LearnWPT Poker Study Session: Intuition and Exploitative Play


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Over the past 2 months Team LearnWPT hosted Poker Study Sessions for Members to get their game ready to dominate the 2023 WPT® World Championship Festival at Wynn Las Vegas.

For each Study Session we provide Members with a curriculum that focuses on specific concepts essential for tournament success - our last Session is focused on Intuition and Exploitative Play!

First, watch the selected Episodes, play the WPT GTO Trainer packs, and write down any questions you have
Then join Team LearnWPT LIVE on Tuesday, November 28th at 6PM ET / 3PM PT to discuss the study session topics

Let's Get Started...

📚 Study Session 6: Intuition and Exploits

There’s no doubt that consistently training your game through studying Strategy Episodes, using Ask a Pro, and practicing with the WPT GTO Trainer will put you in a good position to play your best. However, in real-world games there are a wide variety of opponents and unique spots that will force you to make decisions in situations that might not have come up during your preparation.

Poker is a game of incomplete information but if you’re focused and prepared to play, opponents will give off several cues that can be used to your advantage. Whether it’s odd bet-sizing, frequent over-calling, or taking too many hands to showdown, these mistakes must be capitalized on if you want to stay ahead of the field.

Our next Study Session is all about using your strategic knowledge to punish bad plays and cultivate your feel for the game.

Gags and Rizen will break down the tendencies you should be on the lookout for and the exploitative adjustments that are likely to net you more chips, or help avoid disaster and conserve your stack. We’ll also talk about how being prepared and staying present at the table can increase your intuition and elevate your play.

Save the Date: 📅 Live Session November 28th


Join Eric "Rizen" Lynch and Michael “Gags30”Gagliano for a LIVE Study Session on Tuesday, November 28th at 6PM ET | 3PM PT

Make sure you watch the selected Strategy Episodes, practice the suggested WPT GTO Trainer packs, and write down any questions you have. Join Rizen & Gags on November 28th to discuss the study session topics and to get answers to your questions.

🤔 Send questions to [email protected] about Intuition & Exploitative Play and we’ll answer them during the Live Session.


Thanks to everyone who joined the Live Study Session!

Did you miss it? No worries! Members can rewatch the Study Sessions anytime on the Webinars Dashboard.

🐐 Exploitative Play With the G.O.A.T.

Tournament poker requires a unique blend of caution and ruthless aggression in order to maximize your chance of making a deep run and cashing for a big score.

Using a strict strategy based on sound theory will net some profit in the long run, however without the ability to adjust to obvious opponent mistakes and the guts to pull the trigger, it’s unlikely to consistently produce wins.


Long-term tournament crushers like Vanessa Selbst are looking for the earliest opportunity to take advantage of errors in play and aren't shy about applying aggression as their tool. If you’ve ever been on the opposing side of an assault by one of these masters, you know how paralyzing their pressuring style can be.

In this Strategy Episode Vanessa introduces key concepts of exploitative strategy and illustrates how specific betting pattern tells can be used to exploit even the most skilled players.

Not a Member?
Join for just $5 your first month to watch the full Episodes and attend the LIVE Study Session.

Train & Explain With Vanessa Selbst

Train & Explain Strategy Episodes give 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!

Test your decisions against one of the all time best players...

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The setup
: In a Tournament with 50 big blind stacks you open raise to 2.5BBs from Middle Position and the Button calls.

Start by playing the same 5 hands that Vanessa does from the WPT GTO Trainer then click the WATCH NOW button

Next, watch Strategy Episode 449 and follow along as Vanessa delivers expert analysis targeting bluff spots that will put your opponent to the test

Members can practice more hands from this scenario by playing the Cutoff Open Vs Big Blind Call WPT GTO Trainer pack!

Not a Member? Join for just $5 your first month to play more WPT GTO Trainer scenarios like this.

Live Reads and Tells With Tony Dunst...

Unlike Hollywood movies, you’re unlikely to encounter an opponent who broadcasts their hand strength by how they eat a cookie.

You’ll need to pay much closer attention to specific actions including bet-sizing, timing, and whether they are more interested in the game on TV than your 3-bet range from the Cutoff.


Maximizing your edge in tournament poker comes from focusing on subtle changes in process and glaring strategic errors that can tip your opponent’s holdings. Developing a profile based on these tendencies will allow you to make exploitative adjustments more effectively and can play a big factor in making close decisions against specific opponents much easier.

LearnWPT Instructor and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst describes the Top 8 Tells he’s observed in live poker and gives you tips on making Table Reads that will add profit to your bottom line.

Have a Strategy question?
Email them to [email protected] and we’ll answer them during the November 28th Live Study Session.

Start With a Pregame 🏋️‍♂️ Warm-up

Have you been in the Zone at the poker table? The feeling of effortless decision making and almost “knowing” your opponent's next move is exhilarating, yet can be elusive. One day you are on top of the world and can’t lose, and suddenly during your next session the feeling of invincibility is gone.

Fortunately there is a way to train so that you’re more likely to play your A-Game on a consistent basis.


Building a process to track your current leaks and manage your emotional state is vital to accessing strategic knowledge under pressure and avoiding early mistakes. Much like an elite professional golfer, a proper Mental Game warm-up for poker will ensure that you are ready to hit the felt focused and ready to battle.

LearnWPT Mental Game Coach Jared Tendler provides the building blocks for an efficient Pregame Warm-up and describes why it is essential for growth in your game.

Tune Up Your Mental Game and Save!

Jared's Mental Game Tune Up for Tournament Poker course is a step-by-step guide to prepare your mental game for sustained success and get you ready for the WPT® World Championships or a series at your local card room.

BONUS: We are giving Study Session participants the chance to SAVE $150 on Jared's course (use promo code JARED150 at checkout) for a limited time, through December 1, 2023.

In this section from his course Mental Game Tune Up for Tournament Poker Jared tells you why it’s critical to have a process for preparing to play your A-game aside from studying strategy.

This step-by-step guide to preparing your mental game for sustained success during a tournament series includes:

8 specific training modules with 34 video lessons
Downloadable worksheets to personalize your training
A private community forum
Review quizzes to reinforce your learning!

Purchase this course today for just $499 (normally $649) and get lifetime access to the course videos, downloadable worksheets, quizzes, and interactive forums.

Use promo code JARED150 at checkout to receive the discount!

Extracting Maximum Value With Gags

Your opponents may change several times in any given poker tournament, so developing a specific player profile can be difficult, if not impossible.

Bet-Sizing errors are often the best indicator of an opponent who is deviating from sound strategy and are most likely to make big mistakes postflop. Exerting your skill edge in these spots means staying alert and avoiding autopilot, especially when you flop a huge hand.


LearnWPT Instructor Michael "Gags30" Gagliano explains how maximizing your opportunities against opponents when you have a defined read is vital to growing your stack during a multi-day tournament Championship event.

The difference between a small profit and a life changing score could lie in your ability to capitalize on obvious strategic errors. Watch as Gags breaks down hands where he uses exploitative lines to extract maximum value and demonstrates how to weigh the potential risk/reward of bet sizing to determine the best approach.

Have a Strategy question? Email them to [email protected] and we’ll answer them during the November 28th Live Study Session.

Review Previous Poker Study Sessions Here!


A huge THANK YOU to every Student who’s joined us for the WPT World Championship Study Sessions.

You can rewatch any of the sessions right now by clicking the links below or on the Webinars Dashboard.

Study Session 1: Mental Game and Endurance
Study Session 2: Preflop Strategy
Study Session 3: Defense Strategy
Study Session 4: Postflop Considerations
Study Session 5: ICM and Satellite Strategy
Study Session 6: Exploits and Intuition

We’re in the home stretch now! Make sure to submit any questions or hands on trouble spots to Ask a Pro and we’ll get you ready to conquer Vegas.

Good luck and good playing,
-Team LearnWPT

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