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Tournament Poker Edge University

Tournament Poker Edge, the premiere online MTT training site, will be launching the newest addition of their training regime; Tournament Poker Edge University. TPE U offers a step by step structure and curriculum that allows you to progress at your own pace and easily set goals that will have you crushing MTTs in no time. Each course consists of training videos, forums posts, articles and podcast episodes to serve as your go to guide to taking in all of the content that Tournament Poker Edge has to offer. TPE U will help you track what you have watched and even […]

Read the rest » Ivey Poker purchases Leggo Poker

For the past few months Phil Ivey’s poker training site has been signing pros left right and center. The world, and most notably Norman Chad, has been wondering, so where are the training videos. Well Ivey Poker took one step closer in providing a full fledged poker training program by acquiring Leggo Poker. After signing Aeron “aejones” Jones the backbone of LeggoPoker earlier this month, the industry knew something was brewing. By purchasing Leggo, they have now also added Pros such as Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Smith, Frank Calo, Ben Sulsky , Tony Dunst, and many more. There is still […]

Read the rest » Poker Training with William Hill Poker School

The venerable bookmaker, William Hill, has a poker site that is on par with the very best. Not only does the site offer a wide range of poker games, which can be accessed with the William Hill poker download, it also offers a brilliant poker school. This is a free interactive poker tutorial that takes you through the ABC’s of the game and beyond. The first step to becoming a more professional poker player is to tune into William Hill Poker School TV. This feature is a series of crystal-clear lessons for how to play the game. You don’t have […]

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How to choose a poker training site

The biggest question the guests of PokerTrainingGuide have is how to choose the right poker training site. This is a complex question and deserves a step-by-step look at what makes training sites worthwhile. Most low-limit players have a hard time making the large investment into professional training, but PTG sees it as an investment almost every player should make if they want to win serious money and take their game to the next level.

Step 1:

What games do you play? You have to know which game you want the most professional help with and then narrow your choices accordingly. To help you short list the top training sites that suit your needs please consult our categorized list of top ranking sites by game type. If you play multiple games, check to see which sites show up on both types of games you play. For example; Player A plays NLHE Full Ring Cash games but also like to play SNG’s. We consult our rankings and see that Cardrunners and Stox Poker are on both lists. Now you can consult the reviews of both training sites by clicking on the right sidebar and read the reviews to choose the perfect site for you.

Step 2:

Let’s further refine our list by calculating what you are getting for your money. When you make the investment into poker training you need to know what you are getting out of it. There are some easy calculations to perform if you are trying to decide between two sites to see which site might be better value.

  • Video Quantity at the start: This is what the sign up fee pays for. A bigger library from the beginning decreases your cost per video. As an example Cardrunners has 700 Videos and therefore has a cost per video of 14 cents.
  • Amount of Videos released per month. This is what your monthly dues goes towards. A site putting out 35 videos a month only costs 80 cents per video for proven instruction that can’t be learned from a book.

Step 3:

What can you afford? The top training sites for the most part have a fixed initiation fee plus a monthly fee for using their services. If we assume that watching the videos and learning from the top online pros who have all beaten the games for large sums of money will add 1.5 PTBB/100 (PTBB = 2x the bb in NL and the BB in limit) to your win rate we come up with the following breakeven analysis for various limits. We also rate the need for training at the various limit based on earning potential above and beyond the cost of training.

No-Limit Hands Need
NL25 3600 Medium
NL50 1800 High
NL100 900 Essential
NL200+ 400 Essential

Limit Hands Need
.25/.50 3600 Medium
.50/1.00 1800 High
1.00/2.00 900 Essential
2.00/4.00+ 400 Essential

Step 4:

You now need to decide whether or not to sign up through a promotion with poker room to get a free poker training or a few months membership free. We are a huge believer in getting something for free. PokerTrainingGuide thinks that the only way to become a better poker player is to apply what you?ve learned and there is no better way then to grind a bunch of hands at a poker site to get free poker training. This savings on your bankroll is the way many players have kept their bankroll healthy and growing and if it works for the majority of winners it must have a positive expected value.

Step 5:

Sign up for a poker training site knowing you are making an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of your poker career. PokerTrainingGuide strongly believes that players will recoup the cost of any membership by playing one or two hands per month in a different fashion and winning more money because of it. When you win that pot because of it you will think to yourself why did I put if off for so long?

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