Picking a high-quality training resource is one of the most important decisions of any ambitious poker player.
The poker training market is very crowded and a lot of the material created is of questionable quality.
We give you our personal top 7 resource guide to get you started.
The list is not necessarily in order, as different resources have different strengths.
1. Advanced Poker Training – This site is completely different from other training resources; it provides an online poker training software program that enables users to play up to 500 hands an hour against intelligent computerized opponents, receiving advice at each play. It features in-depth training reports and a weekly poker training plans that shows you exactly where you should be targeting your efforts. The unique “Beat the Pro” challenges set you up against poker pros such as Mike Caro, Jonathan Little, Scott Clements, Ed Miller, and many more. It is the most fun of all the poker training sites because you are actually playing poker instead of watching videos. The rates are lower than most other sites ($29.97 per month or $99 for 6 months)
2. Deuces Cracked – This training website that has a community feel to it. It is a long-established training site with more than 3,000 videos, podcasts, blogs, and regular updates. It offers tons of 6-max videos, plenty of 9-max and MTT videos as well and a forum. Videos can be played anywhere without any digital rights issues. Prices start at $29/month or $147.90 for six months.
3. Poker Tracker – isn’t technically a training site. Most online poker pros have PokerTracker 4, and you should too. It tracks hands of online poker platforms, and lets you look at your win rates with various hands. With the the “Heads Up Display” (HUD) plug-in you can get information on your opponents while you play against them. PokerTracker 4 costs $99, but micro-stakes players can get a discount.
4. Heads Up Sit-n-Go (HUSNG)– This website offers specialized training resources for people who want to win sit-n-go tournaments. It is considered to be the best site in this area. They recently acquired Sit-N-Go Grinders, another sit-n-go training site. The navigation can be challenging at time. Video packs can be purchased for prices ranging between $40 to over $200.
5. Cardrunners – Online poker-pro Taylor “Green Plastic” Caby developed this site. It is backed by some of the biggest cash game poker pros online. It is ideal for all aspects of Texas No-Limit Holdem. This site is one of the first poker training sites, and it merged with one of the other original sites (Stoxpoker). It is popular among online players and well respected throughout the poker world. They offer a huge library of videos. The sign-up fee is $100. The membership fee is $30/month.
6. Two Plus Two Poker – The Two Plus Two website is one of the oldest and most popular forum for discussions Texas No-Limit Holdem poker questions. On their website they offer an electronic, monthly magazine as well as a weekly Pokercast. It is by far the most active and most authoritative of online poker forums. The membership is free.
7. Test Your Poker The method of TestYourPoker is different from other poker training site. Members can improve their full ring cash game skills using unique professional replays, a huge database of member hands and the ability to get hand by hand feedback. It is one of the few non-video poker training sites. More than 300,000 players have taken their test so far. There is no sign-up fee and the rates are $19.97/month or $79.97/6 months.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are some decent training sites left off the list. Instead of wasting your time checking out the many training sites out there, take a look at the above list, and get ready to win big!