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Advanced Poker Training Review

Poker Training - The Fast Way!

Advanced Poker Training is a poker training program which analyzes your play with artificially intelligent software, including two trademarked rating programs called RealPokerIQ Score and RealPokerSkill. These programs evaluate your performance based on a number of different factors, including adjusting for luck and bad beats. You are provided with an amazing array of statistics to help you isolate the factors of your game that need improvement. Every hand that you play on the site is tracked and stored, so that you can go back and replay hands and sessions over, and even share hands with friends. You are also able to obtain real-time advice on any hand, during any point in the deal.

Membership Options :

Full Access: $19.97/month – comes with a DOUBLE your money back guarantee 6 Months: $99.97 (20% savings)

Registered Users: FREE registration – You can play using only limited features of the software and the weekly challenges, and will receive free email analysis of your play

Payment Methods :

Credit Card, Paypal

Videos Streaming? Downloadable? Hand Replayer? Forums
Some

Instructors

  • 20 Advisers ( See Below)

Guest Pros

Weaknesses

The fact that there are no humans that you can refer to for coaching and tips is not necessarily a weakness, but it is certainly a novel concept in training. Having said that, regardless of how far artificial intelligence programs have come in the past few years (think Watson on Jeopardy), it’s still a bit of a stretch to think that the expert Advisors are going to be able provide a seasoned player with advanced techniques that will improve their game significantly. So, you really need to be self-motivated if you are going to get the most out of Advanced Poker Training’s software and ratings programs. They have since added a Beat the Pros challenge adding a lot of “human” interaction to their training program.

In terms of any weaknesses with the program and skills ratings, there limited basic videos to show you how to play and navigate the site and analyse the reporting features. Other than that, there are just some basic instructions on how to play, and an FAQ about some of the reports and features. Overall, there is very little content to the site, and this might serve as a deterrent to both new and experienced players.

Summary & Strengths

Unlike a typical training site, AdvancedPokerTraining does not use paid instructors and videos to teach you how to play poker. Their concept is to get you to play poker hands at a simulated online poker room table, against computer opponents which they have programmed with varying levels of poker skill and playing tendencies, using leading edge technology to make their play totally realistic. There are over 100 computer opponents, all with different defined playing styles. This enables their software to evaluate your play against a multitude of player types in all game situations.

Playing The Game

As an Advanced Poker Training member, you have the option of choosing what type of table and difficulty level you wish to play. There are 9 tables to choose from, ranging from beginner level loose-passive opponents, to “enter if you dare” hard-core high-stakes professionals. This pretty much covers all the general table situations you are likely to encounter in real life.

Once seated, the game module looks and feels like your average online poker game. You can get more chips at any time, view your stats, get up from the table, and the Bet/Check/Fold/Raise buttons and bet slider are what you’d expect to see anywhere. Some of the unique options which you have at Advanced Poker Training are: Speed slider to speed up or slow down the game; mouse-over opponents which gives you a summary of that player’s profile and tendencies; and the Game Options button.

Game Options is a neat feature which lets you control some of the variables at the table that you could only dream of doing at real cash game or tournament. First, you can choose an Advisor. Again, these are programs, not real people. But, they are able to suggest plays for you and will give you tips, at any point in a hand, based on their tendencies and profiles. There are 20 Advisors to choose from, which are the 20 strongest players of the 100 or so available. You can even turn this feature on permanently so that you are prompted with suggestions on every play. Great for beginners just learning the game or veterans who have not applied much theory to their play.

Next, you have the ability to choose specific hands, or ranges of hands, to play. If you want to play AA a thousand times in a row, you can. You’d actually be amazed at how often it loses! Or you can play only Big Pairs, or any number of different hand ranges. You get to choose. No more folding for hours waiting for the good hands to come around.

Finally, there are several other great features you get to choose from: Peeking at opponent’s cards during a hand; Odds – gives you real-time pot odds during a hand; Zip to End – if you fold a hand, you can skip right to the next hand without having to wait until it is played out by the computers; Rabbit Hunting to see what the river card would have been (like on TV); Save all hands; Don’t save; and Choose your position (e.g., you can play on the ‘button’ all night long…). [Note: All hands are automatically tracked by the software, but if you want a video replay of a hand, you need to turn this feature on first.]

There is also a weekly challenge, which is actually open to anyone who has registered, so you don’t need to be a paying subscriber to participate. You start with a stack of chips and a pre- set challenge (e.g., playing QQ in 50 different situations), and you are ranked based on how

many chips you end up with compared with everyone else who took the challenge. It’s mostly an enticement to get you to join the site, but it’s fun and gives you a good feel for the program.

Evaluating Your Game

Once you’re done playing at the table and hopefully picking up tips and improving your poker game, you get to check out how you’ve done. Because Advanced Poker Training has been tracking every hand and every card in each deal you played, they are able to use literally thousands of pieces of information every session to provide a detailed summary of your play by hand, position and game difficulty. And they adjust for the luck factor too, so it takes into account the fact that you made the correct play, even if the outcome wasn’t what you wanted (i.e., bad beats do not count against you). You are provided with two proprietary skills ratings: Overall RealPokerIQ Score; and Overall RealPokerSkill Rating as well as several additional skills indicators that focus on specific facets of your game.

Overall RealPokerIQ Score

This program gives you a straight-forward poker skills rating, from 0 – 145+. Basically, it tells you whether or not it thinks you are a good poker player, based on all the hands you played. It takes into account your overall skills level based on a comparison of how other players have played similar hands in similar situations. Each rating equates to a different level of player, and they describe what level you are at and provide general comments on your play.

Beat the Pro Challenges

This is an interactive challenge for you to test your poker skils and “Beat the Pros.” Each challenge provides customers with an opportunity to play the same 20 hands as a pro and receive their thoughts on how they would play that same hand or scenario. There are about 30 different video challenges currently and more are added on a weekly basis. Challenges including playing the blinds, playing the dreaded pocket jacks, what to do near the bubble, playing pocket pairs, and many more. Featured pros include Scott “BigRiskky” Clements, Mike Caro, Lauren Kling, and “Titan” Tom Braband.

Overall RealPokerSkill Rating

This rating is much more intuitive, and is based more on the theory of poker. It analyses not only your play in various situations, but how your play affected your opponents. Did you make someone fold a better hand than you? Did you get them to bluff at your lock nuts hand? They know, because they can see all the cards dealt (you can too, if you want to go back and look at them). This is all factored into a rating where the mid-point is 0. In other words, if you have a positive rating, you would be expected to do better than break-even in a real cash money game with the same results. If you have a negative rating… not so much.

Other ratings of your skill level are also provided:

  • Pre-flop Poker Skills Rating – As it sounds. Mid-point of 0.
  • Flop Poker Skills Rating and Continuation Bet Skills Rating – Tracks your play when you see a flop and when you initiate the action.
  • Turn Poker Skills Rating – This is where most playable hands are made or broken. Determines how well you are able to gauge your hand strength and perhaps more importantly, your opponents’ hand strength.
  • River Poker Skills Rating – Again, evaluates your play on the river based on hand assessment when all the cards are in view.
  • Ahead Going to the Flop in a Raised Pot – Another interested statistic they monitor. [Also: Ahead Going to the Turn (adjusted for outs) and Ahead Going to the River (adjusted for outs)
  • Won Showdown – Pretty important statistic… did you win the hand?

All of these ratings are put together in a report which you can access on the

AdvancedPokerTraining site at any time. The report also provides you with a hand by hand summary of your play, as well as a bevy of statistics in the form of # of hands played and % hands played in all the various positions at the table in relation to the blind and how far you progressed in each hand (i.e., # and % of hands where you saw the flop, turn, river). You can generate reports by week, month, session, and overall to track your progress as your play improves.

Expected Value: Is AdvancedPokerTraining worth it?

It’s hard to accurately evaluate what is effectively a unique concept in training, since there are no other sites to compare it to (other than TestYourPoker, which is the same training site which developed Advanced Poker Training). Pricing, which we can compare, is definitely less than the average site. $20 per month (less if you take the 6-month subscription) is about a third less than most training sites, although you might consider this an apples to oranges comparison. What it comes down to is this: if you are able to recognize and understand the weaknesses in your own game through data reports and real-time tips, this site will prove to be a valuable tool with which to improve your game. If you need more of a hands-on approach, or would rather have instructors download this information to you via videos and examples that you can study and digest over time, you may not find it so useful. In the end poker is often missing the most important aspect .. fun .. and advanced poker training adds some fun into the poker training world.

AdvancedPokerTraining Review : 7.5/10

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