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  • Meet-N-Greet

2019 Advanced Poker Training WSOP Meet-N-Greet

The APT team has recently returned from our annual sojourn to the WSOP in the dry heat of Las Vegas.  The highlight of our trip was the APT Meet-N-Greet held at Tommy Rocker’s located near the Rio, the WSOP host casino.  APT members from all over the country attended. In fact, we even had international representation, […]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Kenna James Guides You Through Bubble Play

Tournament poker is full of tense and highly charged moments. And no stage of tournament play is more tense than the bubble. Playing for hours only to bust just short of cashing is profoundly frustrating. Conversely, the mental and physical relief felt after surviving a tournament bubble is rewarding in and of itself. Importantly, there […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Early Poker Tournament Stages

Early Tournament Poker Stages: What Are They Good For?

Absolutely nothing?

Does this paraphrase of Edwin Starr’s classic song War apply to tournament poker? Let’s see if you can relate to this experience. You’re in the first level of a 30 minute blind tournament where everyone starts with 200+ big blinds. In early position, you look down at AA, and raise 5x. You get 5 […]

By |December 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|5 Comments
  • 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|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
  • 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