Train & Explain: A Brand-New Way to Train! [FREE ACCESS]

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We are so excited to introduce the new Train & Explain Episode Series that WE ARE GIVING YOU FREE ACCESS

Members of LearnWPT know the importance of drilling hands using the WPT GTO Trainer and setting up a feedback loop for their game.

With the new transformational Train & Explain Episodes we've combined these two key factors to make learning GTO Strategy fast and easy regardless of your skill level!

Train & Explain Strategy Episodes gives you an exclusive seat behind a LearnWPT Pro for 5 select hands from the WPT GTO Trainer to learn the "why" behind each decision.

And we've added an innovative twist: you'll play the same hands as the LearnWPT Pro for each Episode.

Here’s how it works....


Before the start of each Train & Explain Strategy Episode, you'll be provided a link to an exclusive 5 hand pack from the WPT GTO Trainer to play before watching the analysis.

Select the "Click to Play the Hands Before You Watch" button noted within the video to play the 5 hands.

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Next, watch the Strategy Episode for a detailed breakdown of each decision point as LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger (and coming soon from Vanessa Selbst, LuckyChewy, and Tony Dunst!) analyze the same hands you just played.

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Hint: After playing the 5 selected hands click the red WATCH NOW button to view the Strategy Episode and go directly to the Pro analysis.

LearnWPT Members can ask questions follow-up questions about a specific decision point or how a hand was played by using the Ask a Pro Feature or Community!

Now it's time for YOU to give it a try....

With our new Train & Explain style of Trainer Pack and Episode, we've created the best way to improve your game in under 20 minutes!

Keep on practicing,
-LearnWPT

P.S. Play unlimited hands from the WPT GTO Trainer Scenario featured in this Episode with a $5 First Month Member. Click here to learn more about our Membership Tiers.

WPT GTO Trainer: Heads Up Play

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Most players don't get the chance to practice heads up play until they are already at the final table battling it out for the title.

Since the majority of the prize pool is at the top, you should be prepared when the big money is on the line.

​That is why we are very excited to announce our brand-new Heads Up tournament scenarios for the WPT GTO Trainer!

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The new Heads Up scenarios give you the ability to train different stack depths and alternate positions after each hand.

Members can access these scenarios by clicking the filter below "What you would like to train today?", select Heads-Up, and choose from the list of available training scenarios.

Heads Up Training Scenarios are normally only available to LearnWPT.com Platinum Members. For a limited time we're providing exclusive access to this sample pack for everyone to test their skills by clicking the link below.

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The Heads Up scenarios from the WPT GTO Trainer allow you to train and drill millions of hands and learn optimal strategy for heads up play, gain valuable experience, be better prepared, and have the advantage when it matters the most...

Sitting across from your opponent with the title on the line.

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Ready for more?
Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month of Membership to play more GTO hands (and as often as you like) to find YOUR leaks and start seeing true stats for YOUR play!

Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.

P.S. Read more about our Platinum Membership Tier by clicking here.


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BRAND-NEW LearnWPT Digital Training Events!

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Team LearnWPT had quite the successful summer, racking up over a half million dollars in winnings to compliment 4 final tables and added 2 WSOP bracelets to their impressive trophy case. Now they are excited to share the cutting edge strategies used to dominate online this summer with you during the brand new 2-Day and 3-Day Training Events all from the comfort of your home on your favorite device!

LearnWPT utilized their extensive experience in planning and executing multi-day live training events to craft digital events packed with tremendous value and convenience for students.

Here is what you can expect during a 3-Day Digital Strategy Workshop and 2-Day Digital Lab Event...

3-Day Digital Tournament Strategy Workshop

  • Day 1: Learn advanced tournament concepts
  • Day 2: Play an online tournament* on ClubWPT.com
  • Day 3: LearnWPT Pros give real-time analysis via Zoom

Day 1: Learn Advanced Tournament Concepts as part of a BRAND-NEW Curriculum with Nick Binger via Zoom

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LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger has dedicated the last few years to extracting GTO concepts into easily digestible elements of strategy and is excited to deliver this all new curriculum on Day 1 of a 3-Day Digital Tournament Strategy Workshop.

Benefit from his extensive study, including over a decade of teaching experience to players of all skill levels, and learn GTO in a structured way that will not break your game.

Instruction focuses on identifying and factoring the key concepts of range vs range play and how to start adding more nuance to your game and help you win more pots. Each section of Day 1 will tie together the building blocks of a functional GTO strategy and give you direct access to world class poker knowledge.

During this approximately 6 hour session via Zoom, attendees will be able to ask any questions and receive a complete copy of the presentation for future study.

Day 2: Play a Private Online Invitational Tournament on ClubWPT.com with Great Prizes for Top Performers

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Day 2 is all about action! Students join together on ClubWPT.com for an exclusive invitational tournament limited only to Workshop attendees. Players will compete for bragging rights and the LearnWPT Team will present awards to top performers.

This event is the perfect opportunity to try new strategies and showcase skills in a safe environment of your peers while the action is recorded for analysis. Players are encouraged to play their best and note and trouble spots for follow-up during the highly interactive Day 3 Lab Session.

P.S. You don't have to be a ClubWPT member to play in the tournament. We will give you instructions to sign-up for a free account.

Day 3: Join the LearnWPT Pros via Zoom for Real-Time Analysis of your ClubWPT Tournament Play

Imagine having just 1 of your hands analyzed in-depth by a world class pro. You would certainly think they would identify and correct at least 1 of your mistakes, right?

Now, imagine having multiple time bracelet winners, WPT Champions, and WPT Alpha 8 Champion join you on a private Zoom video conference call for analysis of YOUR play!

During Day 3 of a 3-Day Digital Tournament Strategy Workshop you'll join the LearnWPT Team of Instructors* featuring Nick Binger, Tony Dunst, and Andrew Lichtenberger for a comprehensive cards up review of the previous day’s ClubWPT Invitational tournament. Hands will be dissected and corrections will be delivered in real-time, complete with the opportunity to ask follow up questions.

Since this event is not limited to a number of attendees, this likely means several hours of unparalleled access to the LearnWPT Pros and their incredible knowledge base.

*Instructor roster may vary. See schedule at learnwpt.com/live for latest updates.


2-Day Digital Lab Events

  • Day 1: Play an online tournament* on ClubWPT.com
  • Day 2: Nick Binger gives real-time analysis via Zoom


Due to the hands-on nature of this event tickets are limited to a Single Table Tournament!

Day 1: Play a Private Single Table Online Tournament on ClubWPT.com with Great Prizes for Top Performers

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Shuffle up and Deal!
Students join together on ClubWPT.com for an exclusive 1 table invitational tournament limited only to the 2-Day Digital Lab attendees. Players will compete for bragging rights and the LearnWPT Team will present awards to top performers.

Players are encouraged to play their best and note and trouble spots for follow up during the intimate and interactive Day 2 Lab Session with Nick Binger.

P.S. You don't have to be a ClubWPT member to play in the tournament. We will give you instructions to sign-up for a free account.

Day 2: Join LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger via Zoom for Real-Time Analysis of your ClubWPT Tournament Play

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Putting poker theory into practice successfully has long been the challenge of players who want to improve their game. One of the most reliable methods that generates the fastest results is to have your play observed and get feedback by a proven winner.

On Day 2 of a 2-Day Digital Lab 2x WSOP Bracelet Winner and LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger will give professional, in-depth analysis of the tournament play with all hole cards face up via an interactive Zoom video conference call. Students will be able to ask Nick questions about specific hands played or decisions made.


LearnWPT Digital Training Events are the perfect opportunity for dedicated poker students to learn strategy, receive personalized feedback on their play, and get answers to the nagging questions they’ve always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity to attend a Live Event.

Have Questions about our Digital Training Events? Email our team at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help!

P.S. LearnWPT.com Members receive Preferred Pricing on all Live and Digital Events. Click here for more information.


*Must be 18 or older to attend. Void where prohibited by law. Excludes Washington state. Prizes vary by event and awarding is at the sole discretion of LearnWPT. See our Terms for details.

[FREE VIDEO] Tony Dunst $100 Buy-In Large Field Online MTT

Watch This FREE Strategy Episode From LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst!

LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst has been a model of consistency on the live poker scene, including most recently his deep run in the 2019 WPT Tournament of Champions.

Tony's online poker resume is no exception and we're excited to share this in-depth look at a recent deep run in a 1,000+ person online tournament.

Tune in as Tony shares his thought process as he navigates unknown opponents at the Final Table and identifies key adjustments for managing pay jumps and applying pressure to less-skilled opponents.

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This video is part of the LearnWPT Exclusive On Tour with Tony Dunst Strategy Episode series. Join Tony for a behind the scenes look into the most thought provoking hands he plays from real WPT events and teaches strategies and concepts you can use in your game.

Click here to learn more about Tony's, extensive poker accomplishments and more importantly... how he can help improve your game.

FYI... this exclusive access will only be available to non-members of LearnWPT for a limited time so make sure to check it out!

We'll see you online,
-LearnWPT


Improve Your Game Today!
Join LearnWPT and Get:

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To join (just $5 your first month) click the white JOIN NOW button in the top corner of your screen or the button below and start improving your game!


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LearnWPT Pros Winning Big!

July has been a very successful month for LearnWPT Pros!

We had TWO Instructors each take home their 2nd illustrious Gold Bracelet and a 3rd place finish in the WSOP Main Event! 🏆🙌

Take a look at how Nick, Tony, and LuckyChewy fared….


Lead Instructor for LearnWPT and the World Poker Tour Nick Binger outlasted a massive 2,408 entry field to win his 2nd WSOP bracelet and took home an impressive $133K first prize at the World Series of Poker Event# 24 8-Hand No-Limit Hold'em Tournament.

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If you’ve ever watched one of his Strategy Episodes, attended a Live Workshop and heard his lecture, or had the pleasure of sitting at one of his Lab Day tables, you know how dedicated LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger is to teaching his students.

Nick has dedicated over 12 years perfecting his poker instruction skills with the WPT and enjoys teaching as much as he enjoys playing.

Nick has helped many students reach their goals and achieve success in the game they love. Click below to learn more about Nick...



LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst took home his 2nd bracelet when he outlasted a massive 1,361 entry field and scored a huge $168K 1st prize during the World Series of Poker Event#21 $777 buy-in 6-Hand No-Limit Hold'em Tournament.

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As a high-stakes pro and co-commentator for the World Poker Tour, Tony who has spent over eight seasons analyzing some of the most pivotal hands from World Poker Tour events.

Away from the bright lights of the WPT set, Tony is a force to be reckoned with both at the live and online felt. Tony has been putting in the work and getting great results.

Tony's experience grinding the Tournament and Cash Game scene make him a huge resource and asset for LearnWPT Members and Students. Click below to learn more about Tony...



LearnWPT Instructor Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger took 3rd place and scored $140K in the huge 2,126 entry field World Series of Poker Event#31 $1,000 buy-in Championship Main Event!

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LuckyChewy is one of the best all-around players in the game today and had 8 cashes in major live tournaments in 2019 alone.

Chewy has been tearing up the virtual felt and continues to evolve and improve his game dominating both online tournament and cash games.

LuckyChewy's experience, positive mentality, and success make him a powerful resource and asset for LearnWPT Members and Students. Click below to learn more about Chewy...



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Introducing LearnWPT Instructor Vanessa Selbst

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We are excited to announce the newest Instructor to our team, Vanessa Selbst!


Vanessa Selbst is one of the most respected and accomplished poker players in the world. With over 10 years of teaching experience and one of the original creators of poker training videos, Vanessa has coached some of the top poker players in the game today.

Vanessa surprised the poker world in 2017 when she announced retirement from playing professionally on the circuit.

However, it didn’t take long until her love for the game brought her back to the WPT felt. Like a true champion she quickly returned to form and made deep runs in the September 2019 WPT Borgata Poker Open and WPT Falls View Main Event in February 2020.

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3x World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner
Think Like a Pro!

Vanessa's Accomplishments:

  • 3 World Series of Poker Bracelets
  • Multiple World Poker Tour Final Tables
  • Nearly $12 Million in Live Tournament Winnings
  • Highest Earning Female Poker Player

We are excited to bring Vanessa's aggressive winning style and championship mindset to our LearnWPT Members through upcoming Strategy Videos.

Click below to get a sneak peek at what Members of LearnWPT.com can expect from Vanessa.

P.S. Join now for $5 and gain access to Vanessa's complete strategy video, normally only available to Monthly or Yearly Members!


Vanessa’s dominance, dedication to her craft, and incisive thinking make her both a formidable opponent at the table and an enormous asset for LearnWPT Members.

Help us welcome Vanessa to the team!
-LearnWPT


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Not a Member?
Go to learnwpt.com, click the JOIN NOW button to become a Member for just $5 your first month (cancel anytime).

LearnWPT.com Monthly and Yearly Members can review insight and analysis from our Instructors through upcoming:

Have questions? Contact our support team at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!

WPT GTO Trainer: Small Stakes Cash Play

You've said Game Theory Optimal play is difficult to apply to your small stakes $1-2 and $2-5 games.

We listened and we are now making it easy for you to practice, play, and drill hands using the WPT GTO Trainer.

Introducing the brand-new WPT GTO Trainer Small Stakes cash game scenarios to prepare you to dominate the games you play in!

  • How do you respond to aggressive players in your game?
  • Are you betting large enough to fold opponents out of a hand?
  • Have trouble with opponents who seem to call every preflop raise, no matter what the size?

Now you have a tool to drill the spots that occur most often in low stakes games and dramatically improve your play through practice.

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We've also made it easier for you to customize the WPT GTO Trainer to change how you get instant feedback on your play while training!

Click the SHOW STATS % button and switch between specific EV Loss and % Played Percentage Stats for each action to a simplified response that indicates if the action you chose is correct or not recommended.

This feature is perfect for players who are just starting to study Game Theory Optimal Strategy.

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Members can click "What you would like to train today?", select the Small Stakes filter, and choose from the list of available scenarios to start training.

Click START NEW SESSION and begin! Practice these new simulated Small Stakes situations to gain valuable experience, be better prepared, and have the advantage the next time you sit down at the table.

Not a Member? Play through 5 FREE solved random hands from the WPT GTO Trainer Small Stakes Packs by clicking below and see how close you are to GTO play...


Ready for more?
Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month of Membership to play more GTO hands (and as often as you like) to find YOUR leaks and start seeing true stats for YOUR play!

Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.

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You Look Down at T♣T♥, Now What?

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For most players the middle pocket pairs (eights through tens) are some of the trickiest hands to play.

When playing middle pairs, your position and the number of opponents in the pot should significantly influence your decision-making.

Accurately putting your opponent on hand ranges is also extremely important for taking down pots with middle pocket pairs.

Put your decision-making skills to the test against our Pros with the following scenarios and be ready to make the best decision possible the next time you look down at a middle pocket pair:

Deliberate application of key concepts at the table and consistent practice of your decision-making skills is essential for success in No-Limit Hold’em.

Remember… Amateurs play, Pros practice!

That’s why we ask that you read these scenarios and keep practicing… even if you don’t always agree with our analysis.

See you online,
-LearnWPT

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A Membership with LearnWPT is the easiest way to add more levels of complexity and nuance to your game PLUS members have access to 300+ scenarios like this to practice!


How are these Decision Scenarios helping improve your game?
Post your answers in the comments below.

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LearnWPT Student Bryant Getting Results...

LearnWPT Platinum Member and Live Workshop Student Bryant Morrison has been putting in the work and seeing big results at the poker tables!

Bryant recently conquered a field of 322 players to win his first WSOP Circuit Ring in the Seniors Event at the Choctaw Durant stop.

The $250 buy-in tournament generated a $64,400 prize-pool and as victor, Bryant was awarded $13,948 and a coveted World Series of Poker gold Ring.

We asked Bryant about his recent win, how LearnWPT has helped his game, and more…

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LearnWPT: Do you play many live tournaments? Why did you pick this specific event to play?

Bryant: I only play live tournaments but I practice at LearnWPT.com using the GTO trainer more and more now. I do not play cash games to speak of unless I am waiting for a tournament to start.

I chose the Choctaw event because it fit my schedule during the Christmas break. I play WSOP in the summer, again on break, and this circuit event was close enough to drive to.

LearnWPT: You’ve attended two LearnWPT Live Workshops. How would you say these live events have helped your game?

Bryant: Both workshops added to my understanding of the game on a theoretical level. I constantly refer to handouts even now as I develop a playing strategy for different situations. Being able to ask questions and listen to other player's questions greatly increased my knowledge of the game. The best time for learning at the second workshop was the laboratory work where we all played our hands openly with the instructors advising and critiquing our play. That one day is worth all the money in [my] opinion.

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The greatest take away from both workshops was the fact that they made me reconsider what my game was doing. Then, after working at home to unscramble my brain, my game would improve to a better understanding of certain aspects of the game that I was repeatedly seeing at the tables.

LearnWPT: How often do you use LearnWPT.com to improve your game? What specific features do you like about the online training site?

Bryant: About 6 weeks before I go to a tournament setting I begin to use LearnWPT.com extensively, every day if possible. I am not a professional so I have to plan when I can play and that includes when I can practice as well. Right now I only play at 2 times a year: WSOP summer and any circuit events during Christmas break. I might add Spring Break this year to that schedule since there are now more WSOP circuit events planned.

I have created my own constantly updated index of all the episodes so that I can drill into any specific element of poker. Using this index I can review cbetting, 3rd bullets, stack to pot ratios, speculative calling, exceptions to these rules, and many other situations that might confuse me at the table. Having these episodes available 24/7 at my beck and call has proved tremendously useful to keeping my play sharp. If I had to learn this at the tables through actual play I would never be where I am now.

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This most useful element of the website has been the addition of the GTO trainer. I did not enjoy it at first, constantly being graded down with losing points for errors, until I understood the tool’s usefulness. I am not supposed to win; I am supposed to develop a pattern of play that minimizes my losses in each different scenario.

Then, later at the tables, when I recognize the same situation, I will know the proper move based on stack size, position, stack to pot ratio, and the other factors taught at the workshops. Then it is up to me to decide whether it is the proper moment to DEVIATE from perfect play to maximize my exploitation of the situation. It is at that moment in the tournament that the training pays off: you realize your opponent is just not that good after all. Viola! The chips slide your way. Next hand please!

The GTO trainer never makes a mistake so you know you are learning the proper action EVERY TIME. Build knowledge off of that and table play becomes much more readable.

LearnWPT: Can you name a few specific skills or techniques from the LearnWPT game plan that helped you win this WSOP ring? Can you talk about how or why they helped?

Bryant: One of the basic skills reinforced at LearnWPT.com and the workshops is thinking of stack size as BBs and adjusting your play accordingly. Knowing where you are in the tournament helps make decisions so much easier. If it is time to shove all in with A2o (my winning hand) then make the play.

In my specific winning hand my opponent had 8 bbs left... I knew he had to be pushing ALL IN with wide open ranges so when I had the A and was only risking a few more bbs to end the tourney my second card was less relevant to me. A in the window and the ring was mine.

Listen to what Bryant had to say back in 2018 during his first LearnWPT Live Workshop...

I would never have thought like that before LearnWPT. My cards would have been the most important item in my equation. Instead, looking at the stack sizes, position, time, stack to pot ratio, reads, and the reward my call with a weak A was practically automatic. Move the clock back and his stack is larger proportionately so the call would be less likely but with only those few bbs left it was an opportunity I could not pass up. I doubt I would ever have thought about poker like this without training at LearnWPT.com.

LearnWPT: $13,948 for a $250 buy-in is an impressive return on investment. Do you have any plans for future tournaments? Where will we see you next?

Bryant: Future tournaments will be WSOP summer events that fit my schedule. The money is not the motivation; the competition is. $1000 buy-in at WSOP returns hundreds of thousands and the higher events, with higher skill levels, return more. The math is the same for ROI but the “life changing” amounts are not going to appear for me. I am already settled into the retirement life style, just not completely yet.

Look for me at WSOP in the summer events but hopefully you won’t recognize me and future I am just an old timer, the OMC type, who is just playing his cards as he gets them. ABC with a little luck, that’s what I want you to see when you see me. Meanwhile, back at LearnWPT.com I will have put in multiple hour days on the trainer, updated my index, reviewed and drilled certain elements, attended another workshop (probably, based on schedule), and hopefully added a few more tools to my war chest.

LearnWPT: Do you have any advice for players trying to learn and improve their No-Limit Hold’em game?

Bryant: The key to improving is to actually use the tools you have. Playing is one way but it is slow, expensive, and time consuming. The GTO trainer is on all the time and is free with unlimited use when you buy into the monthly program. You can even but in, practice, play, resign and come back later when you plan on playing your next tournament with no penalty. Thus, you can plan your own time instead of having the tournament schedules run your life. Your wife and family will appreciate your presence in the “off” seasons.

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While I also suggest a workshop they are expensive and will “break your game” until you recollect your thoughts and adjust to what the new information gives you. Well worth the time and money but be prepared to have at least a week off after the workshop to work the material into your game before you play. Now I may be slow and perhaps you can adjust faster than this poor old man but you do need some time to change your game.

LearnWPT: Aside from poker, what else do you do for fun?

Bryant: Ahhh… the back-story, personal part of this interview. As a window into my life let me summarize by saying that in my long life I have not been idle. I have practiced law, taught history (still doing this one), piloted my own aircrafts with a multi-engine instrument commercial license, instructed accelerated freefall skydiving with over 1,000 jumps, scuba dived to a depth of 350 feet on a salvage attempt, sailed the Caribbean as a bareboat charter captain, raced downhill slalom (very briefly), written 6 books (4 published), traded commodities, played golf down to a 12 handicap, raised 2 children to be better than me, kept a wife 12 years younger than me happy for the past 30 years, and besides just playing poker I now find pleasure in studying and practicing the game. And I’m not done yet!

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As an educator, Bryant understands the importance of study, the effort needed to improve your game, and mental fortitude to be successful in poker and life.

Bryant is a true student of the game and we couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishment. We can't wait to see what is in store next for Bryant.

Have a success you’d like to share? Let us know by emailing the LearnWPT Team at [email protected].


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

Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:

  • Empowering Students to train, practice, and play on the WPT GTO Trainer to get real EV loss of their play to help find leaks fast
  • Hosting 2-Day and 3-Day Live Workshops for Students to learn and interact with the LearnWPT Instructors in person
  • Teaching and presenting examples of proven, winning concepts through our Strategy Episodes (instructional videos)
  • Providing a place where Members can send questions to receive answers and guidance with the Ask a Pro Feature and Community Forums


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LearnWPT Members Team Roberts Roll Up Big Finishes!

LearnWPT Students Scott and Lisa Roberts have been on a tear at the poker tables in recent months adding on to their impressive combined $125,000 in tournament winnings.

The World Poker Tour recently interviewed and featured Team Roberts in an article highlighting their phenomenal summer.

Click here or read more about Scott and Lisa's poker journey below


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By Sean Chaffin

The couple that plays together, stays together. At least that’s the case for Scott and Lisa Roberts. This poker-playing pair have been married 37 years and is affectionately known as Team Roberts. The recreational players from Atlanta, Georgia, have been on a tear at the poker tables in recent months – and credit much of their success to strategies and techniques they’ve learned attending several LearnWPT events.

The Roberts have apparently been good students. Scott, 62, works as a real estate investor and has more than $89,000 in live tournament winnings. Lisa, 63, is a retired personal trainer and has $35,000 in tournament winnings.

For Scott and Lisa, working with LearnWPT has definitely transferred to the tables. They now hope to keep that mojo going.

Poker Power Couple

It was an especially nice September for Team Roberts at the WSOP Circuit stop at Seminole Coconut Creek in Florida where Scott won a $400 event for $6,994. Lisa notched a runner-up finish in a $250 seniors event for $5,284 and took sixth in a $600 turbo for $2,100.

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“It was very frustrating coming in second,” she says laughing. “But I was very happy.”

At the turbo final table, Lisa was also joined by Scott and he took runner-up for $8,096. He followed up the runner-up finish with yet another second-place finish in a $250 DeepStack event for $4,486.

In total, Scott finished with four cashes for $20,182 and was named the player of the series. His background as a LearnWPT student certainly helped, he says, and everything seemed to come together.

“It was one of those times where I was using moves to make moves and running well too,” he says. “When those two go together you can be unstoppable. It was just a really good trip.”

The couple, who have two grown children and a grandchild on the way, have family in the area and spent some time with them during the trip. Scott didn’t even realize he was in contention to be casino champion.

“We didn’t play a lot of the events just because we were seeing family,” he says. “We skipped several events, but if I had known I was in contention I definitely would have played a few more.”

Scott began playing poker in 2005 with some friends and online. He cashed in smaller tournaments and then won a $235 event in Las Vegas in 2017 for $20,108 followed by another big win a year later for $11,348.

Lisa wasn’t into the game like her husband however, and it took her a while to appreciate poker.

“I’d sit behind him when I was done playing Blackjack after losing money,” she says. “The TV was always on the poker channel [the WPT included], and I wasn’t really watching him play, but I started knowing all the players because of all the little vignettes they ran about them. Scott would come over while he was playing online and say, ‘Look I have such and such hand. What do you think the nuts would be right now?’”

Lisa would answer and often would be correct. She didn’t have much interest in the game but seemed to be picking it up. To her, the game just looked boring with the people looking “all serious and unfriendly.”

One night at a casino, Lisa planned to play Blackjack but her husband convinced her to take a seat at the tables. That first night she played Limit Hold’em holding a card with the ranking of hands.

“I won four hands in a row at one point,” she says. “I couldn’t even stack them fast enough because I didn’t know how to handle chips. I was so excited.”

She left the tables with some winnings, and some confidence. Her poker life took off from there – and that hand ranking card hasn’t been needed since.

Hitting the Books and Crushing the Tables

The Roberts figured out early that working on their game with some outside help would be a good idea. Team Roberts has attended several LearnWPT events, spending many hours with instructors Nick Binger and Andrew Lichtenberger.

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“I took a couple classes and realized how much I didn’t know,” Scott says. “Then we took one together with Nick and it just kind of opened our eyes up. It was just incredible how different the pros play from how we were playing.”

“After the first day, I was thinking, ‘This guy’s nuts. This is not going to work. Why did we take this class?’”

However, they stuck it out for the second day of training. The concepts Binger was presenting began making more sense. They headed to the Venetian that night and used some strategies they’d been taught at the tables. One thing Binger told the couple to practice in a tournament or two was raising on the button every time action folded to them, no matter what cards they had. If one of the blinds three-bet, he told them to four-bet. This overly aggressive strategy would take them out of their comfort zone of passive play.

“I told him I was going to need a few drinks before I played the tournament,” he says.

The coaching worked and Lisa made the final table that night and they won $10,000 playing tournaments that week.

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“I was very unaggressive,” Lisa says of her play before attending LearnWPT events. “I didn’t know what to do with anything. I’d limp, call, and maybe I’d raise. For me, I learned when to be aggressive and when to feel okay with being aggressive in the right situation regardless of your cards sometimes. I didn’t have any of that in my arsenal – I had no arsenal.”

For Scott, opening hand ranges was an idea he had never much considered. He may have put a player on a certain hand but had trouble adjusting his game to those kinds of scenarios.

The new concepts made his game more complex. Team Roberts also learned more about playing in position to maximize profits. They’ve gone on to take more advanced classes with each session building on others. The lab days are a particular favorite of theirs, where a group plays at a table and break down hands played with instructors.

“It ties everything together from what you learned the two days before in the class,” Scott says.

Would they recommend LearnWPT to other players?

“If they’re people we play against, definitely not,” Scott says laughing.

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Lisa adds: “I think it is the best poker money that we’ve ever spent. I know we were hesitant the first time, but it made major changes for us as far as winning. It’s an incredible class. You don’t really know what you don’t know until you take it.”

As recreational players, they try to find events that fit in Scott’s schedule running his real estate business. He plans to retire within the next five years and then the Roberts will play even more including some WPT tournaments. In the meantime, they plan on keeping their recent success going, and continue working on their game with LearnWPT sessions.

As Lisa notes: “There’s always more to learn.”


Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and his work appears in numerous websites and publications. He also writes feature stories and tournament coverage for WPT.com. Follow him on Twitter @PokerTraditions. For story assignments, email [email protected]



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