Blog: Smart Poker Study

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Author Beasts of Poker, Duncan Palamourdas, Mark Warner, Pat Baelouni, Robbie Strazynski, Sky Matsuhashi, Tadas Peckaitis,
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Oct 01 2022

Gird Up Your Loins for Aggression – Direct from The Poker Forge

Have you ever heard the term, "gird up your loins"? It means to prepare for action, and it's from the olden days and the Bible: Proverbs 31:17....

Sep 26 2022

The Easy Way to Become a 3bet Bluffer

Let me teach you the easy way to become a 3bet bluffer with this podcast episode and 5 videos on YouTube. Listen to this episode as you follow along below:...

Sep 22 2022

The Easy Way to Become a Hand Reader

I know that hand reading is a tough, time-consuming skill to learn. But, I want to help you learn it the easy way today. Listen to the episode as you follow along below:...

Sep 14 2022

[Updated] Do These 5 Things With Flopzilla Pro EVERY Time You Study

I credit using Flopzilla Pro for most of my poker improvement. These are the 5 things I use it for during EVERY study and coaching session. You MUST use Flopzilla Pro, regardless of an online or LIVE poker journey (get Flopzilla Pro here). It’s incredibly useful for reviewing hands, learning equities and hand reading. The $25 you spend on Flopzilla and the...

Sep 05 2022

HUD Reliability: Number of Hands and Sample Sizes

Let's discuss the number of hands it takes for HUD reliability, as well as individual HUD statistic sample sizes for trusting the percentages. Listen to episode #407 as you follow along below:...

Sep 01 2022

My 5 Favorite Q&August Episodes from the Daily Tips Podcast

Here are my 5 favorite questions and answers from the Daily Poker Tips Podcast in August 2022. I answered your questions daily for the month, and I think the 5 answers below are going to be the most helpful to my audience. Answers to questions on downswings, the red line, auto-piloting, better bluffing and fighting fear. Enjoy!...

Aug 24 2022

Develop a Growth Mindset and Burst Through Your Limits

It's critical that you approach your poker with a growth mindset. Saying things like “I’m going to figure this out” and “I’m going to analyze this player until I figure out all their weaknesses” are better than saying negative things like, “I can’t do this” or “I can never understand these opponents”. Listen to podcast #405 as you follow along below:...

Aug 16 2022

How To Win $20 To $50 Tournaments – From Alex Fitzgerald

This article from Alex Fitzgerald over at PokerHeadRush.com will help you profit in the lucrative world of $20 to $50 online multi-table tournaments. Listen to podcast #404 as you follow along below:...

Aug 10 2022

Use These HUD Stats When Facing 3bets BEFORE Calling

Nobody likes facing 3bets. However, in today's aggressive games, you're going to face a lot of them. I share the most important HUD statistics I use to help me make reads on my opponent when I'm facing 3bets. These statistics tell me how often they 3bet from each position, and very importantly, the position they 3bet against. This is going to help you...

Aug 03 2022

Ask These Questions to Learn from Hands Played

Finding hands to study is easy… learning from them is tough. I give you 16 useful and insightful questions to help you learn from every hand played. Listen to podcast episode #402 as you follow along below:...

Jul 28 2022

Bet Size Matters… So Pay Attention!

Bet size matters, and it's fully in your control with every aggressive play you make. Whether it’s going all-in for 88bb's or donk betting just 1bb. This is one of the great parts of playing no limit versus limit poker. Having a choice in bet size gives the no limit player more options as well as more information to work with. You can...

Jul 20 2022

Quickly Fix 8 Costly Poker Leaks – Symptoms, Fixes & Action Steps

Let's fix some costly leaks! As a poker coach, one of my most important roles for my students is being a leak finder and plugger. It’s my job to determine what mistakes are costing my students money, and I give them strategies to cut the losses. A big blind saved is a big blind earned, so every leak a student plugs is a...

Jul 14 2022

Find the Fold and Save Money! 4 Skills to Help

Do you know how to find the fold? It's a skill that all profitable players must learn, and in this episode I give you the 4 skills that will help you save money. Listen to the episode as you follow along below...

Jul 07 2022

[Updated] Preflop Raise or Fold ONLY Challenge

Are you ready to raise or fold ONLY preflop? This is my 3-day challenge to you. You got the guts to play all-aggression preflop? No limping or calling allowed. *My Challenge Results Below!* Watch this episode's video on the...

Jun 30 2022

Four Killer 4th of July Poker Tips

Happy 4th of July! These four tips are things I heard for many years… and I wish I had listened and done something about them sooner. Better late than never! So, take action this holiday weekend and put each of these to use to improve your game from moment one. Listen to this episode as you follow along below: Episode coming soon! 4th...

Jun 24 2022

How to Exploit with the PokerTracker 4 Default HUD

The Default HUD for PokerTracker 4 has minimal statistics, but still very useful to understand player tendencies so you can develop a plan to exploit 'em. Listen to this podcast as you follow along below: Episode coming soon! You can also watch this podcast episode on my YouTube channel:...

Jun 15 2022

One Until Done with Action! My Favorite Learning Strategy

I help you navigate your poker studies and purposeful play with one of my favorite learning principles: one until done with action. Listen to this podcast episode as you follow along below:...

Jun 10 2022

Stop Merely Exposing Yourself to Poker Strategy… Start Learning Instead

I help you stop merely exposing yourself to poker strategies and instead, you're going to effectively LEARN poker strategies. Listen to this episode as you follow along below:...

Jun 01 2022

Preflop Raise or Fold ONLY Challenge

Are you ready to raise or fold ONLY preflop? This is my 3-day challenge to you. You got the guts to play all-aggression preflop? No limping or calling allowed. Watch this episode's video on the Smart Poker Study YouTube Channel:...

May 25 2022

Make These Two Profitable Exploits with HUD Statistics

I'm going to help you use a few HUD statistics the make two profitable exploits. My Smart HUD for PokerTracker 4 is the most valuable tool in my poker arsenal. It helps me make +EV decisions every time I play. And, I don't play on sites that do not allow for a HUD. I like to have every advantage possible over my opponents,...