes that will transform your game and your life. 

  • Effortless decision-making
  • A dynamic game-plan that accounts for all the situations you’ll face at the table
  • A calm and unshakable mental game
  • And maybe even to shed a few pounds from the holidays 🙂 🍗

But we both know that in order to make a real change it takes small pieces of consistent effort over time.  

We see it each January… everyone rushes to join the local gym in attempt to affect change immediately. You can barely find a parking space, let alone an open treadmill or weight machine. 

Fast forward to March 1st…. you can pick any machine and park a Winnebago with ease! Everyone who made the big commitment to exercise and make a change is gone (and they are most likely still paying for that gym membership!).

So how can YOU avoid the January rush and the March drop-off in your game? Simple, commit to a cycle of constant improvement. 

It’s a fact that new habits take time to form, a little over 2 months on average (p.s. 2 months of LearnWPT will cost you only $34!).

Not sure how to do that for your poker game? Here are some suggestions to get started today:


Choose one section of your game that you want to improve such as preflop play, and commit to memorizing hand ranges by position. Pick a hand range to try and memorize for 15 min a day then move on to the next range.


Commit to work on your Mental Game. Write down exactly what you are feeling and thinking when you make a strategic mistake. Review your notes before each session to inject logic and avoid the risk of future blow-ups.


Schedule time on your calendar to study by watching Strategy Episodes on LearnWPT.com. Block out 15 mins twice a week with no distractions and watch an episode to reinforce a strategy or to start learning a new concept.


Record 1 hand from each session you play. Pick the hands that make you uncomfortable and write down the critical details. Use a tool like HIT to capture the hand and share with your peers, coach, or the LearnWPT Pros.


Winning players train consistently to change bad habits and sharpen decision-making. 

Let LearnWPT help you build the same consistency, one day at a time!

That’s what we’re here for.
-LearnWPT

PS Join LearnWPT.com now for just $5 and you’ll also have the ability to Ask a Pro your poker questions and review the 30-Day Winning Blueprint email series. When you upgrade to a $29 Monthly or $228 Yearly Member you’ll gain access to our on-demand library of 280+ No Limit Hold’em strategy videos!

LearnWPT Exclusive Access: Pot Odds

⤴️Watch This FREE Poker Strategy Episode From LearnWPT!

Do you know what it means to call profitably?

​​Do you know when a situation becomes profitable based on Pot Odds?

Understanding Pot Odds and basic poker math is key to determining your hand’s equity and is essential to making profitable decisions.

That’s why we are giving exclusive access to a full LearnWPT Strategy Episode where LearnWPT Lead Instructor, Nick Binger helps take the anxiety out of poker math and simplifies calculating Pot Odds for practical use at the table!

Practicing these calculations away from the table will elevate your No Limit Hold’em play and allow for better decision-making in real time at the table.

This video is part of our Concept Strategy Episode series where we present key poker concepts that are the fundamentals of the game. These Episodes represent key content we think ALL members should have as part of their game.

Check out more on Odds and Outs by viewing these previews:

FYI… this exclusive access will only be available to non-members of LearnWPT for a limited time (access expires January 30th!) so make sure to check it out.

We’ll see you online!
-LearnWPT

P.S. Episodes like this are included as part of a Membership to LearnWPT and our Monthly and Yearly Members get 2 BRAND-NEW informative Strategy Episodes every week!


HOW CAN LEARNWPT HELP YOUR GAME?

Think Like a Pro

When we created LearnWPT.com our goal was to provide a place that empowers players to ask questions, help get them focused, and provide a solid game-plan to bring to the table every time they sit down.

Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:

  • Teaching and presenting examples of proven, winning concepts through our Strategy Episodes (short 10-15 minute instructional videos)
  • Providing a place where Members can send questions to receive answers and guidance with the Ask a Pro feature
  • Giving Members the ability to record, save, and send real hands they’ve played to receive expert analysis of their play using the Hand Input Tool

Not a Member? Click below to join (just $5 your first month) and start improving your game today:  

Let’s talk about poker goals…

But these won’t be just ANY poker goals. Today we are talking about S.M.A.R.T. goals. 

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

Specific: Instead of saying, “I’m going to start winning at poker”, one could say, “I’m going to plug leaks in my cash game spending 30 minutes a week watching LearnWPT Strategy Episodes and reviewing notes I take to make sure I am applying what I learn at the table.” 

Measurable: Progress must be trackable. Setting concrete milestones for assessing your progress allows you to adjust based on your results. Not sure how you are doing? Ask our LearnWPT Pros along the way for their advice using the Ask a Pro or Hand Input Tool feature.

Attainable: Maybe you want to become a WPT Champion, but you haven’t yet won a WPT event. Better to start with something like: “Grow my poker bankroll to $_____ where I can comfortably play in a WPT Tournament” or “Attend a LearnWPT Live Workshop for interactive professional training“.

Relevant: This means that the goal fits into your real life situation, skills, and desires. An irrelevant poker goal to set would be to play poker only on days that start with the letter “T”. 😉

Time-Bound: This means your goal has a “when” associated with it. That could mean, “I’ll play every Saturday for the next 4 weeks”, or it could mean, “I’ll join LearnWPT and review the daily 30-Day Winning Blueprint emails each day for 30 days“. As long as you account for time, your on your way to setting a SMART goal!

So right now… try articulating your SMART poker goal. Say it out loud to yourself, write it down, and keep it somewhere visible!  

One post-it note with a SMART goal in it in the right place can work WONDERS for your motivation!!

Much success,
LearnWPT

Still need help setting your S.M.A.R.T. goals?
Click here to watch (for free!) a full LearnWPT Strategy Episode from acclaimed Mental Game coach Jared Tendler on Setting Goals for some guidance. 

LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger

We are pleased to announce
LearnWPT Instructor, Andrew Lichtenberger

Andrew Lichtenberger aka “LuckyChewy” is one of the best all-around poker players in the game today. Andrew’s positive mentality and his ability to dominate both tournaments and cash games, makes him among one of the most feared and inspiring players in the game.


LuckyChewy’s Accomplishments:

  • WSOP Bracelet winner
  • Winner of the prestigious $100,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Alpha8 championship
  • Over $8.5 Million in live tournament winnings
  • Over $3 Million in online earnings
  • Five WSOP final tables
  • High Stakes Cash Pro
  • Author of Yoga of Poker, A High Stakes Journey to Freedom

LuckyChewy’s experience and success make him a powerful resource and asset for LearnWPT Members and Students.

Click below to see a sneak peek at what Members of LearnWPT.com can expect from LuckyChewy:


Member Features: 

LearnWPT.com Monthly and Yearly Members can review insight and analysis from Instructor LuckyChewy through upcoming:


Not a Member?

Join Today! Go to learnwpt.com, click the JOIN NOW button to become a Member (for just $5 your first month, cancel anytime).

If you need help or have questions contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.


Think Like a Pro!

LearnWPT: Playing from the Blinds

In No Limit Hold’em, players lose more money from the Blinds than any other position in poker.

Why? Most players are either playing too aggressively (they don’t want to give up chips without a fight) or playing too passively (fearing a 3-bet or their raise getting called).

Whether you are defending from the Big Blind, completing from the Small Blind, raising limpers, or 3-Betting late position raisers, understanding how to play each position as profitably as possible (no matter what your cards) will help keep those chips in YOUR stack!

Put your decision-making skills from the Small Blind and Big Blind to the test using the scenarios below:

1. Set of 9♠9♣ on the Flop
2. K♥J♥ vs a Large Raise
3. Q♠Q♦ on the Flop
4. A♦K♦ vs a Raise and a Call
5. A♠Q♦ on the Turn

Understanding and mastering the strategies delivered in the following LearnWPT Episodes will give you the opportunities to exert a skill edge against your opponents and play from the Blinds effectively:

Keep on practicing!
-LearnWPT

PS: a Membership with LearnWPT is the easiest and fastest way to add more levels of complexity and nuance to your game. Members have access to over 180+ scenarios like this to practice their decision-making skills!

Exclusive Access! Decision Point: Pocket Jacks Preflop

[UPDATE: This LearnWPT Strategy Episode is no longer available for free to non-members]

We hope you enjoyed this special access to a full Strategy Episode from LearnWPT!

Strategy Episodes like this are included as part of a Membership to LearnWPT.com. Monthly and Yearly Members of LearnWPT get two new Episodes every week.

We look forward to seeing you online!


⤴️Watch This FREE Strategy Episode From LearnWPT!

You are on the Button with J♥J♠. The MP1 player min raises and both the MP2 and Cutoff players call. Action is on you….

What are the factors you need to think about when choosing between calling, reraising, and folding? 

Join LearnWPT Lead Instructor, Nick Binger as he breaks down the action from a LearnWPT Student submitted hand reviewing a common spot with Pocket Jacks Preflop that often gives players trouble!

This video is part of our Decision Point Strategy Episode series where we offer in-depth hand analysis and reveal decision-making thought processes featuring real hands played by LearnWPT Pros and Members.  

FYI… this exclusive access will only be available to non-members of LearnWPT for a limited time (only a few more days… access expires November 28th! ) so make sure to check it out.

We’ll see you online,
-LearnWPT

P.S. Episodes like this are included as part of a Membership to LearnWPT and our Monthly and Yearly Members get 2 BRAND-NEW informative Strategy Episodes every week!

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HOW CAN LEARNWPT HELP YOUR GAME?

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Join for $5 your First Month and starting investing in your game.

Join LearnWPT Today!

You are Short Stacked in a Tournament, what do you do?

The first thing is DON’T PANIC!

The second thing is check which Hand Ranges you should be shoving all-in with when you are first-in to the pot given your stack size and position.

How? By quickly reviewing the BRAND-NEW interactive Push/Fold Charts created by LearnWPT and short stack specialist, Chris Wallace.

  • Visit the Tools Dashboard 
  • Click the View Charts button to open the interactive Push/Fold Charts
  • Select Big Blinds in your stack
  • Select “With Antes” or “Without Antes”
  • Find the number of players behind
  • That’s it! These ranges will be the most profitable to move all-in with

Helpful hint: bookmark the Push/Folds Charts page for quicker access

Learning how to utilize the short and awkward stack will improve your ability to get chips without good cards, even in the toughest games.

Watch more about the the fundamentals of Chris Wallace’s world-class short stack strategy by reviewing Strategy Episode 168: Short Stack Play – Overview.

If you have questions about the Push/Fold Charts send your questions in using the Ask a Pro feature or contact [email protected].

P.S. You must be logged in to your Monthly or Yearly LearnWPT.com Membership to view the Push/Fold charts!


Meet LearnWPT Pro Chris Wallace!

Chris, known to the poker world simply as “Fox”, is a professional poker player, poker coach, and widely respected theorist and author on the game. Chris would contend that he’s known more as a coach than as a player, having served as coach and mentor to several successful players. Read Chris’s Full Bio →

What you can expect attending LearnWPT Live at Bellagio!

Not sure if you should attend LearnWPT Live at Bellagio for a 2-Day ADVANCED Cash Game Strategy Workshop this December 8th & 9th, 2018 in Las Vegas?

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT!


Before The Event You’ll:

✓ Receive access to 10 Essential Strategy Episode videos
✓ Review the Essentials of the System
✓ Have the Tools needed to prepare for this game changing event

LearnWPT Live at Bellagio is a 2-Day Workshop for poker players who are familiar with the essentials of winning cash game strategy and are ready to tackle an even tougher challenge: going from “good” to “great”.

If you already know the foundations to cash game strategy and are ready to add more dimensions to your game, this Workshop can take you to the next level!

At This Event You’ll Learn:

✓ To Make Exploitative Adjustments
✓ Polarized Hand Ranges to conceal the strength of your hand
✓ To incorporate Game Theory & Advanced Solvers into your game

This is just a sample of what you’ll learn by attending LearnWPT Live at Bellagio! You’ll also get the chance to ask your most challenging questions and get real answers from the LearnWPT Pros.

Students who attend this 2-Day Workshop will receive world-class poker instruction and learn the advanced tactics the Pros use to survive (and thrive) in today’s highly competitive cash games. View the full curriculum and schedule

Meet Your Instructor: Nick Binger

✓ WSOP Bracelet winner
✓ More than $2.3 Million in tournament winnings
✓ Over 10 years experience teaching with the World Poker Tour

As Lead Instructor for LearnWPT, Nick understands the game of poker evolves and the players who win consistently can only do so because of their commitment to continuously improving their games.

Over the course of his teaching career, Nick developed a comprehensive method for improving the games of others, no matter their skill level or experience.

Meet Your Instructor: Eric Lynch

✓ 3 WSOP Final Tables
✓ More than $5 Million in tournament winnings
✓ Author of Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time 

Eric has made over 300 Final Tables in high profile online and WSOP tournaments including placing 3rd in a Pot Limit WSOP Event. Eric excels at both cash and tournament play, having logged thousands of profitable hours.

Eric has had the privilege of helping hundreds of students from all skill levels grow into successful players during the past 10 years teaching alongside Nick.

Save On This Workshop:

✓ Yearly Members Save $500
✓ Monthly Members Save $200
✓ Not a Member? Purchase an online Membership + Bellagio Workshop Package Deal

LearnWPT Members receive Preferred Pricing on all 2-Day Live Strategy Workshops (note: you must be logged in to receive your discounted price)!

If you are not a Member of LearnWPT click this link to purchase a package deal saving you money on Live at Bellagio and you’ll gain access to all of the LearnWPT. Membership Features: Bellagio Package Deal


This is just a sample of what you’ll experience and gain as a LearnWPT Live at Bellagio Student.

LearnWPT Live at Bellagio’s brand-new, never before taught (at previous Workshops or in LearnWPT.com Strategy Episodes) advanced strategy curriculum is the fastest way to learn what it takes to elevate your game

Our goal is to help improve your Cash Game play, get you on a path to success, and have a great time doing it!

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas,
-LearnWPT Team

Have Questions about this Workshop? Contact us anytime at (888)600-5593 or [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

What is the Big Blind Ante Structure?

Check out Matt Savage’s recent article as he explains the benefits and rules of the new Big Blind Ante structure and why the World Poker Tour is adopting it.

So… what strategic adjustments should you be making because of the new BB Ante format?

The answer might surprise you….

Watch the below preview of LearnWPT Strategy Episode 237 as Nick Binger answers a Member submitted question from our Ask a Pro feature regarding adjustments for the new Big Blind Ante structure:

Some key take away’s from Matt Savages’ article regarding the new Big Blind Ante structure all players should know:

  • There will be one single ante posted for the whole table by the player in the Big Blind.
  • The ante is posted first and players from any position will be eligible to win the entire ante regardless of chip stack.
  • Antes never reduce until end of tournament.
  • In regards to payouts, if two players are all-in at same table and one is in the Big Blind, (a) the Big Blind gets credit for ante first, (b) the player out of the big blind gets full credit for ante, and (c) the ante is considered dead in the pot.
  • Dealers, staff, and players alike have universally claimed how much easier and more efficient it is. Dealers do not have to remind distracted players to post their antes every hand.
  • More hands are being dealt, allowing structures to remain deeper for longer portions of tournaments.
  • There are less chips in play and less need to make change

“The TDA and I share a mantra of consistency and, whether or not you personally agree, you should live with the change to be consistent for the benefit of the players. I know that big blind ante is a great change to no-limit hold’em poker tournaments. The big blind ante is here to stay! The bottom line is that BBA is faster and downright better!”

– Matt Savage

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG BLIND ANTE?

Members can send us any questions or hands they’ve played using the BBA and receive expert answers and analysis from the LearnWPT Instructors using the popular Ask a Pro feature and Hand Input Tool.

What do you think of the new Big Blind Ante?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!


When we created LearnWPT.com our goal was to provide a place that empowers players to ask questions, help get them focused, and provide a solid game-plan to bring to the table every time they sit down.

Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:

  • Teaching and presenting examples of proven, winning concepts through our Strategy Episodes (short 10-15 minute instructional videos)
  • Providing a place where Members can send questions to receive answers and guidance with the Ask a Pro feature
  • Giving Members the ability to record, save, and send real hands they’ve played to receive expert analysis of their play using the Hand Input Tool

Not a Member? Click below to join (just $5 your first month) and start improving your game today: