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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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:  

How Do You Play Pocket Pairs?

Pocket pairs can be tricky, and misplaying them can put your chips in serious trouble!

A pocket pair can look great preflop but how does the strength of your hand change on the Flop, Turn, or River?

Whether you have ducks, treys, walking sticks, snowmen, ladies, cowboys, or rockets, understanding what your pocket pair is worth on every street will give you a skill edge against your opponents.

Put your skills to the test in these decisions involving pocket pairs!

1. 3♥3♠ with 17BB Stack
2. 5♦5♣ in the Small Blind
3. 6♠6♣ on the Flop
4. J♠J♥ on the Turn
5. T♣T♠ on the River

Understanding and mastering these strategies will give you the opportunities to exert a skill edge against your opponents and play your pocket pairs 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 150+ scenarios like this to practice their decision-making skills!

How are these scenarios helping your game?
Post your answers in the comments below.

They DON’T want you to attend 😱

Why DON’T these people want
you to attend LearnWPT Live at Borgata?

They DON’T want you to attend LearnWPT Live at Borgata because:

  • You will become their feared opponent by the end of the weekend
  • You might knock them out of the special freeroll satellite
  • You might take down the $3500 WPT Main Event seat 1st prize
  • You might become the next WPT Champion

So… how can you make life much easier for the Students who’ve already registered for LearnWPT Live at Borgata?

Easy! Just DON’T come to this Strategy Workshop!

But where’s the fun in that?! 😉

Don’t let THEM stand in YOUR way of becoming a WPT Champ because…

WE DO want you to attend LearnWPT Live at Borgata!

Why? Because:

  • You will learn the systems Pros use to thrive in today’s tournaments
  • You will work with winning Pros and skilled Instructors who will help guide your poker development
  • You will learn proven strategies to win tournaments, make deep runs, and maximize your ROI
  • You will have the chance to compete with your classmates and win yourself a $3500 WPT Main Event seat*

Remember Chris, our LearnWPT Live at Borgata 2017 Freeroll Satellite winner?

He is doing great and over the summer cashed in the $10K buy-in WSOP Main Event… not too shabby!

Read about Chris’s experience playing his WPT Main Event and attending a LearnWPT Live Workshop.

Have Questions about attending LearnWPT Live at Borgata? Give us a call at (888)600-5593 or email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help!


*The WPT Main Event Freeroll Satellite is not open to the general public. This opportunity is exclusive to attendees of the LearnWPT Live at Borgata Tournament Workshop being held September 15-16, 2018. The $3500 WPT Main Event Seat is non-transferable and has no cash value. Winner must play the awarded event seat within the prescribed prize redemption period, before May 31, 2019 or the prize will be voided. See our FAQ section for more information.

Exclusive Access! Closer Look: WSOP One Drop Final Table

[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!

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!


⤴️Watch This FREE Strategy Episode From LearnWPT!

Bubble play is often the most challenging aspect of tournament poker, especially with millions of dollars at stake.

Join LearnWPT Lead Instructor, Nick Binger as he breaks down the action from the recent ultra-high stakes WSOP One Drop Final Table and provides detailed analysis of the strategic points considered when facing a $2 million dollar decision!

We’ll see you online!
-LearnWPT

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HOW CAN LEARNWPT HELP YOUR GAME?

When you join LearnWPT.com for just $5 you’ll get:

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

Join LearnWPT Today!

 

Strategy Episode Preview: Check-Raising instead of C-Betting

Watch this 2-minute preview of a LearnWPT Strategy Episode as Nick Binger provides clear guidelines for using the Check-Raise when standard C-Bets are leaving you vulnerable due to stack sizes.

Adding the Check-Raise to your overall game-plan will help maximize fold equity and give you a powerful move to adjust for shallow stacked situations.

When the 2-minute preview is done, click the red JOIN NOW button to get immediate access to the full Strategy Episode!

🎉 As an added bonus after joining, you can download the Continuation Betting Field Manual from the Tools Dashboard as a preflop c-betting guide!

You’ll also be able to send in hands you’ve played for analysis from our Pros using our new Hand Input Tool!


P.S. With a $5 First Month of Membership you’ll also receive the 30-Day Winning Blueprint email series which includes access to the 
Continuation Betting Episode, discussing the critical foundation of our C-Betting strategy. 

Monthly and Yearly Members can review Episode 35: One Pair Betting LinesEpisode 49: Third Bullets, and Episode 91: Protecting Continuation Bets discussed in this preview to complete your C-Betting game-plan!

What is LearnWPT Live at Borgata?

Hint: Watch the above Video for the Answer…

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Ready to Transform your Game?

Attend LearnWPT Live at Borgata September 15th & 16th in Atlantic City, NJ for a 2-Day Tournament Strategy Workshop and receive expert poker instruction from Nick Binger and Eric “Rizen” Lynch. 

Learn the systems the Pros use to thrive in today’s highly competitive poker tournaments from two of the best in the world! 

Nick Binger
✓ WSOP Bracelet winner
✓ More than $2.3 Million in 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. 

Nick is not only passionate about being a winning poker player, he has spent years perfecting his poker instruction skills and has taught thousands of players how to win. Over the course of his teach career, Nick developed a comprehensive method for improving the games of others, no matter their skill level or experience.

Eric “Rizen” Lynch

✓ 3 WSOP Final Tables
✓ More than $5 Million in winnings
✓ Author of Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, Vols. I, II, III

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 Binger for the World Poker Tour. Ask any of his students what separates Eric from other poker instructors and they’ll say it is his ability to make the game more understandable for all players.

LearnWPT Live at Borgata attendees also get the chance to put the strategies learned during the Workshop to the test in a Freeroll Satellite with a $3500 WPT 2018 Main Event seat as 1st prizeLast year’s LearnWPT Live at Borgata Satellite winner just cashed in the 2018 WSOP Main Event!! 👏

No matter how long you’ve been playing poker or where you are in your development, these Pros can take you to the next level!

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