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The Brilliance of the Button Ante

When visiting the Playground Poker Club  outside Montreal last week, I played in a tournament which employed a button ante. The button ante has appeared on the radar recently, so I thought I would share my experience with it.
What is a Button Ante?
When a button ante is used, the player on the button pays the […]

By |January 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments
  • Advanced Poker Training

Happy New Year to APT Members!

We at APT wanted to take a moment to wish all of our members a Happy New Year.  We also want to thank you for continuing to be members and adding to the APT community. From sending personal emails, to commenting in our discussion forums, playing in live tournaments, and reading this blog, you all […]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • PokerGo

The Ups and the Downs of PokerGo

Last summer, hoping to see more of the WSOP Main Event, I signed up for a year of PokerGo. I want to love it. I really do. But I have to admit that my experience thus far with PokerGo has been mixed. The necessity of an outlet such as PokerGo is obvious. Ever since Black […]

By |December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Gift

6 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Poker Player

Holiday gift giving is the bane of my existence. To me, the mall at Christmas is like sitting between Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth at a poker table. I feel over-matched, and know I am going to feel stupid at some point. I am just hoping a store clerk doesn’t scream “You donkey!” at me.

Given this […]

By |December 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments
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Tavern Poker Leagues

If you live far from a card room in a state without legal online poker, you may still have access to a tavern poker league. Tavern poker leagues allow you to fit in poker practice at little cost (there is no entry fee, but generally purchase of food or alcohol is expected by the host tavern). […]

By |November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments
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5 Best Poker Books of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close (and Christmas comes up fast), we thought that we would share our 5 best poker books to be published this year.
From Vietnam to Vegas!: How I Won the World Series of Poker Main Event by Qui Nguyen and Steve Blay worked together to write an incredible account of the 2016 Main […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Lessons of Bad Play

Last weekend I put on an epic display of  bad tournament play.  Folding when I should be calling, calling when I should fold, and generally playing with a strategy that I defy anyone to figure out, because I certainly don’t know what the heck I was doing. I had not had a session like that in […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments
  • Tournament Structure: What's Your Platonic Ideal?

Does Tournament Size Matter?

Last Saturday I was faced with a dilemma: I was unable to play my usual 1pm $90 tournament. This tournament has a great structure for such a small buy-in: 30,000 chips, 30 minutes blinds, a nice gradual level and ante progression, and most importantly, it gets between 70 and 120 players. Unfortunately, this week other […]

By |October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|8 Comments

The 7 Best Poker Training Resources

Picking a high-quality training resource is one of the most important decisions of any ambitious poker player. We give you our personal top 7 resource guide to get you started.
By |October 4th, 2017|Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate|1 Comment

I Think My Rois Beat Your Valets

Poker’s sprawl in the United States is substantial, with about two-thirds of states having some form of legal card room. Our neighbors to the north are not short of poker options either, with a strong casino presence in several provinces. Of course, some notable Canadians have also turned into pretty good poker players, with Daniel […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments