As poker continues to evolve, so do the poker training sites designed to improve your game and get you a poker education. Poker training sites offer videos, workbooks and quizzes, live poker play, and even software that allows high volume practice. The scope of existing poker training sites reflects the reality that poker players, like all learners, are a heterogeneous group. Some absorb information well through viewing videos, others through reading, while many others need a more hands on focused approach.
Poker Training Sites
While there are many options out there, these are the top poker training sites available in 2019:
Advanced Poker Training (APT) remains the only option among poker training sites where the core training involves active play. APT’s philosophy derives from a simple, but critical, fact: like all students, poker players learn faster and better through action and practice. APT’s central tool is a No Limit Hold’Em (NLH) simulation software which allows members to play hundreds of hands per hour. This high volume practice allows you to play full sessions in a fraction of the time it would take to do so in a live card room, and target the practice to areas of the game chosen by the player. For example, you could choose to deal 100 hands of QQ from early position, only suited connectors, pocket pairs, or any hand of your choosing.
Players choose from 9-Max or 6-Max cash games, Sit-n-Gos, Multi-Table Tournaments, and even Heads Up. Players are able to customize their training to target their local home game, public card room, or even World Series of Poker bracelet events. The site has a setting that mimics the exact blind and ante structure of the WSOP Main Event, and they update it every year to match the announced format. Opponents offer easy, moderate, or expert play. The site also has unique features such as a “Combat Trainer”, which allows for directed practice in very specific and common trouble areas, and “Beat the Pro Challenges” which enable users to challenge an experienced pro on an identical set of hands, and see a replay with the pro explaining his or her thinking. Advanced Poker Training can be tried out for free, and full membership is $39.97/mo with no signup fee and the cost can be reduced to half of that by purchasing a membership for a year.
MasterClass earned a high spot on this list even though it might not be considered one of your typical poker training sites because it is frankly a bargain. They offer excellent courses by two of poker’s biggest stars and best teachers. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey both share their poker knowledge and wisdom in separate MasterClass courses. MasterClass courses are centered around a set of videos prepared by each of their experts. These are supplemented by hand charts, text, and discussion forums for students.
Negreanu’s Class offers 38 lessons, covering topics from the very basic, such as position and hand range to more complex topics, like table image and game selection. Phil Ivey’s Class, meanwhile, offers 12 lessons encompassing tactical moves and mental strategies. These classes are outstanding, and getting into the mind of two of the best poker players of all time is an incredible experience.
What really blows our mind is the low cost. You can watch MasterClass on your laptop or stream to your TV. They also offer an app for the iPhone or iPad. Currently, a single class is $90. An All Access Pass, with access to all of the published MasterClass content, is $180 for a year. That includes not only the Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu courses, but also all the rest of their classes, like learning chess from Gary Kasparov or tennis from Serena Williams. And hey, if the poker training fails, you can watch the class and learn sleight of hand from Penn and Teller. For overall value, MasterClass is hard to beat.
In addition to his numerous books and training videos found at JonathanLittlePoker.com, Jonathan Little offers a poker training course at PokerCoaching.com. Jonathan describes Poker Coaching as “an interactive poker learning experience”. Poker Coaching offers training videos, live webinars, homework challenges, and interactive hand quizzes. In addition to Jonathan himself, Poker Coaching experts include Alex Fitzgerald, Matt Affleck, and Evan Jarvis.
As with most poker training sites, there is a basic cost ($39 per month) and a premium cost ($99 a month) for a higher level of access to content.
Red Chip Poker offers a variety of training courses geared to NLH players. Their CORE course offers over 100 lessons which include a variety of text, videos, hand breakdowns and quizzes. Each lesson offers a discussion forum, and players can earn achievements and badges as they move through the course. The site estimates CORE contains around 75 hours of study and costs $5 per week.
In addition to their CORE course, Red Chip Poker also offers a variety of “Crash Courses” in topics such as the MTT 3-Bet Shove, $1/$2 Basics, and Aggression. Each Crash Course also offers a variety of videos, text and quizzes to help learners integrate new information. The PRO membership allows access to everything on the site. The site has coaching from well-known poker coaches such as James “SplitSuit” Sweeney, Doug Hull, Ed Miller, Christian Soto and many others.
Run It Once (RIO), created by Phil Galfond describes itself as “the world’s leading poker strategy community.” Run It Once offers an enormous and constantly expanding library of video content geared toward a wide variety of players. An impressive line-up of professionals have contributed videos to RIO, including Fedor Holz, Jason Koon, Stephen Chidwick, and Sam Greenwood. As with the other poker training sites listed here, Run It Once offers a healthy set of user forums to help students further their training.
Run It Once offers two tiers of membership: “Essential” (low stakes) and “Elite” (high stakes). “Essential” costs $24.99/month and gives users access to five new “Essential” videos per week and the 1,500-plus video Essential Library. “Elite” members get all of that, plus nine more “Elite” videos each week, and the nearly 2,400-video Elite library at a cost of $99.99/month. Galfond describes “Essential” as geared toward games with stakes under 500NL, with “Elite” directed toward 500NL and up.
We encourage you to visit these sites and review the available training tools. Decide what best fits your needs, and start improving your game today.
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