Play Better Poker with LearnWPT LIVE - Welcomes 4X WPT Champion Darren Elias!

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LearnWPT is honored to welcome Darren "The End Boss" Elias LIVE as the next guest for Play Better Poker!📺

Want to start playing better poker?

LearnWPT, the Official Poker Education Platform of the World Poker Tour®, is excited to announce a brand new episode of Play Better Poker with LearnWPT featuring Katie Stone and the all-time record holder for most WPT Main Tour wins Darren Elias starting at 10:00AM ET on April 7th LIVE from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL!

Kickstart your poker game with an exclusive inside look into the mind of one of the greatest poker players in the WPT Universe. You'll have unparalleled access to hear directly from top players and power up your game plan with valuable tips and strategies!

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Join the most successful poker players in the game as they share their secrets for Playing Better Poker! 🎙️

Watch this fast-paced online talk show including in-depth interviews with the top poker players in the WPT Universe, and discover how they learn and improve at poker through study tips and unique techniques featuring exclusive LearnWPT training tools and content.

Do you have 30 minutes to start Playing Better Poker? 🂡

With 15 years of experience as a professional poker player, LearnWPT Instructor Katie Stone is your personal guide for building a poker study routine and improving your game. You will not only be able to ask specific questions about your game and how to improve but also to get expert insight from some of the greatest in the game on how they consistently improve at poker, all while having fun!

Joining Katie LIVE from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL on the next Play Better Poker with LearnWPT is 2010-2019 World Poker Tour® Player of the Decade, winner of 4 WPT Main Tour Titles (the most in WPT history), and BetMGM Ambassador - Darren Elias!

Sharpen your pencil ✏️ because it's time to take notes and ask questions to get answers from Katie and Darren - email your questions to [email protected].

Tune In to Hear Katie & Darren Talk About:

🡆 How elite players study to separate from the field in tournament poker.

🡆 The challenges of raising a family as a professional poker player.

🡆 What it takes to sustain a consistent level of excellence over time.

We know how difficult it can be to learn poker on your own, so we’re inviting you to study with Team LearnWPT!

Play Better Poker is designed to provide a place for poker players of all skill and experience levels to learn together! We'll teach you easy-to-use strategies to study and improve at Texas Hold’em, while also giving you unprecedented access to the mindset and approach to learning used by pro poker players. But don't worry - LearnWPT is a safe place to start your journey as a poker player, and we know that everyone learns at their own pace.

Submit questions before each show by emailing [email protected] and get the answer live. For more information and updates for the next show make sure you bookmark learnwpt.com/playbetterpoker and check back often.


Meet Katie’s Guest All-Time World Poker Tour® and 4x Champion- Darren Elias!

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To say Darren Elias crushes World Poker Tour® events is an understatement of the decade.

Darren, a New Jersey resident, is the all-time WPT leader in wins, final tables, and cashes. Throughout his 15-year career Darren has demonstrated unbelievable consistency in performance and dominance whenever he is on the felt.

From preliminary events to high rollers, Darren’s incredible track record includes victories all across the globe with over $15M dollars in lifetime cashes between live and online poker. A high-stakes Pro with the ability to make optimal strategic decisions under pressure, Darren is one of the most admired, respected, and feared players in the game today.

In Season XIII, Darren Elias won his first World Poker Tour title at Borgata in what was the fourth-largest WPT field in history at that time, beating a field of 1,226 entries to win $843,744 in 1st prize money with a prize pool of over $3.9 million. Elias defeated Kane Kalas on the final hand of play, etching his name on the Mike Sexton Champion’s Cup for the first time.

Directly following his breakthrough win at Borgata, “The End Boss” as he is known by peers and rivals on the virtual and live felt, became the first player to win 2 WPT Titles back to back in the same season with a victory at WPT Caribbean. World Poker Tour wins 3 and 4 came for Elias at WPT Fallsview in Season XV and the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic in Season XVI.

While he seems to thrive on the big stage of the WPT Final Table set, Elias is no stranger to success in other venues and tournament series. To date Darren has amassed an impressive $9.5M in career live earnings, with over $4M coming from his success on the World Poker Tour. When he’s not dominating the felt in main event and high rollers tournaments across the globe, Darren can be found playing online where he is a BetMGM Brand Ambassador.

🏆Check Out Darren's Winner's Interview and Witness "The End Boss" Announcement to the Poker World:


Meet Your Host Katie Stone

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Katie Stone began her gaming career as a child in chess, and later on while in college she pioneered chess camps for kids across the country. She is a professional poker player and a staunch advocate with a focus on growing the game of poker. Katie is also a major proponent of using the decision-making skills and lessons learned in poker as a means to better navigate challenges and improve performance at work and in daily life. Throughout her 15 years long career as a poker professional, Katie has been constantly searching for new methods to master her poker skills and help other players Play Better Poker.

As an Instructor for Team LearnWPT Katie delivers expert strategy and a unique perspective on learning poker to the LearnWPT Membership. Her accolades in poker include being a 2x WSOP Circuit Ring Winner and $1.2 million combined live and online tournament earnings. In addition to her role as a LearnWPT Instructor, Katie is also a Content Producer and Commentator for LearnWPT.

Her front-row seat to the explosion of online poker and the evolution of poker study makes Katie a uniquely qualified resource for cash game and tournament strategies, detailed hand analysis, online vs live strategies, decision making in real-time at the table, adjusting for known opponent tendencies, using your feedback loop for improvement, as well as learning what it takes to succeed as a pro.

Have an Inside Look at Katie’s Quest to Play Better Poker:


Join Katie and Darren for an enlightening discussion about what it takes to sustain a consistent level of excellence over time, find out how elite players study to separate from the field in tournament poker, and discover the challenges of raising a family as a professional poker player.

Play Better Poker is designed to provide a place for poker players of all skill and experience levels to learn together and have fun! We'll teach you easy-to-use strategies to study and improve your poker game, while also giving you unprecedented access to the mindset and approach to learning used by professional players.

Whether you’re a new, returning, or already well-seasoned player – Play Better Poker is here to help and get you started learning valuable poker tips in a fast and fun 30 minute LIVE poker strategy show. Join us!


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Does Studying Poker Really Help Your Game? (Just Ask Tony...)

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Making a commitment to study poker seems silly to some people.

In fact, I am sure you’ve often heard it from friends, co-workers, and family members: “Poker is gambling and at the end of the day, you need to be lucky to win at gambling”.

The next time you hear this all too familiar refrain, show them to this tweet from LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst...

However, shaping yourself into an elite and skilled poker player requires you to be open to learning, to be eager to improve, and to be dedicated to staying on the top of your game.

Tony Dunst, LearnWPT Instructor, WPT commentator, WPT Champion, 2x WSOP Bracelet Winner, and WSOP Circuit Ring winner, with more than $3.9 Million in live poker tournament winnings, is here to provide you with exclusive access to winning cash game and poker tournament strategies, detailed poker hand analysis and how to think through every street, GTO play, adjusting for known opponent tendencies, and what it takes to play On Tour.

There's no denying Tony’s resume as a world-class player, and he’s dedicated to improvement through his own study and collaboration with close friend and fellow LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger.

So, you should take this world-class player’s example and start your study plan today with a $5 first month membership to LearnWPT.com.


In his video Strategy Episodes, Tony focuses on:

➧ Key aspects of playing better poker including betting decisions under ICM pressure

➧ Advanced strategies that professional poker players use to adjust when big money is on the line

➧ Maintaining focus to be ready to play your A-game in crucial times

➧ How to target common leaks in your opponents

➧ Key study techniques that Pros use to keep them at the top of the game

➧ Optimal strategies for playing postflop after 3-betting preflop

➧ Answering questions from LearnWPT members

Get unfettered access to hear Tony review hands and outline his approach to staying mentally and physically fit for poker, reveal his top 10 player notes he takes during sessions, compare the mindset of a professional poker player vs a recreational player and provide key adjustments for transitioning from making deep runs to winning tournaments.

To give you some extra motivation and show you how dedication to study helped Tony have one of his best years ever as a Pro, you'll get exclusive access to Tony’s Strategy Episodes (41 BONUS videos!) as part of your $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.com.

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Join today and get started on proving all the doubters wrong and get on a path to constant improvement (like Tony did!).


As part of your $5 First month membership, you’ll get access to a Strategy Episode where Tony discusses 4 recent hands he played from a $1000 buy-in online final table.

Watch this Episode To Learn Critical Strategies For:
➧ 3-betting with pocket jacks when ICM Is in play
➧ Continuation bet sizing to target specific stacks
➧ Knowing when to get away from your hand vs a turn lead
➧ How to react when your opponent leads on the river


In another episode, Tony focuses on physical fitness and how it can affect your poker performance, providing you with tips on how to use a healthy lifestyle to increase performance and stamina.

Being attentive to the energy consumed vs. energy expended, employing daily caloric calculators, and learning how to play your best depending on your diet are just some of the things that Tony touches upon in this episode. As physical fitness is essential for prolonged focus during sessions full of long hours, it is important to use increased focus to your advantage and to stay present and avoid auto piloting. You should also choose a key phrase to help you stay mindful and reset your state after losing a big pot, and use mental fitness to equip you with better mistake recognition strategies.

Follow Tony’s example and start your study plan today with a $5 first month membership to LearnWPT.com. You'll get exclusive access to Tony’s library of Strategy Episodes (41 videos) as part of your $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.com.

What Else Do You Get with a $5 First Month Membership?

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  • The WPT GTO Trainer to play real solved hands and get instant feedback on YOUR leaks (over 4 BILLION solved spots!)
  • On-demand access to our full library of 500+ (and growing) in-depth Strategy Episodes from world-class players
  • All of your poker questions answered with the Ask a Pro Feature
  • Expert analysis from LearnWPT Pros using The Hand Input Tool
  • Downloadable Tools you can use at and away from the tables
  • Learn from a Team of world-class Professional Players and Instructors

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It'll be the best $5 investment you can make to get on the road to poker success!


Study hard and play well,
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[FREE VIDEO] LuckyChewy Vs Daniel Negreanu

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Poker legend and LearnWPT Instructor Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger used his steady and mindful poker approach to become a $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha 8 Champion, WSOP Bracelet winner, and secure more than $11 Million in live poker tournament earnings.

He doesn't compare himself or his progress to anyone else's, but rather works on strengthening his own poker skills. Due to his dedication to learning and improvement LuckyChewy has been an innovative catalyst for new poker strategies throughout his entire career. By adopting a meditative attitude he is able to execute optimal strategies under tremendous pressure, providing a key balance for his analytical and collaborative approach to learning and playing poker.

Daniel Negreanu

LuckyChewy's opponent in this hand was another legend, Daniel Negreanu, one of the most influential and successful poker players worldwide as well as a favorite of poker fans with his distinctive and fun personality. Having played poker since he was a teenager, testing his skills and moving up in levels while plugging leaks and studying the game, he eventually became the youngest player to win a WSOP Bracelet at 23 years old, eventually winning 6 WSOP Bracelets. Daniel is no stranger to success on the World Poker Tour® as a 2 time WPT champion and WPT Season III Player of the Year, which helped him amass over $45 Million in tournament earnings.

As the subject of a LearnWPT Strategy Episode, LuckyChewy reviewed a hand he played against Daniel Negreanu in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl and explored some strategic ideas as a result of how this hand played out. LuckyChewy describes exactly what he was thinking after flopping a huge hand with millions of dollars at stake.

This video is part of our High Stakes with LuckyChewy Strategy Episode series where Chewy takes a deep dive into his most interesting and useful hands from real WPT and WSOP Final tables and teaches strategies and concepts you can use in your game.

Watch This FREE Strategy Episode From LearnWPT Instructor LuckyChewy!

In this ultra-high stakes tournament, LuckyChewy opened 2.5x the big blind, effectively risking what's in the pot with the blinds and antes. Daniel elected to 3-bet to 27,000, or 9 big blinds total. LuckyChewy had a fairly straightforward call with pocket fours and flopped a bottom set with a backdoor flush draw on the A94 flop. With the in-position player having the range advantage, LuckyChewy checks and Daniel bets around one-quarter of the pot.

LuckyChewy decided to raise slightly more than 3 times his bet, knowing that Daniel is not likely to reraise him with anything because he already had the range advantage. With this stack depth, it's not recommended to play aggressively against LuckyChewy’s range, as he's quite polarized. There's not any reason for Daniel to raise, because if he has a strong value hand he prefers the opponent to keep bluffing or betting his weaker value hands. Daniel does call and the turn is a texture-changing card, the 2♣.

Based on the solver study, LuckyChewy initially thought this was a card that would encourage Daniel to slow down on, use smaller bet sizes to not bloat the pot. The solver actually recommends a larger bet of around 2/3 of the pot as you should push an equity advantage on a card that's better for you than it is for your opponent. However, if you bet a larger size, you would get way more folds than the solver prefers and your opponent is expected to fold hands as strong as AK.

The deeper you get into the game tree, the more assumptions you have to make about how your opponent would respond in order to determine the appropriate action based on the recommended strategy. The key in understanding the equilibrium approach to poker is to employ proven strategies, based on the program algorithm, to minimize the chance to lose.

LuckyChewy elected to use the smaller bet sizing and Daniel continued with a call. On the 8♠ river card Daniel shoved all-in. A shove from a hand such as A4s would be very perplexing and you're not likely to benefit from shoving with a hand like this as part of a balanced poker strategy. However this is one of those nuanced scenarios where the raise is mandatory, so you can reach equilibrium as the in-position player.

These are interesting conceptual ideas that do exist in a theoretical sense and familiarizing yourself with why these abstractions may occur through solver study is fascinating. If your opponent got here with pocket eights they would likely shove all-in. There may be some bluffing with pocket tens and jacks, so you would assume it would be more advantageous to bluff with stronger club blockers.

The simulation LuckyChewy used to analyze this hand would argue against that, as it's shoving all its flushes as the in-position player. Hands such as pocket tens and pocket kings where one of the cards is a club, as well as hands with AK with the K♣ or AQ with the Q♣, are considered bluff shoves from Daniel because it doesn't seem likely that LuckyChewy is bluffing. Considering the odds he was getting and the strength of his hand, LuckyChewy made the decision to call it off. Much to his dismay, Daniel did have KJ for the nut flush.

Although it was a painful hand to lose, LuckyChewy says through analyzing this hand with a solver post-game he realized how much better that turn was for him than it was for Daniel, regardless of the fact that they had a relatively equal distribution of suited hands that could make a club flush.

We hope that observing LuckyChewy's poker insights, strategies and concepts will be beneficial to you and boost your own game!


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Click here to learn more about LuckyChewy, his accomplishments, and more importantly... how he can help improve your game.

Ready for more? Join LearnWPT for just $5 your first month of Membership and get full access to LuckyChewy content.

We'll see you online,
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The WPT GTO Trainer: Interactive Learning Explained

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Why Use The WPT GTO Trainer Vs Other GTO Poker Strategy Trainers?

There have been many poker “trainers” in the past that allow you to play poker hands for practice. However, these have been powered by opinions of what is good play and are often based on a specific player’s experience. The poker strategy offered might not consider every factor that influences a poker hand when giving advice.

Unfortunately, human beings have only so much brainpower. These key strategic factors are often difficult to see without the help of cutting-edge technology, and they can make a big difference between a profitable and losing poker session. It’s practically impossible for one person to quickly and accurately tell you what will be the most profitable decision for your poker game in the long run.

Human poker players simply cannot give instant feedback on the correct strategy for every poker decision and show you how to correct mistakes instantly, without doing some serious in-depth analysis first (even poker legend Phil Ivey!).

It’s very unlikely that a human poker player will be able to make the correct decision for a high percentage of hands they play without some real work studying poker strategy off the table. In addition, most humans are not capable of providing poker strategy advice without favoring their own strengths and protecting their weaknesses.

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How Does The WPT GTO Trainer Make It Easy For Anyone To Learn GTO Poker Strategy?

The WPT GTO Trainer allows you to study and learn true Nash equilibrium solutions solved for GTO poker strategy by simply playing poker hands in a user-friendly interface. Game Theory Optimal Poker Strategy is used by the best players in the world to dominate tournaments and cash games and now you can learn these cutting-edge strategies without doing all of the time-consuming research. You don’t need to test your poker strategy theory by trial and error, you just need to train poker GTO strategy with the WPT GTO Trainer.

This cutting-edge poker training tool looks just like a standard online poker game and makes learning GTO strategy simple. Choose a poker situation from your favorites including cash games, tournaments, small stakes cash games, 6-max poker, final table play including ICM adjusted ranges, and heads up play.

Train vital poker skills including continuation betting, big blind defense, button defense, 3-betting, 3-betting defense, and more. For each decision you make, get instant feedback on the precise EV (Expected Value) Loss of each play and see the Ideal Action as recommended by the GTO poker solver right on the screen.

As you play real poker hands solved using real poker GTO strategy your game will quickly be guided closer and closer to GTO play. Quickly review your play at a glance with the Session Summary and see where your leaks are immediately.

Compare your play to correct GTO poker strategy including 1-pair hands, flushes, straights, full houses, and even ace high showdowns. Get in-depth feedback and share hands from the Session Summary directly to the Ask A Pro Feature. With the click of a button, share the replay of the hand that gives you trouble directly to the LearnWPT Pros for expert GTO strategy guidance.

Watch this video for a detailed walkthrough of the WPT GTO Trainer features with LearnWPT Lead Instructor and 2x WSOP Bracelet Winner, Nick Binger!


How Many Flops Does The WPT GTO Trainer Solve For?

When evaluating whether a poker GTO strategy solution is accurate it’s essential to know how many flops the solution solves for. The most experienced GTO poker strategy teachers will solve for 1755 strategically significant flops which ultimately represent all of the 22,100 possible flop combinations in No-Limit Hold’em. Focusing on 1755 strategically significant flops allows for efficient solving of GTO poker strategy solutions and ensures the output will be highly useful in studying situations based on poker GTO strategy.

The most common poker scenarios you’ll face at the tables are solved for poker GTO strategy using exclusive cloud-distributed server technology and transformed into playable online poker hands in the WPT GTO Trainer. The GTO poker strategy solutions utilized by the WPT GTO Trainer are true Nash Equilibrium solutions, not guesstimates.

For every poker scenario, each of the 1755 strategically significant flops in no-limit hold’em are playable. Every spot has been solved to an exploitability of between 0.1% - 0.6% of the pot giving assurance the GTO poker strategy shown by the WPT GTO Trainer is highly accurate. In total, there are over 4 billion poker GTO strategy hands available to play in our database and counting.


How Many Bet Sizes Does The WPT GTO Trainer Use?

The WPT GTO Trainer utilizes a maximum of 3 different bet size options for you to choose from for any decision you are presented with. While GTO poker solvers have the ability to determine the correct strategies using several additional bet sizes, trying to build a GTO poker strategy using too many options is almost impossible in real life.

Using a maximum of 3 bet sizes for GTO poker strategy solutions allows you to train only the most relevant poker situations that you are likely to encounter in most games you play. By sticking to a maximum of 3 bet sizes the WPT GTO Trainer lets you practice key spots with the most realistic simulated responses from your opponent.

Each time you are presented with a decision in the WPT GTO Trainer you’ll learn to choose the correct bet sizing faster based on the real-time feedback you get from each decision. Soon your bet sizing decisions will trend closer and closer to real GTO strategy by simply playing poker hands. You won’t need to worry about setting up poker GTO solvers or having a game plan that is too complex.

Just make the best decision at the moment based on the poker situation you are presented with and learn as you play.


How Easy Is It To Use The WPT GTO Trainer?

If you’ve never worked with a GTO poker solver before, it can be really difficult to create the hand ranges for each player and know how each player's hand range interacts using GTO poker strategy. Solvers can be very intimidating to operate and require advanced GTO poker strategy expertise in order to make the correct assumptions.

Building correct hand ranges based on position, preflop action, and how opponents are likely to proceed involves a high level of experience and in-depth understanding of GTO poker strategy. In order for a GTO poker strategy solver to help your game, it’s essential you have the knowledge to determine the correct actions and incorporate them as part of a balanced game plan.

The WPT GTO Trainer removes this time-consuming and potentially error-filled step and gets you to the correct answer by recreating a GTO poker strategy simulation in a virtual gameplay environment. Simply choose a training pack scenario from the huge selection and start playing hands to learn and practice the GTO poker strategy.

The WPT GTO Trainer is laser-focused on plugging your leaks and training you for peak performance. Learn GTO poker strategy fast by choosing the specific situations that give you the most trouble at the table. Whether you need to practice continuation betting from in position vs out of position, brush up on postflop play after defending your big blind, or you want to drill 3-bet defense from a middle position facing raises from virtually any seat at the table, it’s just one click away.

Simply filter for the poker GTO strategy scenario you want to train today, click the play now button and you will automatically be presented with a flop and hole cards. Choose your action and bet amount for each street and get real-time feedback on your EV Loss, Played Percentage, and Ideal Action right on the screen after you make a decision.

At the end of each GTO poker strategy training session view your Session Summary dashboard to see your data displayed graphically for quick leak identification. Share the hands that generated the biggest EV Loss from your dashboard directly to Ask a Pro for expert feedback (hint, the results will be bright red).

Review your previous session before each day’s training to stay aware of your previous trouble spots and adjust your decisions closer to GTO strategy in real-time during your current training session. Use this cutting-edge poker training tool to practice anytime and anywhere from your favorite internet-connected device.

Check out how powerful this advanced GTO poker strategy training tool is and train with one of the best players in the game.

Play along with WPT Commentator, WPT Champion, 2x WSOP Bracelet Winner, and LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst and learn poker GTO Strategy in this free Strategy Episode.

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Learn By Your Own Actions

Range charts, strategy tip sheets, and apps can be useful at the table however they also can be difficult to memorize and can often make the process of understanding GTO strategy more difficult.

GTO poker strategy involves many adjustments based on board texture and opponent actions, and trying to visualize these adjustments based on percentages listed in a chart can be almost impossible.

Learning GTO poker strategy involves adjustments based on board texture and opponent response, including randomizing decisions in certain spots.

There aren’t many players who are skilled enough to memorize all of the possible hand range charts and how they change based on GTO poker strategy in each situation, not to mention take that information to the table and use it in real-time.

The WPT GTO Trainer takes the classwork out of studying GTO strategy poker and forces you to learn by doing. You will develop the mental muscle memory for common No-Limit Hold’em poker scenarios and direct your study time toward the areas you need help with the most, by simply playing solved GTO poker strategy hands.

The WPT GTO Trainer is accessible from all your favorite internet-connected devices from the road or the comfort of home. It’s never been easier to train real GTO poker hands and learn GTO poker strategy thanks to LearnWPT and The World Poker Tour.


THE WPT GTO TRAINER
The Fastest Way to Learn GTO Strategy


The WPT GTO Trainer allows you to Play and Train against True GTO Opponents and get real-time Feedback and Analysis on Your Actions.

Choose from Cash Game and Tournament scenarios (including Small Stakes cash games, final table ICM, and heads up play) and receive immediate feedback on YOUR play compared to GTO including EV (expected value) Loss, Percentage Played, and the Ideal Action.

Click the button below to join and unlock more training scenarios....


Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your First Month of Membership and play through hundreds of solved hands per hour (anytime, anywhere, and as many hands as you want) on the WPT GTO Trainer!


Welcome Brian Altman to Team LearnWPT!

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We Are Excited To Welcome New LearnWPT Instructor, Brian Altman!

Brian Altman or "Alty" as he is known by fellow rounders on the virtual and live poker felt, has been playing poker professionally for almost 15 years and is universally considered to be one of the greatest tournament players in the world.

His career successes include $5.7 million in worldwide tournament earnings in live poker alone. Brian's record on the WPT Main Tour is nothing short of stellar, including 3 World Poker Tour titles, 7 final table appearances, and honors as Season XVIII Player of the Year.

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Brian has demonstrated a level of consistency and execution in the most high pressure spots that is seldom matched by his peers. In 2015 Brian won his first WPT Title at the Season XIII Lucky Hearts Poker Open in a $3500 buy-in event. "Alty" proved triumphant by outlasting an entire field of 1,027 players, earning $723,008.

Alty followed up his Season XIII win by outlasting the competition and came out the victor at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Season XVIII giving him the distinction of being the only poker player to win the same WPT Event in back to back seasons.

During the recent Play Better Poker with LearnWPT Live Stream, Brian sat down with fellow LearnWPT Instructor Katie Stone to talk about his success in playing poker tournaments and the importance of maintaining a mindset for growth and learning. Check out the interview with Brian and Katie here.

Some of Brian Altman's Accomplishments:

  • 3x World Poker Tour Champion
  • 3x WSOP Circuit Ring Winner
  • WPT Season XVIII Player of the Year
  • More than $5.7 million in live tournament earnings alone
  • Multiple Final Table Appearances in High Profile Tournaments including WPT, WSOP, and PokerStars

Brian's success is born from a mindset focused on self-improvement and lifelong learning. His respect for and dedication to the game make him the ideal ambassador to represent LearnWPT and the game of poker.

We are excited to bring Brian's winning style and championship mindset to our Students through upcoming Strategy Episodes, Live Webinars, and Workshops.

Help us welcome Alty to the team!
-LearnWPT


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  • All of your poker questions answered with the Ask a Pro Feature
  • Expert analysis from LearnWPT Pros using The Hand Input Tool
  • Downloadable Tools you can use at and away from the tables
  • Learn from a Team of world-class Professional Players and Instructors


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LearnWPT Reviews

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This article LearnWPT Reviews is specifically designed to assist you in attaining a greater comprehension of playing poker, in order to benefit as much from the LearnWPT Platform as our members and students did, which will ultimately help you achieve a greater poker strategy and gain all the confidence needed to play and win tournaments.

Introduced in 2016, LearnWPT is the Official Poker Education Platform of the World Poker Tour® (WPT®), that will teach you how to play poker like a pro, take the skills you already have acquired to the next level, and allow you to learn the game of poker based on your personalized skill level, schedule, and budget.

Becoming a professional in any field requires a great deal of diligence and dedication, and poker is no exception. With acclaimed instructors and professional poker players on our team, including Brian Altman, Vanessa Selbst, Tony Dunst, and Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, LearnWPT members have exclusive access to improve their poker strategies, upgrade their No-Limit Hold’em game, and develop decision-making, regardless of their experience.


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The Top 10 Online Poker Tells from Tony Dunst

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These Top 10 Online Poker Tells will help you identify opponents' tendencies at the table, learn how to adjust to certain poker player types, become more skilled at reading poker opponents, and exploit population tendencies in your poker game.

This list is created by Tony Dunst, WPT Commentator, LearnWPT Instructor, professional poker player, WPT Champion, 2x WSOP Bracelet, and WSOP Circuit Ring winner. Tony recently did an in-depth hand history review of a tournament where he made a deep run featuring the Top 10 Online Poker Tells.

Check out his most common notes on opponents below:


#1 Poker Tell: Opens Too Wide

This is a note that Tony takes most often, and it refers to catching your opponent's opening with too many hands, which is pretty common in MTTs and poker in general, but especially in poker tournaments since people have a stronger incentive to open wide.

With a solid grasp of what your own opening ranges are supposed to be, you can have a better understanding of what people should be opening. When you are in the early stages of a deep-stacked tournament, Tony suggests 3-Betting wider ranges for value when deep.

Opening too wide from an early position makes defending your range almost impossible!

The benefit of using a fairly linear range (i.e. mostly good hands with strong playability post-flop) allows you to systematically broaden your range and take advantage of a poker player opening too wide.

If you see an opponent opening too wide, which is often accompanied by them calling 3-Bets too wide, the hands in your linear range for that position become automatic 3-Bets.

With a player who opens too wide, you need to take all of the hands that mix calling and shoving and turn them into really profitable shoves.

For example, if the Cutoff opens and you have 25 big blinds in the small blind, Tony suggests to start mixing suited combinations of A9, K9,J9, T8, 98, and KJ offsuit as 3-Bets, and flatting A2 and A3 suited against those who open too wide. This is a very simple and profitable adjustment to make against opponents with the tendency to open wider preflop.


#2 Poker Tell: Straightforward in Big Spots

The second most common note Tony takes on his opponents is particularly true at the low to mid-stakes online, and in live poker. This note means that in general, your opponent is going to be under bluffing, particularly when 3-Betting, 4-Betting, check-raising you on the flop, raising you on the turn, raising over your river bet, or other big spots where they have to put in a large percentage of their stack.

This type of player can also be identified through how they talk about poker and hands at the table and are often observed as hesitant and skeptical with regard to both wasting chips and bluffing their stack away.

These opponents are simply way too straightforward in big spots, which provides you with a cheat code and an opportunity to fold everything unless you've got the goods. The counter adjustment is achieved by opening with a tighter range of hands against a player who is straightforward in big spots and folds all of your marginal opens to their 3-bets.

Tony suggests that in heads-up pots vs these kinds of players you can make an exploitative adjustment.

Against this specific player it is acceptable to flat call with pocket aces and allow them to take the lead postflop as they will likely be betting strong with hands they enter the pot with.


#3 Poker Tell: Flat Calls Too Wide Preflop

Tony sees this frequently with the low to medium midstakes players who tend to flat call with too many of the offsuit Ace and offsuit Broadway combinations.

Sometimes players flat pairs in spots where they are too short stacked to do so, so against this type of opponent you can bet wider against them as a bluff, because they often flat too many hands preflop that don't connect.

Consider this example: you're out of position, your opponent flats, you get a scattered flop and you're supposed to mix between betting and checking.

Against a player who's flatting too much wide preflop, you can start to make money by using a much more frequent small C-bet sizing.

Another strategy against opponents who flat too wide preflop is to barrel down (bet out on the flop, turn, and river) wider against them because it is tougher for them to get to turns and rivers with strong hands when their ranges broaden preflop to include many more random second pair or third pair combinations.

You can put a great deal of pressure on these kinds of players on the later streets because they get there with weaker ranges.


#4 Poker Tell: Passive Postflop with No Showdown Value

This is a tendency you see from players who are passive and don't realize that they are supposed to be bluffing fairly often when they have no showdown value.

This kind of player calls out of the big blind when you open in late position, and will continue vs a c-bet fairly often while holding a capped wide range when something favorable hits your range on the board, such as King-High or Ace-High.

When the river misses your hand and most of the plausible draws and your opponent has not shown aggression, you might start contemplating bluffing them off it.

Against these players, Tony suggests taking more showdowns with high card hands instead of trying to bluff them.

Here is an example to illustrate this concept further: You open a 87 Suited, you see that the flop is bad for your range, the turn and river is a brick, but you don't beat the draws and your opponent checks to you. Since now it's clear that this player is very passive with no showdown hands, they have gotten to this river and checked to you with more hands that don't really have showdown value. In this spot you should turn more of these types of hands into bluffs against the passive player type.

In addition, you should focus on being more passive with any hand that can showdown and win vs a player who takes a passive line postflop with hands that have no showdown value, and at the same time become more aggressive with the hands that you can absolutely never showdown.


#5 Poker Tell: Open Shoves Too Wide

This is a pretty common mistake amongst MTT players and many still have outdated ideas about shoving ranges.

For instance, if someone has 10 big blinds in the middle position, many players would assume any Ace is acceptable to shove all-in with preflop, and that's not actually the case.

With 10 big blinds in Middle Position 2 (MP2) you should mostly be folding A2 through A6, as well as hands including JT, QT and KT. If you spot players open shoving too wide in the 10-15 blind zone, it may fold to you in the Small or Big Blind, and you now have a significant advantage especially if you can identify the types of hands that they open or shove too wide with.

As another example, if you do see a wide opponent shove from an early position with 10 big blinds and it folds you in the big blind with A6, now you have a clear call. Against players who are shoving too tight, who jam 10 big blinds from an early position and you're in the Big Blind with a hand as weak as A6, there are a lot of players you should go ahead and make that fold against.

Having players at your table who open shove too wide is actually beneficial, as you will be able to make more money off of those players as they present you with opportunity to call getting good odds.


#6 Poker Tell: Flat Call or Small Reraise Instead of Shoving

Tony says he takes this note in tournaments 'all day long'.

Most players who make this mistake don't even realize that they are playing face up when they do it, and you will see this happen all the time in tournaments.

Here is a common scenario to help illustrate the concept: The player on the button has 18 to 22 big blinds and a stack that is mostly flatting or jamming, without any hands that 3-bet with a small sizing in their range. You're supposed to jam a lot of the pairs, the suited broadways, both strong offsuit aces and suited low aces including A5 suited, as well as a mix of the A4, A3 and A7 suited combinations.

As observed by Tony, many players jam a lot of these medium-strong hands and3-bet small with only aces and kings, and they never balance that by 3-betting small with a hand like A9 offsuit for instance.

Another common example to illustrate this concept is a scenario where you open raise, and an opponent calls. You get the flop with top pair and continuation bet, they call, you barrel the turn intending to barrel down for value, and instead of calling, your opponent hits you with a min-raise on the turn.

Once you identify a player using these small raises when they should be shoving, it's safe to assume that they will not find the bluffs until proven otherwise and that you should overfold these spots. This opponent is doing you a favor, just turning their hand face up, and you must be observant to this and make some very snug folds as an adjustment.


#7 Poker Tell: Reshoves Too Wide Preflop

While this tell is not quite as common as some of the others Tony has listed, this tendency is definitely something you want to keep an eye on.

Consider a scenario with 20 big blinds deep in the Small Blind facing an open raise vs the Cutoff. In this scenario, you're jamming all the pairs, all of the suited broadways, mostly except KJs and including A9, A8o, K9s, Q9s, K8s, plus some suited connectors such as 98s.

You will definitely catch players who reshove this spot way too wide, jamming, reshoving too many off-suit ace combos anytime they have a broadway combo. While these hands may seem like attractive and profitable reshoves in this spot, these hands actually don't fare really well with low to medium offsuit Aces as reshoves, because they have bad equity against the calling ranges of the opener.

When you spot somebody reshoving with a high frequency using offsuit Aces, all of the pairs that you were borderline become calls, and all of the medium aces become automatic calls.

Widen your calling ranges and be careful with broadway combos like KQ in your range if your opponent is observed reshoving offsuit aces too much, assuming it's not a suited broadway that retains a lot of equity.


#8 Poker Tell: Calls Down Too Wide Postflop

Not everybody who calls down too wide postflop is just a flat-out fishy calling station, however, a lot of players have a tendency to get a bit too sticky to top-pair hands, when their relative hand strength has been negated from the runout on the board.

Against this kind of player, Tony suggests doing more of the value betting yourself and less balancing through checking when you're the out-of-position player.

This recommendation is because there are a lot of situations where we open in the middle position, a player calls us on the button, and we mix betting and checking.

Be cautious in this spot not to bet the hands that may be a mix of combos in this player’s bluffing range, as well as to bet and barrel the hands that are top pair more frequently. In a spot where for example you open AJ and flop top pair, and get flat called on the flop and turn, you just need to bet the river for value.

As this type of player enters with more second-best hands and gets married to those second-best hands postflop, you should look to bet in order to maximize the value of your strong or medium-strong hands, as well as to bluff them a lot less frequently. When facing an opponent who loves to call down, it’s critical to not try and bluff them.


#9 Poker Tell: Bluffs Too Wide Postflop

While this is a far less common tell than most, there is a specific player type that will favor bluffing postflop with a too high frequency.

Against this type of player, we want to mix between betting and checking.

Tony suggests checking many more of our strong hands and sometimes hands with moderate showdown value, often having to take many more hands to showdown vs larger bet sizing on average.

Once you identify somebody who loves bluffing too much postflop, it might be beneficial to let them have the lead as often as possible. With our strongest hands against these opponents, we can start playing more lines where we check/call flops, call turn, and raise the river.

When you're in doubt whether this player is going to do enough betting for you to get max value on a big hand, Tony suggests checking to them frequently, given that you have a hand that's happy to call down.

When you find yourself on a turn or a river and you're facing a tough decision to call and you have a hand with showdown value, these spots start to become automatic calls.

Against frequent bluffers with wide ranges you can set up opponents by just checking to them over and over again, letting them spew right on into you.


#10 Poker Tell: Not ICM Conscious

With the Independent Chip Model or ICM Poker being crucial when it comes to improving your game and forming valuable strategies, this is an approach Tony says he pays a lot of attention to.

For both on bubble situations and at final tables, ICM has a very strong influence on decision making and the way stack sizes can be played. If for example, we're the big chip leader in a tournament field where everyone is very ICM conscious, we get to pummel opponents because they know they're supposed to fold.

However, if you are a big chip leader and everyone around you is not concerned with making money, and it's just players calling off preflop shoving way too wide, then you end up being more constricted and you should tighten it up.

Against players who are not ICM conscious, if you keep playing aggressive opponents will push back on you and you end up being the one who's responsible for those ICM mistakes.

Consequently, it is critical to remember that if you're a big stack and the players around you are not ICM conscious, you won't be able to exploit that situation as much as you'd like.

Simply by sitting back and waiting for other players to get involved, you'll be able to make progress at the final table as players will bust earlier than they should and ultimately help you ladder up the pay scale.

ICM is an area of poker study that most MTT players should focus on more, as these strategies will be one of the best ways to increase your profit against these fields.

Using these winning strategies and Tony Dunst’s Top 10 Online Poker Tells to your best advantage during your next poker tournament, you’ll continue to minimize mistakes and maximize your opportunity to accumulate chips and ultimately win tournaments!

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“3x WPT Champion, Season XVIII WPT Player of the Year Joins Team LearnWPT”

Las Vegas, NV – (January 14, 2022) – LearnWPT, the Official Poker Education Platform of the World Poker Tour® announced today the signing of Brian Altman as the newest member of Team LearnWPT. One of the most successful players in the 20 year history of the World Poker Tour, Brian will share his unique knowledge and experience with LearnWPT Members through digital and in-person training events.

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The Longmeadow Massachusetts native is a dominant force on the felt, having made an incredible seven WPT Main Tour Final Tables and etching his name on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup three times. Brian’s impressive career spans over a decade and includes career tournament earnings of $5.5 million, with $2.8 million dollars in earnings from his performance in WPT Events.

“The opportunity to share my strategic knowledge and experience with the LearnWPT membership is truly exciting,” Altman explained. “I look forward to interacting with the community and creating engaging strategy content to help players improve their game.”

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As an Instructor for LearnWPT’s on-demand poker training membership platform, the Season XVIII WPT Player of the Year will share his strategic approach for the first time through video Strategy Episodes, Member Webinars, and the interactive Ask a Pro feature.

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Katie Stone, began her gaming career as a child in chess, and later on while in college she pioneered chess camps for kids across the country. She is a professional poker player and a staunch advocate with a focus on growing the game of poker. Katie is also a major proponent of using the decision-making skills and lessons learned in poker as a means to better navigate challenges and improve performance at work and in daily life. Throughout her 15 years long career as a poker professional, Katie has been constantly searching for new methods to master her poker skills and help other players Play Better Poker.

As an Instructor for Team LearnWPT Katie delivers expert strategy and a unique perspective on learning poker to the LearnWPT Membership. Her accolades in poker include being a 2x WSOP Circuit Ring Winner and $1.2 million combined live and online tournament earnings. In addition to her role as a LearnWPT Instructor, Katie is also a Content Producer and Commentator for LearnWPT.

Her front-row seat to the explosion of online poker and the evolution of poker study makes Katie a uniquely qualified resource for cash game and tournament strategies, detailed hand analysis, online vs live strategies, decision making in real-time at the table, adjusting for known opponent tendencies, using your feedback loop for improvement, as well as learning what it takes to succeed as a pro.

Have an Inside Look at Katie’s Quest to Play Better Poker:


Meet Katie’s Guest and Poker Legend - Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger

Lucky-Chewy

Andrew Lichtenberger aka "LuckyChewy" is a highly successful poker player and has been an innovative catalyst for new poker strategies throughout his entire career. Known for his welcoming and empowering attitude, LuckyChewy is a true ambassador for the game of poker and is a shining example of why it is important to never stop learning.

LuckyChewy focuses on a healthy lifestyle centered on mindfulness and meditation. This calm center allows LuckyChewy to execute optimal strategies under tremendous pressure and maintain incredible focus vs the world’s toughest opponents. LuckyChewy is widely recognized by his peers as one of the premier minds in poker strategy and has a rich history in coaching and creating educational poker training content for more than a decade.

The stead and mindful approach to building success quickly resulted in Andrew becoming a household name and to becoming one of the most successful poker players in the world. With marquee wins including the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 Championship and a WSOP Bracelet plus several other high-profile final tables, LuckyChewy is currently in the Top 100 all-time tournament poker money list with more than $11.5 Million in live tournament earnings. Equally proficient in online poker, LuckyChewy has amassed several million in earnings and is a dominant force on the virtual felt.

Drawing from proven experience in the highest stakes games in the world, LuckyChewy’s approach to learning and growing as a poker player is very analytical and collaborative. As an expert with leading-edge poker tools including Game Theory Optimal solvers, He brings a surgically technical approach to analyzing poker and discovering small edges that are not obvious to the field.

LuckyChewy is a true poker expert, with command of both cash game and tournament strategies, and is an instrumental part of developing new solutions for the WPT GTO Trainer. In addition to an expansive collection of Strategy Episodes produced for the LearnWPT.com membership, LuckyChewy is also a vital part of LearnWPT’s Live & Digital Strategy Workshops.

Watch this Episode for a Preview of Andrew’s Exceptional Poker Strategy Analysis:


Join Katie and LuckyChewy for an enlightening discussion on LuckyChewy’s start in poker, why he loves studying the game, what makes learning fun, and his philosophy on self-improvement.

Tune In to Learn From LuckyChewy How You Can Play Better Poker by:

🡆 Finding a community of peers you trust to exchange ideas with.

🡆 Learning a specific cycle for improvement by studying hand histories.

🡆 Challenging yourself to study your biggest weaknesses and fix them first.

Play Better Poker is the perfect opportunity for you to kick off 2022 with a new perspective on how to study and improve your poker game. Join us for an enlightening conversation with a poker legend and pick up valuable strategies you can use to immediately improve your play.

If 2022 is your year to finally start making some real changes in your poker game, we’re here to help you get started in a fast and fun 30 minute LIVE poker strategy show.


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2021 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio

Are you ready to go back to where it all began?

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The World Poker Tour® returns to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the $10,400 buy-in Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event from December 15th – 19th. The setting for the first ever World Poker Tour Event back in 2002 (won by Danish superstar and WPT Legend Gus Hansen) once again is set to host this marquee event.

This prestigious tournament brings out the best players in the world and consistently generates massive prize pools with life-changing money awaiting the eventual champion.

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Season XVIII saw highroller specialist Alex Foxen take home a lion's share of the record-shattering $10 Million prize pool by outfoxing an impressive field of 1,035 players. Alex hoisted the Mike Sexton's Champion Cup and took home the $1,694,995 first prize.


LearnWPT Prepares You For The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Think you have what it takes to navigate a tournament field full of Champions and world-class pros to have YOUR name etched on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup?

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LearnWPT is here to take you inside a Championship mindset while playing high buy-in events and show you how Professional Players make decisions with the heat on them!


Get In On The Action...

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The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is welcoming players back to their unparalleled resort and storied poker room with a full festival of poker action. The festival includes daily satellites into the Main Event starting on December 8th (follow @BellagioPoker on Twitter for daily satellite updates)!

The crown jewel of this exciting poker festival is the $10,400 buy-in World Poker Tour® Five Diamond World Poker Classic main event starting on December 15th with a re-entry format.

WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and the Bellagio Poker Room staff collaborated to bring a super deep championship structure for this $10,400 event that offers plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents.

📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1: Wednesday, December 15th at 12 p.m. PT (unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 10)
Day 2: Thursday, December 16th at 12 p.m. PT
Day 3: Friday, December 17th at 12 p.m. PT
Day 4: Saturday, December 18th at 12 p.m. PT
Final Table: Sunday, December 19th at 4 p.m. PT

Get ready to battle with the best and compete for your chance to showcase your poker skills during a live TV final table taping at the HyperX Esports Arena that will air nationally on Bally Sports Network and OTT channels across the globe!

You’ll also be playing for what is sure to be one of the largest first place prizes in WPT history, as the entire poker world convenes at Bellagio for the poker event of the season.

Can't make it to Bellagio? Follow the WPT Live Updates Team for all of the action!


WPT Five Diamond Throwback - Tony Gives LuckyChewy The Raw Deal


The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic has a rich history of incredible poker action and spawned many poker legends.

Check out this throwback segment from a World Poker Tour® episode as LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst gives a little "Raw Deal" analysis of fellow LearnWPT Instructor Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger against Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari during the final table of the Season XI WPT Five Diamond Main Event.


How Does a Pro Handle The Pressure?

Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode as WPT Commentator and LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst gives a behind the scenes look at the 2019 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond $10,000 Main Event using actual hands he played from the event to demonstrate how he makes decisions with big money at stake.

Unique Insight When Deepstacked

Playing a super deepstacked structure like the WPT Five Diamond Main Event, especially during the early levels of a poker tournament takes a lot of patience and discipline.

Watch as Tony walks us through his decision-making process and breaks down deepstacked hands from early levels breaks during the 2018 10K WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.


WPT Five Diamond Throwback - Vanessa Vs LuckyChewy In a Flip


The final 3 players in the WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Classic are typically pretty tough. In the Season 10 edition of this event that saying definitely held true, with poker icon and LearnWPT Instructor Vanessa Selbst and poker legend LuckyChewy being 2 of the 3 remaining.

In this throwback hand we see the two members of Team LearnWPT clash in a classic coin flip spot with massive ICM implications in play.


Need Some Final Table Tips?

Final Table Strategy can differ dramatically from the early stages of a tournament, especially with huge pay-jumps and the prestige that only comes with winning a World Poker Tour title.

Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience and how your decision making is affected with potentially life-changing money at stake.

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While it's difficult to recreate the pressure of performing with the eyes of the world on you, you can start practicing now to succeed at the final table when it matters most.

Here are a few tips to help sharpen up your game for showtime!

  • Be aware of stack sizes and pay jumps at all times, even the slightest changes in stack sizes can shift strategy dramatically
  • When short stacks exist, there is extra pressure on the bigger stacks to avoid busting out
  • The chip leaders can use this extra pressure to win many pots while the short stack is in play
  • As a medium stack vs larger stack you should be cautious with any bets and raises and try to take marginal hands to showdown passively
  • Preflop ranges shift quite a bit at final tables due to this effect with big stacks playing much wider ranges and medium stacks much narrower ranges
  • Do not be afraid to ramp up your aggression against players that are playing tight in the hopes of laddering up


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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Are you playing the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic?

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If you see any of the LearnWPT Team at the Bellagio say Hi 👋

Good luck and good playing,
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