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  • Chris Moneymaker

The Return of Moneymaker

The Moneymaker Effect.  Even the casual poker player or fan immediately knows the backstory and the impact of that phrase. One day a recreational player wins a $86 satellite into the WSOP Main Event, and ends up winning it all.  In the process, he defeats a couple of the biggest names in poker, and fuels […]

By |September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • WSOP Main Event Hand

WSOP Main Event Hand Analysis: To Fold KK or not to Fold KK?

The WSOP Main Event always provides intriguing hands that generate considerable discussion. In 2017, Vanessa Selbst nearly got away from an Aces full of 7s boat on Day 1. Selbst correctly assessed that Gaelle Baumann had quads, identifying the only other possible holding as A7 of hearts. Selbst struggled for a while, wanting to find […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments
  • Brilliant Bluffing

James “SplitSuit” Sweeney’s Not Bluffing

James “SplitSuit” Sweeney is one of those poker gurus who can make my head hurt… in a good way. In his APT webinar last week, he examined  optimal betting frequencies and value-bet-to-bluff ratios on each street. It made complete sense. Watching him wield Flopzilla to build specific pre-flop ranges to decide specific value hands and bluffs […]

By |April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • APT Combat Trainer

APT’s Combat Trainer has Arrived!

In the middle of a tournament you defend your big blind to a raise with gapped suited connectors.  You flop your straight draw. Great, you think, but now what do I do? Donk bet into the pre-flop raiser to show strength? Check-raise? Check-call? Check, and see if there is an empty cash table seat because […]

By |April 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments
  • Alex Fitzgerald

Reflecting on Alex Fitzgerald’s Most Important Thing

Alex Fitzgerald likes to keep it simple.  Instead of presenting complex, impossible to remember analyses, he uses analytics to find the essence of successful play. So it probably should not be surprising that his “most important thing” in poker came down to: aggression. Specifically, he recommends taking and keep the betting lead.

In his recent webinar […]

By |February 16th, 2018|Intermediate|2 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
  • 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

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

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