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5 Minutes Will Lead To More
Studying everyday is tough, but I know you can commit to just 5 minutes each day
October 27, 2017
Don't Sweat The Results
Don't get angry when your plan works but your opponent sucks out.
October 27, 2017
Tourney Prize Pool Chopping
Don't chop tourneys if you don't want to
October 16, 2017
Speak Through Your Decisions
Pretend you've got an audience watching and listening to your thought process
October 11, 2017
My 7 Part Warm-ups
Warm-ups help you play better poker.
October 7, 2017
Nothing Beats Hand Reading
The best thing I've ever done to improve my game, daily hand reading practice
October 5, 2017
Meditate for a calmer mind
October 4, 2017
Value Betting The Fish
Passive play early, then bigger bets later can lead to max value from stations
October 3, 2017
Harmful Negative Self-talk
Negative self-talk only serves to hurt you and keep you down
October 2, 2017
Poker On The Mind Podcast
I highly recommend it
September 25, 2017
Not A Fan Of Staking Others
I don't stake other players, too risky for this guy
September 24, 2017
Warm-ups Are Important
You gotta warm-up pre-session
September 22, 2017
Capped Ranges
Checking behind caps ranges, so nut hands are likely not in the range any more
September 21, 2017
Ditch The Distractions
Playing while distracted (email, music, Twitter, etc.) will only serve to hurt your decision making
September 21, 2017
Check Or Call For Deception
Checks and calls keep ranges wider
September 19, 2017
FOCUS Your Studies On 1 Topic
FOCUS - my favorite acronym
September 18, 2017
Webinars: Great For Learning
Ask questions, watch again, take notes and put things into action.
September 15, 2017
Beware Of Bet Sizing Tells
Go through your hands and see if you're mistakenly telegraphing your hand strength with the sizings you choose.
September 13, 2017
Focus With 5 Minute Questions
Use a tabata timer and a specific strategy question to keep your focus on the tables
September 11, 2017
High Frequency = Study First
Study what happens most frequently, then move to topics that build upon the skills you just learned.
September 10, 2017
Short on Time? Stay Patient
Session length advice • Use that long session patience for your shorter sessions as well
September 10, 2017
The Power of the Smile
When you're feeling down or even tilty, try a smile and see if it can't pick up your spirits.
September 9, 2017
I Love Sticky Notes
Use sticky notes for putting into action new things you're working on. Attach it to your monitor to help during a play session.
September 7, 2017
Range Visualizing w/ Flopzilla
When you enter in someone's calling range, you see every range: calling, folding and 3betting
September 6, 2017
Hidden Hero Hole Cards
Hide your hole cards for Hero Hand Reading
September 6, 2017
Reasons For Bigger Open Raises
There are many reasons for making bigger open raises. Facing lots of 3bets, calls and...
September 4, 2017
Warm-ups are NOT Optional
They are so important for A-game mindset and good decision making.
September 3, 2017
Suited Hands Rock 😆🤘
T9s has 3.5% more equity pre-flop than T9o. And, when flopping TP+fd it has 73% equity vs only 56% that T9o has with TP.
September 1, 2017
More Bread & Butter Situations
Bread & Butter situations are the most profitable spots for you. It's most likely when you're HU and IP as the pre-flop raiser. Get in more of these spots.
September 1, 2017
Disincentives Work
Use disincentives to push yourself to get work done
August 31, 2017
9 Tactics For Strong Minds
9 tactics for a strong poker mind
August 29, 2017
The Check-raise
Gotta love the check raise for both bluffing and value gaining power. But, there are two additional benefits that make them worthwhile...
August 29, 2017
The 3 Advantages
The 3 Advantages: Position, Skill and Range • Range advantage can change on the flop
August 26, 2017
Blackrain79 New Book Release
Blackrain79 released his 3rd book and it's called 'The Micro Stakes Playbook'. And, Hellmuth is on The Tim Ferris show #260. Check 'em out.
August 24, 2017
Suited Connectors
Suited connectors, when they hit the flop well, are extremely valuable. Even having them in your range is a good thing.
August 23, 2017
Pay Attention To Every Hand
The best way to learn about your opponent's weaknesses is to watch every hand and learn how they play the game.
August 22, 2017
Stealing Blinds In Cash Games
Steal cash game blinds to 1) mitigate your losses in the blinds, 2) to make yourself less predictable and 3) have post-flop position.
August 21, 2017
Hard Work = Big Results
Hard work is a prerequisite for having big results
August 20, 2017
Flip The Limiting Beliefs
Flip those limiting beliefs to positive statements
August 19, 2017
Poker Keyword: Adapt
You can't treat every session the same. You MUST adapt your play to the cards being dealt, your opponents, your position, the situation and any other factors present. Think situationally.
August 19, 2017
Teaching Simply = Knowing
The ability to explain or teach something in simple, easy to understand terms is a gauge on how well you understand it for yourself
August 17, 2017
You MUST Use Flopzilla
Flopzilla is da bestest for poker studies
August 16, 2017
Always Look Inwards
When bad things happen at the tables, first look inwards to see if there was anything you did wrong.
August 14, 2017
Don't Tap the Tank
Keep the fish happy, don't berate them LIVE or online.
August 11, 2017
The Poker Focussing Question
What's the ONE thing I can study, such that be learning it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
August 11, 2017
Poker Combo Counting
Learn to count hand combinations to improve your poker math skills. Flopzilla can help with this.
August 9, 2017
Most of my 4bets are for value. But, when bluffing, I look for foldy players, position and hands that don't block their 3bet bluffs.
August 8, 2017
More 3bets In LIVE MTT's
Create a range, know why you're 3betting, have a plan, focus on practicing your 3bet game. Play lower stakes if you have to.
August 6, 2017
Recognize 3bet Opportunities
The first step to improving your 3bet game is to recognize more opportunities to do so.
August 6, 2017
Less Tilt = More Play/Profits
Control tilt for longer sessions and more profits
August 4, 2017
Single Vs Multi-tabling?
There are pros and cons to each, but ultimately you should play what you're happy playing. If you enjoy it, you're more likely to play better, longer and make more money.
August 4, 2017
Poker Table Selection
I answer a listener question about table selecting for new players.
August 2, 2017
Have A Student's Mindset
Keep that mind open, but still question what you're learning.
August 1, 2017
Study Smarter
I love the podcast, The Model Health Show. Episode #232 had Jim Kwik as a guest, and he discussed great study strategies. Listen to it😁
July 30, 2017
My Big Leak: Fold To Turn Bet
I'm folding way too often to turn bets. Gotta plug this leak!
July 29, 2017
Great Habit: Tagging Hands
Make a habit of tagging hands for later review in every session you play. Don't let an opportunity to learn pass you by.
July 27, 2017
Isolating Weak Players
Raise over liners or raise a weak BB to get HU on the flop and IP
July 26, 2017
Don't Fight Fire With Fire
When you're faced with lots of aggression, fighting back with more aggression may not be the answer.
July 26, 2017
Get Motivated With Eric Thomas
When I'm lacking motivation to study poker, play poker or anything else, Eric Thomas on YouTube is my go-to source for inspiration. His channel is etthehiphoppreacher.
July 24, 2017
Exercise With Fitness Blender
We should all strengthen our bodies b/c strong body = strong mind. I love Fitness Blender on YouTube for their killer high intensity interval training workouts. Start a 66 Day fitness challenge today.
July 23, 2017
Table Selection Is A Skill
My session last night reminded me of the importance of the skill of table selection
July 22, 2017
Poker Is Situational
Don't try to follow hard and fast rules in poker. Ask yourself, "What's the best way to make money with this hand, vs this opponent on this board."
July 21, 2017
Play The Poker Format You Love
For happiness and longevity in the game, choose the poker format you love to play. Cash, MTT, SNG. Full ring, 6max, HU. Reg, turbo, zoom. The choice is yours.
July 20, 2017
Stack'em When They Be Tilting
Look for those tilting players and try to get into hands with them. Play sensibly and go for max value.
July 20, 2017
Make Every Decision A +EV One
Have a +EV mindset in every session you play.
July 19, 2017
Can Villain Have Monsters Pre?
Know if villain can call with monsters pre-flop. Take note if you ever see an opponent call your 2bet with monsters like KK+.
July 17, 2017
More Probes And Floats
I give additional information about Float and Probe bets that wasn't discussed in episode 147 of the podcast.
July 16, 2017
Don't be overly foldy
I fell into the trap of folding way too much post-flop. Get out of this by considering your opponent's range and how it interacts with the flop.
July 15, 2017
66 Day Challenges
I use 66 Day Challenges to build healthy habits into my life. Currently running 3; Anchor, meditation and exercise
July 13, 2017
Understand These Poker Players
The 2 to your left and the 2 to your right are the most important ones to understand at any poker table.
July 12, 2017
Team Poker Skill Development
I tell you how to work together to build skills through weekly planned group studies.
July 12, 2017
Ditching 22-55 In The EP & MP
I'm cutting out 22-55 from my EP and MP ranges. They're just too unprofitable. I'll keep them in the other positions, but the goal is to get to the flop as cheap as possible with these.
July 10, 2017
Planning Your Poker Studies
You gotta plan your studies every week, and you also need to track the most important stats from last week's play. You can't improve what you don't track.
July 9, 2017
Facing a Turn Donk Lead
What does a donk bet from your opponent on the turn mean?
July 7, 2017
Q:What Does My Opp NOT Want Me
What does my opponent NOT want me to do?
July 6, 2017