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TestYourPoker Review

TestYourPoker is not a training site in the traditional sense of the word. The site is designed to analyze both your strength’s & deficiencies by offering a comprehensive ‘Poker IQ’ test then following up by explaining your strength’s and deficiencies in relation to the test you took online as opposed to simply offering training videos based on different games.

Membership Options :

Full Access: $19.97/month 6 Months: $99.97
1 Time Analysis: $15.97
Taking the test: FREE

Payment Methods :

Credit Card, Paypal

 

** Poker Training Guide Special ** $4.97 for the first month, or prepay for 6 months for only $79.97! 1 month of Poker Training for cheaper than a Big Mac combo! Use coupon code PTG

 
Videos Streaming? Downloadable? Hand Replayer? Forums
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Instructors

  • Ron Rose
 

Summary & Strengths

The main point of the site is the “PokerIQScore”, or pretty much the name Test Your Poker. The test is a sample of a 50 hand Texas Holdem full ring game. Opponents are labeled according to their personality and play tendencies. Your response to the hands in the game are then tested & analyzed in over 30 categories including “correct hand selection” to your actions (bet, check, call or fold), bet sizes, play from the blinds, position, pot odds, aggressive/passive play, flop, turn, river, pot control etc. The test is not timed & the test questions are all pre-programmed & not random.

In short, your play is analyzed from every conceivable angle and then critiqued and from the 30 categories it is then condensed into 12 main skill areas and provides you with detailed training about more specific areas where you could improve your play. Sound confusing? It’s not really but it does require some time to pore over the results of your test as it is quite specific. In the Analysis section, the player is given a personal training chart to help you organize your progress. The test results are actually quite long, not really something you would want to quickly if you want to extract the most benefit from the site.

The “Improvement Needed” documents are organized into four sections.


1) The Narrative section provides historical accounts or stories that will help put you in the frame of mind to best understand the skills demonstrated.

2) The Solution section sums up a conclusion of the narrative section.

3) The Summary section contains specific advice on how to apply these principles to your game.

4) The Example section contains hands that determine the skill you need to improve upon.


You are then graded on the 35 “critical skill areas” for no limit holdem. This is the longest running section of the test analysis.


It starts off with the 12 main categories:

1.) Pre-flop
2.) Flop
3.) Turn
4.) River
5.) Bet size
6.) Appropriately Aggressive Play
7.) Adjusting to Opponents Style
8.) Knowing the Odds
9.) Respecting Previous Action
10.) Timing Your Strategic Moves
11.) Position
12,) Bluffing

You are then graded on all these areas.

The following section is quite interesting. “The Professional whom you play most like is:…”. My personal result was Dan Harrington, who happens to be one of my top 3 favorite players as well. Having read his books it comes as no surprise. I’m assuming this would be one of the more interesting sections of the analysis. This part is also followed by a brief biography of the style of the player. This is then followed by advice based on your match such as

“Like Dan, you are very selective with your aggression. In fact, that is the aspect of your game that stands out the most to your opposition. When you make a move, other players know that they better respect it. Take advantage of this & steal chips from your opponents when they least expect it! They will come to respect a large raise from you, & you can sometimes take advantage of that like Dan did during his runs at the WSOP. After playing a conservative style similar to yours, he used that reputation to make moves with hands that you would usually not consider playing. His opponents respected those moves, & & it helped him reach the final table two years in a row, after winning the event nearly a decade earlier…”

This is followed by “The Greatest overall Strength in your game” & “The Greatest Overall Weakness in your game” section.

The weaknesses is further condensed into 3 main areas of improvement. Those sections of the results tend to be detailed and offer a solution to each one for you to begin implementation. Each individual has their own summary and examples are provided for each.

The section following that is one of the more debatable aspects of the results. Topics such as “starting hand requirements” in which you are given a chart to follow. Obviously there is more than one way to skin a cat so charts are always very debatable. Opening hand requirements can vary from someone who is a tight aggressive to someone who is a loose aggressive player and it is definitely always situation dependent, so not sure how this section will be taken by most. Definitely one of the more controversial/debatable points of the site.

The next section is “20 Tips from Professional Players”. These are nothing more than one sentence quotes from pro’s which are very general in nature. For example “You can’t just sit & wait for aces because you’ll go broke before you get the aces, so you have to try a little different just to keep your opponents of guard.”

Next in line are more general sections such as “Top 10 Tips that are Guaranteed to Save you Money Almost Every Time you Play Poker”, & “Top 10 Trick Plays Your Opponents Wish you Didn’t Know”. Once again these are very general type of sections and really kind of lose the momentum of the previous analysis. Could have been left out.

Finally to round out that section is a list of recommended reading including links to Amazon for purchase. The books are all solid must buy books for any serious poker player.

Current Poker Tests include:

Original Free NL Holdem Full Ring Test
NL Hold’em Cash Full Ring Member Database
6-Max NL Hold’em Cash Game Test
NL Holdem Multi-Table Tournament Test
NL Holdem Sit ‘n Go (Single Table) Tournament Test
Limit Holdem Cash Game Test

 

Weaknesses

While the site seems to have some positives in the PokerIQTest there are some areas that are in need of improvement. There are way too many generalities in the site. They give you specifics of where to improve but you’ll have to go to another site or use books to achieve that. Knowing you have a weakness is one thing but how to actually correct that is another. It will not easily be remedied by general information. The video’s offered by TestYourPoker are all on the short side. By that I mean under 15 minutes & many around 5 minutes long. The video’s are one of the weaknesses of the site in that they are very general and not specific enough. They are basically for a total beginner player and not really suited for advanced players. The videos are probably the weakest part of the site.

 

Expected Value: Is TestYourPoker worth it?

In conclusion the boast of the site is the strength of the test it offers. Using the test in conjunction with another site can prove to be very beneficial for the player. After taking the test you can go the another site you belong to and then seek out the video’s most likely to benefit as you would be aware of the areas where the most improvement is needed. If used in conjunction with another training site it could prove to be quite beneficial and yield results for an individual but by itself it falls short to accomplish that goal. It’s one thing to subscribe to a site because it has something you want to learn and quite another thing to subscribe to a site knowing what you NEED to learn to better your play. In that aspect this site can be quite a plus. The good thing is that this service is priced at a very reasonable level. Another plus is that testyourpoker continues to add more tests, so after you have perfected one game, move on to the next.

 

TestYourPoker Review : 7.0/10

 
 

Sample Video

Please follow the above link to the TestYourPoker home page. While your there click join and take the free test, and see how you rank amongst your friends and other players.

 

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