On Tour With LearnWPT: 2023 WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
The World Poker Tour is heading back to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL for the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship Event. Join the massive field of poker players sure to flock to Florida to test their skills and be crowned the next WPT Champion!
The festival features an epic schedule of satellites, huge guaranteed events, and is highlighted by the massive $3 Million Guaranteed prize pool Championship event. There is no doubt this event will attract a record-shattering number of poker players and generate life-changing first place prize money.
Want the Cup? Get Aggression!
A common trait shared by almost every player whose name is etched on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup, is a willingness to stay aggressive and put their opponents to tough decisions. They are masters of knowing when to shift gears and exploit weaknesses and they don't need to have good cards to push the action.
Team LearnWPT is here to show you specific poker plays that will add aggression to your game and build a fierce presence at the table. The strategies we're sharing here will help you identify more spots to make aggressive moves that won't break your game, have you pulling the trigger more often in close spots, and put you on the path toward the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship!
Get In on the Action ...
The 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown festival kicks off on April 13th with the $400 Deepstack $500K GTD opener. There are plenty of lower buy-in events and a ton of satellites into the Main Event, so you don’t have to stretch your poker bankroll to join the fun!
📅 Poker Showdown Festival Dates:
Start: Thursday, April 13, 2023
End: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Click here for the full Festival schedule
Follow the live updates for action from all the events
The headlining WPT Poker Showdown Championship event begins Friday, April 28th with two starting flights and unlimited reentry through the start of level 9) - Click for the tournament structure.
📅 WPT Main Event Schedule:
Day 1A: Friday, April 28, 2023 starting at 11 a.m. ET
Day 1B: Saturday, April 29, 2023 starting at 11 a.m. ET
Day 2: Sunday, April 30, 2023 starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 3: Monday, May 1, 2023 starting at 12 p.m. ET
Day 4: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 starting at 12 p.m. ET*
*The final table of 6 will be played and filmed for television by the World Poker Tour at the HyperX Las Vegas at Luxor on May 25, 2023.
Starting May 25th Get 3 Days of WPT Final Table Live Streams!
➧ WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table Live Stream - May 25th at 4:30 PM PT
➧ WPT Choctaw Final Table - Live Stream May 26th at 4:30 PM PT
➧ WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table - Live Stream May 27th at 4:30 PM PT
All live stream final tables are on a 30-minute delay
View ⚡ Live Streams on WPT Twitch, WPT YouTube or WPT.com
Meet Up With Brad and Andrew!
Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen bring the fun and excitement of the Meet Up Game (MUG) to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa - and you're invited!
Beginning at 12 PM Eastern Time the pioneers of poker Vlogging and creators of the MUG will kick off the $2/$5 cash game action in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Poker Room.
If you’ve been following the action from the MUG’s on social media and you’ve been feeling the FOMO, this is your chance to jump into the fun! Join us for a unique poker experience with the WPT Family, and you might even show up in Brad or Andrew’s next VLOG 🎥
AJo at the $10K WPT Final Table - Your Move?
Maintaining aggression in the face of big pay jumps under the bright lights of the World Poker Tour Final table can be a daunting task. Every decision is magnified and one wrong move could end your dream run.
In this Strategy Episode LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger breaks down a pivotal hand from the $10K WPT Seminole Hard Rock finale. Learn how calculated aggression can frustrate a skilled opponent and create fold equity in a tough ICM spot vs the chip leader.
Fold Less, Float More!
Tired of playing vs THAT player who always seems to be dragging pots with preflop raises and constant continuation bets? Take away their equity advantage and turn aggression on its heels with the Float.
Tune in to this Strategy Episode as Nick Binger gives you step by step guidelines to identify the best situations to float vs a frequent c-bettor. Utilize the power of position to turn aggression around on your opponents and add floating to your game plan.
Bluffing With LuckyChewy
To build a big stack in a WPT event and be in contention for the title, you will almost certainly need to pull off a few bluffs along the way. You simply won't get enough good cards to keep up the pace, and when you do flop a big hand it won't always hold up.
In this Strategy Episode LearnWPT Instructor and poker legend Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger walks through his thought process when overbet bluffing the river in a $1,600 live tournament.
Be Ready for the Final Table
To make sure you are prepared to shine for the 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 poker players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience with 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.
Can You Stay Aggressive at The Final Table?
You are at the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table. You min-raise 2BBs on the Button with a 30BB stack and the Big Blind with 50BBs calls. Click below to play a free Final Table sample pack of this spot from the WPT GTO Trainer to see firsthand how decisions change at the final table.
See how close you get to 0 EV Loss and high percentage plays. After playing, get YOUR score and read the strategy and theory behind the correct plays from the LearnWPT Pros.
Tips To 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
Have FUN, Good Luck, and Good Playing!
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