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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Back from his first WSOP, Zac recaps his week in Vegas and discusses everything from RCP events to the size of RIO’s poker rooms. He breaks down some hands from RIO cash games and shares the pros/cons of some of his lines. And then Zac opens up about the ever-famous RCP trip to Live At The Bike in LA where variance was the name of the game.
To see Zac’s photos and the live blog from his time in Vegas, visit www.redchippoker.com/40
Do you play with a short stack or against players who don’t buy-in for full stacks? This episode was meant for you! Doug and Ed sit down and discuss short stack play, how hands quickly shift in value once stack sizes change, and how to visualize short vs deep play.
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Sit down in any live poker game and you’ll see a variety of bet sizes ranging from super small to absurdly large. Doug Hull and Ed Miller dive right into a discussion about pointless bet sizes including preflop opens, raising over limpers, and postflop sizes like the over-pot CB and the small donk bet. Learn how good players visualize these sizes and why you may not want to implement these sizes in your strategy!
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Since we are in the midst of tournament season, it’s not shocking that we’ve been getting a lot of MTT questions lately. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney sits down and answers some common tournament questions about things like chip accumulation, hand reading, differences between cash and MTTs, etc. If you are playing MTTs or are thinking about playing more of them – make sure to listen to this episode first.
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Every poker player has leaks in their game – some are big, some are small, and some are very specific – but we all have them. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney breaks down a model for finding and fixing your leaks to help you constantly grow as a player. The FLASHED model is all about Finding leaks, Listing them, Assessing, Studying, Homework, Executing, and Demoting each leak you spot.
If you are serious about improving, you may want to listen to this episode twice!
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PokerRanger is a powerful piece of poker software that combines all the important features from various tools into a single application. Michael, the developer, sits down and walks us through some of the major highlights of the software along with his own journey that lead him into developing this tool.
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Host James “SplitSuit” Sweeney gets interviewed in this episode. Sky asks great questions about coaching, playing, common leaks, and leads a great discussion about hand reading.
This is a rebroadcast of the interview originally featured on the Smart Poker Study podcast. A special thank you to Sky for both hosting the interview and allowing us to share it directly with Red Chippers!
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GTO Range Builder is a world-class poker tool for mapping out game theory optimal decisions. Today we sit down with Alex Sutherland, the creator of GTORB, to pick his brain on GTO and understand how his software helps poker players make better decisions.
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Do hands like 65s, A4s, and 97 get you a little excited, or alittle nervous? Doug Hull and Ed Miller lead today’s conversationand discuss the driving factors behind playing these handsprofitably. They go on to discuss the power and misconceptionsbehind small pocket pairs and explain why folding gutshots toooften is leaving money on the table. Nits beware!
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New players love to say "tight is right" - but nits take this to the extreme. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney spends this episode discussing why being a nit is a bad idea. Concepts include why nits have awful frequencies, why a lack of showdowns is a bad thing, and why nits actually become targets to good players. If you know any nitty players, make sure to share this episode with them as well!
Sick of constantly min-cashing in your poker tournaments? Doug Hull and Gareth James sit down to discuss ways to avoid the min-cash and explain how to start playing for the win more often. They discuss restealing strategies, open-shipping stack sizes, and more MTT-specific advice to help you perform better in your next tournament series.
Thinking about coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP? Doug Hull leads today's conversation to discuss ways to save money on your Vegas trip. Doug breaks down common travel costs, money-saving tactics, and what you need vs don't need in Vegas. If you want to keep more money in your bankroll and keep your trip under $2,000 - this episode is a must.
Straddles are something that you are more likely to see in live poker games - but most players have zero idea what straddles really do to the game. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney explains what straddles are, what they do to the effective stakes and stacks, and gives 3 clear examples when straddling is a good idea.
This is a very different episode for us. Doug Hull leads a discussion meant for a poker player’s love ones. If you are the spouse, girl/boyfriend, parent, etc. of a poker player – this episode is for you. Doug answers some of the common questions that loved ones have for poker players such as “is poker gambling?” “can you actually win at poker?” and “how should I talk to my loved one when they return from a poker session?”
If you are a poker player yourself, feel free to share this episode with anybody who cares about you but doesn’t quite understand your love for the game.
In this episode James “SplitSuit” Sweeney sits down with Red Chipper Matt Greco to chat about hand reading and other fun topics. Matt recently started studying The Hand Reading Lab and has been using it not only in his $1/$2 and $2/$5 cash games – but also in his transition to playing some online poker. The two discuss moving from full ring to 6max online, using HUD stats, and which player types to focus on when hand reading in live games.
How many streets of value is your top pair worth? What about your medium strength hands? Ed Miller and Doug Hull sit down to discuss this topic to help you understand this crucial concept. If you are interested in more material like this, check out Ed's book "The Course" which you can find on Red Chip Poker.
Poker is a game that requires balance. Not only in your ranges, but also in how poker fits between your family, work, and life. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney sits down with Red Chipper Steve “ChipXtractor” Catterson to discuss how he fits poker into his life between a job, wife, and a 3 hour commute to his closest poker room. Steve explains what poker is for him, how he structures his poker sessions, and what his plans are going forward.
Is it about time for you to take a shot at the next higher stake? Or maybe it’s time to move up altogether? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney breaks down 4 crucial considerations to keep in mind before you move up. This includes bankroll considerations, whether you should adjust your strategy before moving up, mental pitfalls, and why taking shots and being fluid between stakes is a good idea. If you’re ready to start moving up, make sure to give this episode a listen first.
How do you spot the live poker pros in your game? When you do spot them, should you even play against them? Doug Hull and Ed Miller sit down and discuss this topic in the context of the Las Vegas poker scene - but the tips are universal to any and all poker rooms where pros may play.
Playing profitable poker is about finding the right balance between playing sessions and studying the game away from the table. In this episode James "SplitSuit" Sweeney explains what your ratio of study:play should be based upon your current skill level and how close you are to moving up in stakes.