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Does Studying Poker Really Help Your Game? (Just Ask Tony...)

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Making a commitment to study poker seems silly to some people.

In fact, I am sure you’ve often heard it from friends, co-workers, and family members: “Poker is gambling and at the end of the day, you need to be lucky to win at gambling”.

The next time you hear this all too familiar refrain, show them to this tweet from LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst...

However, shaping yourself into an elite and skilled poker player requires you to be open to learning, to be eager to improve, and to be dedicated to staying on the top of your game.

Tony Dunst, LearnWPT Instructor, WPT commentator, WPT Champion, 2x WSOP Bracelet Winner, and WSOP Circuit Ring winner, with more than $3.9 Million in live poker tournament winnings, is here to provide you with exclusive access to winning cash game and poker tournament strategies, detailed poker hand analysis and how to think through every street, GTO play, adjusting for known opponent tendencies, and what it takes to play On Tour.

There's no denying Tony’s resume as a world-class player, and he’s dedicated to improvement through his own study and collaboration with close friend and fellow LearnWPT Instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger.

So, you should take this world-class player’s example and start your study plan today with a $5 first month membership to LearnWPT.com.


In his video Strategy Episodes, Tony focuses on:

➧ Key aspects of playing better poker including betting decisions under ICM pressure

➧ Advanced strategies that professional poker players use to adjust when big money is on the line

➧ Maintaining focus to be ready to play your A-game in crucial times

➧ How to target common leaks in your opponents

➧ Key study techniques that Pros use to keep them at the top of the game

➧ Optimal strategies for playing postflop after 3-betting preflop

➧ Answering questions from LearnWPT members

Get unfettered access to hear Tony review hands and outline his approach to staying mentally and physically fit for poker, reveal his top 10 player notes he takes during sessions, compare the mindset of a professional poker player vs a recreational player and provide key adjustments for transitioning from making deep runs to winning tournaments.

To give you some extra motivation and show you how dedication to study helped Tony have one of his best years ever as a Pro, you'll get exclusive access to Tony’s Strategy Episodes (41 BONUS videos!) as part of your $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.com.

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Join today and get started on proving all the doubters wrong and get on a path to constant improvement (like Tony did!).


As part of your $5 First month membership, you’ll get access to a Strategy Episode where Tony discusses 4 recent hands he played from a $1000 buy-in online final table.

Watch this Episode To Learn Critical Strategies For:
➧ 3-betting with pocket jacks when ICM Is in play
➧ Continuation bet sizing to target specific stacks
➧ Knowing when to get away from your hand vs a turn lead
➧ How to react when your opponent leads on the river


In another episode, Tony focuses on physical fitness and how it can affect your poker performance, providing you with tips on how to use a healthy lifestyle to increase performance and stamina.

Being attentive to the energy consumed vs. energy expended, employing daily caloric calculators, and learning how to play your best depending on your diet are just some of the things that Tony touches upon in this episode. As physical fitness is essential for prolonged focus during sessions full of long hours, it is important to use increased focus to your advantage and to stay present and avoid auto piloting. You should also choose a key phrase to help you stay mindful and reset your state after losing a big pot, and use mental fitness to equip you with better mistake recognition strategies.

Follow Tony’s example and start your study plan today with a $5 first month membership to LearnWPT.com. You'll get exclusive access to Tony’s library of Strategy Episodes (41 videos) as part of your $5 First Month Membership to LearnWPT.com.

What Else Do You Get with a $5 First Month Membership?

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  • The WPT GTO Trainer to play real solved hands and get instant feedback on YOUR leaks (over 4 BILLION solved spots!)
  • On-demand access to our full library of 500+ (and growing) in-depth Strategy Episodes from world-class players
  • All of your poker questions answered with the Ask a Pro Feature
  • Expert analysis from LearnWPT Pros using The Hand Input Tool
  • Downloadable Tools you can use at and away from the tables
  • Learn from a Team of world-class Professional Players and Instructors

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It'll be the best $5 investment you can make to get on the road to poker success!


Study hard and play well,
-LearnWPT



New LearnWPT Events Page!

📍 Where will the next WPT Main Tour Event take place?
💻 When will the next online series from partypoker begin?
📢 What are the latest features and training tools from LearnWPT?
🌎 How can you find everything going on in the WPT Universe?

We've got you covered...

Check out our new Events Page created to help you easily find information for upcoming poker tournaments and happenings from the World Poker Tour, LearnWPT, and our partners!

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To view the calendar of events click EVENTS in the footer, save and add https://learnwpt.com/events/ to your favorites, or subscribe to the calendar to have the events added to your existing calendar format.

New poker tournaments and events will be added weekly to the events page so be sure to check back regularly.

At LearnWPT we love adding new features like the events page to help our poker students improve and we can't wait to show you what we are working on next!

- Team LearnWPT


Improve Your Game Today!
Join LearnWPT and Get:

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  • The WPT GTO Trainer to play real solved hands and get instant feedback on YOUR leaks (over 4 BILLION solved spots!)
  • On-demand access to our full library of 500+ in-depth Strategy Episodes
  • All of your poker questions answered with the Ask a Pro Feature
  • Expert analysis from LearnWPT Pros using The Hand Input Tool
  • Community Forums to discuss all things poker with fellow LearnWPT Members
  • Downloadable Tools you can use at and away from the tables


To join (just $5 your 1st month) click the JOIN NOW button and start improving your game!


Have Questions about LearnWPT?
Email us at [email protected].


What's New at LearnWPT!

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

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

SEARCH 🔍

GET SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ISSUES IN YOUR GAME THAT NEED FIXING

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

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

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

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


REFINE SEARCH

FILTER AND FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

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

Strategy Episodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE?

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

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

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


ASK A PRO FORUM

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

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

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

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


COMING SOON!

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

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

Have a suggestion or feedback? Email our support team.

Thanks for being part of LearnWPT!


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

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Word of the Day: Community

com·mu·ni·ty noun /kəˈmyo͞onədē/

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  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Each of us is part of a particular community, and the importance of belonging to a community of people who share your interests can’t be measured. Every person longs for belonging. We all want to feel that we belong and have a sense of identity with our community, whether it be large or small.

A community can mean so many things depending on how each individual experiences it. People often feel a sense of togetherness and belonging when they are around peers who share similar interests. This feeling often leads to a deeper connection between community members and greater enjoyment of their common interests - in this case, the love of poker!

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The best players in the game today share ideas and collaborate with their peers within a trusted poker community to improve their play and elevate their game.

A poker community is a group of people who have come together to have fun learning and improving while supporting each other along the way. The common love of poker and the shared desire to help each other find a way for all members to grow their game in a safe and friendly place is the foundation of a community like ours.

The ability to have a community dedicated to poker where you can share experiences, mistakes, practice with each other and share advice, is just as valuable for the new poker player as it is for the aspiring professionals who are passionate about their game and want to improve it.sharing storie

We know that one of the most challenging aspects of improving your poker game is the feeling of being alone on your journey and not having a team (or, better yet, a community) to support your poker goals.

That's why we created the LearnWPT Community!

The desire for community is universal, and many find their place in groups that share a common passion or idea. There is something extraordinary about being a part of a group of people who share something they feel passionately about.


So, are you playing poker and wondering how being part of a poker community can help you grow and become a better player?

Or, you are already aware of all the benefits but you are not sure how to join and become part of this massive poker family?

No matter where you are in your poker journey, answers to any poker questions you might have can be found on The LearnWPT Community Forums. Our community members ask questions daily and get advice, feedback, and real strategy help they can put into action.

We wanted all LearnWPT Members to have the same positive feedback loop and community with the top pros in the game to help them improve and upgrade their play. The LearnWPT Community we created is a safe place, full of passionate poker players who desire to learn, achieve, and have fun achieving their goals.

The LearnWPT Community forum provides an open platform for poker enthusiasts to engage in deep discussions about all things related to the game. Whether you're looking for help with your strategy or want someone else's take on how they won a hand, there are plenty of poker players just like you waiting here who will be happy (and more than willing) to share their thoughts!


How can YOU benefit from being part of a Community of YOUR peers and Instructors?

For many aspiring players, the path to becoming better at poker begins with understanding just exactly what they can improve. When you are starting on the path to learning poker you will have many questions and most likely you won’t know a person with suitable knowledge to discuss these with you.

Well… do you have questions about your poker game like these:

  • What exactly does the term “straddle” mean and is it profitable in your live $1-2 game?
  • After I raised preflop from the SB I wasn’t sure if the best play here was to continue or just check. See my attached HIT hand. Thanks for any input and thoughts…
  • After downloading the first-in hand range charts, does anyone have tips for memorizing the ranges. Does anyone bring them to the tables with them as a guide?
  • After watching Episode #316 today I have a couple questions related to the second hand played where Nick had JJ…
  • Traveling to Vegas … best place for cash live poker 1/2 or 1/3?

These are just some of the questions Members are asking and getting answers to in The LearnWPT Community Forums.

The LearnWPT Community forums provide a space for members to get feedback, advice, and in-depth strategy help for any poker topics you want to explore. Participate in these discussions and learn new ideas and help your fellow members learn more about poker while growing your own game.

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Do you love to talk about all things poker? The LearnWPT community is here for you.

Join in discussions on Cash and Tournament concepts or anything related to this game we love so much in the General Discussion forum.

The Community is a safe place for students of the game to join fellow LearnWPT Members (and our Pros!) to create that loop and:

  • Discuss concepts or issues they are encountering on the path to being a better player. Have you ever tried to learn something but found it difficult? You might be surprised at how many people have had similar experiences.
  • Receive feedback from peers on how they played a hand. Feedback from peers will help you improve your decision-making when playing hands, and it's important to observe the play and analysis to unlock new perspectives in your game plan.
  • Find answers about strategy and concepts they are unsure of. LearnWPT Instructors Eric "Rizen" Lynch and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger visit the community to answer questions and join Member discussions!
  • Expand their poker feedback loop to develop a continuous process for improvement. The community can help players identify what needs to be improved in their own game and provide valuable feedback and advice on how to make meaningful changes and master their game.
  • Talk all things poker related!

The LearnWPT Community is a great place for professionals to expand their poker feedback loop and develop continuous process improvement through discussion. Post and discuss ideas with other members, or share some of yours! We're excited to hear from you!


Want to learn more about this powerful tool?

Click the button below to watch a special video from Nick Binger as he walks you through this exciting LearnWPT Member Feature.

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P.S. You can submit questions anytime directly to the LearnWPT Instructors Eric “Rizen” Lynch, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Brian Altman, Michael "Gags30" Gagliano, and Tony Dunst in the Community anytime!


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Have Questions about LearnWPT?
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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.

WPT GTO Trainer: Heads Up Play

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Most players don't get the chance to practice heads up play until they are already at the final table battling it out for the title.

Since the majority of the prize pool is at the top, you should be prepared when the big money is on the line.

​That is why we are very excited to announce our brand-new Heads Up tournament scenarios for the WPT GTO Trainer!

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The new Heads Up scenarios give you the ability to train different stack depths and alternate positions after each hand.

Members can access these scenarios by clicking the filter below "What you would like to train today?", select Heads-Up, and choose from the list of available training scenarios.

Heads Up Training Scenarios are normally only available to LearnWPT.com Platinum Members. For a limited time we're providing exclusive access to this sample pack for everyone to test their skills by clicking the link below.

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The Heads Up scenarios from the WPT GTO Trainer allow you to train and drill millions of hands and learn optimal strategy for heads up play, gain valuable experience, be better prepared, and have the advantage when it matters the most...

Sitting across from your opponent with the title on the line.

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Ready for more?
Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month of Membership to play more GTO hands (and as often as you like) to find YOUR leaks and start seeing true stats for YOUR play!

Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.

P.S. Read more about our Platinum Membership Tier by clicking here.


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WPT GTO Trainer: Small Stakes Cash Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready for more?
Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month of Membership to play more GTO hands (and as often as you like) to find YOUR leaks and start seeing true stats for YOUR play!

Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.


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WPT GTO Trainer: Practice Final Table Play

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

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Are you prepared
to put pressure on a short stack and do you know how to respond when the pressure is on you?

Do you consider ICM (the estimated dollar worth of a stack size) and how to adjust when there are pay jumps?

We are excited to announce the brand-new WPT GTO Final Table Play scenarios to help better prepare you to make the most of your next Final Table!

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

Review the payout structure before you begin by clicking the Payouts link. These numbers represent the percentage of the prize pool for each place.

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Click START NEW SESSION and begin! Practice these new simulated Final Table situations to gain valuable experience, be better prepared, and have the advantage the next time you are in position to win.

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Play through 5 FREE solved random hands from the WPT GTO Trainer Final Table Scenarios by clicking below and see how close you are to GTO play...

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

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Not a Member?
Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month of Membership to play more GTO hands (and as often as you like) to find YOUR leaks and start seeing true stats for YOUR play!


Get real time feedback on trouble Spots and Ask the LearnWPT Pros with one click.


LearnWPT Membership Features

We created LearnWPT.com to make it as easy as possible for anyone to improve their poker game, on their own time and their own terms.

Our goal is to empower players to ask questions, focus them on fixing leaks, and provide a solid game-plan for them to bring to the table every time they sit down.

And you can start on the path to playing better poker for just $5.

We've made it easy for you to watch, train, discuss, study, and improve by using these LearnWPT Features:

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Join LearnWPT.com for just $5 your first month and start improving your game with over 450+ game-changing strategy videos and access to all of the above Features!

We'll see you online,
-LearnWPT


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Have a questions about LearnWPT?
Contact [email protected] or click the red Contact Us button and we'll be happy to help.

LearnWPT 2019 Year in Review

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Our goal for 2019 was to create new ways to help LearnWPT Members improve their poker game.

We accomplished that goal by adding new game-elevating features, advanced content, additional ways to interact more with our Pros, and more. All with the help of feedback from YOU.

Here’s a recap of the best from 2019:

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Nick Binger and the Development Team spent most of 2019 creating the The WPT GTO Trainer where Members can now practice and learn Game Theory Optimal Strategies used by the world's greatest players by simply playing hands of poker.

The Community Forums were created in 2019 for Students to join in and discuss all things poker with Nick, Eric, LuckyChewy, and fellow Members.

We've also made it much easier to improve your game with our new Membership Tiers. Now you can choose the Membership to best fit your budget, schedule, and stage in your development

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  • Viewed 99 New Strategy Videos
  • Reviewed 100 New Poker Hands
  • Voted 224,335 times to Fold, Call, Check, or Raise
  • Played 100+ different WPT GTO Training Packs using over 1 Billion Solved Hands
  • Received 1100+ Answers to Ask a Pro Questions
  • Submitted 770+ HIT Hands for Analysis
  • Attended 315 Minutes of Webinars
  • Downloaded 12 New Studying Tools

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LearnWPT Member Sue bested a field of 1,713 to win her 1st WSOP Bracelet (and over $120K).

The World Poker Tour interviewed and featured LearnWPT Students Scott & Lisa in an article highlighting their phenomenal summer.

LearnWPT Instructors Tony Dunst and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger had huge 2nd place wins in 2019...

Tony added $250K to his bankroll in the Baccarat Crystal World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions and Chewy banked $917K in the WSOP 50K High Roller!

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Most Watched Episodes

Most Voted Poker Hands

Most Memorable Moments

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We hosted Live Workshops in Los Angeles, Vegas, and Atlantic City which included:

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To all of our current, former, and future Members - THANK YOU for a great year and for being a part of LearnWPT!

The LearnWPT Development Team is hard at work on several Enhanced Features and we look forward to helping your game grow in 2020.

We'll see you online,
- LearnWPT