To put my comments on the The Poker Academy No Limit Tournament Course in perspective, it’s worth mentioning what comparable study I have done. I completed a No Limit Tournament Course by Nick Wealthall in 2014. It consisted of a number of sessions of structured videos with some written material. In the past I have subscribed to the poker training sites Deuces Cracked and Poker X Factor. I’ve completed online text based courses at PokerSchoolOnline (run by Pokerstars) and The Poker Professor.
I can honestly and unequivocally state that The Poker Academy No Limit Hold’em Tournament Course is head and shoulders above the best of the above mentioned courses. The level of detail is astounding. The explanations of complicated concepts is comprehensive and accessible and the range of concepts is remarkable. What the course excels at is taking you from the beginning and giving you a route map through your tournament, stage by stage, end to end.
I had reached a point in poker where I was no longer enjoying it. I was resigned to losing. It seemed that no matter what I did or how I played or what I studied, I couldn’t build a stack, I couldn’t win pots consistently and I couldn’t be a winning player.
The course made it plain to me that I just wasn’t approaching my tournaments appropriately. It taught me that I needed a plan. A plan for the overall tournament. A plan for each stage. A plan for each opponent type, each stack size, each hand, each street. It taught me that I needed to plan my hand ranges but be flexible enough to modify those ranges when circumstances dictate. It then taught me how to recognise those circumstances. It taught me how to recognise when my hand was losing or gaining value as it progressed through the streets. It taught me how to create my own value through bet sizing. It taught me how to win pots with my chips as much as with my cards, how to put opponents under pressure and to recognise when the inflection point occurs where winning solely with chips is no longer an option.
Overall, and ultimately most importantly, The Poker Academy No Limit Hold’em Tournament Course has made me a better player. I have a plan for my actions, I know what I want my actions to achieve and I’m comfortable making big decisions. I have a belief now that I didn’t possess before studying this course and I’m enormously grateful for the opportunity and the privilege of studying with such experienced and expert mentors. Thank you Rick and Rep, I sincerely appreciate everything you’ve done.
I try to study and read as much as possible utilizing a variety of sources. I would say that this is by far the most complete and comprehensive course I’ve encountered. Throughout the course you provide detailed and complete discussions about a variety of concepts that are important to success in tournament play. I won’t go into vast detail at this point about the various concepts that were most meaningful to me; I know you want to keep the summaries brief. Overall, I will strive to be a more balanced and aggressive player and to make more moves in order to accumulate chips. I will focus on the 50/50 rule and alter my style of play accordingly. I will also use my chips, when appropriate, to create leverage and fold equity and to pay more attention to odds and positive equity considerations. My plan is to review the course and the course notes again and to improve my level of play through study and practice. The player with the most chips wins. I printed that and put it over my desk. I also like the idea that you win with your chips, not your cards. Thanks again. Should we ever meet the Scotch is on me. Highland Park 15 OK?
Thank you, thank you, thank you. My day job is being a clinical pharmacist and I can honestly say I have read more books on poker then I ever did during pharmacy school. With that said, a lot of the concepts I have read about I don’t feel like I fully understood until watching these videos. Being able to watch and listen to the concepts you discuss was really beneficial in evolving my understanding of the game and has really helped me. I only wish I could have made the webinars when they were live so I could have engaged with you more. Since going through these courses I have consistently increased my ability to make the money (now around 20% of the ones I play), but even more consistently run deeper in those tournaments. Since starting this course I have won 2 MTT online, both $4000 guarantee tourneys with > 300 players. On top of that, I have final tabled 9 times that I didn’t get first. I feel like I have evolved to a more aggressive player instead of a tight grinder that I was before. Can’t say enough great things about this course. I hope to go to the WSOP this year and play one of the lower buy in tournaments, but hopefully I may be able to go as a representative of The Poker Academy. Thanks again for putting this course together and hopefully I will see you at a final table some time soon.
Each session has taught me skills that I have been slowly absorbing one step at a time. Session Three and Eight in particular brought many poker skills to a deeper level of understanding as I looked at the game as a whole. The first time through watching the videos, I picked up the basic skills, for example thinking about hand ranges in each position, however, as I’ve rewatched the videos I have been sinking deeper into more complex skills such as advanced pot odds and implied odds that I didn’t really absorb the first time around. I will have to watch and rewatch the videos as I work on my game.
It is hard to rank order the skills in terms of importance for my game. However, the overarching theme in the videos that has been most helpful is the unemotional approach to the game, particularly certain hands and losses, and the logical approach based on mathematics and game theory. As you say in the videos, “You can stop playing by emotion, and start playing within a solid game plan.”
I can suffer from beating myself up over stupid plays or losses in big tournaments. The Poker Academy has taught me poise, patience, and steady play through wins and losses. I no longer see winning hands as “lucky” and losing hands “as bad luck.” I see each win and loss as statistical probability. As long as I am making high expectancy plays, I am playing the game well.
All said, though, whether I win this contest or not, you have a student for life. Anything you produce, I will buy. I have a wide shelf dedicated to poker books. I’ve studied them carefully and, no doubt, benefited from them. But they did not come close to giving me the practical, acute advice that The Poker Academy did. In this past eight months, I’ve learned more than I did in the previous ten years. Indeed, this course has paid for itself many times over; I’ve grossed far more than its cost since taking it. So thank you. I would be a more passive poker player—and a less confident woman—were it not for you.
This course is amazing. From the beginning, I used your lessons and noticed a change
in my game. I find myself at more final tables and I’m cashing out more often. I played an
online tournament with more than 3000 players and finished 24th. Also finished 2nd in a
casino omaha hi/lo game. I’m seeing some positive things happening with my game,
including my cash games.
You have set up and organized this course in a way that keeps our attention focused and
gets the message across. I particularly like that I can go back and review sessions to reinforce
various principles and techniques.
I believe I qualify to represent the Poker Academy at the WSOP. I will wear the T-shirt and
any other logos proudly. I am practicing telling the Poker Academy story to my poker friends,
and practicing the lessons on my opponents! I have run into some grumbling about my aggressive
tendencies. Thank you so much.
When I first saw the ad for your Poker Academy Program I was just 2
weeks away from going back to Las Vegas to take my 2nd round of WPT
Tournament Boot Camp (this one for 3 days). Being retired, I had a
limited budget, but having been a teacher for 30 years I knew that
you often had to have more than one approach to get a student to
understand what you were trying to teach, so I took a chance and
signed up for the course.
I must confess that I did not look at the course for a long time as
I was still trying to process all the new ideas, as the saying goes,
“I was ready to hear”, from the Boot Camp. I knew that a lot of
what you had to tell me would be a rehash of the basic foundation
that I had already had, but I was hoping to pick up a few more
pieces from your perspective that would help me put together a
solid, understandable plan.
I went through it very quickly the first time and picked up a few
things here and there, but it wasn’t until your 12-week challenge
when I had to really take it one session at a time and really think
about what stood out in the lessons that my tournament strategy plan
started to gel and gaps in my game began to be filled.
I think what helped me so much was the fact that you were able to
go into more details and approach each part of the game at each
possible angle and give a lot of examples in the 90 hours that
could never be accomplished in the 8 hour days of the Boot Camp
Being a hard task master on myself, I can’t tell you how your easy
going approach and constant reminders that “you might lose the hand
or go broke on this play, but it is still, in the long run, the
right play to make” helped me get out of my own way and once again
just trust that my game plan, while it won’t always work out, is
still a winning strategy.
I also appreciated the follow through that you did by having your
webinars to answer our questions on every session and the Poker Stove
tutorial was so much more understandable then the quick one they did
at Boot Camp.
Since finishing all of the sessions I can honestly state that not
only have a been getting farther in the tournaments that I play in
and coming in the money more often, but I realized last Sunday while
I was playing (and cashing) in the tournament, that I was having
Thanks to your course I finally realized that I had been so focused
on learning and trying to “do the right thing” that I had forgotten
the reason I had started playing poker in the first place was
because it is so much fun and I just love it.
Eureka! I have become a better player. How can I define this? The course has opened up new pathways to my poker playing neurons.
Since completing Session 1, I have run much deeper in tournaments, moving up, for the first time since 2009, when I retired to pursue a career in tournament poker playing, on a semi-professional level, I feel very comfortable competing in the $250-400 entry fee ranges.
The poker concepts discussed by Rep Porter and Rick Fuller resonate through my “poker brain” in each tournament that I play in.
Session 1 – Preflop Play is tantamount to attending a college lecture on an esoteric subject, taking notes and walking away with new poker concepts, presented in a easy to understand conceptual concept.
The course guide, highly recommended, for the major bullet points that are covered in depth.
I highly recommend this course.
Now if only my AA and KK hold up …
The Poker Academy Tournament Course is by far the most complete course offered for tournament players. Every session is well laid out. It can apply to anyone from the beginning holdem player to someone like me who has been playing poker in one form or another for 48 years. This course has help me identify weaknesses and leaks in my game and has given me the tools to fix them. I have a fulltime job so can only play in 3-4 tournaments per month. Since I purchased this in June of 2015, I have played in 19 tournaments cashing a total of 12 times for a total of $17,265 with 7 final tables and 1 win. I also won my seat to the 2015 WSOP main event and took 2nd place in a WPT Single day event for $7500. Even though I have gone thru all the sessions I continue to listen to videos for reinforcement while driving to my next tournament. I am able to get deeper into tournaments with bigger chip stacks then before I took the course. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their tournament game! This course is worth 10 times the price you have to pay for it!
It’s all about the journey!
Gentlemen, this is the letter to finish with overall comments about your course.
First let me say that as u know it is unique to the industry and it should help many over the coming years assuming u continue to offer it. While I am sure individual coaching is also a good concept for many people, it is very expensive and not available to everyone. Your cost for doing this course has been worth every penny and inexpensive in comparison. This letter is probably not the place to explain the differences I have experienced from other things which I have tried. Of course it is helpful to already have a good foundation to help a person advance. It seems to me that with the care u have taken to explain concepts and define important terms, that even someone who had just started playing would benefit immensely.
I thoroughly enjoyed your tournament training course. I now feel that whenever I enter a tournament I have the proper tools to implement for the various situations I will encounter. My overall awareness of how my opponents approach a hand has been greatly enhanced. My aggressiveness has increased, especially in position and when I am the preflop aggressor. Basic principles such as C- betting when I was the initially raiser have added a dynanic to my game that I don’t believe I would have ever fully appreciated without having studied the Poker Academy course material.
The reason I enrolled in the course is that, I believe, to excel at any endeavor superior results naturally flow from the application of superior knowledge. I played professional baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization. All the success I experienced in that field was a direct result of the application of knowledge obtained from an outstanding pitching coach. I am now proceeding down a similar path in regards to poker tournaments. I’m not going to say that I now know everything about poker, I’ll be learning about this game until the day I die. But, I do believe I now have a solid foundation to rely upon, just as I had a solid foundation in my baseball career.
I have thoroughly reviewed all the course materials. Since taking your course my results have continually improved in live and online tournaments. Two weeks ago I cashed in a $240 Buy-in tournament at a local casino, and I recently placed second in a large field event online. I made a second copy of the course workbook that I’m currently using to rewrite my notes for further review. And I’ll go back and watch the course in its entirety a second time when I complete this rewriting process.
I have worked in the Casino industry for eleven years now and I have been a poker dealer for almost four years. In that time, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas. I currently work two jobs and have not made the time to go. I love dealing poker, it is my hope that, through the application of the knowledge the two of you have now imparted to me, I’ll be able to quit my second job soon and focus exclusively on the game of poker. Thanks so much for all your help.
I have been playing poker for about four years as a recreational player with lukewarm results. This result is in spite of having read a plethora of poker books by practically everyone in the industry and trying to blend that information into my play. This first session of the No-Limit hold’em Tournament Course on pre-flop play has already cleared up several leaks in my game in the area of bet sizing and starting hand selection in relation to stack size and tournament stage. I look forward to this weekend’s tournament to put this new understanding into practice and see the results! Thanks Rep and Rick!
Where do I begin? Prior to this course, I was a small losing player online and at live play. I was playing micros online and up to $120.00 buy-ins live at my local casino.
This course has me developing into a more aggressive thinking player. My growth will continue as I gain the experience using all the great concepts and knowledge I have found in these 12 wonderful sessions. When I signed up, I originally hesitated at the price, but after taking the course, I realized it is worth much more. Not only did you discuss concepts, you backed them up with knowledge, feedback, using your experience and examples.
I started the course around Thanksgiving 2015. Session 1, started changing me. I was a tight somewhat aggressive player early in a tourney, and a nit as we got to the bubble. Previously I heard from many sources that to be successful in tournaments you must open up your game. My question of how to accomplish this was answered in the first session. Hand range percentages and stack sizes was right there for me to absorb. The very next tournament I played and every one since I have used these ranges and I am now somewhere between a TAG and a LAG. With this course guidance my confidence has improved as I am involved in many more hands. Therefore, my post flop play has improved from gaining more experience by just playing.
The course then gave me a road-map for improved post-flop play. Studying the concepts of “P”, Hand strength categories, bet sizing, effective stacks, bubble play, categorizing opponents, and “Making Moves” in order to survive and get to final table play and the large payouts. I will be reviewing each video over and over, because there is so much knowledge to be gained.
In summary here is my record since December 1, 2015. Online buy-ins: $2.20, $5.50, and now a few $11.00’s (as my confidence and bankroll has grown) (An average of 10 tournaments a week):
Live- 3 Tournaments $120.00 buy in: One Final Table 4th for $786.00
Online- 49 Cashes, 19 Final Tables, 6-Third Places, 2- First places
Here is my record since January 1, 2016 through end of March in my Holdem Manager. My record in Sharpscope verifies this plus it shows me as a small losing player until my upswing started in December 2015, AFTER STARTING THIS COURSE!
I’m amazed with the transformations this 12-week challenge has made to my game. There are improvements in my strategic plan, mental game, social game and health. I have created positive results in my performance. Recently, I placed 14th out of 103 in a local tournament.
The biggest change in my strategic plan is that I actually head into a tournament with a plan. I’m no longer the passive player afraid to risk chips to survive longer. Through this course I’ve learned this was only causing me a slower death. I’m always in accumulating mode, playing smart, aware how many BB’s I have and aggressively getting my chips in. Previously, I never calculated mathematics into my decision-making. Now, I’m always evaluating mathematically, if it’s profitable in the long run vs. momentary safety.
There is so much to learn by taking your No- Limit Tournament course…your insights are truly valuable for your students. I never could have improved so quickly if I were to try to do this on my own with books. I’m accumulating more chips than I ever did in the past.
I was skeptical about buying this course, was I wrong! I have read so many books and played some many hands over the years trying to fix the holds in my game. I feel I play well and run deep into the tournaments, but I also feel I was still missing something that could take my game to that next level. I wish I had a course like this sooner. The way Rip and Rep brake down the game with the simple math, examples, concerns, videos and poker stove is priceless. I have been using poker stove and the tools I learned, to study and practice for my first tournament which I this weekend.
I was playing the Wynn a few months ago and made the finally table and wish I had done this course prior. Deep into the tournament I was lost, no game plan, no strategy. I was under 15 big blinds and had one move every hand I played (all-in). The one time I looked down at pocket A’s I think the whole table knew it too. I managed to make a deal with 8 opponent left. I truly feel if I was in this situation again I would have played differently using hand ranges, C-betting, stack to pot ration all to my advantage.
I am a student of poker and love learning as much as I can. This course is the best investment I have ever make and will continue to learn form it for a long time. I am confident this is going to make me a better player. Thanks guys for making this course.
Oh my gosh, already results! I didn’t have a chance to fully complete the course before my online poker club (approx 34 players) had our biweekly tournament. The pre-flop starting hands guidance really made a difference in my game. By understanding the logic behind starting hand selection I was able to make better decisions.
I took 3rd! What’s next? Bigger and better. Can’t wait to learn the next lessons.
My goal is to become a much more balanced player. I plan on reviewing all the sessions again and compiling a note book.
The Course was very professionally organized and presented. It contained what I deem to be one of the most comprehensive collections of new and mainstream Tournament Poker information available. It was easy and fun to view and listen to. I have read most of the professionally authored books and I got much more from this presentation than I got from all them.
If Poker is all about making good decisions, then the best decision I have made in a while was attending The Poker Academy!! Great Job.
See You At The Final Table
This session gave me resources like poker stove to analyze hand I play and determine, if from an odds perspective, I played it right. Conversion chart was good as well. Betting size and continuation betting concepts help me in accumulating chips- especially in late position. Implied odds make sense more now as I think of it as how much more can I make in chips if I make my hand. It’s important to decide on pot odds first then implied odds of getting paid off. I have the outs down as a % with 2 cards to come but this section helped me think about opponent’s range of hands. The advice on playing this concept (creating own pot odds) in a slow manner will be something I try next time I play.
A very comprehensive analysis of all aspects of tournament poker. It was valuable both as a guide to better strategies and as a critique of the weaknesses in my current game (the “Oh my God, I do that!” moment). The main points that I got from the course were: (1) I need to expand my opening range early in the tournament; (2) I need to focus on playing more aggressively in the early stages of the tournament to remain in the accumulation stage longer; and (3) I need to be more consistent in my bet sizing to avoid betting tells and to disguise my hands. I used the expanded opening range and more aggressive play in the recent WSOP regional at Ballys where I took 21st in the senior’s event. Had I listened to the last 2 sessions before that tournament on moves and late stage play with a medium stack, I probably would have done even better. What I really liked about the course was its focus on the changing dynamics such as opponent style, stack size and position that affect your play. I also thought the actual examples were very helpful in understanding your points
I can unequivocally tell you that I have already won given the fact this course provided exceptional content at an unrivaled value and, furthermore, has helped mold me into a patient, disciplined, and selectively aggressive poker player. A key underlying concept resonated with me at the conclusion of each session – luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. While the preparation resides on my shoulders, your course delivered an opportunity to build a rock solid tournament foundation. The monumental shift in my confidence is unparalleled. Half the battle of winning a poker tournament is the mindset of expecting to win, preparing to win, and positioning myself to make intelligent and deliberate decisions. I will continue to act as a pseudo ambassador for your site; as I recommend your course to players striving to elevate and solidify their tournament poker acumen. Thank you for creating a course that will be a cornerstone in my future poker success!