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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!

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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.


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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


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

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Train & Explain: A Brand-New Way to Train!

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We are so excited to introduce the new Train & Explain Episode Series that WE ARE GIVING YOU FREE ACCESS

Members of LearnWPT know the importance of drilling hands using the WPT GTO Trainer and setting up a feedback loop for their game.

With the new transformational Train & Explain Episodes we've combined these two key factors to make learning GTO Strategy fast and easy regardless of your skill level!

Train & Explain Strategy Episodes gives you an exclusive seat behind a LearnWPT Pro for 5 select hands from the WPT GTO Trainer to learn the "why" behind each decision.

And we've added an innovative twist: you'll play the same hands as the LearnWPT Pro for each Episode.

Here’s how it works....


Before the start of each Train & Explain Strategy Episode, you'll be provided a link to an exclusive 5 hand pack from the WPT GTO Trainer to play before watching the analysis.

Select the "Click to Play the Hands Before You Watch" button noted within the video to play the 5 hands.

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Next, watch the Strategy Episode for a detailed breakdown of each decision point as LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger (and coming soon from Vanessa Selbst, LuckyChewy, and Tony Dunst!) analyze the same hands you just played.

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Hint: After playing the 5 selected hands click the red WATCH NOW button to view the Strategy Episode and go directly to the Pro analysis.

LearnWPT Members can ask questions follow-up questions about a specific decision point or how a hand was played by using the Ask a Pro Feature or Community!

Now it's time for YOU to give it a try....

With our new Train & Explain style of Trainer Pack and Episode, we've created the best way to improve your game in under 20 minutes!

Keep on practicing,
-LearnWPT

P.S. Play unlimited hands from the WPT GTO Trainer Scenario featured in this Episode with a $5 First Month Member. Click here to learn more about our Membership Tiers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is A PKO Tournament?

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

Do I Need a Separate Strategy for PKOs?

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

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

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Remembers these tips when playing in a PKO Tournament:

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


Online Tournament Play with Vanessa Selbst

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


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


Study Like the Pros with LuckyChewy and Katie Stone

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


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


Train → Play → Think Like a Pro!

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

Keep these tips in mind when playing the hands:

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

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


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

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


Working Together For The Player

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partypoker US Network and LearnWPT have joined forces to bring you FREE poker strategy and opportunities for training experiences!

For The Player is designed for all skill levels. Our goal is to help you learn poker strategy and have more fun playing the game you love.

Subscribe below to receive FREE poker strategy content, weekly quizzes, downloadable tools, and more.

Click here to learn more about "For The Player" →

Good luck and good playing!
-LearnWPT

*Players may participate in the Online Series through either BorgataPoker.com, BetMGMPoker.com or NJ.PartyPoker.com, and must physically be in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Michigan to register and play in the series. Customers must be 21 years of age or older to play. See official rules for complete details.


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

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


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

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

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


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

CONGRATULATIONS to the Final Table 👏

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

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

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


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Make Online Poker History This September!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


How To Get Into The Action...

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

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

Visit BetMGM NJ

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


Satellite To The Main Event Starting at Just $5!

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

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

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

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


Improve Your Satellite Play!

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

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

Should I Play a 🛰️ Satellite Differently?

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


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

What Are Keys 🗝️ to Satellite Play?

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

Need Help Closing The Deal?


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

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


Time to Practice Your Skills!

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

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

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

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


Are YOU Final Table Ready?

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

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

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

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

What Are Keys to Final Table Play?

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  • Be aware of stack sizes and pay jumps
  • When short stacks exist, there is extra pressure on the bigger stacks to avoid busting out
  • The chip leaders can use this extra pressure to win many pots while the short stack is in play
  • Preflop ranges shift quite a bit at final tables due to this effect with big stacks playing much wider ranges and medium stacks much narrower ranges
  • Do not be afraid to ramp up your aggression against players that are playing tightly in the hopes of laddering up

Should I Play a Final Table Differently?

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

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


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

How Does a Pro Handle The Spotlight?

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

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

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

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


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

Think You Have What It Takes?

Think you have what it takes to take down the championship and outwit a world-class Pro? It’s time to challenge the world’s perfect opponent - The WPT GTO Trainer!

Play these 5 hands to test your skills and learn the exact move to make. Remember, the goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision. Good luck...

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


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

As you train remember:

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

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

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


Good Luck and Have FUN!

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

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

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


Working Together For The Player!

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

Click here to learn more about For The Player.

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

Good luck and good playing!
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[FREE VIDEO] Tony Dunst $100 Buy-In Large Field Online MTT

Watch This FREE Strategy Episode From LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst!

LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst has been a model of consistency on the live poker scene, including most recently his deep run in the 2019 WPT Tournament of Champions.

Tony's online poker resume is no exception and we're excited to share this in-depth look at a recent deep run in a 1,000+ person online tournament.

Tune in as Tony shares his thought process as he navigates unknown opponents at the Final Table and identifies key adjustments for managing pay jumps and applying pressure to less-skilled opponents.

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This video is part of the LearnWPT Exclusive On Tour with Tony Dunst Strategy Episode series. Join Tony for a behind the scenes look into the most thought provoking hands he plays from real WPT events and teaches strategies and concepts you can use in your game.

Click here to learn more about Tony's extensive poker accomplishments and more importantly, how he can help improve your game.

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

Watch This Video for the Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold'em & Get Free Poker Strategy

If you are eager to learn the Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, one of the most popular and exciting card games in the world, then this beginner's article guide is the perfect place for you.

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

In the video above we covered some basic things a new poker player needs to know in order to play the game. LearnWPT Lead Instructor Nick Binger shows you the Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold’em:

  1. Poker hand rankings
  2. Tips for proper betting
  3. Handling cards
  4. Key strategies for selecting which hands to play at the start of each hand


Plus get FREE downloadable tools below!


FIRST-IN HAND RANGE CHARTS
FOUNDATIONS OF NO-LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM

First-In Hand Range charts are an amazing poker tool to help you quickly learn the Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold’em. This tool will tell you what hands to play when you are the first person to put money into the pot at the poker table. They'll keep you on very solid, profitable ground and ensure that you aren't playing bad poker hands!

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

Here are some tips for using them at the table:

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


Remember, these charts are intended for use when you are the first person to put chips in the pot before the flop aside from the blinds (forced bets). If someone else has already voluntarily put chips in the pot before your turn to act, these charts do not apply.


THE 5 KEY 🔑FACTORS
FOUNDATIONS OF NO-LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM

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

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


When you start playing, no matter if it is a cash game, online poker tournament or the biggest live poker event, understanding the fundamentals of No-Limit Texas Hold’em will help you elevate your skills toward becoming a professional poker player.

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


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


TRACK YOUR PLAY TO BUILD A STUDY ROUTINE

If you want to learn No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker strategy and start seeing better results at the table, the first step is to write down the specifics of what happens in hands when you are faced with difficult decisions.

Poker software programs that capture hand histories and allow users to control replays such as LearnWPT’s Hand Input Tool, offer an easy way to enter hands with your favorite internet-connected device.

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When just beginning to study poker it’s often most beneficial to start tracking your play simply using a pen and paper. It is important to make sure you are tracking the right factors when noting hands for poker strategy study so that you can develop a consistent process and measure your progress.

Here is a simple checklist of 8 questions to use when tracking your play for poker strategy analysis:

  1. What was my seat position at the table?
  2. What were the seat positions of my opponents?
  3. What was my chip stack to start the hand?
  4. What were the chip stacks of my opponents to start the hand?
  5. What were my 2 cards, specific rank and suit?
  6. What were the community cards, specific rank and suit?
  7. What were the specific actions in the hand? Which player opened the betting?
  8. Did my opponents show down their hand, if so what were the specific cards?


Use this checklist to review your play on a regular basis and you will start to see patterns that can be adjusted to increase your win rate. It is very important to remember that the result of any given hand does not matter when studying poker hands to try and improve your game.

Focus your study on trying to determine what actions your opponent would take with all types of hands they could have in a specific spot and avoid trying to pinpoint a single hand.


NEXT STEPS

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

Ready to continue learning the Foundations of No-Limit Texas Hold’em Strategy and become a better player?

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

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

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

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Lead Instructor, LearnWPT


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The Mental Game with Jared Tendler: Setting Goals

Watch This FREE Strategy Episode
From LearnWPT!

Have you set your 2020 poker goals?

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

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

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

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

Why Should You Learn About
The Mental Game?

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

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

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

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