What's New at LearnWPT!

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We've been very busy lately adding new features and enhancing some of our Member favorites!

Take a look at what we've been working on and what's to come...

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GET SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ISSUES IN YOUR GAME THAT NEED FIXING

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Let’s say you’re having trouble playing draws. With Search simply type “draws” in the window and hit enter and you’ll be presented with every piece of content we have created related to draws.

Note: If you are on a mobile device you can find the search icon via the the menu .

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We’ll display your best matches and label them clearly so you know if we recommend a specific Strategy Episode or Community post (WPT GTO Trainer packs results coming soon!) to help you start fixing leaks immediately.

Search is also the place to go for definitions of poker terms and to search specific Strategy Episodes by number.


REFINE SEARCH

FILTER AND FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Get right to the answer you need fast with our easy to use content filter. Quickly find the type of content you are looking for and maximize your study time with a few clicks.

Strategy Episodes

Episodes can now be sorted based on several factors including Skill Level, Game Type, and Strategy. Filter to streamline the videos and focus on the content you want to study.

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If you aren’t sure which Learning Path best applies to your Skill Level take this simple quiz below!

Pick the answer that most closely describes your current knowledge and the results will reveal which Learning Path you should start on:

WPT GTO Trainer

All WPT GTO Trainer scenarios are categorized so you can filter for Game Type, Situation, Stack Size, and packs available to you at your current Membership Tier.

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Remember that when you are training on the WPT GTO Trainer you should be focused on getting as close to 0 EV Loss with each decision you make. Don’t worry about whether or not you win any one particular hand.

This allows you to have a long term mindset towards poker that focuses on the quality of our decisions and not short term results.

You can now view your total number of hands played and total EV loss right on your WPT GTO Trainer Dashboard to see how you are progressing!

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Training Tip: Watch the Big Blind Defense Episode 247 Go to the WPT GTO Trainer Choose Tournament & Big Blind Defense using the "What would you like to train today? filter Select a Training Pack and Begin Send Hands to Ask a Pro for Feedback!


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE?

Not sure which videos you've not watched, or want to mark your favorites for quick viewing?

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Use the Sort By filter to view Episodes by when Created (starting with Episode 1), what you've last watched, what you've not watched, or by your favorites.

Tip: Click the star ⭐ next to an Episode Title to save to your list of Favorites to sort for easy access the next time you train.


ASK A PRO FORUM

Having a trusted source to discuss strategy with is VITAL to your growth. Create that feedback loop with LearnWPT Instructors with the Ask a Pro and the Community Forums.

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We've upgraded the layout and added enhanced user notification for Ask A Pro and the Community Forums to make it even easier for Members to submit hands played and get answers from the LearnWPT Pros.

  • Click ASK A PRO to submit your questions directly to the LearnWPT Pros for analysis and feedback
  • Click COMMUNITY for a place to talk all things poker with fellow Members and LearnWPT Pros.

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Tip: Use the enhanced user controls to view your submitted questions only or sort to see all questions answered by the Pros and add a personalized Avatar by clicking MY PROFILE


COMING SOON!

We can't wait to show you what we are working on next to help improve your experience at LearnWPT.

Stay tuned for more enhancements including a personalized dashboard, GTO stats broken out by cash and tournament, and more.

Have a suggestion or feedback? Email our support team.

Thanks for being part of LearnWPT!


Have Questions about LearnWPT? Send an email to our Support Team at [email protected] or click the red Contact Us button and we will be happy to help!

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What is a PKO Tournament?

  • PKO (Progressive Knockout) tournaments are fun, unique events where a dynamic bounty is placed on each player
  • As you knock out other players, typically you are paid 50% of their bounty and the other 50% is added to your total bounty
  • Unlike regular knockout tournaments the value of the bounties can grow
  • If you are the victor in a PKO Tourney you win in multiple ways:
    • Win the amount in the general prize pool for 1st place
    • Win the bounties you earned over the course of the event
    • Keep the full amount of the bounty that is on your head

SHOULD I PLAY A PKO DIFFERENTLY?

Yes! The strategy for playing PKOs is very different from regular bounty tournament strategy.

Click below to view an in-depth Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger to learn valuable math shortcuts and strategy tips to improve your play in PKO events.

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Remembers these tips when playing in a PKO Tournament:

  • Because bounty values change based on each player's number of knockouts, some players are worth much more than others to knock out
  • Players are incentivized to widen their ranges and go after opponents when they have a high bounty value
  • Starting PKO Tournaments on time and avoiding late registration is critical to maximize your chances of winning the most bounties
  • It's often profitable to call with any 2 cards in PKO Tournaments when your opponent's bounty value is high
  • This style of tournament has become extremely popular over the last year because it encourages so much action!
  • Download the PKO Equity Reduction Reference Guide for an easy and quick way to determine your equity in PKO Tournaments


Have Questions about LearnWPT? Send an email to our Support Team at [email protected] or click the red CONTACT US button and they will be happy to help!

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BRAND-NEW LearnWPT Digital Training Events!

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

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

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

3-Day Digital Tournament Strategy Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2-Day Digital Lab Events

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

LearnWPT Pros Winning Big!

July has been a very successful month for LearnWPT Pros!

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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Think Like a Pro

Introducing LearnWPT Instructor Vanessa Selbst

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


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

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

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

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

Vanessa's Accomplishments:

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

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

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

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


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

Help us welcome Vanessa to the team!
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Go to learnwpt.com, click the JOIN NOW button to become a Member for just $5 your first month (cancel anytime).

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

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

LearnWPT Student Bryant Getting Results...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:

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


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LearnWPT Members Team Roberts Roll Up Big Finishes!

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

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

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


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By Sean Chaffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hitting the Books and Crushing the Tables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would they recommend LearnWPT to other players?

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

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

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

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


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



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See the current schedule below including:

  • LearnWPT Live at Commerce Advanced Tournament Workshop this February 15-16, 2020 in Los Angeles with Nick Binger and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger which features a freeroll satellite with a $3500 WPT Main Event seat as 1st prize. This event is limited to only 32 Students!


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Play Better Poker with LearnWPT Live Stream - Featuring Guest Brian Altman

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Get LIVE, first-hand tips from a 3x World Poker Tour Champion on how to improve your poker game! 📺

LearnWPT, the Official Poker Education Platform of the World Poker Tour®, proudly presents Play Better Poker with Instructors Katie Stone and Brian Altman starting at 10:00 AM EST on January 20th LIVE from the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida!

If your goal is to kickstart your poker game, then look no further. You'll have unparalleled access to hear directly from top players and get valuable strategies to improve your game plan!

Catch all of the action and be sure to RSVP for this amazing live show ↘️

Listen as the most successful poker players in the game share their secrets about how to Play 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 on the next Play Better Poker show is 3x WPT Champion, Season XVIII Player of the Year, and the newest member of Team LearnWPT- Brian Altman!

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

Tune In to Hear Katie & Brian Talk About:

🡆 The importance of maintaining a mindset for growth and learning.

🡆 The value of having a community of trusted peers to help you learn and grow.

🡆 Why balance and family time are important to maintaining peak performance.

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 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:


Meet Katie’s Guest 3x WPT Champion and Season XVIII Player of the Year- Brian Altman!

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Brian Altman or “Alty” as he is known by fellow rounders on the virtual and live poker felt, is universally considered to be one of the greatest tournament players in the world. Brian’s career spans over a decade and includes $5.5 million in worldwide tournament earnings in live poker alone, with $2.8 million of those winnings from the World Poker Tour.

As a 3x World Poker Tour Champion and the Season XVIII WPT Player of the Year, Brian has demonstrated a level of consistency and execution in the most high-pressure spots that is seldom matched by his peers. Before his ascent into the WPT record books, Brian cemented his legacy as an elite online poker player by winning the prestigious Pokerstars Yearly Tournament Leaderboard in 2010.

Brian’s success is born from a mindset focused on self-improvement and lifelong learning, including a commitment to personal health and fitness. An avid fan of hiking and travel, Brian balances his dedication to excellence at the table with personal interests away from the table including spending plenty of time with friends and family.

As the newest member of Team LearnWPT, Brian will reveal his winning approach for the first time and share his proven strategies through Strategy Episodes, Webinars, and interactive Live Workshops.

Check Out This Throwback from Brian’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Win in 2020:


Join Katie and Brian for an enlightening discussion on his championship mindset, his dedication to self-improvement and lifelong learning, what makes learning fun, and the methods he uses to stay on top of today’s tough poker tournament fields.

Play Better Poker is the perfect opportunity for you to get started on your poker learning journey in a fun and engaging way. Join us for a fascinating conversation with the one and only poker legend, Brian Altman. Watch for valuable strategies that will help improve your play and help you have more fun at the table!

The year 2022 is the perfect time to start making changes in your poker game. You'll learn strategies from a legendary player and pick up tips that will help you improve quickly!

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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2022 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock

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The World Poker Tour kicks off its 20th Season at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL this January with the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event. Join the massive field of poker players sure to flock to Florida to test their skills and be crowned the next WPT Champion!

The huge $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool is destined to attract a record-shattering number of players and a life-changing first prize.


LearnWPT Prepares You For The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Think you have what it takes to navigate a tough tournament field and have your name etched on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup?

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LearnWPT is here with expert strategy tips and fun ways to train to help get your game in shape. Check out some free Strategy Episodes and WPT GTO Trainer solutions to get you ready to crush the competition at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open 🏆.


Get In On The Action ...

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL is welcoming players back to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full festival of poker action starting on January 13th. Kicking off the festival on the 13th is a $600 multi-flight $1Million Guaranteed deepstack tournament!

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the $2Million Guaranteed WPT Main Tour Event on January 21st. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on January 22nd - Click for more information.

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📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Friday, January 21, 2022 starting at 11 a.m. ET
Day 1B: Saturday, January 22, 2022 starting at 11 a.m. ET (Registration will remain open until the start of Level 9)
Day 2: Sunday, January 23, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 3: Monday, January 24, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 4: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Final Table: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
starting at 2 p.m. ET (final table will be live streamed with 30-min delay)

The super deep championship structure for this $3,500 event offers plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents. Get ready to battle with the best and play for your share of the massive $2M Guaranteed prize pool.


Next Play Better Poker with LearnWPT Live Stream at Seminole Hard Rock!

Before the Main Event LearnWPT Instructor and Host Katie Stone will be talking poker strategy with new LearnWPT Instructor and 3X WPT Champion Brian Altman who became the first player in WPT history to win the same event twice at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Season XVIII.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the Play Better Poker premiere!


Watch the first episode with guest Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger on
LearnWPT.com by clicking here.

The next Play Better Poker with LearnWPT Stream will be LIVE from the Lucky Hearts Poker Open January 20th at 10am EST (7am EST) on twitch.tv/learnwpt!!


How Does a Pro Handle The Spotlight?

Making the correct plays at a final table when there are big pay jumps in play can be very challenging. Should you play super tight and only go in with the best hands, or ramp up the aggression and attempt to run over the table?

Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode as Instructor Nick Binger breaks down the action from the 2017 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale $10,000 Buy-in Event. Tune in as Nick walks you step by step through the thought process of world-class player Jason Koon as he open raises from the Button with a medium stack vs a tough defend from Terry Schumacher in the Big Blind.

How Would YOU Play This Same Spot?

Think you have what it takes to win the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open and outwit a world-class Pro? It’s time to challenge the world’s perfect opponent - The WPT GTO Trainer!

Play these 5 hands to test your skills in the exact same scenario Jason found himself. The goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision. Good luck...

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At a Tournament Final Table you min-raise on the Button with a 30BB stack and the Big Blind with 50BBs calls.

Remaining Payouts (% of Prizepool): 1st = 20% | 2nd = 14% | 3rd = 9% | 4th = 6.7% | 5th = 5% | 6th = 4%

P.S. After playing the hands click the LEARN NOW button to learn the "why" behind the correct plays.


Let's Flip The Script ...

In the previous Strategy Episode Nick Binger walked you through the high-level decision making process used by Jason Koon with big money on the line at a WPT Final table vs a tough opponent in the Big Blind. Now, let's flip the script and take a dive deep into the perspective of Terry Schumacher in the Big Blind facing an open-raise from Jason on the Button.


Watch as Nick illustrates the key factors Terry Schumacher considers when defending the Big Blind vs a late position range and how techniques like floating are essential to combat Jason’s balanced multi-street barreling strategy.

Play It From the Big Blind

It’s now time to switch spots and see how you do as the defender vs the perfect opponent! Play these 5 hands to test your skills from the Big Blind vs the Button and see how close you can get to zero EV loss.

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At a Final Table the Button min-raises with a 30BB stack and you call from the Big Blind with 50BBs.

Remaining Payouts (% of Prizepool): 1st = 20% | 2nd = 14% | 3rd = 9% | 4th = 6.7% | 5th = 5% | 6th = 4%

As you train remember:

  • Opponents will be opening with a narrower range, especially from out of position
  • Medium stacks (around 30BB) can be pressured with a wider raising ranges preflop, especially with many short stacks present
  • Your check-calling range should include mostly hands you would want to take to showdown such as strong 1-pair hands
  • If an Opponent bets out again on the turn beware, often this turn barreling range will be very narrow due to pay jump implications
  • Your check-raising range should be polarized and include hands like second pair, big draws, some very strong hands, and complete air
  • If you check the flop and your Opponent checks back, don’t be afraid to attack the turn with larger sizing with made hands and some draws


After playing be sure to click the LEARN NOW button to learn more strategy behind the correct plays.


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 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

In case the championship structure, $2M Guaranteed prize pool, and chance to have your name cemented in history as a WPT Champion isn’t enough, you’ll also get a chance to showcase your poker skills live on the World Poker Tour Twitch stream!


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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Are you playing the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open? Stop and say Hi 👋 to the LearnWPT Team!

Tony Dunst, LuckyChewy, Katie Stone, Brian Altman and Adrian Naggy will be on site and in the action.

If you are playing and want to celebrate a victory or deep run, email the LearnWPT Team to keep us updated. Also make sure to follow and tag us on Twitter @learnwpt, Facebook, or Instagram to share your success on social with the hashtag #WPTLHPO!

Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT


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5 Strategies for Deepstack Poker Tournament Play

A common question we get from LearnWPT students is:

"How should I play the early stages of a poker tournament when stacks are deep?"

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During the first few levels of a tournament when stacks are still deep, do you sit back and only play premium hands, or should you be mixing it up by playing more hands to try and build a big stack?

Not Sure How to Play Deepstacked?

We got you covered! The team of world class poker professionals at LearnWPT - The Official Poker Training Platform of The World Poker Tour® - are here with expert strategies to immediately upgrade your deepstack poker tournament play.


LearnWPT Instructors Katie Stone and Tony Dunst took a break from the action at the$2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino Resort to talk about some common mistakes they see players make when playing in deepstacked poker tournaments.

5 Key Poker Strategy Tips To Play Better in Deepstacked Poker Tournaments:

The early stages of a championship poker tournament with super deep structures like you find on the World Poker Tour require a specific strategy shift. It’s not uncommon for the average stack to equal 100 times the current big blind level or more during the first few hours in the tournament. Players typically start with 30,000 chips with blinds at 100/100 and 1 hour long levels and you need to change your strategy for these situations.

Anytime you find yourself in a deepstack poker tournament situation remember these 5 Strategies for Deepstacked Play:

Strategy Tip #1 - Adjust your First-In Ranges
Strategy Tip #2 - Be Cautious with 1-Pair Hands
Strategy Tip #3 - Don’t Call too Loose Preflop
Strategy Tip #4 - Attack Limpers
Strategy Tip #5 - Use Board Texture as Your Guide

Now... let's dive deeper into, well, deepstack poker and review some in-depth poker strategy to help you incorporate LearnWPT’s 5 Strategies for Deepstacked Play:


So, What Exactly is Deepstack Poker?

Deepstack: adjective
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1) For a poker situation to be considered deepstacked from a strategic perspective the standard opening raise size has to be 4% or less than the effective stack for the table, typically when the effective stack is 100BB or more. Think of the effective stack in terms of the smallest stack between players in a poker hand, or the most you can win or lose in a specific hand of poker given stack sizes.

For example, if the effective stack for a hand at your table is 10,000 chips with blinds at 100-100 and the standard raise for the table preflop is 300 chips, the game is considered deepstacked.

If for some reason the average raise size before the flop at your specific table was 1,000 chips with the same 10,000 chip effective stacks and 100-100 blinds, then the game would be considered shallow.

Need a Refresher or Effective Stack Basics?:

A deepstacked championship structure allows you to exercise far greater patience, however you can also make critical mistakes early in the tournament. Your approach to deepstack poker tournament play should be to maximize chances of making a deep run with prudent aggression, while protecting against losing big chunks of your stack in spots that are avoidable.


🏋️ Understanding Relative Hand Strength

Watch this Strategy Episode from Nick Binger to learn key strategic factors for determining how your poker hand strength can change during the course of a given poker hand based on an opponent's actions and likely range of hands.

Understanding how your hand strength shifts during a hand is an essential component of winning deepstacked poker play.


Factors that Affect Relative Hand Strength:

  • Number of Opponents - The more players you face in a hand = the strong average hand at showdown. Assume 2-pair or better when getting action in multiway pots
  • Board Texture - Coordinated boards such as T♠8♠7♥ connect with your opponents in deepstacked multiway pots far more often than dry or scattered flops such as K♦2♠2♣. Two-pair combinations are also far more likely on coordinated boards
  • Stack Depth - You need a big hand to continue with when the money starts going in on multiple streets and stacks are deep. When you do flop a big hand avoid slowplaying unless you are heads up vs a single opponent on a dry board


Deepstack Advice from An All-Time Great 🐐

Who better to learn the nuances of deepstacked poker tournament play than the incomparable Vanessa Selbst?

In this Strategy Episode Vanessa outlines critical strategic adjustments to ensure a balanced approach to maximizing EV in multiway pots on coordinated flops that you can apply to your next tournament or cash game session.


Vanessa’s Advice for Multiway Pots:

  • Study the WPT GTO Trainer so you know the default strategy
  • Identify opponents who deviate from GTO to exploit
  • Reduce c-betting frequency and focus on range advantage
  • Add speculative hands to preflop first-in range to stop from being exploited
  • Bet value hands only on coordinated boards - especially against sticky opponents


Are All 1-Pair Hands Created Equal?


In this Strategy Episode Nick Binger breaks down 3 fundamentals for deepstack poker tournament play including:

  1. How to label players in the Blinds
  2. Raising multiple limpers to take the initiative
  3. How to rank 1-Pair hands by class to eliminate the need for guesswork at the table


We hope you enjoyed these free strategies for deepstack play in tournaments from Team LearnWPT. Be sure to follow us or subscribe below for more FREE poker content.


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Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT



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