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  • Bankroll Management

6 Key Bankroll Management Strategies

Profitable poker is a lot of work. One of the the most commonly ignored poker skills is in the basic financial management of play. Although most good introductory poker books include a section on bankroll management,  a quick discussion with other players indicates that very little attention is payed to money management by the non-professional player.

Assuming you […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Poker Tournaments

Top 3 Las Vegas Small Stakes Poker Tournaments

My wife and I were in Las Vegas for four days last week and fit three poker tournaments in between meals and more walking that my body was prepared for. Heather, my wife and co-conspirator on this blog, and I had played in the Venetian and Aria daily tournaments last year, and believe that these two rooms offer some […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|9 Comments
  • Poker tip jar

Tipping Points

The highly anticipated grudge match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale has now spun off a new controversy because apparently no one initially tipped the dealers. Now, this particular event muddied the waters of responsibility because it was a charity event. James Guill covers the nuance well in the linked article, so I won’t go […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments
  • Poker Player Types

Personas Non Grata

Player typing is covered in every beginner text on poker. In most texts, some version of a 2×2 matrix ranging from tight to loose and aggressive to passive is outlined.  In others, like Arnold Synder’s bible on how to play short format tournaments, The Poker Tournament Formula, a wide variety of sub-types are identified, from Ball-Cap Kids to […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|13 Comments
  • TDA Rules for Poker Tournaments

Tournament Structure: What’s Your Platonic Ideal?

Daily no limit hold’em tournaments have seemingly unlimited structures.  Among the poker rooms and casinos within a 2 hour drive from where I live in Massachusetts there are numerous options.  In a given week I can find a tournament that varies on pretty much any dimension: freeze-out vs. rebuy; add on sizes; blind levels from 15 […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|10 Comments
  • Johnathan Little

Bad Habits in the Face of Good Advice

A good poker book is always a gift. While I have read many that cover theory, math, and hand analysis, the ones I have found potentially most useful focus on enhancing the physical and mental approach to the game.

Recently I found myself nodding my head in hearty agreement with numerous excellent points made by Patricia Cardner and […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments
  • Table Talk

To Speak or Forever Hold Your Tongue? Table Talk in Poker

Will Kassouf was a lightning rod at the WSOP Main Event this year due to a variety of tactics he employed, including his often painful slow and deliberate play. But what really got under the skin of some players, and many viewers, was his habit of talking to opponents during hands. While some, like his […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Intermediate|11 Comments

Welcome Our New Ambassadors

Hello. We are Heather Allen and Paul Gearan and we are very pleased to introduce ourselves…drum roll please…as your new Advanced Poker Training Ambassadors.   We’ll be posting on this blog, helping with outreach to members and partners, and doing any number of odd jobs that the APT hierarchy deem worthy of our pay grade. We […]

By |December 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment