With over 20,000 members from 27 countries since 2009, Advanced Poker Training is the leader in adaptive, intelligent poker training. We are constantly in the process of improving site content, and all of us are very grateful for your positive comments and encouragement! We've selected some of our favorite comments received here.


Marcia Kuntz
“MarciaK” makes quads (see video here)
Congratulations to APT member Marcia Kuntz for her big win at the WSOP Main Event! This was Marcia’s first WSOP. She battled her way through the first four days, each day extending her hotel and plane reservation by another day. Marcia finally exited the tournament on Day 5, in 91st Place, winning $ 61,313. In a field of 6,683 players that was almost 96% men, Marcia was nearly the “last woman standing”, only outlasted by poker pro Maria Ho, who took 77th, and Mikiyo Aoki, who took 83rd.

A member of Advanced Poker Training since 2013, “MarciaK” has played over 800,000 hands of poker on APT, mostly using the MTT simulator. She also trains by playing tournaments at her local cardroom, Maryland Live.

In “real life”, Marcia is a Princeton Grad and a lawyer in the Washington DC area.

Read the full interview here (along with some great pictures from the event)...

APT is the Gold Standard by which all training sites will be measured!Bob Wages, Raceland, KY

I just wanted to say that the MTT trainer was a great help in cashing at the WSOP Circuit Events this past weekend. I made back to back Final Tables. The Goal is to win a WSOP bracelet or WSOP Circuit Event Ring in 2015. I think I'll do it with training on APT.Chris McCarthy, San Pedro, CA

Best tool to learn, sharpen skills, and determine what works for you as well as what doesn't. I learned that I need a lot of help with suited connectors like 78s. I've plugged a leak in my game just by mucking these kinds of hands more often. I won't go back to them unless I learn to make money with them.Bob L., Las Vegas, NV

APT is an excellent learning tool. Keep up the good work. David Huber (PocketFives.com Admin), posted to poker forum

I'm 100% positive that using Advanced Poker Training is making my game better.Tim Giehl, Mannheim, Germany

A very interesting program, website -- far better than anything else I've seen, and I've seen most of them! Bill F., Las Vegas, NV

This site is 100 times better than watching videos. I can't imagine there is any way to get better at poker faster. I am a chess player too and I have found that the only thing that helps me get better is playing against tough opponents. That is what you get here, but you dont have to wait for slow opponents, so you can train a lot faster. Gils_Merle, comment on pokersoftware.com

Advanced Poker Training has already paid for itself 100 times over for me.Marcus Hough, Jonesborough, TN

I really have not found a better tool out there to practice what I am reading about in my book learning from authors such as Sklansky, Ed Miller, Dan Harrington, Annie Duke, Tri Nguyen, etc. With online poker unavailable to US players currently, that cuts out an obvious forum for practice. For my purposes, at this point in my poker education, you have the best poker "practice" tool available...truly a bargain.David L., New York, NY

Love the site! p.s. I took down my local game for a thousand bucks on a two hundred dollar buy-in cash game last week. Your site must be teaching me something!Stephen W., Los Angeles, CA

Just want to share with you that your "bots" play well indeed! The bots that inhabit the "A Poker Party" game, the easiest "medium" game, are better than the "live" players who play in the $1/$2 NLHE games in the Flamingo, Bally's, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Hooters and Stratosphere poker rooms. This I can tell you from comparing my results, having played the bots in "A Poker Party" with the live players in these Las Vegas rooms. It's hard to believe that your lower ranking bots do so well comparatively. That is a compliment! Ray B., Las Vegas, NV

Your program is more than FANTASTIC!!! ALMOST EVERYTHING one needs for practice is here. I now dominate my home games -- your program will more than pay for itself even at very low stakes!!!!Robert Welch, Lubbock, TX

I found advanced poker training through this site and I became a member a week ago. I am enjoying my membership and I think the best feature is the automatically saved hands. Whenever I make a play that is not very good, it saves the hand for me so I can review it with an advisor. When I watch the replays, then I can decide how I would play differently in the future. This feature alone is worth the membership fee. I would consider myself an average player, and I would recommend this site particularly for lower-mid stakes players. ChippingAway, comment on pokersoftware.com

I'll recommend the site to others. It's helped me greatly. Adrian O., Lak Si, Thailand

Just wanted to drop you a line. Before APT, I had been playing poker for 6 years and had been a net loser . So far this year I am up almost $1100 in 5 sessions at Atlantic City and Foxwoods playing $1/$2 no limit. I hope you will understand if I don't tell anybody about APT. Like to keep that knowledge to myself! LOL. I just wanted to say THANK YOU.Todd L., Wernersville, PA

There's a lot of really great poker training sites out there, and APT is definitely one of them. I've had more than my fair share of successes directly after placing time into teaching and learning. There's a wealth of great poker knowledge out there, and Advanced Poker Training has its fair share of some of the very best of it. Paul Ellis, posted to poker forum

I've improved substantially just in one week of going through so many hands with your program. I love it. Guy D., Valley Village, CA

Congratulations on the site, it is very fun and really helpful. I'm getting especially frustrated playing the Dumpster Alley level. Here the opponents are loose, and try to outplay you many hands (that's great).José V., Grenada, Spain

Just letting you know how great your site and the tests are! I've been a member about 2 weeks, and have moneyed in a couple small tourneys, 1st, 2nd, and a few final tables. Thank you. You turned a passive/tight player in to a tight/aggressive player. My 'roll' that never broke a $100, is now $645, and I have the knowledge, and the confidence, to take it up a level or 2. Thank you!Steve J., Hawaii

Kudos to you and your team, I totally love this training site!Scott O., Glenwood City, WI

I just wanted to say thank you. I joined yesterday; last night I played in a $50 buy-in tournament at my local poker room and with 102 entries I was the chip leader when we decided to chop it and took home $550! This site really works and that was only day 1. Thank you!Ned W., Dunedin, FL

I really love the site and highly recommend it. I think the software is better than any other NL Hold'em game out there, I can play a ton of hands really fast, and the advice and odds functions have helped me tremendously. Best deal out there in terms of a NL Holdem game you can play against computer opponents. Much, much better and faster than the expensive Wilson software. ChippingAway, posted to poker forum

While I am new to the site, I have already noticed an extremely positive effect on my approach to my game. I am particularly impressed with the RealPokerIQ stat and the Overall RealPokerSkill stat. Paying careful attention to the statistics opens up a whole new way to approach improving one's game. Roger, APT Member

I love this program. My eyes have been opened!Jeremiah H., Panama City, FL

Sold! Becoming a member today.Andrew N., Washington, DC

Truly an exceptional site... I think you're going to need to raise your price! Robert F., Irvine, CA

Im going to the WSOP and just signed up for a month and completed around 200 hands last night. I really like this website/program. I would recommend it to anyone that I'm not playing against..lolMarcus P., San Jose, CA

I think this website is largely responsible for me going from a break-even player to a solid winner.Paul R., Toledo, OH

I love the site, by the way. It is helping me understand exactly where I have leaks.Alaine N., Gothenburg, Sweden

Thanks, I will certainly tell other poker players about it, the training stuff is really, really good.Mike G., APT Member

Absolutely believe this site will make me a more profitable cash game player. Doug H., APT Member

Great program! Lori S., Carmel, CA

Started using your training site 1 month ago ... today for the first time ever, I made a final table and got paid $265.00 3rd place. I started playing poker 5 years ago.... Recommend this site to all!!!Bernard M., Los Angeles, CA

I've been playing online since March 2003 and APT is the best training, instruction and/or practice site I have used.Jim M., Denville, NJ

I've been using your training site for 6-7 months. I became a winning live tournament player at my local casino this year, and yesterday I won my biggest cash ever at $4,767 at a "free roll" benefit tournament for the best players of the last 6 months at our local casino. Thank you and thank the organization of Advanced Poker Training.Joe Cook, Chandler, AZ

I believe (am certain) that your site is light years ahead of anything I have seen.Jack Lawler, Houston, TX

Played a tourney and beat 126 players! My decisions are a lot easier since I learned I was playing too many hands and took them too far. I play more aggessive now, since I know I have to put the pressure on when I can -- to max my chances with a strong hand. I am learning a lot and even though I spent a lot of time reading books and watching videos, when I go back to them as learning tools they are more clear to me since I joined this site. Student of this excellent site for life!Jeff Smith, "Future Pro", Grand Junction, CO

I played with some friends in a home game yesterday. We play a tournament rather than a cash game because some of the guys don't want to lose too much money and basically refuse to play a cash game with me as I'm the acknowledged best player in the game. I usually am the big (sometimes only) winner, but yesterday's session was really brutal - I simply beat their socks off. I know my game has improved since I started using your software. I've had a really solid game for many years but now my game is significantly better. I told them about your software and you are probably going to get a couple of new customers as a result.Ed S., Bellevue, NE

I just want to say that I love your site. It's an amazing concept, and a great way to practice, learn, and have fun at the same time.Jarrod F., Metairie, LA

For God's sake raise your prices! Every Tom, Dick, and Harry are going to buy this! It would have cost me a fortune to have this much game time to learn from experience.Nick Seelt, Marion Bay, South Australia

You guys are the best. I love the continuous improvements to the site, the tournaments etc. (not to mention the Caro affiliation). I constantly talk you up to people and hopefully have gotten you some subscribers. Recently, you helped me to win a $1k bounty prize in the annual Netjets tournament.Roy B., Millwood, NY

Great website. I'm plugging a million holes in my game right off the bat. A big thanks! My only regret is that I didn't find this sooner.Marcus C., Lemon Grove, CA

I always wanted this since Turbo Texas Holdem software became obsolete. You guys aced it with this!” (referring to the new Multi-Table Tournament simulator)Richard K., Las Vegas, NV

This is the best poker investment I have made!Patrick Lineman, San Dimas, CA

I have been on the site a couple of months now. I love it! It has been very beneficial to me. I don't get to play live often, but since starting the site I have cashed in 2 of 3 tournaments. Won one of them and took 3rd in another. Well worth the money for the site. I am trying to talk my wife into buying me lessons from Mike or Tom for an anniversary gift.Jeff D., Canton, MO

I really enjoy this site. Thank you for continuing to add new features such as the Sunday tournament. I know all the training has helped me to become a better player. I look forward to any and all new features.Cheri C., Wabeno, WI

I just wanted to let you guys know that I had my first BIG cash in a MTT this past weekend. I finished 2nd in the River Card Cup tournament at Pechanga Casino and took home $11,890. This was 10 times more than any previous amounts that I had won which I attribute mostly to using your software in order to improve my skills and increase my aggression.Frank L., Anza, CA

Cool program. Lots of hands per hour, fun practice. I actually saw one of the bots in real life at Mohegan Sun! I saw the guy walk off with 5 trays of chips one day (green, red, and a handful of black!!). The dealer said his name was "Cain" but that they called him "snakeman." He looked exactly like "Raising Cain" from the final level on APT, hat, beard, all of it. [Ed. note: It was probably him! That bot is based on a real person who lives near there.] Rich1976, comment on pokersoftware.com

The new weekly training program is SO helpful. It gives me specific things to focus on and an easy way to practice. Nice work!Barb Doerr, Englewood, CO

My congratulations on a excellent idea and great product! I love the site...thanks for creating it. Terry P., Black Hawk, CO

Thank you for the improvements in the cash games. Specifically, making the NL blinds variable and making the aggressiveness variable. It helps me duplicate my regular game quite nicely. Ray B., Las Vegas, NV

This site is simply amazing. I am done with sites that only let you watch videos. The opponents are solid, and they give you advice while you play. Plus it gives you weekly reports, hand replays, oh and now they have a sit-n-go trainer too. Carrington, comment on pokersoftware.com

Best training site I have ever used. Martin E., Lecanto, FL

Love this amazing system and a huge thanks to the whole team, I am going to be getting the lifetime license! I absolutely love this software and will be with you guys for life!Gaston P., Paris, France

I thought i was a good player (right!). With this site I can now see that I had mega holes in my game. Tom B., Guelph, Canada

For those that haven't checked this out, its a pretty great training tool for your 6-max NLHE game. The bots are pretty good and mostly unpredictable with respect to their holdings, but it has incredible capabilities to customize work on specific areas as well. For instance, I worked on suited connectors and set it so that every hand I was dealt a suited connector from each position. The advice given by the coach changed my approach a great deal in certain spots. But you can change the settings to work on Premium hands only, or random hands, or whatever you'd like. It's a pretty cool program that is designed to allow you to see tons of different scenarios and really interactive instruction. Paul Ellis, posted to poker forum

I have played about 33,000 hands on APT since joining in July. It has been a terrific tool for me as I work to improve my cash game. Thanks for continuing to invest in this amazing practice tool. David L., New York, NY

Wow, Advanced Poker Training is so good -- thanks to Mike Caro, Steamin Steve Stokely, and Tom Braband, I've won a special tournament, $1000 giveaway, first place at PartyPoker! I have ended my tilt and now I'm more deceptive then before. Advanced Poker Training is the best. All the other sites are not nearly as good. [Steve Stokely's training material] increased my sit and go win rate very much. 4 times in a row first place, thanks to you! Simon H., Bremerhaven, Germany

Training plan worked today and it was great... It helped me with a hole in my game... Made me realize that small suited connectors are more likely to be live when facing a raise from early position, rather than middle or late position... Thanks!James M., Santa Fe, NM

APT is highly recommended as a practice tool. I am big believer that the key to improvement is: 1) Study 2) Practice 3) Play. APT is a great way to try out new concepts that you acquire in your book learning, such as the concept of Floating. JazzManiac, posted to poker forum

I think your product is excellent and has greatly improved my game, especially 6max.Miguel V., Long Island, NY

I really love this site and I think you've got a real winner there!Antoine F., Nice, France

I do like the program and over the past couple days play, moving up some in difficulty level I'm getting a feel for how to better deal with opponent aggression as well as seeing that I need to reign in my own aggression when there are a lot of hands that can beat me or have good drawing odds. I already see how weak I am when it comes to making correct decisions based on odds. Now I just need to invest the time to work out all the odds every time a bot puts me to a decision until it becomes almost instinct. This wouldn't even be possible at a live or online game. And the sheer volume of practice APT makes possible in weeks would take years otherwise. Sean W., APT Member

I love your site, the power to cycle through hands so quickly, and analyze them. Keep up the great work.Markus R., Munich, Germany

Frank Lewis
Frank Lewis, APT Member

In his own words, Frank Lewis is a ‘Professional Poker Player in Training’. While living in Southern California, he has had the opportunity to work for and play poker at the local Native American Casinos. When he is not training to be a professional poker player, he and his wife, Kim, breed Lewis Crest Rottweilers
(www.lewiscrestrottweilers.com) as well as Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Yes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
Frank has used Advanced Poker Training and recently had a couple live tournament cashes. Frank was nice enough to let us speak with him and ask a few questions about his poker playing experience, Advanced Poker Training, and the goats (couldn’t resist).
APT: How did you get in the business of breeding Nigerian Dwarf Goats?
Frank: We got the goats to keep our horse company. We used the goat’s milk to feed the puppies and eventually we got a buck and began to breed them.
APT: When did you begin playing poker?
Frank: I was the IT manager then Director of IT at Fantasy Springs Casino. I started playing in 2006 at the 2/4 and 3/6 limit tables. As a beginner, I lost more than I won, then quit for a while and would try again. I just recently began to take it seriously within the past year when I started playing NLHE tournaments. I found Advanced Poker Training through www.testyourpoker.com and then through a magazine and started using the Sit-N-Go and Final Table trainers around January of this year as well as the weekly and Beat the Pro challenges.
APT: I was told you had a couple of recent cashes. Do you mind me asking for how much?
Frank: In my last three tournaments, I have finished in the top 10% in all three of them. On April 26th, I placed second out of 410 players for $11,890 in a $235 + 10 buy in at the Pechanga Casino. It was part of the River Card Cup series and had an $82,000 prize pool.
APT: Was it held over multiple days or just one?
Frank: It was one day. It took about 15 hours. I was my first experience with a tournament that long and I was tired. On the first hand after getting to heads up, I went all in with 6h4h. After thinking for a while my opponent called with A8 off suit. Board ran out blank and Ace high won the pot.
APT: What was the other cash?
Frank: Well I entered a free roll tournament May 2nd with 266 players in it. I finished top 10% (21st), but it wasn’t for any money. This past Saturday May 10th, I finished 8th out of 184 players for a $1500 cash in a $230 + 10 tournament.
APT: Congratulations.
Frank: Thank you.
APT: Do you play online?
Frank: Not yet, but legislation should be passing here soon so we’ll see.
APT: How would you say Advanced Poker Training has helped you as a poker player?
Frank: I think the biggest way it has helped, is it has allowed me to become more comfortable with being aggressive. Before when I was dealt AQ I would either min raise or call. Now I’m ready to 3-bet with it. I’m also now willing to risk my whole stack with AK. Before, I wanted to see a flop then if I didn’t hit, I would be worried about making a continuation bet. I went to one of those WSOP live camps and it was a waste of time and money. The nice thing about Advanced Poker Training is experimenting with different hands. One of the things I found useful while playing the site and experimenting in live tournaments is being aggressive with suited connectors and smaller pocket pairs with deep stacks around 50-100BB.
APT: That’s great to hear you have seen improvement in your game.
Frank: Yes I think so, too. I play with a group of about 16 guys once a month. Since I’ve started using APT I’ve gone from being one of the first knocked out to one of the last. The first one I played I was the first one knocked out. Then 7th and 6th. In February I finished 3rd then 2nd, 1st, and 2nd again this month.
APT: Would you attribute a little of that to Advanced Poker Training?
Frank: I would attribute most of it to Advanced Poker Training. I feel a lot more comfortable with aggression. I’m starting to open my range near money bubbles and breaks or when I’m in position. I know when to get away from bigger hands.
APT: What is your favorite feature?
Frank: The weekly challenge. I haven’t missed one. I like seeing my name on the leaderboard rising higher each week. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and validity of the training I have done.
APT: Thanks for your time, Frank. One more question before you go. What advice would you give to new members on how to make the most out of their training?
Frank: Look at reports and put the time and effort into it. Read through the training tips and help section. You might want to go through the help section multiple times. Utilize as much of the software as possible. Know what you want to get out of it and use the software in order to practice what you want to improve.
Frank Lewis