Finding the best poker training site or course for you can be difficult.
There is a myriad of sites out there claiming to offer the best services at an affordable price, but like always else in life, there are some online training sites that are worth their weight in gold and others not so much.
There is no doubting the value of poker training, it certainly helped me take my game to next level.
So let’s walk through some of the aspects to consider while choosing a training site or course.
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Factors To Consider With Online Poker Training And Courses
There are lots of elements you need to think about before signing up to an online poker training site or course such as
- the type of training
- the activity of their forums
- the quality of video and content
- how often they produce content
- how accessible the content is (i.e., downloadable for offline viewing).
Given how quickly a good poker training site can improve your game, you would be crazy not to invest in one. I can personally attest to the effect training websites had on my poker game.
So let’s go through some of the best poker training sites & courses on the market in 2017.
|Poker Training Name||Game Type||Cost|
|Advanced Poker Training||No Limit Holdem||Free|
|DeucesCracked||6max No Limit Holdem||$29/month|
|JonathanLittlePoker||No Limit Holdem||$10/month|
|MyPokerCoaching||No Limit Holdem||€59/month|
|PokerNerve - Road To Success Course||MTT||$490 (once off)|
|RedChipPoker||Fullring, 6max and Heads Up||$50/month|
|SplitSuitPoker - Hand Reading Lab Course||No Limit Hold'em||$497 (once off)|
|Tournament Poker Edge||MTTs||$39/month|
|UpswingPoker||6max and Heads Up||$49/month|
If you want a comprehensive and well-organised tournament poker training, PokerNerve and the Road To Success MTT course is what you need.
PokerNerve is a website owned by professional MTT poker player Kelvin “Acesup” Beattie. Kelvin has been a professional poker player for more than 12 years has amassed over a whopping $3 million in winnings along with ten triple crowns!
The flagship of Pokernerve is the Road To Success Course – a poker course which has everything needed to bring you from beginner MTT player to a winner at the $109 tourneys on PokerStars.
There are six modules which include content such as:
- Module 1: Hand values, board texture, betting strategies, postflop strategies & more.
- Module 2: Stack size, assessing your opponent, playing draws, pot and implied odds, stack depth.
- Module 3: Combinatorics, preflop play, semi-bluffing, profiting from aggression, playing the blinds.
- Module 4: Bluffing, hand planning, bet sizing, multi-level thinking, isolating, using a HUD.
- Module 5: Early stage play, middle stage play, ICM and bubble play, end game, final table, heads up poker strategy.
- Module 6: Over betting, donk betting, lead betting, check-raising and 3 betting.
This course covers a huge amount of information on MTTs and in total will have over 100 hours of poker training video content. You can find out more about the course in this short video:
If you’re looking to learn MTTs quickly, there is no better training site and poker course than PokerNerve’s Road to Success Course. Here is a testimonial from one of the course graduates:
“Just had a $14,000 score online, and it’s all because of the course. It’s easy to absorb and powerful stuff when put into practice. Thanks, Acesup and PokerNerve!”
James G – New Zealand
This course also comes with a 7-Free Trial so you can test out the course for free. Note: courses can only be played from the PokerNerve website and can’t be downloaded.
The premium course is currently retailing at $690 and the basic at $139 but thanks to a special deal you get 30% off (over $200 off premium) using coupon code “HowToPlayPokerInfo”.
SplitSuitPoker is run by James Sweeney who is a renowned coach in the poker industry and owns one of the best poker training sites out there. He has worked with 500+ students, has written a best-selling poker book, and made hundreds of videos and even taught me to play poker in during my early days over at the thepokerbank.com.
SplitSuit has loads of great content such as his just released book Unfolding Poker, 6-max workbook Standard and PowerPack Edition (perfect for players playing micro and small stakes 6max), the HandReading workbook Standard and MasterClass edition (for anyone looking to improve their hand reading skills, who isn’t?).
Workbooks are an excellent way to study poker as you are forced to think carefully about the posed situation, incrementally improving your poker game!
If you are truly dedicated to improving your hand reading skills, you can look no further than SplitSuit’s flagship course The Hand Reading Lab.
Hand reading is one of the most important skills in poker and translates no matter if you’r playing heads up, 6max or full ring, live or online and is covered comprehensively from the ground up in The Hand Reading Lab course. The course contains 25+ videos covering:
- the shapes of ranges,
- playing in 3bet and 4bet pots
- exploiting capped ranges
- flopzilla training
- lots of great examples plus more.
You are guaranteed to see huge advances in your hand reading ability if you spend the time with this course. In addition, flopzilla is included with the course for free (worth $35).
Although this is focused primarily at $1/$2 and $2/$5 live, I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about poker no matter their game type.
You can find out more about the hand reading lab below and pick it up here for $497 with a 30 day money-back guarantee. Note: content can be downloaded but you forfeit your right to the 30-day money back guarantee.
Upswingpoker, along with RedChipPoker is among the new breed of well-designed websites with excellent content. Upswing provide lots of free content such as their free preflop hand charts which you can find here.
Cost: $49 per month for the Upswing Poker Lab (with a pretty hefty discount of $89 for semi-annual of $299) or The Postflop Gameplan for a once off $19. You can also get their excellent preflop starting hand charts for free here.
Focus: 6max and heads up No Limit Holdem
Stakes: Micro and Small Stakes Primarily
Notable Pro Players: Ryan Fee, Doug Polk,
Pros of UpswingPoker Lab:
- 35 modules that cover a huge variety of poker situations
- 40 Doug Polk theory videos which go into great detail and teaches how to apply on the table.
- Lot’s of hand charts to form the foundation of your poker game
- The private Upswing Poker Facebook page for asking the Pros (or other members) questions
- Fresh content added regularly
Doug Polk explains the Upswing Poker Lab in more detail here:
Get $25 off the Upswing Lab (monthly, semi annual or annual) using code “playpoker2”.
Tournament Poker Edge
If you’re a tournament poker player, this could be the poker training site for you. This website is dedicated to MTTs, so you are sure to get great material for this game variation here.
You can stream or download the videos for online use.
Notable Pro players: Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek, Jonathan Wein, Ryan “HITTHEPANDA” Franklin, Tim “TTwist” Kelly, Shaun “Cougars4444” Hendrickson, and Charles “Hagbard Celine” Sizemore.
Tournament poker edge releases new videos almost every weekday which includes: live sweats, theory videos and general play. They also offer tournament poker related articles, pro blogs and a member forum in which the pros are VERY active and a tournament strategy podcast.
Cost: $39 per month or $299 yearly.
Focus: Exclusively multi-table tournaments
Stakes: All MTT stakes
Pros of TPE:
- videos every single day
- No sign-up fee
- Forum with frequently answered questions
- Video release rate is over 1 per day
Cons of TPE:
- Not the website for you if you want to learn anything but tournament poker
Here is a walk-through of the site from a few years back:
RedChipPoker is a new poker training website, co-founded by Doug Hall and James ‘Splitsuit’ Sweeney, designed to help you play smarter poker. With a sleek website design and great free content, you know what to expect with their paid poker coaching videos and other content.
Notable Pro Players: Doug Hall and James ‘Splitsuit’ Sweeney, Ed Miller Christian Soto among others.
Cost: 50$ per month
Focus: No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha
Stakes: Micro and Small Stakes Primarily
RedChip also has these awesome crash courses teaching you everything you need to know to get started with MTTs and Live 1/2 play for 39$ each. You can check them out here.
Pros of Redchip Poker
- 7-day free trial
- Over 200 training videos from over a dozen elite coaches.
- 100+ hours of content with new videos added every week.
- Huge variety of training videos for any level of player, cash and tournament, live and online.
- Personal video recommendations for your games & interests.
- Learn with the friendliest coaches and community in poker.
Here is a little explainer video with what RedChipPoker has to offer:
JonathanLittlePoker.com is a website run by Jonathan Little (no surprise there 🙂 ) who has amassed over $6.5 million in live tournament earnings. Jonathan is well know in the poker industry and has released many products over the course of his career like his best selling poker book Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em.
You can check out his training site Float The Turn monthly poker training membership for $10 per month (the cheapest around) and get the following
- Members get INSTANT ACCESS to over 730 poker training videos.
- Access to a new training video approximately every 4 days.
- Members get to attend at least 2 live coaching webinars EVERY MONTH with Jonathan Little or one of the Float The Turn coaches.
You can get all of Jonathan Little Secrets in a 6-hour video series where he plays multiple $11 180-person sit-n-gos and wins over $1700 in just over 6 hours. This is a good choice for someone playing small stakes tournaments and want to pick up lots of great tips for cheap at only $67. Check out Jonathan Little Secrets here.
Some of his other great products are as follows:
- Jonathan Little’s €2000 Buy-In Barcelona EPT Event Review: In this 2-hour and 44-minute webinar, Jonathan Little reviews his €2000 buy-in Barcelona EPT event tournament where he came in 7th place and won €29,000 (approximately $39,000) ($97).
- Jonathan Little’s Extreme Video Vault: Get access to over 40 hours of 1-on-1 poker training from Jonathan Little as he coaches his students ($197)
- Jonathan Little’s WSOP Coaching Videos: Jonathan Little teaches you basically everything he knows to be successful at the WSOP. You’ll get over 10 hours of training videos where you’ll learn how to play deep stacked, how to play short stacked, and general tips for success ($197).
Deuces Cracked was formed during the poker boom era of 2007 poker and being ten years old now has a wealth of knowledge on poker of all kinds. Although it is chiefly focused on 6max you can find great information on almost all poker games types:
- No Limit Texas Hold’Em
- Limit Texas Hold’Em
- Pot Limit Omaha
- 2-7 Triple Draw
- Stud Hi
- Stud 8-or-Better
I was a member of deuces cracked for almost three years, and it really helped me take my game to the next level.
Cost: $29 per month or buy six months for a discounted $147.90
Focus: Cash games, mostly 6max.
Stakes: All stakes although videos will help micro and small stakes mostly.
Notable Pro Players: pr1nnyraid, KRANTZ, BalugaWhale, WiltOnTilt, Joe Tall
Favourite content: Real Life Micro Grinder
- 7-day free trial
- Active forums where you can ask questions and get answers from the pros
- More than 3000 videos in a huge archive
- You can get a big reduction in price by buying a 6-month sub
- No sign-up fee
- Simple pricing structure
- Lack of tournament & sit and go videos
- Low publishing frequency
- Some content out of date
MyPokerCoaching is an up and coming poker training site run by Tadas Peckaitis, aimed at improving your poker game to help you win more on the tables. He offers a great set of courses for free which you can pick up at this how to win at poker blog post – I’d highly recommend you check this poker coaching site out!
Cost: €59 per month
Focus: No Limit Holdem
Stakes: Small Stakes
Pros of MyPokerCoaching
- Hands on coaching with database analysis, leak finder video and unexploitable preflop poker course.
- Personalised coaching programs.
- Video coaching programs covering a range of topics.
- Free poker book which has some great tips no matter your poker experience
Advanced Poker Training
AdvancedPokerTraining is a cool tool which isn’t like many of the other training sites out there – it’s a free poker training sites. While training you play hands against AI opponents allowing you to get real-time advice and feedback on your game. You can quick fold hands which you don’t plan on playing meaning the game moves FAST.
Additionally, you can quick fold hands which you don’t plan on playing meaning the game moves FAST. This means you can condense your poker training into a shorter amount of time.
The other feature of this training style is that it allows you to work specifically on the weakest part of your game. For example, if you have trouble exploiting weak passive players, set the game to include weak passive players and learn how to beat them quickly.
Are you unable to deal with extremely aggressive players? You can adjust the players on the table to work on that too.
When you start up a game you will be faced with this screen which allows you to adjust the game to however you want:
Weekly reports tell you the weakest parts of your game and areas you need to focus.
Overall, this a cool training strategy and something I think any player can benefit and who can complain about free poker training?
Poker School Online
Poker School Online was previously a paid training site but has since been taken over by PokerStars.com which has made this a free to access. The only prerequisite is that you have to set up a PokerStars account in order to access the training material.
The school has courses on:
- basics of poker
- single table tournaments
- multi table tournaments
- cash games
Although this is focused more towards beginner poker players and doesn’t include some of the advanced concepts covered in the other courses and training sites mentioned so far. But at a cost of $0, you can’t complain!
Closing Words On Poker Training Sites
So there are some of the best poker training sites 2017 by HowToPlayPokerInfo. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there could be other great sites out there that I missed. Training sites come and go, such as Poker VT which shut down in 2015 and now CardRunners, so it is important to keep up to date on the sites on the market. So if there are any that you think should be on this list, make sure you let me know below.
Only starting out with poker and not ready for the investment of a poker website? Check out our poker cheat sheet page which will tell you everything you need to know to get started with Texas Holdem.
You may also be interested in the best poker training software which you can find over at poker-coach.com.
Good luck with finding the most suitable poker training for you!