WPT GTO Trainer: Small Stakes Cash Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Think Like a Pro

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].


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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Click below to join (just $5 your first month!) and start improving your game today:

LearnWPT Members Team Roberts Roll Up Big Finishes!

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

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

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

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By Sean Chaffin

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

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

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

Poker Power Couple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hitting the Books and Crushing the Tables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would they recommend LearnWPT to other players?

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

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

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

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

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

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Whether you are a tournament or cash game player, looking to advance your move arsenal, or ready to master the game, attending a LearnWPT Live Strategy Workshop is the quickest and most effective way to expand your No-Limit Hold’em game plan and get you on a path to success.

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!

If you are ready for better results at the tables it’s time for you to take action and get a proven winning game plan to help get you there.

Hey, maybe you’ll be our next success story just like Scott and Lisa 😉.

Questions? Contact the Support Team (888) 600-5593 or [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

WPT GTO Trainer: Get Started

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With the WPT GTO Trainer!

There have been many poker “trainers” in the past that allowed you to play poker hands for practice. However, these have been powered by people’s opinions of what is good play and not true Game Theory Optimal (GTO) strategy.

What makes WPT’s GTO Trainer different?

  • The WPT GTO Trainer allows you to play through true Nash equilibrium solutions to various No-Limit Hold'em poker Scenarios (over 4 BILLION solved spots and counting!)
  • Get instant feedback on the precise EV (Expected Value) Loss of every move you make
  • Rapidly plug leaks and learn the GTO strategies that have dominated the highest stakes games in the world

OK, time to get started...


To play the WPT GTO Trainer without the need for screen adjustment between hands, simply add LearnWPT.com as a shortcut to your iOS and Android mobile device.

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Click below for a few simple steps to train optimally using the GTO Trainer from a mobile device:


Using the WPT GTO Trainer is fast and easy! Members can click TRAINER in the top navigation bar or mobile menu.

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Members must be logged in to your LearnWPT.com Membership to start Training.

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1) Select the Specific Spot you want to train from the available list of Scenarios (ex: MP2 Open vs Button Call).

  • Spots will be either a Cash Game or Tournament Scenario (labeled as Cash, MTT - Tournament, FT - Final Table, SMALL - Small Stakes, or HU - Heads Up)
  • Click the drop down box to select the specific Game Type, Situation, and Stack Size you would like to train
  • You can select multiple options in the drop down menu to narrow your search

Hint: Any Scenarios with a green PLAY NOW button are packs available to your current membership that you have not trained with yet

2) When selecting the Spot to train, take note of the Effective Stack size in Big Blinds and Pot Size information to consider when making your decision (see image below for example). These factors will remain constant at the start of each new hand based on the specific Scenario you’ve selected.

Here are some additional tips for choosing which spot to train:

  • Your Position and Action (Hero) is always listed first in the Scenario name
  • Each Scenario will have you training from either In Position or Out of Position (noted in the description of Scenario action)
    • Cash Game Scenarios use a green table
    • Tournament Scenarios use a blue table
    • Final Table Scenarios use a purple table
    • Small Stakes Scenarios use an orange table
    • Heads Up Scenarios use a burgundy table

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3) The description of Scenario explains the Preflop action.

  • Example - MP2 Open vs Button Call Scenario:
    • Hero (you) are the MP2 player and Open to 2.5BBs preflop
    • The Button player (Villain) calls and everyone else folds
    • Action starts with the flop and 7.5BBs in the pot

4) View the Hand Range Charts per Position for this Scenario.

  • The hand range charts for Hero and Villain show respective ranges going to the flop (after their last preflop action)
  • Percentages listed for specific hand combos indicate the frequency with which those specific hands are in the overall range for the given scenario
  • Hand ranges are also color coded based on order of action preflop (lighter or darker shades of each color visually indicate the frequency for these hands):
    • The LAST preflop aggressor's hand range is shown in red
    • The preflop caller's hand range is shown in green

Select the image of the hand range charts per position (ie MP2 or Button) to expand to a larger view


After selecting the Scenario you wish to train, simply click or tap on the START NEW SESSION button to start!

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Reminder: When training you should be solely focused minimizing EV Loss, instead of 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 decisions and not short term results.


Click START NEW SESSION and you will instantly be faced with a postflop decision based on the Scenario you select from the menu.

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1) Customize the WPT GTO Trainer to change how you get instant feedback while training!

  • Click the SHOW STATS % button and choose between the following:
    • Specific EV Loss and % Played Percentage Stats for each action (green)
    • Simplified response that indicates if the action you chose is correct or not recommended (orange)
    • The simplified feature is perfect for players who are just starting to study Game Theory Optimal Strategy

2) You'll immediately be faced with your first decision.

  • Choose Fold, Call, Check, Bet, or Raise by clicking the button
  • Bet sizing options are those commonly recommended by GTO Play
  • Villain’s responses to your decisions are GTO - you’ll often face multiple decisions in a hand

3) After each decision, you'll see the EV Loss and Played % for your action directly on the table.

  • EV (Expected Value) Loss - This shows the number of big blinds you would lose against a GTO player if you took this action
  • Played % - This shows how often a GTO Player would take the same action you took

Remember - EV Loss of 0.00 does not mean the GTO Player would take that action 100% of the time (the difference is due to balancing hand ranges through mixed strategies and maximizing EV for your overall range)

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4) Your goal is to select the action for each individual hand that is as close to 0.00 EV as possible.

  • EV Loss of 0.00 is the same action a GTO Player would take
  • 0.00 EV Loss means you broke even against a GTO Player

5) The Ideal GTO Action is noted in the top center of the table.

  • A green check-mark next to your action means it is GTO
  • Next is the action a GTO Player would take and how often they would take that specific action
  • Ideal Action and Frequency are displayed so you know the GTO play for each action immediately

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6) Multiple actions in a given spot are often "correct" according to GTO Play.

  • GTO Play has many mixed strategies, where plays are made a specific percentage of the time
  • You will often see actions with a very low EV Loss (e.g. -0.01) and a reasonable Played % (e.g. 35%)
    • These actions are not "wrong" and are part of a balanced overall GTO strategy
    • If a play results in high EV Loss (color coded in red), you should generally avoid that play unless you have compelling exploitative reasons to make it against a specific opponent

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  • If the Percentage Played for an action is 1% or less, then that action is rarely taken by a GTO Player and you should generally avoid that play
    • If you select an action that results in a Played % of 1% or less, all subsequent decisions for that specific hand will display "N/A" in red, since that entire line should be avoided

EV Loss Color Coding Hint:
Green = Near GTO Play, Orange = Take Caution, Red = Probable Leak in Your Game


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  • Toggle the AUTO ADVANCE button to advance to the next hand decision automatically (green - default) or manually (red)
    • For new users we recommend leaving the Auto Advance button in the off position so that you can take your time and review the real time feedback
  • Click the FULL SCREEN button for a large view
  • Review these instructions anytime by clicking the HOW TO PLAY button
  • Toggle the SHOW STATS% button switch between specific EV Loss and % Played Percentage Stats for each action (green) to a simplified response that indicates if the action you chose is correct or not recommended (orange)
  • Click the EXIT SESSION button to complete your Training Session and review your stats on the Session Summary Page

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  • View the hand ranges during a session by clicking the green ℹ️ information icon button to review the charts during play
  • The hand range charts are labeled by position name

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View the charts when facing a difficult spot and examine the possible hand combinations to help train your decisions closer to 0.0 EV Loss.


Your overall EV Loss and Total Hands played are accessible right from the WPT GTO Trainer Dashboard.

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Remember, the WPT GTO Trainer puts you up against an unbeatable (i.e. perfect) opponent. There is no winning in the long-term against it. The most we can ever hope for is to break-even. This is great for us, since this perfect opponent is also the perfect teacher.

Over time, the closer you come to break-even play against the Trainer, the tougher player you’ll become and the harder it will be for your opponents to outplay you.

And if you have high EV loss don’t get discouraged. It’s normal to feel challenged when you are learning new concepts. After all, the WPT GTO Trainer is literally a perfect opponent.


The way we measure our performance against the Trainer is by tracking "EV Loss" or Expected Value Loss.

The best possible result after you pick an action is an EV Loss of 0. This means the action you chose breaks even against a perfect player.

  • When EV Loss isn’t 0, the number shown is the amount of big blinds that we would lose taking a specific action in the long run
  • It's possible to make a poor play (high EV Loss) that results in winning a specific hand

You’ve all seen players make bad plays and win the pot or make the right play and lose the pot. Over time EV Loss will track closer and closer to actual losses.


You’ve put in the work, now you can start to see where your specific leaks are for each Scenario. Your Session Summary will break down your hand compared to GTO Play.

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Reading and Interpreting the Data:


1) Overall EV Loss in big blinds Per 100 hands played.

  • Goal is to get as close to 0.00 as you can
  • 0.00 EV Loss is impossible for humans to attain in the long run
  • Do your best and focus on spots giving you the most trouble
    • Do not be discouraged by a high EV Loss in the beginning. When new to GTO Trainer, it's very common for players to have an EV Loss of -50.00BBs/100 or more

2) Number of Hands Played in your Session

  • Sample size is important when considering relevant statistics
  • A minimum of 200 hands is the recommended sample size to start seeing stats for your play
  • Schedule a set number of hands each day to practice a specific Scenario and keep track of your progress

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3) AGGRESSION gives an instant snapshot of the key actions You (shown in Red) are taking across all hands played vs what actions a GTO Player (shown in Blue) would take

  • Don't Worry, if you initially have a huge gap in one direction vs GTO - this is not uncommon

Hover over the bar graph to see the number of hands in that session each action was taken by you vs a GTO Player


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1) HAND TYPES compare your play to GTO Play divided by the different categories of hands (i.e. pairs, flushes, trips, etc).

  • Your Action is on the top bar and GTO Play is the bottom bar

Green (aggressive action) = Bet or Raise, Yellow (passive action) = Check or Call, Red = Fold. A color key to be implemented shortly!

2) How to read your results - in this example from the dashboard image for the PAIR hand category shown above:

  • You chose to either Bet/Raise 17% of the time, Check or Call 72% of the time, and Fold 10% of the time when you had a 1-Pair hand in this given scenario (top line of the bar graph)
  • GTO Strategy is to Bet/Raise 24% of the time, Check/Call 62% of the time, and Fold 14% of the time (bottom line of the bar graph)

3) If the top line results are very different from bottom line results (after a large number of hands played) then you know you are playing those hand types differently than how a GTO Player would play them. These are the spots you want to study first.

Don’t get intimidated by stats listed or if there are big differences between your play and GTO Play. Keep training the same Scenario and focus on your biggest leak before you play each Session. Before you know it you’ll be closer to 0.00 EV Loss (and GTO Play!).


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1) HAND BREAKDOWN displays all of the hands you've played in a session listed by hand type, position, board summary, and EV Loss.

  • Click the REPLAYER button next to a specific hand played to show the action unfold and review for study later
  • Have questions about that hand? After replaying the hand click the ASK A PRO button to send your hand the LearnWPT Pros for analysis using the Ask a Pro Feature

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2) Select a specific hand played to see these details:

  • BOARD - Shows the specific rank and suit for each street dealt (flop, turn, river)
  • ACTION - The action Hero (you) chose on that street (bet/raise, call/check, fold)
  • GTO PLAY % - Percentage of time a GTO Player would take a specific action if faced with the same decision
  • EV LOSS - The number of big blinds your action would lose against a GTO player
    • Evaluate EV Loss in Proportion to Pot size
    • An EV Loss of -1.00 is significant in a 6.5BB pot. It is far less significant in a 100BB pot
    • The color coding of EV Loss on the Trainer table takes into account pot size

3) Each street of action is broken down with a color coded bar graph noting the specific actions a GTO player would take if faced with the same decision as HERO, including the percentage of time a GTO player would take those specific actions.

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  • In the above example our decision to bet 2.50 on the flop you will see that a GTO Player:
    • Checks 56% of the time
    • Bets small 15% of the time
    • Bets large 28% of the time
    • Green = Bet or Raise, Yellow = Check or Call, Red = Fold

4) In some instances you will see gradient shading (lightest to darkest moving left to right) representing the bet-sizing that a GTO Player would choose in a given spot.

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  • In the example above:
    • Bet/Raise small amount (lightest green)
    • Bet/Raise larger amount (darker green)
    • Bet/Raise largest amount (darkest green)


Review any previous Sessions from the main GTO Trainer Dashboard!

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1) Select the Spot you would like to review from the list of available Scenarios.

  • The total number of hands played as well as your total EV Loss overall for the specific Scenario are listed for quick reference

2) Click the REVIEW SESSIONS button.

3) Select a Session you played from the list.

  • Overall EV Loss, Session Date, and Total Hands played are listed for each Session within each specific Scenario
  • For best results and rapid improvement start by studying your largest EV Loss Spots
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4) Click the Blue REVIEW SESSIONS button to get the specific statistics for the individual Session within a Scenario. A session review window will open.


Discuss and share specific hands that gave you trouble while training with the LearnWPT Instructors using Ask a Pro.


  1. Select the Trainer Pack and click the REVIEW SESSIONS button
  2. Find the date of the specific session and click the blue REVIEW SESSIONS link
  3. Find the specific hand that you had a question about and click the ▶ REPLAY icon
  4. After the hand action replays click the ASK A PRO button

Enter your subject line, question, and SUBMIT. Your question and a replay of the hand will go directly to the Ask a Pro Forum to be answered!

For a detailed video walkthrough of what’s covered here make sure you’re logged in to your LearnWPT Membership and watch Nick introduce the WPT GTO Trainer and guide you through using the Trainer here.

Need help interpreting the results and strategy on adjusting your game? Use the LearnWPT Ask a Pro Feature and the Community Forums to get answers and guidance from Nick, Eric, and Chewy. We know you’ll have a lot of questions about GTO Strategy and we’re here to help!

Nick and the LearnWPT Instructors will be showing you plenty of specific ways to use the WPT GTO Trainer to improve your poker game in future Strategy Episodes.


Now that you’ve had a chance to walk through the WPT GTO Trainer it’s time to Play!

Whether you need practice postflop after defending your Big Blind in a Tournament, or you want to drill 3-bet defense from middle position with deep stacks in a Cash Game, it’s just one click away.

Train as often as you like. Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.

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PKO Poker Strategy Guide For Playing the partypoker US Network Online Series!


Your friends at partypoker US Network are back with another exciting poker tournament series in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania this October.

We know this time of year is usually full of ghosts, goblins and candy and we assure you that there are no tricks involved - just exciting poker tournaments with big guaranteed prize pools.

The action starts in New Jersey on October 17th featuring a week long online poker tournament festival with a $535 buy-in $50,000 Guaranteed Progressive Knockout Main Event on Sunday October 24th at 5pm Eastern. Not familiar with PKO poker strategy? We’ve got you covered with a quick strategy primer that will haunt your opponents so be sure to check it out below.

Michigan and Pennsylvania join the party with their very own Online Series schedules starting on Sunday October 24th and ending on Sunday, October 31st with a $1060 buy-in $50,000 Guaranteed 8-Max Main Event. Make sure you check out our tips for playing on the big stage below so you don’t get bewitched by bad play.


So no matter where you choose to play this October, treat yourself to a sweet schedule featuring $50,000 Guaranteed Main Events and enjoy the exciting online poker tournament series from partypoker US network. Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of the 3 Musketeers who emerge victorious as an Online Series Main Event Champion (okay, we know that one was a stretch, please don’t Boooo us 👻).

For more information about the October Online Series poker tournament schedules click below:

As a treat to you, For The Player is here with expert tournament strategy and helpful tips to help you have more fun and carve up the competition this October.

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

Do I Need a Separate Strategy for PKOs?

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

Online Tournament Play with Vanessa Selbst

LearnWPT Instructor and all time poker great Vanessa Selbst is here to break down key lessons from the $535 Online Series PKO Main Event in New Jersey.

If the idea of getting aggressive at the poker table gives you nightmares, this is your chance to learn how to keep opponents on their heels and win more pots.

Study Like the Pros with LuckyChewy and Katie Stone

LearnWPT Instructor and partypoker US Network Team Pro Katie Stone is no stranger to the high pressure and big money decisions that come with making big buy-in final tables.

In this Strategy Episode, Katie joins LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger to show you how professional poker players rely on each other for advice as they break down hands from Katie’s 2nd place in the $1060 Online Series Main Event.

Train → Play → Think Like a Pro!

Click below to play a free Sample pack from the WPT GTO Trainer to brush up on your play from out of position with a 30BB stack vs a tough opponent.

Keep these tips in mind when playing the hands:

  • The Cutoff’s calling range will be more narrow given stack sizes
  • Against weaker opponents you can c-bet at a high frequency with smaller bet sizing
  • You will c-bet less often on coordinated boards vs tough players
  • Use a larger c-bet sizing on scattered or dry boards
  • Balance your flop checking range to include some big hands
  • Don’t go on autopilot and bet simply because you were the initial raiser, focus on board texture
  • Although the Cutoff’s range is capped to not include big hands like AA/KK, they will have an equity advantage on most flops


In a Tournament with 30 big blind stacks, you open raise to 2BBs from Middle Position, and the Cutoff player calls.

Do your best to choose the ideal action at every point. Your goal is to keep "EV Loss" in the green and close to 0.

P.S. After you’ve finished playing the hands click the LEARN NOW button for simple strategy on how to play this scenario profitably.

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2021 WPT Online Borgata Poker Open Main Event Powered by partypoker US Network

Watch as LearnWPT Instructor and partypoker US Network Team Pro Katie Stone and World Poker Tour Executive Tour Director Matt Savage sit down to talk about their upcoming Day 1 starts of the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open $1Million GTD Main Event, being back at the Borgata in New Jersey, online poker, record breaking satellites, and more!

The Main Event is an unlimited re-entry tournament through the first 14 levels with Day 1 ending after level 16. The action begins today, September 19th at 5 pm ET.

Players in New Jersey can register by clicking the links below:
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We Have a New WPT Champion!

Orson “Borgatcha” Young gets his name etched on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup and wins the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network Main Event for $195,748 🏆🎉

CONGRATULATIONS to the Final Table 👏

  1. 🏆 Orson Young (Borgatcha) - $195,748
  2. justliberto - $135,930
  3. Dan Buzgon (leinad) - $102,933
  4. FitzroidPoo - $76,830
  5. betbetbet - $61,070
  6. CNC_LY - $47,280
  7. Ryan Hohner (TheSims) - $34,475
  8. DoURespectWood - $24,625

Watch the full Final Table replay of the WPT Online Borgata Open Main Event powered by partypoker US Network here ▶️ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1155517702

Scroll below for key tips to from the LearnWPT Pros for succeeding in satellite tournaments and Final Table strategy...


Make Online Poker History This September!

The WPT Online Borgata Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network happens exclusively in New Jersey this September 19th. Don’t miss your chance to compete on the virtual felt in the second-ever WPT US Online Main Tour Event and etch your name on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup!

📅 Main Event Schedule:
Day 1: Sunday, September 19, 2021 starting at 5 p.m. ET
Day 2: Monday, September 20, 2021 starting at 7 p.m. ET
Day 3: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 starting at 7 p.m. ET

This $3500 event offers unlimited reentry, registration through level 14, and boasts a super deep structure so you’ll have plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents. All players in the event are eligible for valuable WPT Player of The Year Points and will be battling for the lion’s share of the massive $1M Guaranteed prize pool.


In case the championship structure, $1M Guaranteed prize pool, and chance to have your name cemented in history as only the second-ever WPT US Online Main Tour event champion isn’t enough, you’ll also get a chance to showcase your poker skills live on stream!

Check out this action from the live stream of the first WPT US Online Main Tour Event....

The final table will be live streamed on Tuesday, September 21st starting at 8 p.m. Eastern with expert commentary from WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and Team LearnWPT on twitch.tv/worldpokertour and the BetMGM YouTube channel.

P.S. Click the Follow button to receive alerts when the action is online.

Watch the full Final Table replay of the WPT Online Borgata Open Main Event powered by partypoker US Network here ▶️ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1155517702

How To Get Into The Action...

Simply make sure you are physically located in the state of New Jersey on Sunday, September 19th and have your favorite internet connected device ready.


Choose any one of the three state of the art poker platforms on partypoker US Network (see below for links), download and set up your account to get started. In a few simple steps you’ll be ready to play the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open!

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Will you join Soheb Porbandarwala as the only other US Online Main Tour Event winner in WPT History?

Satellite To The Main Event Starting at Just $5!

partypoker US Network is making it easier than ever to satellite your way into the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open.

Daily qualifiers begin Sunday August 29th, and with buy-ins starting at just $5 you can parlay a small investment into a history-making haul in the $3,500 Main Event.

Click to view the detailed Satellite* and Festival Schedule: WPT Online Borgata Poker Open - Schedule for August-September 2021


To get you started on the path to winning your seat to the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open, here are some key tips to from the LearnWPT Pros for succeeding in satellite tournaments ...

Improve Your Satellite Play!

Satellites are a great way to play a larger buy-in event at a lower price. So you don’t need to have big bucks to be in contention for a game-changing score. For The Player is here to help increase your edge with key adjustments for satellite play.

Use the strategies below to sharpen your focus and who knows, maybe you’ll turn a few bucks into a huge payday (and a coveted spot on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup).

Should I Play a 🛰️ Satellite Differently?

Yes you should! Approaching Satellite play with the same strategy used in regular tournament play will often result in you busting when you would otherwise have a seat to the target tournament locked up.

Watch this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger as he discusses the key strategic adjustments you need to make when playing Satellite Tournaments.

What Are Keys 🗝️ to Satellite Play?

  • Everyone gets paid the same prize
  • No incentive to build a large stack once you are likely to win a seat
  • As probability to win a seat goes up, your ranges in all spots tighten up
  • There are times in satellites when players should never continue against an all-in
  • Satellites are the only form of poker where it can be correct to fold AA preflop
  • Pay very close attention to stack sizes and level changes
  • Often in the satellite endgame 10BBs may be a big stack that is guaranteed to win a seat

Need Help Closing The Deal?

Watch and learn as Nick reviews several key hands from a Satellite to highlight the unique strategic adjustments during the endgame.

Get your mental game in shape with LearnWPT Mental Game Coach Jared Tendler as he provides you with a game-plan for handling the pressure and prepares you for success in the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open .

Time to Practice Your Skills!

In a Satellite with 11 Players Left, How Do You Play It?


In a satellite where blinds are 900/1,800 with a 1,800 big blind ante there are 11 players remaining with 6 players winning a $7,200 main event seat. Places 7-10 get $1050 in cash and 11th gets $100.

You are currently in 6th chip position with 11 players remaining. The Cutoff (who is the short stack at the table) moves all-in for 28,400. Action folds around to you in the Big Blind with A♥K♦ and 28,000 behind. What do you do here?


Select your answer & see how the LearnWPT Pros would play it!

Are YOU Final Table Ready?

Now that you’ve got an upgrade on satellite play to help secure your seat to the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open, it’s time to start sharpening up your game for showtime!

The WPT Online Borgata Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network features a cards up live streamed final table with WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and Team LearnWPT live on twitch.tv/worldpokertour and the BetMGM youtube channel.

With big money on the line and the chance to go down in poker history as the second-ever WPT Online Main Tour Event winner, this event is a can’t miss for Players on partypoker US Network in New Jersey.

We’re here to set you up for success and ready to make your “one time” count with these final table strategies!

What Are Keys to Final Table Play?


  • Be aware of stack sizes and pay jumps
  • 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
  • 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 tightly in the hopes of laddering up

Should I Play a Final Table Differently?

Final Table Strategy can differ dramatically from the early stages of a tournament, especially with huge pay jumps on the line.

Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience or for big money and don’t always perform as they should.

Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Instructor and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst for key insights on how the Pros perform on the big stage.

How Does a Pro Handle The Spotlight?

Team LearnWPT is no stranger to the bright lights and big money pressure of live stream online final tables.

Check out this Strategy Episode from partypoker US Network Team Pro and LearnWPT Instructor Mike “Gags30” Gagliano as he breaks down key hands from his recent deep run in the Online Borgata Poker Open, including a gutsy river bluff attempt with absolute air.

One of the best ways to improve your game is to share strategies and lessons learned from experience with fellow players.

In this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT we join partypoker US Network Team Pro and LearnWPT Instructor Katie Stone as she breaks down hands from her recent live stream final table appearance in the partypoker US Network Online Series $1060 Main Event.

Tune in as Katie joins fellow LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger as they team up to talk strategy and share valuable insight.

Think You Have What It Takes?

Think you have what it takes to take down the championship 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 and learn the exact move to make. Remember, the goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision. Good luck...


At a Final Table the Button minraises with a 30BB stack. You are the chip leader with 70BBs and call from the Big Blind. 

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 at the table
  • 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 the Opponent checks back, don’t be afraid to attack the turn with larger sizing with made hands and some draws

Do your best to choose the ideal action at every point. Your goal is to keep "EV Loss" in the green and close to 0.

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

Good Luck and Have FUN!

We hope you enjoyed these free strategies to prepare for the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network in New Jersey this September 19th.


Be sure to let us know if you turn $5 into a game changing payday and don’t be afraid to share your success on twitter @partypokerUS, @learnwpt, @wpt and use the hashtag #WPTONLINE.

We’ll see you on the stream, live from New Jersey on partypoker US Network!

Working Together For The Player!


The partypoker US Network and LearnWPT have joined forces to bring you FOR THE PLAYER to provide FREE poker content and easy to implement strategies and shortcuts to help YOU have fun learning and start playing better poker.

Click here to learn more about For The Player.

We are here to help you get to the final table and take down the championship and these strategies will help get you there.

Good luck and good playing!




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Tony Dunst & Katie Stone Reveal Their WPT Choctaw Secrets

LearnWPT Instructors Tony Dunst and Katie Stone took a break from the action at the tables to reveal some of their strategy and break down a couple of hands they played during Day 1 at the recent $3,700 buy-in WPT Choctaw Main Event in Durant, OK.

Playing a World Poker Tour Main Event is exciting, especially when you are striving to get your name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup (and let's not forget about that $560K 1st prize)!


Not only are these events extremely exciting but they are also full of great opportunities to learn, which is why Katie is bringing LearnWPT Members behind the scenes of her time at Choctaw in two upcoming LearnWPT Strategy Episodes.

Katie will give you a peek into the life of a tournament grinder, what it's like to play a big WPT event, and breakdown some hands played.


Also, Tony recently wrote a blog about his time at Choctaw and reflected on the event and some of his table action. Follow along as Tony tells you his thoughts in real-time and see how a professional player approaches a World Poker Tour Main Event.

Learn more about LearnWPT Instructors Tony Dunst and Katie Stone and how they can help improve your poker game. And make sure and be sure to say hello to them (or any of the LearnWPT Pros) at the next WPT Event!

Good luck and good playing,

P.S. View some exciting final table action and find out who won the World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event tournament, also adding their name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, by clicking here.

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J♦J♣ at the Final Table, what do you do here?


You are dealt J♦J♣ in the Big Blind at the final table of a mid stakes online tournament with blinds at 5,000/10,000 and only 3 players. The Button folds, the Small Blind raises to 33,750 and you reraise to 100,000. The Small Blind goes all-in and action is back on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: We are at the final table of a mid stakes online tournament with only 3 players left! We have the chip lead with nearly 775,000 chips while the other stacks are approximately 700,000 chips and 311,000 chips respectively.

We have position on the second biggest stack which puts us in a great spot. Since we have the Small Blind covered they are constantly under threat of busting out third before the shorter stack any time they play a pot with us. This gives us tremendous leverage making both floating and 3-betting light preflop great tools to accumulate chips in this spot.

If the Small Blind is adjusting appropriately they should be entering fewer pots with a narrower range in this situation and potentially 4-betting a bit lighter to try and take advantage of our likely wider 3-betting range.

We are dealt pocket jacks in the Big Blind and the Button folds. The Small Blind then raises to 33,750 and action is on us. We’re already in a situation where we are often 3-betting lighter than normal to exploit our chip advantage, so the fact that we have a top 5 starting hand in this spot is a huge bonus. Even though the Small Blind should be opening a bit narrower against us pocket jacks should still be well ahead of their starting range. We 3-bet to 100,000 and the Small Blind shoves all-in.

In situations like this it is often best to start by analyzing the best and worst case scenarios. The worst case scenario here is that our opponent is moving all-in with an extremely narrow range for this situation with hands such as TT+/AK. In that situation, we will be all-in for a slightly over 1.4 million chip pot with 43% equity. This means that on average we will end up with around 677,000 chips (the 73,000 we have Small Blind covered by plus 43% of the 1.4 million chip pot).

Continued below...

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Folding in this spot leaves us with 673,000 chips, so even in the worst case scenario we end up with a positive expectation of around 4,000 chips. This doesn’t tell the whole story because chips we win in tournaments are often worth less than chips we lose due to the way tournament payout structures work. In reality if we used ICM calculations here there is probably a slight real dollar loss. Doing these calculations in our head at the table would be quite difficult however we can estimate our equity is somewhere between 40-45% vs a narrow range with dead money in the pot.

Our best case scenario is that the Small Blind recognizes we are 3-betting light and their value 4-betting range goes up to something like 66+/AQ+ with some suited Ace-wheel cards. We’ll say A5s and A4s for our estimate. In that case our equity increases to a 58% favorite with dead money in the pot which is a tremendous situation for us.

So the best case scenario here is quite good and the worst case scenario isn’t all that bad as even when we lose we have over 7BBs to try and rebuild our stack. If we had some sort of specific read that we could just walk all over these two players with complete impunity and gain chips with relative ease we could make a case for passing this spot up and continuing to chip up without a big all-in confrontation. Absent that specific information however, this is just too good a spot for us to pass up.

Calling is the correct play.

How would you play it?
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Welcome Katie Stone to The LearnWPT Team!


We are excited to announce the newest Instructor to the LearnWPT Team, Katie Stone!

Katie has garnered the respect of fellow grinders on the live and online circuits, both for her tremendous skill and desire to be the best, and for her tireless advocacy in growing the game of poker to a wider audience.

A professional poker player for over 15 years, Katie utilized her extensive background and success in chess to build her career both online and live. Her trophy case includes 2 WSOP Circuit rings and over $1 million dollars in online cashes.

Katie is a champion for women in poker helping to elevate the participation and enjoyment for women in the game. She is currently a staple on the live poker circuit and is a Team Pro for one of the leading online poker sites in the United States, partypoker US Network.

Some of Katie's Accomplishments:

  • 2x World Series of Poker Circuit Ring Winner
  • More than $1.2 Million Combined Live and Online Tournament Earnings
  • Commentator, Author, and Player Advocate
  • partypoker US Network Team Pro

We are excited to bring Katie's experience and championship mindset to our Students through upcoming Strategy Episodes.

Watch a sneak peek at Katie discussing her partypoker US Network Online Series Main Event Final Table play with LuckyChewy from our new "The Feedback Loop" sessions:


Katie is a true grinder and student of the game. Her desire to be one of the best players in the world coupled with unique insights into the life of a Professional player make her a huge asset for LearnWPT Members.

Help us welcome Katie to the team!

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Welcome Michael "Gags30" Gagliano to LearnWPT!


We are excited to announce the newest Instructor to the LearnWPT Team, Michael "Gags30" Gagliano!

If you've had the pleasure of hearing his commentary during WPT Final Tables, watching his popular live streams on Twitch, or witnessed his skills firsthand at the tables, you know that Michael is one of the most respected poker minds in the game today.

Michael has been a consistent force in both cash games and tournaments during his 15 year career, with several high profile tournament titles. In 2016 Michael won his first WSOP Bracelet in a $2500 buy-in event, defeating a huge field of 1045 players for the $448K first place prize.

As a staple in the East Coast scene and an active ambassador for Borgata Poker and partypoker US Network, Gags30 (as he is known online) has helped to welcome a whole new generation of poker fans to the virtual felt.

Some of Michael's Accomplishments:

  • World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner
  • Multiple Top 3 Finishes in High Profile Tournaments Including WSOP Bracelet Events and Borgata Poker Opens
  • Over $6 Million Combined Live and Online Tournament Earnings
  • Nearly a Decade as a Professional Poker Coach

We are excited to bring Michael's winning style and championship mindset to LearnWPT Members through upcoming Strategy Episodes. Check out this sneak peek at what Members of LearnWPT can expect from Michael.


As a sought after coach for almost a decade who has helped more than 50 students from all over the world improve their game and win multiple championships including the WSOP Main Event, Michael is an enormous asset for LearnWPT Members.

Help us welcome Gags30 to the team!

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