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On Tour: 2022 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

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The World Poker Tour's 20th Season Is in Full Swing!

Our next stop is Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL this April for the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. Join this massive field of professional and recreational players sure to flock to Florida to test their skills and compete for the title of the next WPT Champion - including Team LearnWPT.

The huge $3 Million Guaranteed prize pool is destined to attract a record-shattering number of players and a life-changing first prize (ICU Nurse Brek Schutten claimed $1.2 million and a WPT Title in May).


LearnWPT Prepares You for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!

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

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LearnWPT is here with some free expert strategy and tips to help get your game in shape and get you ready to have fun and crush the competition at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown 🏆.


Get In on the Action ...

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL is welcoming players back to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full festival of poker action starting on March 24th. Kicking off the festival on the 24th is a $400 multi-flight $500K Guaranteed deepstack tournament and a ton of satellites into the Main Event!

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the $3Million Guaranteed WPT Main Tour Event on April 8th. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on April 9th - Click for more information.

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📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Friday, April 8, 2022 starting at 11 a.m. ET
Day 1B: Saturday, April 9, 2022 starting at 11 a.m. ET (Registration will remain open until the start of Level 9)
Day 2: Sunday, April 10, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 3: Monday, April 11, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 4: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Final Table:
Filmed for TV and will take place on May 25, 2022 at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas

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


🛰️ Satellite Tips to Help Win Your Way Into the Main Event

Satellite poker tournaments 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. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Festival has plenty of chances for you to win your way in the WPT Championship. See the full Festival Schedule here.

LearnWPT Instructors Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger and Katie Stone have a few key tips to help increase your edge.

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 the probability of winning a win a seat goes up, your ranges in all spots tighten up
  • There are times in a satellite poker tournament when players should never continue against an all-in
  • Satellites are the only form of poker where it can be correct to fold pocket Aces 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


Use the strategies below to sharpen your focus
and who knows, maybe you’ll turn a few bucks into a huge payday.


📽️ Play Better Poker With LearnWPT Live Stream at Seminole Hard Rock

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Before the WPT Main Event, LearnWPT Instructor and Host Katie Stone will be talking poker strategy with special guest 2010-2019 World Poker Tour® Player of the Decade, winner of 4 WPT Main Tour Titles (the most in WPT history), and BetMGM Brand Ambassador Darren Elias, LIVE from Seminole Hard Rock on twitch.tv/learnwpt!

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the recent Play Better Poker with LearnWPT stream with Tony Dunst from the HyperX Arena ...

Watch Katie & Tony's full conversation and previous Play Better Poker with LearnWPT streams on LearnWPT.com by clicking here.

Join us for the next Play Better Poker with LearnWPT Stream LIVE April 7th at 10am ET (7am PT) on twitch.tv/learnwpt!


Train With LuckyChewy Before the Event 🐐

The April 2nd-3rd LearnWPT Live at Hard Rock Tournament Strategy Workshop at Seminole Hard Rock was a HUGE success! During the 2-Day Interactive Workshop students were given access to proven techniques to help get them ready to take down the Mike Sexton Champions Cup 🏆 (and we had some fun too).

During a LearnWPT Live Workshop Instructors take turns being your coach and guide during Interactive Lab Sessions as they play simulated hands in a live tournament setting to practice the concepts just learned and give you direct feedback on your play.

Ready to join us Live? View the current schedule and sign up to get alerts when new events are added.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


5️⃣Tips for Deepstack Poker Tournament Play

While On Tour at WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino Resort Katie Stone and Tony Dunst took a break from the action to talk about some common mistakes they see players make when playing in deepstacked poker tournaments.

The early stages of a championship poker tournament with super deep structures like you find on the World Poker Tour require a specific strategy shift. It’s not uncommon for the average stack to equal 100 times the current big blind level or more during the first few hours in the tournament and you should focus on some strategic adjustments for these situations.

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

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


Join Team LearnWPT On Tour at Hard Rock

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Are you playing the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown? Stop and say Hi 👋 to the LearnWPT Team!

Michael "Gags30" Gagliano, LuckyChewy, Brian Altman, Katie Stone, Tony Dunst, and Adrian Naggy will be on site and in the action for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship!

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

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Check out this LearnWPT Strategy Episode preview from 3x World Poker Tour Champion, Season XVIII WPT Player of the Year, and LearnWPT Instructor Brian Altman as he breaks down a hand played On Tour recently at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Read more about Brian's accomplishments here.


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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If you are playing in the WPT Poker Showdown and want to celebrate a victory or deep run with your poker family, email the LearnWPT Team to keep us updated. Also make sure to follow and tag us on Twitter @learnwpt, Facebook, or Instagram to share your success.

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

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

Want to start playing better poker?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tune In to Hear Katie & Darren Talk About:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Meet Your Host Katie Stone

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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[FREE VIDEO] LuckyChewy Vs Daniel Negreanu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Top 10 Online Poker Tells from Tony Dunst

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

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

Check out his most common notes on opponents below:


#1 Poker Tell: Opens Too Wide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#2 Poker Tell: Straightforward in Big Spots

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

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

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

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

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


#3 Poker Tell: Flat Calls Too Wide Preflop

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

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

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

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

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

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


#4 Poker Tell: Passive Postflop with No Showdown Value

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

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

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

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

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

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


#5 Poker Tell: Open Shoves Too Wide

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#7 Poker Tell: Reshoves Too Wide Preflop

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

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

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

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

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


#8 Poker Tell: Calls Down Too Wide Postflop

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

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

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

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

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


#9 Poker Tell: Bluffs Too Wide Postflop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#10 Poker Tell: Not ICM Conscious

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2021 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley

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The exciting conclusion to the 2020-2021 WPTDeepStacks season is this December 4-7 when the luxurious Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA welcomes the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship.

This event features 30K in starting chips with hour levels plus a massive $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and is sure to deliver an unparalleled player experience. The friendly and skilled staff at TV Poker Room are no strangers to hosting prestigious events with the World Poker Tour and you can be assured that the WPTDeepStacks Championship will be no exception.

This event not only gives players the chance to score a share of the $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and experience the first class poker room at Thunder Valley, it also provides the opportunity to be featured LIVE on stream. The final 9 players in the $2500 WPTDeepStacks Championship will play to a winner on Monday December 7th and be featured live on twitch.tv/worldpokertour.

Team LearnWPT is here to help get your game in shape to take down this event with some strategy and tips below!


Get In On The Action...

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The TV Poker Room at Thunder Valley in Lincoln, CA is welcoming players to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full Championship festival of poker action starting on November 15th where players can satellite into the Main Event for as low as $100!

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the WPTDeepStacks Championship Main Tour Event on December 4th. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on December 4th - Click for more info

📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Saturday, December 4, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 1B: Sunday, December 5, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 2: Monday, December 6, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Final Day: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT (final table will be live streamed with a delay)


Prepare for The WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley

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The Team of world-class professionals at LearnWPT are here to help you get ready for the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship with some in-depth strategies for dealing with the pressure of big money and bright lights.

We’ll kick things off with one of the most talked about hands in poker history, featuring Joe McKeehan and Ian Steinman from the $5,000 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at TV Poker Room. Check out the amazing hand below then watch the detailed analysis of this play from LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger.

Ask Yourself... Can You Fold a Set of Kings?

Picture yourself in this scenario: You’ve been grinding for 4 days and are deep in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at TV Poker Room. You’ve reached the live stream final table and have a good chip stack.

You pick up pocket kings in the Cutoff and open raise. The Big Blind calls and bingo, you hit top set.

Time to double up and find a way to get it all-in! Wait, not so fast ...

Watch this Strategy Episode from Instructor Nick Binger as he breaks down this infamous hand between Ian Steinman and Joe McKeehan to show you the strategy Pros use to make these crucial folds.

Tour Term: What is a Hero Fold?

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Hero Fold: verb
he·​ro fold \ˈhir-(ˌ)ō ˈfōld \

1) To fold your hand correctly in a spot where on the surface it appears you are highly likely to have the best hand.

LearnWPT and the World Poker Tour are excited to bring players Tour Terms, where we break down key strategy terms from the pages of WPT Live Updates to give you helpful tips to use in your next WPT tournament. Learn more about Tour Terms 3-Bet, Continuation Bet, and Check-Raise!

Need Help Making a Big Fold?

During any one hand of No-Limit Hold’em poker the advantage can change on the turn of a card. While you might be a huge favorite to start the hand holding pocket aces for example, after the board is dealt and all the bets are in the best starting hand in poker may often be reduced to the worst hand.

Every poker player has experienced the feeling that the momentum has shifted in a hand and that “something is up” when the opponent suddenly bets or raises. The skill that separates winning professionals from the rest of the field is knowing precisely when the advantage has shifted in the hand, and when to save chips for future spots.


Learn to make big folds while not being exploited by your aggressive opponents in this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT. Tune in as Nick Binger answers questions submitted by members with the Ask A Pro Feature and learn about how to play top set, what to do when your opponents don’t respect steal attempts, and the key factors you need to consider when deciding to fold a big hand.


The Other Side of The Coin - Hero Calling

Battling against tough players with the WPTDeepStacks Championship on the line also requires the ability to sniff out bluffs and stop aggressive opponents from stealing pots.

The most successful tournament players are constantly looking for opportunities to win uncontested pots without showdown and trying to run you over with aggression.

Poker legend and LearnWPT instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger is no stranger to high profile final tables with massive prize pools on the line.

Tune in as the $100K Buy-in WPT Alpha 8 Champion shows you his thought process to narrow opponent hand ranges and sort through the noise to make the correct call when it matters most.


Your Practice Partner? - The Best Poker Player in The World

Now that you have some expert strategies from the world’s best poker players in your toolbox, it’s time to train you new skills vs the perfect opponent.

Get ready to make a deep run in the WPTDeepStacks Championship by playing these 5 hands from the WPT GTO Trainer. Practice this spot where you are in the steal position as the chip leader vs a tough Big Blind and prepare for your time to shine LIVE on stream.

Your goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision.

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At the WPTDeepStacks final table you minraise from the Cutoff as the chip leader with a 70BB stack & the Big Blind with 50BBs calls

As you play, remember these tips:

  • The Big Blind will likely call with a fairly wide range in this spot given direct pot odds
  • The Big Blind will flat call with some big hands preflop due to ICM pressure, even as strong as pocket Kings
  • You will be c-betting almost 100% when checked to using a smaller sizing
  • The Big Blind will lead the flop with a portion of their range to counter your small c-betting strategy - be prepared to continue vs most leads
  • Be cautious about building big pots with some stronger hands as the Big Blind’s range narrows significantly on later streets when they continue

P.S. After playing the hands get YOUR SCORE and learn the "why" behind the correct plays.


Need Some Final Table Tips?

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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.

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

The WPTDeepStacks Championship will feature a cards up live streamed final table on twitch.tv/worldpokertour,


Good Luck and Have FUN!

We hope you enjoyed these free strategies to prepare for the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino this December 4-7, 2021!

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Be sure to let us know if you use these strategies to make a big score and don’t be afraid to share your success on twitter @WPTDeepStacks, @learnwpt and @wpt. and use the hashtag #WPTDEEPSTACKS.

We’ll see you on the stream, live from Thunder Valley Casino at twitch.tv/worldpokertour!

Good luck and good playing,
-LearnWPT

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2021 WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open

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The World Poker Tour returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL this November with the $3,500 WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open Main Event. Join the massive field of poker players sure to flock to Florida this November as we prepare to crown a new WPT Champion!

The huge $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool is destined to attract a record-shattering number of players and a life-changing first prize (ICU Nurse Brek Schutten claimed $1.2 million and a WPT Title in May).

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

LearnWPT is here with expert strategy tips and fun ways to train to help get your game in shape. Scroll down for free Strategy Episodes and WPT GTO Trainer solutions to get you ready to crush the competition at the WPT Seminole Rock "N" Roll Poker Open 🏆.


Get In On The Action...

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL is welcoming players back to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full festival of poker action starting on November 17th.

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the WPT Main Tour Event on November 26th. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on November 27th - Click for more information.

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📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Friday, November 26, 2021 starting at 11 a.m. ET
Day 1B: Saturday, November 27, 2021 starting at 11 a.m. ET (unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9)
Day 2: Sunday, November 28, 2021
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 3: Monday, November 29, 2021
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 4: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
starting at 12 p.m. ET
Final Table: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
starting at 2 p.m. ET (final table will be live streamed with 30-min delay)

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

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

Check out this exciting sneak peak of the action from the live stream of last season's WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Final Table:


How Does a Pro Handle The Spotlight?

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

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

How Would YOU Play This Same Spot?

Think you have what it takes to win the WPT Seminole Hard Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open and outwit a world-class Pro? It’s time to challenge the world’s perfect opponent - The WPT GTO Trainer!

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

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

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

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


Let's Flip The Script ...

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


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

Play It From the Big Blind

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

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

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

As you train remember:

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


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


Need Some Final Table Tips?

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Final Table Strategy can differ dramatically from the early stages of a tournament, especially with huge pay-jumps and the prestige that only comes with winning a World Poker Tour title. Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience and how your decision making is affected with potentially life-changing money at stake.

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

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

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

The WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open will feature a cards up live streamed final table on twitch.tv/worldpokertour,


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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Be sure to let us know how you do and don’t be afraid to share your success on Twitter @learnwpt and @wpt. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you at the final table, live on the stream at twitch.tv/wpt!

Good luck and good playing,
-LearnWPT


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Poker Tournament Strategy Tips From LearnWPT

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Are you in Vegas for the live tournament grind this fall and looking to brush up your skills?

Check out this free collection of No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament strategy tips and tools from LearnWPT Instructors and WSOP bracelet winners Nick Binger, Vanessa Selbst, Tony Dunst and Mental Game Coach Jared Tendler.

Team LearnWPT is here to help keep you focused and make sure you are ready to make your big score 🏆.


GET YOURSELF MENTALLY PREPARED FOR POKER TOURNAMENTS

Mental Game Coach Jared Tendler has been on the rail helping WSOP winners succeed for over a decade! Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode from Jared as he provides a game plan for getting your tactical and mental game strategy ready for success and helps you prepare for a demanding poker schedule.

Poker Tournament Preparation Quick Tips:

  • Keep it simple! Don't start introducing new concepts - focus on known issues in your game
  • Develop and work on a poker routine based on good sessions
  • Go through a pregame warm-up before each session
  • Take "no poker" breaks to reset and reserve energy
  • Manage your over excitement


5 POKER TOURNAMENT STRATEGY 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 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


Brush up on the Key Factors by watching these Strategy Episodes:

The 5 Keys Of Poker Tournament Strategy Quick Tips:

To build mental muscle memory for these concepts in real-time, focus on the 5 Key Factors even when you are NOT in the hand. Notice hands that were shown down, you’ll find an interesting trend...

  • The more players that see the flop, the stronger the average hand will be at showdown
  • The more coordinated a board is, the more likely it is someone has a strong draw or made hand
  • Multiway and Coordinated? You’ll likely see the strongest possible hands in a player’s range at showdown


KNOW YOUR FIRST-IN RANGES

There is one decision you must make in every hand you play - what to do when action folds to you preflop.

Predetermining which hands to open with preflop across various stacks size frees up mental energy and allows you to focus more on outplaying your opponent.


Watch this Strategy Episode as LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger guides you through using these ranges properly. Make sure you download the charts and review them before you play, in between hands, or after your session.

You'll develop Muscle Memory for preflop play by simply reviewing the charts and putting them into practice at the table!

First-In Hand Range Charts - Tournaments


First-In Hand Ranges Quick Tips:

  • Raise or fold, do NOT call
  • Your goal is to restrict the number of opponents seeing the flop to 1 or 2 on average
  • Find your "standard" raise size for each level. A raise size resulting in 3+ callers is NOT working

20 BIG BLIND STACKS HAND RANGES

Review this LearnWPT Strategy Episode as Nick gives First-In Hand Ranges when you have a 20 Big Blind Stack in a Tournament and provides an easy to remember methodology for adjusting to opponents in real-time.


Moves for Different Stack Sizes Quick Tips:

  • If it folds around to you with less than 10BBs in your stack, either fold or move all-in. Do not limp or call!
  • Reshoving is powerful with 10-20BB stacks. Ideal stack size for reshoving is around 6x the initial raise amount
  • With 30-50BBs reraising exerts pressure on the raiser & allows you to win uncontested pots. As a default, make it 3x their raise size


HOW THE PROS DO IT

Team LearnWPT is no stranger to the bright lights of the final table and big money pressure. Get some insight from two of the best!


Watch this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Instructor and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst for key insights on how world-class Players think through hands.

Making Moves Quick Tips:

  • Making moves is necessary to becoming a winning player
  • Moves work best against fewer opponents. Rarely bluff in multiway pots
  • You must become comfortable with situational poker


Check out this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT Instructor Vanessa Selbst as she answers Student submitted questions regarding c-betting in multiway pots and key factors for becoming a dominating professional player.

Overcoming Your Fears Quick Tips:

  • Aggression wins in Poker
  • Practice making moves! Fear prevents us from accumulating lots of chips and becoming a chip leader
  • Enjoy playing the game and you'll have a better chance of success

HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN A POKER TOURNAMENT?

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. After playing watch the Strategy Episode for a detailed breakdown of each decision point as LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger analyzes the same hands you just played. Good luck...

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With 50 big blind stacks you open raise to 2.5BBs from Middle Position and the Button 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 playing the hands click the WATCH NOW button to follow along as Nick plays the exact same hands and learn the "why" behind the correct plays.


TELL US HOW YOU ARE DOING

We LOVE hearing about the success LearnWPT Students are having, just like Sue winning WSOP Gold in 2019, so be sure to follow us on social media and let us know how you do.

Social-Media-Share-Success

Don’t be afraid to share your success with us on Twitter @learnwpt, Facebook, and Instagram.


OUR MOST IMPORTANT TIP ...

HAVE FUN! Remember that you are playing the game you love and all of your hard work will show through.

Good luck and good playing,
-LearnWPT

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What is a PKO Tournament?

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

SHOULD I PLAY A PKO DIFFERENTLY?

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

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

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Remembers these tips when playing in a PKO Tournament:

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


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On Tour: 2022 World Poker Tour Choctaw-Durant

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The WPT's 20th Season Is Headed Back to Choctaw!

Our next stop is at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK this May for the $3,800 World Poker Tour® Choctaw Main Event which features 50K in starting chips plus a massive $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool. The 2021 WPT Choctaw Champion Dapo Ajai took home 560K!

Join the massive field of professional and recreational players who will travel to Choctaw to test their skills and compete for the title of the next WPT Champion - including Team LearnWPT.

The final table of this exciting event will be played at the HyperX Esports Arena on May 26th in Vegas and filmed for television. Ready to see your name in lights and compete for a WPT Title on the big stage?

LearnWPT is here with some expert strategy to help get you there!


LearnWPT Prepares You for the Main Event 🏆

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

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LearnWPT is here with some free expert strategy and tips to help get your game in shape and get you ready to crush the competition at WPT Choctaw Main Event.


Get In on the Action ...

The Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK is welcoming players back to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full festival of poker action starting on April 28th. This exciting festival features several high guaranteed prize pools ranging from 50K to 300K and a ton of satellites into the Main Event!

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the $2Million Guaranteed WPT Main Tour Event on May 13. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on May 14th - Click for more information.

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📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Friday, May 13, 2022 starting at 12 p.m. CT
Day 1B: Saturday, May 14, 2022 starting at 12 p.m. CT (Registration will remain open until the start of Level 9)
Day 2: Sunday, May 15, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. CT
Day 3: Monday, May 16, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. CT
Final Table:
Filmed for TV and will take place on May 26, 2022 at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas

The super deep championship structure for this $3,800 event offers plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents. Get ready to battle with the best and play for your share of the massive $2M Guaranteed prize pool.


Train With LuckyChewy & Brian Altman Before the Main Event 🐐

Before the Main Event kicks off LearnWPT will be hosting a 2-Day Live Tournament Strategy Workshop May 9th-11th at Choctaw Casino & Resort with Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger and Brian Altman. The chance to TRAIN LIVE with two of the most successful players in poker is here and you won’t want to miss it!

During this 2-Day Interactive Workshop you’ll be given access to proven techniques to help get you ready to take down the Mike Sexton Champions Cup 🏆.

Once you've learned the right moves, attendees will immediately put their skills into action at the WPT Main Event Freeroll Satellite and play against each other in an exclusive freeroll with a seat into the $3,800 WPT Choctaw Main Event Seat* as first prize.

This Satellite Tournament is exclusive to LearnWPT Live at Choctaw ticket holders giving you a 1 in 20 shot of winning and playing in a World Poker Tour® Main Event!

P.S. An exclusive Welcome Reception for Students on Monday, May 9th will kickoff the event! Meet your Instructors and fellow Students in a relaxed environment. We look forward to seeing you LIVE!

Can't make Choctaw? Join us at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas!


What Are the Keys to Final Table Play?

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Will you be one of the final 6 players competing for the WPT Choctaw Main Event title at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on May 26th? 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 at the HyperX Esports Arena!

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


Your Practice Partner? - The Best Poker Player in the World

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!

Get ready to make a deep run in the WPT Choctaw Main Event by playing these 5 hands from the WPT GTO Trainer. Practice this spot where you are in the steal position as the chip leader vs a tough Big Blind and prepare for your time to shine LIVE on stream.

Your goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision.

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At the WPT Choctaw final table you minraise from the Cutoff as the chip leader with a 70BB stack & the Big Blind with 50BBs calls

As you play, remember these tips:

  • The Big Blind will likely call with a fairly wide range in this spot given direct pot odds
  • The Big Blind will flat call with some big hands preflop due to ICM pressure, even as strong as pocket Kings
  • You will be c-betting almost 100% when checked to using a smaller sizing
  • Th BB will lead the flop with a portion of their range to counter your small c-bet strategy - be prepared to continue vs most leads
  • Be cautious building big pots with some stronger hands as the BB’s range narrows significantly on later streets

P.S. After playing the hands get YOUR SCORE and learn the "why" behind the correct plays.


Join Team LearnWPT On Tour at Choctaw

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Are you playing the WPT Choctaw Main Event? Stop and say Hi 👋 to the LearnWPT Team!

LuckyChewy, Brian Altman, Tony Dunst, and Adrian Naggy 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.


Good Luck and Have FUN!

WPT Choctaw Champion Champion Dapo Ajayi

If you are playing in the WPT Choctaw Main Event or Festival and want to celebrate a victory or deep run with your poker family, email the LearnWPT Team to keep us updated. Also make sure to follow and tag us on Twitter @learnwpt, Facebook, or Instagram to share your success.

Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT


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On Tour: 2022 WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley

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The World Poker Tour's 20th Season Keeps Rolling!

Our next stop is Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA this April featuring an epic schedule of satellites, huge guaranteed events, and closing with the player favorite Bounty Confidential.

The Thunder Valley festival headliner is the $1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Main Event that features 30K in starting chips plus a massive $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and is sure to deliver an unparalleled player experience. The friendly and skilled staff at the 😎TV Poker Room are no strangers to hosting prestigious events with the World Poker Tour and you can be assured that the WPTDeepStacks Main Event will be no exception.

Whether it's enjoying the fabulous amenities or relaxing in the spacious and modern rooms, players On Tour rave about this event as a can’t miss stop. Let’s not forget about the main reason to travel to Thunder Valley this April - to score a share of the $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and experience the first class poker room and staff, and Team LearnWPT will be there in the action.

Let's get you ready to dominate the felt ...


LearnWPT Prepares You for Thunder Valley and the WPTDeepStacks Main Event!

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Team LearnWPT is here with some free expert strategy and tips to help get your game in shape and get you ready to have fun and crush the competition at WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley Main Event 🏆.


Get In on the Action ...

The Thunder Valley Resort Casino in Lincoln, CA is welcoming players back to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full festival of poker action starting on April 9th.

Kicking off the festival on the 19th is the $200 Season Opener and a ton of satellites into the Main Event!

Highlights of the festival include the 5-day, $460 buy-in Monolith multi-flight $250K Guaranteed prize pool Tournament starting on April 21st. The action packed series is capped off with the popular (and secure) $1,100 Bounty Confidential event on May 1st.

Day 1A of the headlining $1Million Guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Main Event begins April 28th. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on April 29th - Click for more information.

📅 WPTDeepStacks Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Thursday, April 28, 2022 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 1B: Friday, April 29, 2022 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 1C: Saturday, April 30, 2022 starting at 12 p.m. PT (Registration will remain open until the start of Level 10)
Day 2 Final: Sunday, May 1, 2022
starting at 12 p.m. PT

The championship structure offers plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents. Get ready to battle with the best and play for your share of the life changing $1M Guaranteed prize pool.


FREE 🛰️ Satellite Intro LIVE With LearnWPT at Thunder Valley - April 27th!

Satellite poker tournaments 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. Strategies for Satellites can be very different from a normal Tournament.

To help get you ready for the WPTDeepStacks Main Event we're inviting you to join LearnWPT on April 27th for a FREE 1 hour introduction to Satellite Strategy Workshop LIVE in the Thunder Valley Poker Room at noon to kick off Satellite Day!

P.S. After the Workshop jump into the $85 Step Satellite at 1 p.m. to win a seat into the $340 WPTDS Main Event Satellite at 5 p.m. PT

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Can't make the FREE Introduction to Satellite strategy? Use the strategies below to sharpen your focus and who knows, maybe you’ll turn a few bucks into a huge payday.

Check out these 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 the probability of winning a win a seat goes up, your ranges in all spots tighten up
  • There are times in a satellite poker tournament when players should never continue against an all-in
  • Satellites are the only form of poker where it can be correct to fold pocket Aces 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


3 Tips for Bounty Poker Tournament Play

Bounty Poker Tournaments are a fun way to add variety to your poker tournament schedule. The real money bounty awarded for knocking out each player creates extra action plus it gives every poker player a chance to win some cash in most cases without needing to finish inside the bubble.

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The most recent innovation in tournament bounty poker that has caused great excitement among poker players is the Lottery Style Bounty Tournament.

In this type of event (more commonly known as a Mystery Bounty or Bounty Confidential) players who make Day 2 and eliminate a player draw an envelope with the bounty amount hidden inside. Bounty amounts range from slightly less than a buy-in, all the way to 50 times the buy-in based on the total number of tournament entries.

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To maximize your chances at grabbing a massive bounty there are specific strategy reminders you should be conscious of during your next Lottery Style bounty event. Check out LearnWPT Instructor and Poker Legend Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger’s 3 key lessons for Lottery Style Bounty Tournaments below:

➧ Lesson #1: Making Day 2 in a Lottery Style Bounty Tournament is very important, but getting there with a big stack is critical to maximizing return on investment. Take thinner edges on Day 1 and focus on spots to accumulate chips before you reach the money so that you can have a better shot at accumulating bounties once you are in the money.

➧ Lesson #2: Bounties usually make up roughly one third of the prize pool. They are of most value when the average bounty amount in dollars is larger than the minimum cash and quite a bit larger than any pay jumps. Keeping track of which larger bounties have been won already is essential to making the highest expected value decisions in these types of events.

➧ Lesson #3: As the average bounty value decreases and you get deeper in the tournament where the prize money and associated pay jumps in the actual prize pool are larger than the average bounty amount, winning a bounty should be much less of an important factor in your decision making. Where previously you might have made a thin call to potentially win a huge bounty, you should instead evaluate this spot in terms of your overall tournament.

For more information and strategy on the different types of Bounty Poker Tournaments visit www.learnwpt.com/bounty


Join Team LearnWPT On Tour at Thunder Valley

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Are you playing the WPTDeepStacks Main Events or Festival Tournaments? Stop and say Hi 👋 to the LearnWPT Team!

LuckyChewy and Adrian Naggy will be on site and in the action for the WPTDeepStacks Main Event!

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


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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If you are playing in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event and want to celebrate a victory or deep run with your poker family, email the LearnWPT Team to keep us updated. Also make sure to follow and tag us on Twitter @learnwpt, Facebook, or Instagram to share your success.

Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT


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