Attacking limpers is a fundamental aspect of playing power poker. Instead of being a passive player trying to smash a cheap flop, we want to be aggressive and apply maximum pressure when our opponents show weakness. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and Doug Hull discuss the specifics around how to size bets, manage table image, and more regarding raising a string of limpers.
James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and Doug Hull answer the question, "Has 3-Betting Ruined Poker?" on this episode of the Red Chip Poker podcast. You don't need to listen long before you hear that the answer is "no." The "why" is much more interesting. The pair plumb the depths of fear felt by so many amateur and unstudied poker players, and discuss how it can be exploited.
Luke Haward is the newest coach at Red Chip Poker, and in this episode we interview him about overhauling our MTT games. We focus on pre-flop leak-busting, the subject of Haward’s debut Red Chip PRO video, but the discussion reaches wide and far into subjects like staking, ICM, leveraging stack sizes, bubble and final table dynamics, and more. It’s a must-listen for any MTT player.
Hand reading is consistently the most frequently requested topic for our podcast. In this episode, James "SplitSuit" Sweeney answers five questions submitted by Red Chippers on the subject of hand reading. He covers hand reading LAGs and loose passives, and how to study hand reading skills off-table to develop profitable intuition at the tables.
A lot of players wonder what it takes to play poker as a full-time professional. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney dedicates an entire episode to answering the question, "Should I go pro?" Doing the math and being brutally honest with your strengths and weaknesses are just the tip of the iceberg on this challenging endeavor that is not for everyone.
Tommy Angelo’s The Elements of Poker makes many poker player’s top 10 lists for poker books, and it hardly contains any strategy tips. Nonetheless, as coach Doug Hull says, absorbing the poker life lessons it contains will make you an immeasurably better player. He highlights some of his favorite “elements” in this podcast, which may leave you running to pick up a copy of Angelo’s classic.
New Red Chip Poker coach and mid-stakes online crusher Brad Lampman joins us for a discussion on building complete ranges. Learn how Lampman constructs and analyzes his ranges in range visualization and GTO solver software. Hear him walk step by step through his study process. Get to know the ins and outs of how and why we build ranges.
Christian Soto joins us for a lively, wide-ranging discussion of how deviating from conventional poker wisdom can be a source of uncommon profit at any stake. Soto explains the strategy he’s going to expound on in a webinar called “I’ll Name This Strategy Later”. Soto discusses the mindset necessary to be a top-percentile winner, by understanding the state of the game and where other players lie within it.
Can you win online poker without using a HUD? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney answers a forum member’s questions the impact not using a HUD might have on win rate. The key is not to think about whether or not you can win, but whether or not you are optimizing your win rate. As long as your HUD skills are solid, Sweeney generally sees little reason to give up an information edge in a game of information.
For all the live $1/$2 NLHE players out there, Hull and Shaw have the podcast for you. Action-packed with missions for you to execute at the card room, this episode reveals some of the techniques used by winning $1/$2 players to profitably deviate from ABC poker. Build your low stakes edge simply by listening, then watch these techniques pay off at the table as you execute them.
Peter “Carroters” Clarke wrote the book on 6-max. Literally. His ‘The Grinder's Manual: A Complete Course in Online No Limit Holdem 6-Max Cash Games’ is a 500+ page strategic powerhouse, and we dig deep into its wisdom for our listeners. After this episode, you’ll be able to approach today’s six-handed tables with a complete toolkit of workable strategies honed over time by a true 6-max sensei.
Mike Gano joins us to discuss his webinar ‘How to Play the Blinds’. He brings tons of +EV advice for players at all levels. We lose more money from the small and big blind than any position in poker. Some of this is natural, some of it comes from leaks. Gano gives both a general framework and specific techniques players can use to make more profitable decisions in this awkward position.
Matt Bodnar from the Science of Success podcast joined us to discuss his insights into the science and psychology of success in poker and in life. A venture capitalist as well as an avid poker player, Bodnar’s podcast features interviews with luminaries in many different fields, from neuroscience to business. He talks about tilt, ego, goals, planning and mental game topics any winning poker player will appreciate.
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When your opponent picks up on the fact that you’re exploiting their frequencies with aggression, how should you react? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney breaks down the common reactions you’re likely to face from thinking villains, and how to adjust to their adjustments. He explains how to stay one step ahead and continue exploiting their reaction to your 3-bets and other aggression.
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Today we are joined by Fausto Valdez, one of the most aggressive Red Chippers out there. Fausto opens up about his journey through poker, moving between limits, and how his naturally-aggressive style has impacted his game. Zac and Fausto have a great discussion about the differences between stakes and all sorts of powerful advice for players considering poker as a profession.
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Should you get that seat change button? Should you leave this table and look for another one? Is this the right game for you? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney and Doug Hull sit down and discuss this subject. Topics include what makes a good vs bad game, changing seats, socializing to create good situations, and more.
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Today we answer two questions that we commonly get from players newer to cash games. James and Doug discuss buying in with a smaller stack sizes and then wrap up the conversation by answering a question about cashing out (when, why, etc.). If you are a seasoned cash game player you can likely skip this episode, but if you aren’t 100% sure on this, tune in and enjoy!
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Poker is a complex game, but even outside of general strategy there are things many players do that just leave money on the table. Doug and James sit down and discuss some of the common ways they see players leaving value on the table through the lens of things like straddling, checking dark, rebuying, etc. If you play live poker especially, this episode is a must-listen before your next session.
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Ever notice that a few chips get taken from each pot you play? That’s called the rake, and it’s how the house (or room spreading your favorite poker game) makes money. In this episode Doug Hull discusses the good, bad, and ugly of the rake. Topics include rake structures, promotional drops, rake back, and more. If you don’t know if your game’s structure is beatable – listen to this before playing another hand.
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Big O is quite possibly the greatest Omaha variant to date. The game is pot limit Omaha 8 or better with 5 cards. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney explains how the game typically runs and then dives into some strategy to make sure your first time in the game is as fun and profitable as possible. Topics include playing for the scoop, when to play big draws aggressively vs passively, and how to think about your preflop strategy. If you are looking for a break from NLHE games, pay attention to this episode!
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Very few poker players are playing for a living. Most are actually playing just to have fun at the table, gamble a bit, and socialize. Zac Shaw sits down with Steve “ChipXTractor” Catterson to discuss his poker life, how studying poker fits into his day-to-day, and to see poker from a very social lens. If you want the other side of the coin, insights from a professional, check out episode 42 called Insights From A Full-Time Pro.
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When you play against smarter players you need to be very aware of what range you represent. Doug Hull sits down and explains how to think about the actual hole cards you have and how they fit into your overall range. This is especially powerful against other hand readers and a vital part of moving up and playing against tougher opponents.
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Poker is a game of incomplete information, but some players take that to the extreme and won't make any decisions unless they have perfect information. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney sits down and discusses the concept of perfect information and explains why this is a major excuse for many. This entire conversation is started by a comment left on our Preflop Quiz which you can take here: http://redchippoker.com/preflop-poker-quiz/
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Today we are joined by professional poker player and Red Chipper extraordinaire Persuadeo. He opens up about playing full-time, what his study routine looks like, how the forum has been beneficial, and more. Persuadeo also shares some excellent strategy around a hand where he cold-4bet 88 and got a fold from JJ including the tells and other information that lead him to this…
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We receive a lot of poker questions - and overtime we see the same ones over and over. Zac has been helping new PRO Members jump right into videos that will help them solve their specific leaks and decided to share his advice and video suggestions for some of the most common questions we see. Topics like aggression, blind play, planning, and hand reading are discussed.
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