Tour Terms With LearnWPT - Big Blind Defense

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Big Blind Defense: noun
big blind de·fense \ ˈbig ˈblīnd di-ˈfen(t)s \

1) A strategy for continuing against an open raise preflop when in the Big Blind, usually by calling.

Example of Big Blind Defense in a sentence
Tony raises to 500 from the Cutoff seat and action folds to LuckyChewy who defends his Big Blind and calls and we’re off to a flop.


Defend Yourself!

Learn the basics of Big Blind Defense calling and get downloadable charts you can use during your next poker tournament.

Watch and learn as LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger breaks this must have strategy and upgrade your Big Blind play right now:

▼ Download the Big Blind Defense Calling Charts ▼

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🛡️ Tips for Defending Your Big Blind Like A Pro:

  • Avoid calling with offsuit hands, suited hands and speculative hands are best
  • This strategy only applies when you are up against 1 opponent and in the Big Blind
  • Make sure you only defend by calling with specific hands. Don’t remove 3-Betting from your game plan!
  • Defend with tighter calling range against larger open raise sizes
  • Default to checking the flop after you call the raise, no matter what cards you hold


Tony Defends on the Ultimate Stage

Big Blind Defense plays a crucial role in the outcome of almost every Final Table from your local daily poker tournament to a World Poker Tour Main Event.


In this Strategy Episode from WPT Commentator and LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst we get a behind the scenes look into how these strategies are used when the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions title and the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup is at stake!


And Off To The Flop We Go...

Think you have what it takes to defend your Big Blind and outwit a world-class poker 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 you make. Good luck...

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In a Tournament with 50 big blind stacks the Cutoff seat open raises to 2.5BBs and you call from the Big Blind


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During your next tournament or session give these big blind defense techniques a try and you'll become tougher to play against and keep your opponents on their heels more often.

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[FREE VIDEO] At a World Poker Tour Final Table With Tony Dunst

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All of the big prizes and money in a poker tournament are at the Final Table. Whether it is your local daily or a World Poker Tour Main Event, understanding the unique strategy adjustments for Final Table play is vital to finishing strong.

Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience, when their goal is in reach, or having potentially life-changing money at stake. When facing the pressure of big pay jumps and the studio lights seem a little too bright, it’s important to stay focused and make objective decisions.

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To make sure you are prepared to shine for the TV cameras and show off your poker skills, watch and take notes as LearnWPT Instructor and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst goes through his thought process and decision-making from his World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions final table appearance.

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Tony's Final Table Tips ✏️

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 stacks 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 poker players that are playing tight in the hopes of laddering up

📓 LearnWPT Tour Term: ICM

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You've probably heard the term ICM. But what exactly does it mean?

Independent Chip Model: noun
\in-də-ˈpen-dənt ˈchip ˈmä-dᵊl\

1) A mathematical model for calculating the real money value of chips in a poker tournament at a given stage. ICM is used most often at final tables during deal making to calculate a fair distribution of the remaining prize pool in relation to the number of poker chips each player holds. Abbreviated as ICM.

Example of ICM in a Sentence
Johan and LuckyChewy decided to make a deal based on ICM and then played heads-up for the trophy.

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Your 2023 Poker Resolution Starter Guide

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New Year’s Day is a time to make resolutions. Is this the year you move improving at poker to the top of your list for the next 12 months? The team of poker champions and expert teachers at LearnWPT are here to help you achieve these goals.

It's time to turn the page and look ahead. The new year is full of possibilities.

Whether you are a pro or just started your poker journey, progress comes from setting both short-term and long-term goals that are necessary for success.

The journey to becoming a better poker player doesn't have an end, but there are critical milestones in continuously developing your skills. You need knowledge of how poker is played and what make someone a skilled player. You need the guidance of poker professionals who know how to take strategy knowledge and apply it to real-world poker situations.


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How can you learn to play better poker in the new year?

The following list of Poker Resolutions will help jumpstart your poker game and teach you to think like a poker pro. Here are New Year’s Resolutions to play better poker from LearnWPT:

The Basics: Always Start With The 5 Keys 🔑

These 5 Key Factors are important for you to think about EVERY time you play a hand and they will guide your decisions on later streets:

  1. Always be aware of your and your opponent's Position
  2. Know the Stack Depth and Effective Stack in terms of big blinds
  3. Assign Preflop Ranges (not a specific hand) based on each player’s position and how they entered the pot
  4. Note the Number of Opponents seeing the flop
  5. Understand the Board Texture and how it affects your next move

Changing your results in poker starts with thinking about hands with the same process used by professional poker players. Start with this process to immediately upgrade your poker play, and become tougher to play against. These foundational poker strategies will help any player get better at poker fast, whether you are experienced or brand new to poker.

Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s Poker Resolutions and watch these Free Strategy Episodes from LearnWPT! Watch and add the 5 Keys to your game plan now.

Now that you've got access to the process poker pros use to make tough decisions and bluff their opponents out of big pots, it’s time to add another resolution to the list - upgrading your Mental Game!


Set Goals and Measure Your Progress

Poker strategy knowledge is just one part of many that make up a poker champion. Stressful situations at the poker table affect every player differently, and in order to avoid going on tilt and making a big mistake you need to work on your mental game.

Setting poker goals allows you to accurately measure your learning process and have proper expectations for your performance. Poker goals create a framework for how you schedule your study and play and give you motivation to focus while at the table.

Think about and set Poker Goals by:

a) Reflecting on past goals and results

Tracking your play and being honest with yourself about your performance is fundamental to success. Poker players must understand their current skill level so they know when to move up to a higher-stakes game.

b) Setting process and results-oriented goals

If you want to be successful at poker, it's important that your mindset is in the right place. Many people make unrealistic goals that lack structure and are non-specific. Instead, try making more concrete, measurable, realistic resolutions that highlight your progress.

Having big goals is a key to staying motivated for many poker players, however developing sub-goals that will allow you to feel and measure progress is essential to being a winner in the long term.

c) Understanding "why" poker is important

What is it about poker that excites and motivates you? What do you like most about it and why do you want to perform as well as possible?

Poker is a challenging strategy game that brings players together from all over the world to sit at the same table and compete. Some play for the prestige of winning a World Poker Tour® Championship, while others want to have more fun in their local home game while getting the best of their friends.

No matter why you play No-Limit Texas Hold’em, understanding your motivation will help you have more fun wherever you play.


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Poker is a competitive game where strategy is constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn. Embracing a cycle of constant improvement means you can beat your competition in the long run. No matter where you are right now in your poker game, there are additional skills and concepts that you can learn and improve. We’ve got you covered at LearnWPT with more than 500 video poker strategy tutorials available.

Keeping track of your results, making notes, and creating your own system of self-analysis can be one of the best things you can do for yourself as a player. If you haven't tracked your results before or you are a beginner, this New Year’s Poker Resolution Starter Guide might be the most important one.


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Setup a Feedback Loop

Evaluate play to improve faster by:

a) Creating a journal to keep track of hands

b) Writing down key details for troublesome hands

c) Setting up a feedback loop using the Hand Input Tool to record, save, and share hands that you have played so they can be analyzed by the LearnWPT Pros

Every player needs their own feedback system. Developing a process for your own hand analysis can help you uncover leaks and fix mistakes in your game. Making mistakes is part of poker. Eliminating those mistakes with a trusted community of players who will respond to your questions and offer advice is vital to growth and success in the game of poker.

Paying attention to specific details of each hand (See the 5 Keys) and capturing them for study and analysis later will have very powerful implications for your game. Record these details in shorthand on your smartphone or even bring a small notepad to the table so you can review them when you are not in the heat of battle.

Allow sufficient time to pass between play and study, as you want to remove any emotion from the situation when you analyze poker hands. This process will help you stay more objective in your analysis, especially if you exclude the results of the hand so that you and your trusted community of experts (like the Pros at Team LearnWPT) are not biased by the ultimate outcome. Focus on the decisions that lead up to the outcome instead of whether you won or lost any one specific hand in order to dramatically improve your play at the poker table.


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Will these poker resolutions help you? Want to upgrade your poker game?

Training online with Strategy Episodes, the Ask A Pro Forum, and the WPT GTO Trainer are excellent ways to start improving your game today. That’s not the only way LearnWPT can help your poker game.

If you want to jumpstart your play and become a force at the poker table, the LearnWPT Strategy Workshops are an amazing opportunity to train in person with legends of poker and receive hands-on training from poker champions. Live Training Workshops are the fastest, most comprehensive, and most fun way to radically change the way you play poker. You can even win a seat to live tournaments like the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.

Online poker is a great way to play the game wherever you are. You can test the skills you gain from training on LearnWPT and play for real prizes on sites like ClubWPT. Playing online allows for flexibility in scheduling and offers a wide range of events to accommodate many players. When playing online be certain to eliminate distractions such as watching TV or engaging in social media while playing. Your focus should be on the challenge of the game, your opponents, and making the best decision in the moment. When playing and practicing poker, being present in the moment is crucial to your success in learning new concepts and making winning plays.


Now that you’ve read our Poker Resolutions Guide, what are your Poker Resolutions?

Post your answers in the comments below. Writing down your goals is a powerful way to focus your intention, and sharing them with your poker friends can help keep you motivated. You may even inspire and help others to play better poker.

It's been an excellent year for LearnWPT and the game of poker. Are you ready to see what the new one has in store?

Here's to making winning decisions in 2023!


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Poker Quiz! Q♠Q♥ In a Satellite to the WPT World Championship

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DECISION POINT: You are playing a milestone satellite to the $15 Million guaranteed WPT World Championship Main Event at Wynn Las Vegas with blinds at 50/100 and a 100 big blind ante. You are in the Small Blind with Q♠Q♥ and 4,600 chips (46BBs). An Early Position player limps, a visibly frustrated player in the MP2 seat makes it 300, the Button flat calls, and action is on you.

What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: We are in the second level of a milestone satellite into the $15M guaranteed WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. The blinds are 50/100 with a 100 big blind ante and we have 4,600 chips in the Small Blind with Q♠Q♥.

MP2 has been active and recently frustrated by some tough spots, even tossing his cards aggressively toward the dealer in one instance. The UTG player limps and everyone folds to MP2 who makes it 300. The Hijack and Cutoff fold, the Button flat calls, and action is on us.

Queens are well ahead of MP2’s and Button’s ranges which makes folding out of the question. Calling is likely profitable but we’d be most likely to take a flop 4-ways, which can be quite problematic for a hand that is likely to make one-pair in a multiway pot. So in this instance if we are favoring a raise, what is the best size to use in this spot given our positional disadvantage?

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The standard raise in this situation is 3x the initial raise plus any call amounts. In this scenario that works out to 900 + 300 + 100 or 1300 chips. Given our positional disadvantage, using a slightly larger raise size in the 1400-1500 chip range would be standard. The issue with adjusting to larger sizing to accommodate for the positional disadvantage is that we have committed one third of our stack.

That could remove any illusion of fold equity our opponents have and inadvertently force them to play better versus our hand by not bluffing against us. If we bet a little smaller, for example a sizing of around 1150, we create the illusion of fold equity if MP2 or the other 2 opponents want to shove. The smaller sizing also creates a really good price for a squeeze with some of our bluffs here to ensure balanced range with other hands in this same spot.

If the table was quite soft there is also merit to just moving all-in preflop. This would not be the default play, but if you’re at a soft table where chips are coming easy, moving all-in can sometimes induce some light calls from smaller pairs hoping to be racing against AK. The shoving line, while also a little lower variance, is at the expense of some EV as opponent calling ranges vs the large shove size will be more narrow.

Reraising small to 1150 is the best play.

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Join the WPT® 20th Anniversary Celebration at Wynn Las Vegas

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The World Poker Tour 20th Anniversary celebration at the Wynn Las Vegas is going to be epic and we want YOU to be a part of it!

The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas is taking poker to new heights with poker’s first $15,000,000 guaranteed prize pool – the largest single live tournament guarantee in the history of poker.

Are you ready to be part of history?


The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas runs December 1-20, 2022. The marquee event of the multi-tournament festival will be the $10,400 buy-in championship event which will culminate with a televised final table. The festival will consist of more than a dozen tournaments including three primary events!


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WPT Prime Championship Schedule

WPT Prime Championship: $2 Million GTD Prize Pool

Buy-In: $1,100 | December 8th - 19th | Schedule | Structure
Day 1A - Thursday, Dec 8th 12pm PT
Day 1B - Friday, Dec 9th 12pm PT
Day 1C - Saturday, Dec 10th 12pm PT
Day 2 - Sunday, Dec 11th 12pm PT
Day 3 - Monday, Dec 12th 12pm PT
TV Final Table - Monday, Dec 19th
Unlimited re-entry is allowed until the close of registration
Live Updates

WPT World Championship Schedule

WPT World Championship: $15 Million GTD Prize Pool

Buy-In: $10,400 | December 12th - 20th | Schedule | Structure
Day 1A - Monday, Dec 12th 11am PT
Day 1B - Tuesday, Dec 13th 11am PT
Day 1C - Wednesday, Dec 14th 11am PT
Day 2 - Thursday, Dec 15th 12pm PT
Day 3 - Friday, Dec 16th 12pm PT
Day 4 - Saturday, Dec 17th 12pm PT
Day 5 - Sunday, Dec 18th 12pm PT
TV Final Table - Tuesday, Dec 20th
One entry per day maximum (freezeout per flight)
Live Updates

WPT Ladies Championship at Wynn schedule

WPT Ladies Championship: $200K GTD Prize Pool

Buy-In: $11,100 | December 16th - 18th | Schedule | Structure
$1,100 discounted ladies buy-in
Day 1 - Friday, Dec 16th 1pm PT
Day 2 - Saturday, Dec 17th 1pm PT
TV Final Table - Sunday, Dec 18th
Unlimited re-entry is allowed until the close of registration
Live Updates

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There are plenty of exciting events on the schedule including satellites into the Championship events, a mystery bounty, mixed games, and a tag team event!

Click here for the full schedule of events
For results, chip counts, redraws, and more visit: www.wynnlasvegas.com/casino/poker
Follow the Wynn Poker Room Twitter page for nightly updates


The Who, What and Where...

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With so much action going on at the Wynn Las Vegas where do you begin? Click here for some Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some quick tips:

If parking or arriving by taxi cab or rideshare instruct your driver to drop you off at the main entrance of Encore (not Wynn)
If driving, parking in Encore self-park is the quickest way to the Encore ballroom & registration for main events
Players must have a Wynn Player card - you can get one from the Wynn Rewards counter in the Encore Casino area

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Most events will be played in the Encore Ballroom - you can register in the Debussy Ballroom (next to the Encore Ballroom)
If an event is played in the Poker Room - you can register in the Poker Room located in the Encore Casino area
Registration in the Ballroom opens each day 2 hours prior to the earliest event (typically 9am PT) and closes approximately 10pm PT
Registration is available for any event 24/7 in the poker room

The Encore at Wynn is marked with signage for easy navigation.


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To kickoff the WPT Championship at Wynn Las Vegas LearnWPT Instructors and world-class Pros Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Eric “Rizen” Lynch, and Tony Dunst spent 2 days with 30 students of the game to get them Championship ready!

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After class students took to the felt in an exclusive satellite where we awarded 2 seats to the WPT Prime Championship to the winners.

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LET'S GO TEAM LEARNWPT!


WPT Special Events for Players

The World Poker Tour and Wynn Las Vegas are BRINGING THE FUN during the Championship Festival!

During the Premier Meet Up Game players had the chance to play with WPT icons including Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Patrick Antonius, Vince Van Patten, Lynn Gilmartin, & Tony Dunst.

Joey Ingram also brought the LEGION to the Wynn Poker Room for some fun and Jamie Kerstetter will be hosting a Ladies Meet Up Game on December 17th.

ClubWPT Members and Qualifiers are receiving the royal treatment and enjoying some fun events and additional ways to win seats into the Championship Events!

WPT Championship Events

The ClubWPT Phil Ivey Home Game Qualifier - December 6th
The ClubWPT Doyle Brunson Book Signing - December 8th
The ClubWPT Tony Dunst WPT Battleship Bounty - December 9th
The ClubWPT Phil Ivey Golf Simulator Promotion - December 10th

THANK YOU PLAYERS PARTY AT AREA 15

Players are invited to the Thank You Players Party at Area 15 on Sunday, December 11th at 8:30PM.

Access will be based on the person presenting a tournament receipt from Prime Championship, World Championship or Ladies Championship events only.

Team LearnWPT hopes to see you there!


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To make sure you are prepared to shine for the TV cameras and show off your skills, we’ve got some important strategies to share to help you get ready.

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 for potentially life-changing money at stake.

When you are facing the pressure of big pay jumps and the studio lights seem just a little too bright, it’s important to stay focused and make objective decisions.

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.

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 stacks 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


Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Final Tables

The WPT Prime, World, and Ladies Championship Final Tables will be filmed for Television in the Wynn Encore Ballroom!

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WPT Ladies Championship: TV Final Table - Sunday, Dec 18th
WPT Prime Championship: TV Final Table - Monday, Dec 19th
WPT World Championship: TV Final Table - Tuesday, Dec 20th

Not in Vegas? The WPT World Championship Festival includes a full livestreaming schedule for poker fans around the globe to follow the action live from Wynn Las Vegas.

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The livestream schedule, from December 8th through December 20th, includes multiple final tables, four-day coverage of the $15 Million guaranteed WPT World Championship, and the debut of one of the highest stakes cash game segments in poker history.

Streaming on:

📺 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/worldpokertour
📺 Twitch: https://twitch.tv/worldpokertour


Join Team LearnWPT at the Wynn Las Vegas

Are you playing any of the WPT Championship Events at Wynn Las Vegas? Stop and say Hi 👋 to Team LearnWPT!

Your LearnWPT Instructors Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Brian Altman, Tony Dunst, Michael Gagliano, and Johan Schultz-Pedersen will be at the Wynn and in the action.

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Follow and tag us on social media to let us know you are in the action, to show off your chip stack, or celebrate a deep run.

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We love to hear how LearnWPT Students are doing!

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On Tour: 2022 WPT® Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open

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Rock 🎸 Your Way to a Big Payday at Seminole Hard Rock

Team LearnWPT is back On Tour and returning to our home on the east coast at the incredible Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Hollywood, FL for the Season XX WPT® Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship. This holiday season will be jammed with plenty of flops, turns, and rivers as the poker world gathers in Florida to take their shot at becoming a WPT Champion - and you’re invited.

With a huge selection of satellites to win your way into the $3,500 Championship this event there are plenty of opportunities to qualify and compete for the massive $2 Million GTD prize pool. WPT Main Tour stops at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood are legendary for smashing guarantees and awarding massive 1st place prizes and this year’s Rock 'N' Roll poker open should be no exception.

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The excitement is building as the WPT hopes for a repeat of the 2021 series where the Main Event prize pool soared to over $5 Million and Gediminas Uselis claimed $778, 490 and the WPT Title!

Are you ready to rock the felt in Hollywood this November? Team LearnWPT is here to upgrade your play and give you the tools they use to succeed. Get championship ready with expert poker strategy and tips directly from our world-class Instructors. #TheCupAwaits 🏆


Watch the Final Table Live Stream - Nov 30th!

Join Team LearnWPT Member Adrian Naggy and WPT Champions Club Member, Matthew Waxman as they call the Final Table action of the Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open Main Event on Nov 30th at 2:30PM ET.

Watch the hand for hand coverage on WPT.com as LearnWPT Instructor Brian Altman chases history & goes for his 4th WPT Title!

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The final 6 players battled through a field of almost 1,600 entrants to get to the Final Table and will be vying for the $785,800 1st prize. This stacked Final Table features 3 WPT Champions and 3 players hungry for their 1st title.

Leading the Final Table is Andrew Wilson who looking for his 1st WPT title while Brian is is sitting 3rd in chips battling for his historic 4th Championship win.

Official Final Table:
Seat 1. Chad Eveslage: 12,700,000 (64 bb) - 2x WPT Champion
Seat 2. Robel Andemichael: 1,400,000 (7 bb)
Seat 3. Joshua Kay: 9,250,000 (46 bb)
Seat 4. Gediminas Uselis: 8,350,000 (42 bb) - Reigning Champion
Seat 5. Andrew Wilson: 33,425,000 (167 bb)
Seat 6. Brian Altman: 11,850,000 (59 bb) - 3x WPT Champion, Season XVIII WPT Player of the Year, LearnWPT Instructor

Join Adrian and Matthew for a breakdown of the action during the cards up live stream on WPT.com, YouTube, or Twitch channels starting today, November 30th at 2:30PM ET.

LET'S GO BRIAN!

*The live stream will be broadcast on a 30-minute delay.


Championship Strategy from Team LearnWPT

Get an edge on your competition with expert poker strategies from proven winners who know how to succeed when the pressure is on!

Team LearnWPT is no stranger to success at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, with 2 of Brian Altman’s WPT Titles coming at the venue. Last April Brian and fellow Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger flexed their high roller muscles with huge victories for a combined $1.3 Million Dollars!

After a memorable four hour heads up battle LuckyChewy cracked pocket jacks with seven-six offsuit to defeat former GPI World #1 Alex Foxen for the $50,000 buy-in title, the trophy, and $638,223.

LearnWPT Instructor Brian "Alty" Altman outlasted some of the best in the game including current GPI World #1 Chance Kornuth to win the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock $25K buy-in High Roller and took home an impressive $692K 1st prize.

Get ready for your shot at a WPT Title with FREE expert poker strategy from the Championship roster of Team LearnWPT !

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MUG with Brad & Andrew
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Blind Battle with Brian Altman
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Tony Dunst on Broadway
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Train for Just $5
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Join Us On Tour
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Show Us Your Stack


Get In on the Action ...

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL is ready to kick off the holiday season with a full festival of poker action starting on November 16th. Leading the festival on the 16th is a $400 multi-flight $1,000,000 Guaranteed deepstack tournament plus tons of satellites into the Championship Event!

You don’t have to crush the high rollers likely Alty and Chewy to be a part of the action. Tournaments are offered with a wide variety of buy-in levels, including a $150 buy-in event on Thanksgiving Day with a $3,500 seat to the WPT Championship Event added to 1st place!

📅 WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Festival Dates:
Start: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
End: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Click here for the full WPT festival schedule

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Day 1A of the $2Million Guaranteed WPT Championship Event starts on Friday November 25th and offers 2 full starting days plus re-entry format, Day 1B on November 26th - click for more information.

🗓️ WPT Championship Main Event Schedule:
Day 1A: Friday, November 25th starting at 11AM ET
Day 1B: Saturday, November 26th starting at 11AM ET
Day 2: Sunday, November 27th starting at 12PM ET
Day 3: Monday, November 28th starting at 12PM. ET
Day 4: Tuesday, November 29th starting at 12PM ET
Day 5: Wednesday, November 30th starting at 2PM ET - Final table will be live streamed with 30-min delay

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The $3,500 event features a super deep championship structure giving you plenty of chances to chip up and build a final table stack.

Jump into the action and compete for your share of this massive $2,000,000 Guaranteed prize pool.


Meet Up With Brad and Andrew!

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Andrew Neeme bring the fun and excitement of the Meet Up Game (MUG) to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa - and you're invited!

Beginning at 12 PM Eastern Time the pioneers of poker Vlogging and creators of the MUG will kick off the $2/$5 cash game action in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Poker Room.

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If you’ve been following the action from the MUG’s on social media and you’ve been feeling the FOMO, this is your chance to jump into the fun! Join us for a unique poker experience with the WPT Family, and you might even show up in Brad or Andrew’s next VLOG 🎥


Battling From the Blinds With Brian Altman

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Practicing your play from the Blinds will have a dramatic impact on your tournament results, particularly in higher buy-in tournaments with tougher competition. Facing aggressive late position opponents with marginal hands, especially hands containing an ace with a weak kicker, often result in players making huge mistakes.

3x World Poker Tour Champion and WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman is no stranger to tough battles playing from the blinds against the world’s best poker players.

Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode as Brian details his strategy from this spot from a $5,300 event at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood to demonstrate championship play from the Big Blind facing an aggressive and tricky player on the Button.


Tony Dunst on Broadway

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Broadway hands
(any 2 card combo that can make an A-K-Q-J-T straight) are often preferred combos for taking aggressive actions like raising first-in to the pot and 3-betting. While sometimes the approach to play these hands can seem straightforward, there are often very close decisions with hands even as strong as top pair particularly when stacks are shallow.

LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst played 3 key hands during a WPT Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and he took some time to break down the unique lessons from each spot.

Check out this Strategy Episode to learn the importance of position and SPR (Stack to Pot Ratio) when it comes to playing broadway hands as both the initial raiser and by defending the blinds. Tony shows you how the strategy shifts based on the situation and how a WPT Champion breaks down these spots to improve their play.


Train With LearnWPT Champions for Just $5

In 2022 LearnWPT Instructors have won a 2 WSOP Bracelets and WSOP Circuit Ring, a 25K buy-in WPT High Roller, a 25K PokerGo Masters title, a 50K buy-in WPT High Roller, and a combined $4.8 Million in tournament winnings plus made appearances at several high profile final tables.

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Join Team LearnWPT On Tour in Hollywood

Are you playing the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Open Championship Event? Stop and say Hi 👋 to Brian, Tony and Team LearnWPT!

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We will be on site and in the action! Be sure to follow Team LearnWPT On Tour as we travel to play WPT Events.

Follow the Main Event action on WPT.com or on Twitter at @WPTlive.


Share Your Success with Us!

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If you are playing in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open Championship or any of the events on the Festival schedule tag us on social and let us know you are in the action. We might even stop by your table and say Hi!

Show off your chip stack or celebrate a deep run and tag LearnWPT on social media or email the Support Team at [email protected].

Twitter @LearnWPT | Facebook @learnwpt | Instagram @learn_wpt

We love to hear how LearnWPT Students are doing!

Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT


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Train For Your Championship Moment With LearnWPT Live!

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This December the World Poker Tour® will break records at Wynn Las Vegas during the WPT World Championship Festival held December 1-20, featuring three televised Championship Events. The Festival is highlighted by the televised $15M Guaranteed WPT World Championship, the largest live poker tournament guarantee in history.

Two additional televised events round out the schedule including the $2M Guaranteed WPT Prime Championship held December 8-12 and the $200K Guaranteed WPT Ladies Championship December 16-18.

LearnWPT is excited to be a leading feature of the Festival through our Live at Wynn Las Vegas Championship Tournament Strategy Workshop that kicks off the Festival December 5th & 6th and includes Interactive Lab and Lectures PLUS an exclusive satellite for students to win a seat into the $2M GTD WPT Prime Championship!


What is LearnWPT Live at Wynn Las Vegas?

The LearnWPT Live at Wynn Las Vegas Workshop is a unique opportunity to learn elite poker strategy from one of the greatest poker players in the game, Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger who has over $14M in lifetime earnings including $3M in 2022 alone.

Andrew will be joined by online poker legend Eric "Rizen" Lynch who has over $5M in lifetime earnings and is one of the pioneers in hand analysis with his best selling book series Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time Volumes I, II, and III.

Joining Chewy and Rizen to complete the championship roster of Instructors is Tony Dunst! Tony is one of the original online poker professionals and has built an impressive resume including $4M in live winnings and is a World Poker Tour Champion. Tony has analyzed some of the most pivotal hands in poker history from the WPT commentary booth.


Get a Championship Poker Blueprint...

Poker is a game of strategy and skill, and the world’s best players know that developing a cycle for constant improvement is the only way to stay on top of the game. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive poker curriculum that includes Lab Sessions and in-depth lectures that add advanced strategies to your game quickly.

Our curriculum covers critical aspects of championship poker including preflop, postflop, short-handed, and heads up play. You’ll learn how, when, and why to apply advanced concepts such as backdoor equity, capped ranges, flop heuristics, and more – everything you need to study, practice, train, and play like a world-class player.

Our expert Instructors focus on helping you to quickly incorporate new techniques through detailed examples so you can see how to apply these strategies to your specific game.

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During the Lab sessions you’ll take a seat at the poker table with real chips and cards and play live hands against fellow Students while a LearnWPT Instructor deals the action and provides in-depth, personalized analysis and coaching.

What you'll get from poker Lab Sessions...

  • Clear Strategic Guidance and Personalized Advice as You Play
  • Strategies to Combat Common Leaks
  • Open and Collaborative Environment
  • Join a Community of Passionate Poker Players


Win a Seat to the WPT Prime Championship!

After training with Team LearnWPT for 2 days, the Workshop concludes with an exclusive satellite* awarding the top 2 finishers each a seat to the $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Prime Championship held at the Wynn on December 8-12!

The event is limited to 30 attendees, meaning students will receive unparalleled access to the greatest poker minds on the planet, giving their game specific attention and providing opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate feedback.

We hope you will join us for the LearnWPT Live Tournament Strategy Workshop and we look forward to seeing everyone on the felt for the WPT World Championship Festival at Wynn Las Vegas!

-Team LearnWPT

P.S. Members can save up to $600 on this event! Click here to learn more about LearnWPT Live Workshop Preferred Pricing.


Have a Question about LearnWPT Live? Contact the Support Team at (888) 600-5593 or [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

*The $1,100 WPT Prime Championship Passports are non-transferable and have no cash value. Winner must play the awarded event seat within the prescribed prize redemption period. View the FAQ section for more information.

Congrats to Michael "Gags30" Gagliano for Winning His 2nd WSOP Bracelet!

LearnWPT Instructor Michael "Gags30" Gagliano took to the online felt this weekend to win in second career WSOP Bracelet!

Gags captured his 2nd gold bracelet and the $62,755 1st place prize after outlasting the 344-entry field in the $1,000 No-Limit World Series of Poker Turbo Deepstack Online Event #18.

In just under 6 hours of online play Gags started heads up play with an almost 2:1 chip lead and quickly got it all-in with QJs. The flop showed a Q and the rest is history.

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Gags adds this win to his long list of live and online career accomplishments including:

WSOP Bracelet Winner
More than $6 Million combined live and online cashes
BGM Poker Ambassador
10+ Years as Professional Player and Respected Coach

Michael's prowess on the live and online felt and his ability to breakdown concepts and strategies for Students makes him a huge asset for LearnWPT Members.

A fierce advocate for the player, we are proud to have Gags represent Team LearnWPT

Congrats Gags! 🎉
- Team LearnWPT


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Congrats to LuckyChewy for Winning His 1st PokerGO Title!

LearnWPT Instructor Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger battled some of the most dominating players in the game today to win his 1st PokerGO Major title!

Chewy took home the title, trophy, and the $465,750 1st place prize in the $25K buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Poker Masters Event #7.

Coming into the final table second in chips, Chewy maintained his aggression, composure, and focus to emerge as the victor.

This is Chewy's first PokerGO title and second high roller victory in 2022 pushing his career earnings over $13 Million.

With a few more events on the schedule, Chewy is also in the hunt for the Poker Masters purple jacket.

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Chewy adds this PokerGo win to his incredible list of career accomplishments including:

WPT Alpha 8 Champion
WSOP Bracelet Winner
High Roller Tournament winner
Over $13 Million in Tournament Cashes
Ranked #32 US All Time Money List

Chewy's positive mentality and mindset focused on lifelong learning and respect for the game make him a powerful asset for LearnWPT Members and Students.

We are proud to have him represent Team LearnWPT.

Congrats Chewy! 🎉
- Team LearnWPT


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Let's celebrate your success at the table - share with us on social social or email our support team at [email protected]. We love to hear how LearnWPT Students are doing!

Twitter @LearnWPT | Facebook @learnwpt | Instagram @learn_wpt

Welcome Johan Schultz-Pedersen to Team LearnWPT!

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We Are Excited To Welcome New LearnWPT Instructor, Johan Schultz-Pedersen!

Johan Schultz-Pedersen is a rising force in the poker world, powered by his dedicated study and passion for poker hand analysis.

While still very young in life at the age of 23, Johan is a seasoned veteran of online poker having racked up over $1M in cashes during his short career. Playing in the hyper competitive international online poker scene, he has amassed an impressive tally of winnings including a victory in the $1,050 buy-in $100k GTD on PartyPoker for $43,428.

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While online poker has been the focus early in his career, Johan has recently taken to the live felt and secured his 1st WSOP cash with a deep run in the traditionally stacked field of the $5K 6-Max No-Limit event with a 24th place finish.

An extremely talented poker strategist, Johan is widely recognized by his peers and study partners (including LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger) as the go-to resource for poker strategy tools and solver technology.

Some of Johan's Accomplishments:

  • More than $1 Million in online poker tournament earnings
  • PartyPoker $1050 Buy-In $150K GTD Tournament Champion
  • Consistent winner in high stakes $500-$1K buy-in events


Johan is a true student of the game and is constantly immersing himself in the newest tools and technologies. His love of the game, strategic mindset, and in-depth knowledge of Game Theory Optimal tools makes him an invaluable asset to LearnWPT Students.

We are excited to have a front row seat to watch Johan's path to success and to bring his contagious thirst for knowledge to our Students through upcoming Strategy Episodes and new WPT GTO Trainer scenarios.

Help us welcome Johan to the team!
-LearnWPT


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