Who really needs poker training? You might be asking yourself, just exactly what is poker training and why would anyone ever “train” to play a game of cards? You would be surprised to see just how much both amateur and professional card players are spending to get private one-on-one poker training lessons with some of the top poker pros in the world. Private poker training lessons can run the average person up to, and above, $2,000 an hour!
What can you do to receive training from multiple poker professionals without spending thousands of dollars, yet still reap the same rewards and improve your game? The answer is very simple. The internet.
There are numerous poker training websites available now that allow you to sit at the comfort of your computer, learn directly from a pro, study at your own schedule/pace, and all for just a fraction of the price!
Poker training is advancing with the use of the internet, webcam, and other poker database technological advances that allow for the coach to record himself playing particular hands. The trainer can then advance the action in the hand card-by-card and explain any training tips that he would like (i.e what he was thinking, opponents hand ranges, what he could have done differently, any misplays, etc.).
In case you were wondering why anyone would pay to be trained by a poker professional, these days many people throughout the world are making six or seven figure incomes by playing poker. As a matter of fact, there are many 18-year-old kids making over $100,000 a week! The prize pool at 2010’s World Series of Poker Main Event alone was almost $69million dollars, with one lucky individual walking away almost $9million dollars!
With money making opportunities such as these year round, why wouldn’t you want to advance your poker knowledge? If your son was a good basketball player, and Michael Jordan was offering lessons for $5,000 a month you might not be able to afford it. However, if Michael Jordan was making training videos daily, and you could subscribe to the database of online videos, it might not seem like such a far stretch to spend $30 or so a month to get such great benefits! Now, if someone said that the entire 1992 USA Men’s Basketball Team was formulating a basketball training video database, where they would post videos daily, all of a sudden $30-per-month looks like a cannot miss bargain!
Poker training is no different. For example, at one of the top online poker training websites, BlueFire Poker, you can learn from some of the world’s top poker professionals. The site is led by internet phenom Phil Galfond (known online as OMGClayAiken and Jman28). They also have numerous other pros at all stakes, including 2010 WSOP Main Event November 9 Member Jason Senti, Martin Giguere, Niman Kenkre, and others. By keeping the roster of pros small, BlueFire focuses on quality over quantity. So for just under $30-per-month, you can receive poker training from the poker world’s top professionals.
There are different sites for all different costs, levels, games, and all offer varying features. I suggest that you study the competition and read reviews for what you are attempting to gain out of the site you choose. For example, if you are seeking to be trained on Razz, you shouldn’t sign up for a poker training site that only trains Pot Limit Omaha. Similarly, you should not sign up for a free training site and expect that you training you receive will be equivalent to that of one you might have to spend a few bucks!
With opportunities to learn from the pros such as these, why wouldn’t you take extra training?