For poker players, money is always top of mind. Whether it’s keeping cash on hand, speculative investing, or planning for the future -- James and Chris dive into the many financial challenges poker players face. They discuss utility and happiness EV and how always seeking monetary edges can have downsides. They share personal stories with money and explain the differences between offensive and defensive strategies. Join The Red Chip Poker Discord: https://discord.gg/cCeQ3YP5eC
Breaking down the biggest buzzword in poker, “GTO”. How is play-calling in American football analogous to playing GTO in poker? James and Chris help make this scary concept more accessible by simplifying terms like “frequency” and “range advantage” through real-world hands and examples.
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The best way you can gain a competitive advantage over your opponents is to improve your studying. James and Chris give their take on what effective study in poker looks like. They discuss how to make studying more enjoyable, and how to make goals for your study sessions.
With GTO (game theory optimal) solvers and discussion dominating the poker world, it's essential to know where and when it applies. James and Chris sit down to take a macro-level look at GTO poker and who it's for, why it's useful, and when you might want to incorporate it into your game.
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Chris talks about trusting sources of information in poker, who can you really trust? Spoiler alert, NO ONE! The podcast covers how to navigate that, trying to bake in your own needs while assessing what you're being told.
James and Chris review a hand from the newest season of High Stakes Poker where Tom "Durrrr" Dwan finds himself in a tough spot with JJ on a Ten-high flop.
James and Chris go over the most common mistakes they've seen students, new poker players and themselves make over the years. Things like getting too invested in your luck / variance, not having a plan and trying to directly apply high stakes strategies in your game, as well as a few more common and costly mistakes.
Cash games vs. tournaments: which should you play and why? James & Chris discuss why they've focused on cash games over the years, the things tournaments players HAVE to know, buying & selling action, and why tournaments are so alluring. Concepts include the "payday potential", which type is best for players with limited poker time, and what a new player should focus on today.
James & Chris break down the pros and cons of becoming a professional poker player. They share their experiences playing semi-pro and full-time while disputing "purist" vs. "diversified" professionals. Concepts include which age groups are best suited for going pro (college vs. middle vs. retired), what personality traits are required for making this work, and some of the mental pitfalls to consider if you're interested in quitting your 9-to-5 to pursue poker fully.
James and Chris discuss their personal experiences with performance during their professional careers, how much they think about balancing stamina vs. opportunity, and everything to get you started understanding how to manage yourself at the table.
James and Chris discuss how you really need to be thinking about win rate, what's possible in the 'tough' 2020 cash games and how they each have used win rate data throughout their careers.
In this episode, James and Chris discuss what it takes to beat 100NL in 2020. Focus on key aspects of modern-day poker strategy, including preflop ranges, finding bluffs, bet sizing, and analyzing your player pool.
James and Chris are joined by "kenaces" to discuss how you actually get GTO preflop ranges, how you can use them and everything you need to know to get started trying out GTO.
In this episode, James and Chris discuss why GTO isn't as complex as it seems, and why you're going to need it for your poker game moving forward. New to GTO? Learn the concrete steps you can take as a beginner to understand what you're getting out of a solver.
James and Chris discuss what it means to play by feel or by math. How do you actually build your feel for the game? Learn why understanding probabilities is difficult for the brain, and how to find profitable plays with basic math and solver usage.
James and Zac discuss the process of building CORE and what's been added to CORE 2.0, updating every lesson for 2020, the new MTT course and more. A fascinating peak behind the curtain of what goes into creating the most structured poker course available.
Zac and guest Chris "Fox" Wallace discuss transitioning from cash games to tournaments, adjustments to make at different stack sizes and what's included in Chris' soon to be released course in CORE.
James and Zac discuss the many ways fear can impact your poker game and how you can address and manage it.
Very soft games can often be harder to manage and require different strategies than what you're used to. James and Zac go over what you need to know to maximize your winrate in these games.
James and Zac breakdown the most common places you can leverage exploitative play in your game.
James and Zac talk about how you can apply skills you've learned from poker to dealing with a crisis like coronavirus.
Splitsuit (James) and Zac go over the preflop checklist, what considerations should you be using when making preflop decisions?
James and Zac discuss poker workbooks, why they are valuable and how you can use them. They also touch upon the impact of live poker shutting down.
This week James and Zac breakdown balance in poker for newer players, how important is it and how to start bringing it into your game without losing your exploitative edges. James even breaks down how he would approach the active play in Zac's homegame.
Welcome to Season 3 of the Red Chip Poker podcast! Zac and James are back to discuss the topic of folding -- are you doing it too much? Most players are. They cover everything from managing standard ranges to the psychological aspect of the game.