K♦8♦ on the River, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
In a Tournament where blinds are 500/1,000 it folds to you in the Cutoff. You minraise with K♦8♦ to 2,000 and it folds to Big Blind who calls. Big Blind checks the 2♠K♣7♠ flop, you continuation bet, and Villain calls. The 9♠ turn is checked. The K♥ comes on the river giving you trips and BB check-raises. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: In a multi-table tournament at 500/1,000 blinds we are dealt K8s in the Cutoff seat. It folds around to us and we make a standard raise for this point in the tournament to 2,000 and the Big Blind is the only caller. Even though we only raised to the minimum amount preflop, often in the mid/late stages of tournaments this small of a raise size is more than enough to put our opponents to meaningful decisions and skew the risk vs reward heavily in our favor, allowing us to steal more often and play more hands.

The flop is 2sKc7s and the Big Blind checks to us. This is a relatively dry flop and we have a massive range advantage in this spot as the preflop raiser. Given both of these factors we should continuation bet and favor a smaller bet size. We choose to make it 2,000 and our opponent calls.

The turn is the 9s. This is actually a close decision for us. Our opponent could reasonably have called on the flop with a flush draw, but they could also have any pair as well as ace high. Many of those are hands that we beat that will fold if we bet again, making it tough for us to get additional value out of our hand.

On the other hand we don’t want our opponent to get a free card with any of the random hands containing only 1 they could have in their range. If the pot were much bigger in relation to our stacks, we could make a better case that equity denial is more important than extracting some additional value in this spot. We decide to check in order to induce some bluffs from our opponent on the river as well as get some value out of some 2x/7x hands (or hands like 55 or ace high) on the river.

Continued below...

The river is the Kh and our opponent checks to us. Given the action so far it is difficult to put our opponent on a big hand. We have to figure most flushes or Kx hands would bet this river given the action thus far, so we’re really targeting 7x/2x/55/Ax type hands if we decide to bet. Given those target hands are all relatively weak, a smaller bet sizing seems reasonable. We elect to go with 2,000 which may be a little too small as most players who will call 2,000 here will likely call a bet as large as like 3,000-3,500 as well. Our opponent raises to 5,000.

This is one of those spots where game theory would say to call 100% of the time with our hand. We only need to have the best hand 16% of the time and our line in this spot somewhat caps our hand range, making it harder for us to have a strong hand.

If our opponent believes we have a capped range, they should be bluffing some percentage of the time which makes this a fairly trivial call. In the real world we will run into opponents who simply never check-raise bluff the river and we are ahead here very close to 0% of the time.

The price we are getting to make this call is simply too good given the strength of our hand. If we had an opponent specific read then we could perhaps make an exploitative lay-down here. Absent that information we are simply too strong to fold.

Calling is the best play.

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Does Studying 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...


There’s no denying Tony’s resume as a world-class player. His achievements include a WPT title and WSOP bracelet, and he’s certainly seen just about every approach to success in poker during his 15 years in the game.

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.

To give you some extra motivation and show you how Tony made 2019 one of his best years ever as a Pro, you'll get exclusive access to Tony’s Strategy Episodes (21 BONUS videos!) as part of your $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.com.

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These videos are normally only available to Silver, Gold, and Platinum Members so this offer will only be available until March 31, 2020.

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


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

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  • 16 Strategy Episodes selected by LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger introducing game-changing concepts
  • The ability to Train and Play Hands using the WPT GTO Trainer for instant feedback on YOUR leaks

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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,
-LearnWPT



Tony Dunst's Fold on the River...

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LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst recently faced a tough river spot against two time WPT Champion J.C. Tran at a $3500 buy-in event at Thunder Valley Casino.

Check out Tony's blog where he breaks exactly what he was thinking during this heads up battle against a fellow WPT Champion.

Learn more about Tony and how he can help improve your game by clicking here: Meet LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst

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8♠8♣ Facing a Preflop All-In, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
In a Tournament where blinds are 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 big blind ante, it folds to the Hijack who pushes all-in for 13BB. The Cutoff and the Button both fold. You have 8♠8♣ in the Small Blind with a 32BB stack and action is on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: In a Tournament with 2,000/4,000 blinds with a 4,000 big blind ante we are dealt pocket 8s in the Small Blind. It folds around to the Hijack who moves all-in for 52,000 chips. Action folds to us and we have a decision to make.

The first thing we want to do when facing an all-in is estimate our opponent’s hand range. In this particular spot they shoved 13 big blinds. Since most players don’t start shoving all-in until they hit around 10 big blinds, this is far more likely to be a reasonable range of hands instead of a very wide range. In addition, our opponent may not want to play with a low stack to pot ratio (SPR) postflop.

With that in mind, it is less likely, although not impossible, that our opponent has QQ/KK/AA since they would be far more likely to just raise with those hands to encourage some action. If we put our opponent on a range of pairs 22-JJ, A2s+, ATo+, and KQ (both suited and offsuit) we are roughly 59% versus that range. With dead money in the pot it is very hard to justify passing up on nearly a 60% edge in a Tournament. Even against a range that does include the big pairs we are likely to be around a 55/45 favorite.

Continued below...

We could potentially fold if we had a player specific read that they are shoving much narrower here, but without that read we just have too big of an edge with additional dead money in the pot from the blinds and antes.

A shove in this spot is nearly half the Big Blind’s stack so if we continue we want to reraise all-in to maximize our leverage over the Big Blind and shut them out of the pot with big cards that have reasonable equity against us.

Moving all-in is the best play.

How would you play it?
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  • Strategies to take you from a player who "min-cashes" to one who dominates the final table
  • What it takes to "close the deal" in Tournaments including final tables, short-handed play, heads up play, and deal-making
  • How to thrive in today’s competitive tournaments

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LearnWPT Membership Features

We created LearnWPT.com to make it as easy as possible for anyone to improve their poker game, on their own time and their own terms.

Our goal is to empower players to ask questions, focus them on fixing leaks, and provide a solid game-plan for them to bring to the table every time they sit down.

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We've made it easy for you to watch, train, discuss, study, and improve by using these LearnWPT Features:

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LearnWPT 2019 Year in Review

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Our goal for 2019 was to create new ways to help LearnWPT Members improve their poker game.

We accomplished that goal by adding new game-elevating features, advanced content, additional ways to interact more with our Pros, and more. All with the help of feedback from YOU.

Here’s a recap of the best from 2019:

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Nick Binger and the Development Team spent most of 2019 creating the The WPT GTO Trainer where Members can now practice and learn Game Theory Optimal Strategies used by the world's greatest players by simply playing hands of poker.

The Community Forums were created in 2019 for Students to join in and discuss all things poker with Nick, Eric, LuckyChewy, and fellow Members.

We've also made it much easier to improve your game with our new Membership Tiers. Now you can choose the Membership to best fit your budget, schedule, and stage in your development

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  • Viewed 99 New Strategy Videos
  • Reviewed 100 New Poker Hands
  • Voted 224,335 times to Fold, Call, Check, or Raise
  • Played 100+ different WPT GTO Training Packs using over 1 Billion Solved Hands
  • Received 1100+ Answers to Ask a Pro Questions
  • Submitted 770+ HIT Hands for Analysis
  • Attended 315 Minutes of Webinars
  • Downloaded 12 New Studying Tools

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LearnWPT Member Sue bested a field of 1,713 to win her 1st WSOP Bracelet (and over $120K).

The World Poker Tour interviewed and featured LearnWPT Students Scott & Lisa in an article highlighting their phenomenal summer.

LearnWPT Instructors Tony Dunst and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger had huge 2nd place wins in 2019...

Tony added $250K to his bankroll in the Baccarat Crystal World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions and Chewy banked $917K in the WSOP 50K High Roller!

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Most Watched Episodes

Most Voted Poker Hands

Most Memorable Moments

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We hosted Live Workshops in Los Angeles, Vegas, and Atlantic City which included:

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To all of our current, former, and future Members - THANK YOU for a great year and for being a part of LearnWPT!

The LearnWPT Development Team is hard at work on several Enhanced Features and we look forward to helping your game grow in 2020.

We'll see you online,
- LearnWPT

Your 2020 Poker Resolution Starter Guide

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

How are you planning on making your poker game better in 2020?

If you want to start 2020 on the path to improvement, I recommend following this list of Poker Resolutions:

  1. Make sure your Preflop Raises are sized properly to thin the field to just one or two opponents.

  2. Begin using Board Texture to guide postflop decisions.


I can’t stress enough how critical it is to apply these two concepts before you start trying to make any other changes to your poker game.

These two ideas are so important that we want all of our Students to have watched them before they even join LearnWPT (which is why we give them to you for free)!

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

  1. Assign Ranges based on your opponent's seat Position:

    a) study what hands to play preflop when you are the first person to put money into the pot
    b) stay consistent with your raise-sizing
    c) put each player in the hand on a range preflop and then try to narrow it as the action continues

  2. Think about and set Poker Goals by:

    a) reflecting on your past goals and results
    b) setting process and results oriented goals
    c) understanding "why" poker is important to YOU

  3. Practice and Evaluate play to improve faster by:

    a) writing down key details for hands you have trouble with
    b) playing 25 hands a day on the WPT GTO Trainer
    c) setting up a feedback loop using the Hand Input Tool to record and share hands you've played for analysis from LearnWPT Pros

If you've already made all of these "starter" resolutions part of your game, then a Membership with LearnWPT will be the easiest and fastest way to build a strong and dynamic game plan for winning No-Limit Texas Hold'em play.

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

Here's to making winning decisions in 2020!
-Nick Binger


So what are YOUR Poker Resolutions?

Post your answers in the comments below because it helps to write your resolutions down... and you may help another player realize what they need to be focusing on!

Creating a Winning Habit

We know, you want it all now….

The calendar has just turned over and 2020 is gonna be your year, no matter what it takes. You’re committed to making the changes that will transform your game and your life.

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

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

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

Fast forward to March 1st.... you can pick any machine and park with ease! Everyone who made the big commitment to exercise and make a change is gone.

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

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

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


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

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

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  • Practice strategies by playing 25 hands each day using the WPT GTO Trainer. You'll find specific leaks, narrowed down to hand categories and specific actions, by playing solved poker hands. There’s no grey area, simply play, review your Session Data, and see which leak is YOUR biggest.

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

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

That’s what we’re here for.
-LearnWPT


PS
Join LearnWPT.com now for just $5 and you'll also have the ability to Ask a Pro all of your poker questions.

LearnWPT's Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold’em

Watch this Video for the Basics of No-Limit Hold'em and Get Free Poker Strategy

No-Limit Texas Hold'em is one of the most popular and exciting games in the world!

If you are new to the game but not sure where to start, don't worry LearnWPT.com is here to help.

LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger shows you hand rankings, tips for proper betting, handling cards, and key strategies for selecting which hands to play at the start of each hand (plus get FREE downloadable tools below!).


First-In Hand Range charts tell you what hands to play when you are the first person to put money into the pot at the poker table. They'll keep you on very solid, profitable ground and ensure that you aren't playing bad poker hands!

Download your FREE copy of first-in hand range charts here

Here are some tips for using them at the table:

  • Use the Position Graphic at the beginning to determine your position at the table and reference the appropriate chart for your seat. Always count backwards from the Button ("dealer button") to determine your position
  • You should raise with all hands highlighted in PINK. Do not call the minimum bet amount - RAISE!
  • Your raise sizing should be 3 times the big blind amount. For example if blinds are 100-200 in a tournament and you elect to raise first-in to the pot, your total bet amount should be 600
  • Stay consistent with your raise sizing. If you raise a larger amount with a specific hand and smaller amounts with others, you will be easier to read at the table (IE don't raise to 600 with AA, but 400 with 99).
  • Remember, these charts are intended for use when you are the first person to put chips in the pot before the flop aside from the blinds (forced bets). If someone else has already voluntarily put chips in the pot, these charts do not apply

THE 5 KEY 🔑FACTORS

When you join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month we'll teach you the 5 Key Factors every player needs to know to put your opponents on accurate hand ranges!

  • Position
  • Range
  • Stack Depth
  • Board Texture
  • Number of Opponents


Check out this preview of the Episodes you'll receive as part of your $5 First Month Membership introducing the 5 Key Factors...


PRO TIP:
To build mental muscle memory for these tasks in real time, focus on the 5 Key Factors even when you are NOT in the hand.


NEXT STEPS

We created LearnWPT to make it as easy as possible for anyone to improve their poker game, on their own time and their own terms. A plan for improvement that includes small, consistent amounts of effort over time is the key factor that most often separates winning pros and students of the game from the average poker player.

Ready to continue learning basic No-Limit Hold’em Strategy and become a better player?

Enter your email in the box below or visit LearnWPT.com and click the green PLAY NOW button to immediately gain access to Free Strategy Content and Tools (including Full LearnWPT Strategy Episodes)

PLUS Receive free poker strategy emails to your inbox each week.

No matter how you choose to use LearnWPT.com there’s a path for you to learn, improve, and have fun on your own time and your own terms.

I am honored to be your guide on this journey and appreciate your support of LearnWPT!

Nick Binger
Lead Instructor, LearnWPT


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TRAIN - PLAY - THINK
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The Mental Game with Jared Tendler: Setting Goals

Watch This FREE Strategy Episode
From LearnWPT!

Have you set your 2020 poker goals?

We want to help get you on the right track and give you a head start on the competition!

Watch this exclusive access to a full Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Mental Game coach Jared Tendler to understand how setting goals are necessary to achieving success and growth in poker.

Get started on improving your Mental Game right now and learn:

  • How reflection is essential for measuring improvement
  • What the key methods are for setting process and results goals
  • When setting multiple goals is practical for maintaining motivation
  • And most importantly... discovering your Why!

Why Should You Learn About
The Mental Game?

We all make mistakes due to lack of focus, loss of motivation, or because we are simply unprepared. Thousands of hours studying hands and playing in pressure situations should make decisions easier over time, but even the best players in the world make mistakes when it matters most. The key to improvement and avoiding these mistakes comes from being a student of The Mental Game.

In Strategy Episode 58, Jared introduces us to the concept of The Mental Game and why players of every skill level should add these strategies to their study routine right now!

You can gain full access to the above Episode right now when you join LearnWPT.com as part of your $5 First Month Membership!

We'll see you online!
-LearnWPT