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Old 11-30-2017, 08:23 AM   #1
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Wanting to put a load of work into improving my poker game away from the tables. what are some good youtube channels to help me improve my game?
I've just watched some thepokerbank videos one on checkraising with top pair on the flop. any other channels any good? aiming to play 2/5nl or plo live or higher. with the occassional tourny? i got harrington on holdem so reading that for tournaments.

how should i watch these videos? should I take notes?
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:53 AM   #2
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Wanting to put a load of work into improving my poker game away from the tables. what are some good youtube channels to help me improve my game?
I've just watched some thepokerbank videos one on checkraising with top pair on the flop. any other channels any good? aiming to play 2/5nl or plo live or higher. with the occassional tourny? i got harrington on holdem so reading that for tournaments.

how should i watch these videos? should I take notes?
It depends on how you learn best. For me, personally, I take what i read or watch, take note on the parts that appeal or apply to me, then write myself a series of guides as if I were teaching someone else the concepts (it helps to annotate them). By collecting the concepts and aggregating them into a series of lessons, using my own words, I am usually able to absorb the concepts better.

Some people use reminders or notecards that they take with them (one guy I played with actually tattooed a reminder on his arm).

Others will just watch the same video or read the same book several times until it is ingrained. A lucky few can read something once and absorb it.

Asking us to tell you how to study without knowing what kind of learner you are is a fairly difficult task. Go with what has worked for you.
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:35 PM   #3
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...I've just watched some thepokerbank videos one on checkraising with top pair on the flop. any other channels any good? aiming to play 2/5nl or plo live or higher. with the occassional tourny? i got harrington on holdem so reading that for tournaments.

how should i watch these videos? should I take notes?
Do you play online as well? If not, I would start. Then get a copy of PokerTracker or HoldemManager, grab all your hand histories, and analyze them. PT comes with LeakTracker; HM comes with LeakBuster (which can also be purchased seperately if you use PT). The leak trackers will tell you where your game is weak. Once you know that, you can focus your study on particular areas.

Books - I read as much as I can. I just started a new one last night.

Web searches - can find informative articles or posts about specific topics

Videos - The Poker Bank is good, LeakBuster comes with some, and there are numerous subscription sites out there (RIO, Upswing, etc.). You could try each for a month and see which one you like?

When I watch videos, I take notes and make note of the time in the video certain info is covered. That way I can go back and rewatch specific sections if I need to.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:35 PM   #4
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Re: poker study

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Wanting to put a load of work into improving my poker game away from the tables. what are some good youtube channels to help me improve my game?
I've just watched some thepokerbank videos one on checkraising with top pair on the flop. any other channels any good? aiming to play 2/5nl or plo live or higher. with the occassional tourny? i got harrington on holdem so reading that for tournaments.

how should i watch these videos? should I take notes?
I'm assuming you are looking for free content:

Youtube: Pokerbank is great! You found one of the best channels imo. He has great videos on math. Also, start getting into his range builders/hand reading videos
Upswing poker has some good videos on their channel. They don't put out content frequently but have plenty of past videos

Twitter: If you don't have a twitter account, I highly recommend it. Follow Upswing poker, Splitsuit (James Sweeney who runs the pokerbank channel), Red chip poker and there is many others. They all post several strategy articles a day where they usually focus on one or a few concepts. Twitter is a very underrated way for finding study material

Every one is different but when I watch a video on youtube I watch it all the way through once. Take notes while watching it a second time and review my notes later. Hope this helps
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:47 AM   #5
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Jonathon Little has a decent channel and hand of the day series. Check his website http://jonathanlittlepoker.com/?hc_location=ufi
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:23 PM   #6
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Find a study group with guys preferably playing higher stakes than you, spend 90% of your time reviewing your own hands while asking other players there opinions on hands and using tools like flopzilla
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:21 AM   #7
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There is a lot of free stuff out there on various sites. Floattheturn.com (Jonathan Little) has some and so does Upswing Poker (Doug Polk.) I recently got 20 Rules for Playing Flush Draws (free download from Upswing Poker) and found it quite useful.

You can also find content just by typing what you want into Google. I just entered "playing suite connectors" and got a lot of hits on videos.

You can find some good content that is not free, but not very expensive either. I pay $10 a month to watch Jonathan Little dissect his play on a lot of videos. I also get to participate in a monthly webinar where he takes questions.

Little's is the only coaching site that I've subscribed to so I can't tell you much much about the price or content of any of the others.
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:44 AM   #8
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There is a lot of free stuff out there on various sites. Floattheturn.com (Jonathan Little) has some and so does Upswing Poker (Doug Polk.) I recently got 20 Rules for Playing Flush Draws (free download from Upswing Poker) and found it quite useful.

You can also find content just by typing what you want into Google. I just entered "playing suite connectors" and got a lot of hits on videos.

You can find some good content that is not free, but not very expensive either. I pay $10 a month to watch Jonathan Little dissect his play on a lot of videos. I also get to participate in a monthly webinar where he takes questions.

Little's is the only coaching site that I've subscribed to so I can't tell you much much about the price or content of any of the others.
yourself and little i believe are tournament players. I'm wanting to be a good tourny player too so i will check out little's site and the free content on youtube. thankyou.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:41 AM   #9
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yourself and little i believe are tournament players. I'm wanting to be a good tourny player too so i will check out little's site and the free content on youtube. thankyou.
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Yes, I play tournaments, that's all I ever played. I've played a few SNGs (thought not lately) but I specialize in deepstack tournaments--the ones everyone complains about when they last six hours or more.

I don't know if I would call Little a tournament specialist. He was one of the top SNG players in the world at one time. He has been a WPT player of the year, and he plays cash games and some tournament mixed games. His site has videos for both cash games and tournament play. He's pretty good at everything.
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:47 AM   #10
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Watching, reading, listening etc should be like 20% of the time you put into study. You can get better much faster by a combination of playing and reviewing and doing your own calculations.

If reading/watching is the only study you do you might as well not do it.
I wouldn't go that far.

Yes, if you're not learning or using the information that you've been given, it won't do you a lot of good. That said, just watching a video can introduce you to new concepts, which of course you have follow up on your own.

I'm always learning new things from books and from videos. Until I read Bluffs a few months ago, I didn't know that most bluffs are in fact some sort of semibluff. When I hear the word "bluff" I remember watching Vanessa Selbst 4-bet shove with T2o.

I've been playing poker for about ten years, but I've only been watching coaching videos for about a year. I watched one a few days ago that used Flopzilla to talk about knowing your equity and knowing how likely your opponent was to fold.

I have never used Flopzilla. It had never occurred to me that I could combine my equity with the chance that villain would fold, then decide where I stood in a hand.

If you're a new player, you can learn a lot from watching a coaching video, even before you act on that information. I would say that a book or video can point you in the right direction. What you do with that information determines how good a player you will be.

EDIT: On a video I watched a few days ago, Jonathan Little said that as part of his study he subscribes to five coaching sites.
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