Best Poker Training Videos Site

July 14th, 2009

I recently discovered a very useful online poker training video site, so I thought I would write a post to share it with you.

First a quick note about online poker training videos or online poker session videos as they are called. This is a form of poker teaching that has arisen in recent years due to the cheap availability of computer screen recording and high speed internet allowing fast download of large files. A poker player (preferably a pro) plays a session of online poker, records it and makes comments as an overlay to share his thinking process as he plays.

This new poker coaching format has become very popular as you will learn things who cannot get elsewhere, not in books, not in forums, not even chatting with great players. Because you will watch a “real” session” as it unfolds. It is more genuine than other material, as it is unprepared. It is a little bit like the difference between a lecture in medical school and going to the surgery room to watch an operation.

Of course you must know the content of the material from the lecture first, but until you go to practice on a real patient with an experienced surgeon, you will not know how to deal with real unexpected situations. Same with online poker.

There are a few coaching websites, but I just found this newer poker training videos site called pokersavvy plus, and it is great value.

Pokersavvy plus is a poker training site with a team of about ten poker pros plus some guest pros as well. They are real high level pros, like Mike Watson who has 8 money finishes at the WSOP and one WPT title. Mike Matusow used to be a member and they still have 24 videos of Mike playing and commenting his own games.

The great thing about pokersavvy plus, and I never saw that anywhere else, is that you get a 7 days free trial. You can watch as many videos as possible, so if you have time, you can watch many poker training videos for free. You will learn more during this time frame than at any other time during your poker career, I guarantee it.

In addition, you can download the videos and keep them on your computer for later watching. This is not allowed at other poker training websites, because even though you download some videos on you computer, you will only be able to watch them later if your membership is still active. But not at pokersavvy plus, one more reason why I think it is great value.

Last but not least, the quality, quantity and variety of their online poker videos is unmatched.

  • quality: the content is strong, taught by real pros who know poker very well. They speak clearly (the images are clear too), and their thoughts are well organized; the videos are edited and some lecture type format is added to some of them, making the teaching more complete.
  • quantity: it is hard for these poker training websites to produce videos on a consistent basis; but pokersavvy plus posts one new video every day of the week, every week; this is 260 new videos per year; they currently have already over 400 videos.
  • variety: it is hard to produce diversified poker videos, and the users at some of the other sites complain that there is too much of one type, like short-handed NLHE ring games; at pokersavvy plus, you get every type of game and format, even HORSE, Stud, many heads-up, tournament and cash games, etc.

Anyway check for yourself. This is a freebie as you can use the 7 days trial period to watch videos and to download some of them. I love the collection of 24 videos by Mike Matusow, a real gem. Here is the link to pokersavvy plus. Enjoy while it lasts.

Heads Up Sit And Go Tournaments

June 19th, 2009

Heads up sit and go tournaments are a format of online poker that is not very well known. All the excitement is in NLHE multi-table tournaments and the WSOP main event is no stranger to that hype. Alternatively players like ring games, 6-max, single or multi-table full ring sit and gos. But the heads-up sit and go format is scary for a lot or players.

Some of the poker pros believe that heads-up is the purest form of poker and that this is how champions are determined. As a matter of fact if you consider the nose bleeding high stakes contests taking place between durrrr, Phil Ivey, Ziigmund or Gus Hansen, they are all heads-up (but not sit and go).

Many players avoid heads-up matches because they remember from their early days that these are very tough to play. Indeed they are. Heads-up matches are for solid experienced players, not for new players. Skill dominates over luck in these face-up duels.

Heads-up sit and gos are the ideal format for grinding a consistent profit, because they attract plenty of weaker players who do not know better. If you are an intermediate or advanced player who does not play them, reading  this article will benefit you by opening your eyes to this unexpected source of profit.

If you decide to give heads-up sit and go tournaments a shot, start at the lowest stakes. Move up one stake each time you become consistently profitable at a given level. When you start at the lowest levels, there are mainly two types of players:

  1. nits: they are prudent players who play in a straightforward way with few big bluffs,
  2. maniacs: they play to gamble with wild bets and a lot of bluffs.

At the beginning of the match, do not take big risks and observe your opponent to determine his style. Pay particular attention to every hand going to showdown, as it can reveal a bluff or a missed chance to make one. There is no need to take risks at the beginning, but only once you have a good idea of how your opponent plays.

In heads-up, position is crucial. The small blind is the button, so he acts first pre flop, but last post flop; and vice-versa for the big blind. The standard move is to raise 3 times from the button with any reasonable hand. The big blind should fold most of the time unless he has a good hand.

If your opponent fails to raise from the button regularly, this is a big leak. Easy to exploit, you just need to raise yourself more often than him from the button. This will make you collect a bigger share of the blinds and your stack will increase consistently. Forcing your opponent to make moves. This is what you are waiting for; the opportunity to force him to risk his stack while you do not.

On the other hand if you are short-stacked, you must make moves. You must be the aggressor in order to recover.  Change gear, bet more, make larger bets, including allin moves.  If you opponent folds, you will progressively regain chips and this could happen fast if the blinds are large. If he calls, you get a chance to double up and to come back into the contest.

If you know how to play online poker, try heads-up sit and gos for an exciting change full of potential.

Hello world!

June 6th, 2009


This blog just started today.

This is a blog about poker, and strategic concepts in poker.

Stu Ungar was the best poker player who ever lived on this planet, and the name of this blog is a tribute to his memory.