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Sky discusses poker play and study strategies for a variety of No Limit Holdem (NLHE) poker games: LIVE and online cash games, MTT’s and SNG’s for all poker stakes. Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker author, coach & player Please visit and learn more at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com
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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 29, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod59

I answer 3 listener Q’s about expecting MTT variance, playing small to medium pp’s and I review a hand sent in by a listener.  This is a listener Q&A.

Question 1 from Ingamar (4:40)

Basically, was it right to call the turn shove based on pot odds, despite the signs pointing to him having a set?

Question 2 from Jaime (9:30)

Do you really recommend America’s Cardroom? I’ve been playing on that site for 16 months. I’ve played 256 tournaments with 22 cashes but no wins. I just can’t help to feel like I’ve been robbed by that site. Any words of wisdom?

Question 3 from Big T (12:30)

Hi Sky,
Thanks for your podcast!
Sorry if the subject has already been treated before in a podcast I would have missed.
One thing I’m struggling with is pocket pairs under 10s. and even 10s out of position
I play MTTs and lost too many chips with them so now, I got to the point where I just don’t play them at all, unless I’m in position and a lot of people limped before me. Then I just limp because the odds are good.
What are your thoughts about that?
Thanks!

Challenge (18:20)

Here’s my challenge to you for this episode: Submit your HH questions to the FB discussion group! We’ve got lots of great players there who love to help out and give their take on your questions. I often chime in as well, but it’s great to get input from players at all different levels. Just visit http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss to join the group and start getting involved in our community. Make some friends, study some poker, and help each other improve.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 26, 2016

I discuss how I use popups in my PokerTracker 4 HUD to maximally exploit my opponents.

Podcast Mission (2:50)

My mission for today is to teach you how you can utilize popups most effectively with the minimum amount of information possible.  The popups that come with PT4 can be too complicated with stats just all over the place and organized in a very non-user friendly way.  I’ll teach you the most important considerations for the stats within your popups, so that you can avoid overwhelm and actually put them to use.

Stats Under Varying Conditions (3:30)

IP or OOP

Specific Position

By Street

2bet or 3bet Pots

My Popups (12:15)

RFI & Fold to 3bet Popup

3bet Popup

Steal Popup

Cbet Popup

Fold to Cbet Popup

Podcast Challenge (17:20)

Here’s my challenge to you for this episode:  Commit to utilizing one of your popups for each session this week.  If it’s the default “Tools” popup in PT4, or your own Cbet popup, or my Steal Popup if you purchase my SMART HUD, whatever, your goal this week will be to use it for every relevant decision made at the tables.  Write out on a piece of paper each element of the HUD to help train yourself in its contents and their placements.  Color code backgrounds or fonts to help you spot important stats for quick reference.  Don’t consider your task complete until you’ve mastered this one popup, even if it takes you 10 sessions to do so.  Once mastered, move on to the next.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 22, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod57

I answer 3 listener Q’s about small blind opening ranges in cash games, recording your own game tape and running virtual poker study groups.  This is a listener Q&A.

Question 1 from Amir (2:20)

Morning, Sky. I was looking at your information on 6max small blind play. It’s 14 percent. Looks very small. I never played 6max or online before and I’m looking for any help on small blind play or ranges in general. Let me know if you can help.

Question 2 from David (5:25)

Hi Sky,
I would really appreciate some advice.
I have started a study group to study the book “Poker’s 1%” over on the Red Chip Poker forums. There was some discussion about starting a study group but no-one seemed to want to commit to a time, so I took the bull by the horns and extended an invite. The response was really good, with about 8 people wanting to join.
Problem is, I have no idea about study groups. The only study groups I’ve been in were in Uni and typically degenerated rapidly into drinking sessions. I don’t think that’s an option here – this will be a “virtual” study group, with people spread across the world in many locations. Time zones will be challenging for setting up live group discussions, particularly for me because I am in Asia, and am only available for a limited time each evening. As the instigator I also think people will defer to me for leadership, which is not my preference because I’m not the most organized person.
I’d appreciate any thoughts you have on what the elements of a successful study group are. Also, is there any etiquette around using the forums for this? I plan to reach out to Splitsuit, but I wanted to engage you first.
Thanks, David

Question 3 from Rob (10:00)

I’m planning on doing your 30 day Poker Study Challenge.  Can you tell me how to record my game play to review?

Challenge (12:10)

Here’s my challenge to you for this episode: Increase your steal frequency from the SB. Most players don’t defend often enough to make steals unprofitable, so just start doing it more. Consider your opp’s stats before you do so, tighten up your ranges if they defend a lot, and widen them more if they defend little. This is great for any kind of poker you’re playing, whether it’s cash, SNG’s or MTT’s.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 19, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod56

I add some killer stats to your essential HUD, and teach you how to practice utilizing them through purposeful HH reviews.

Podcast Mission (2:45)

My mission for today is to build out your HUD with some key stats for exploiting opponents both pre and post-flop.  You’ll learn more about Raise First In, Fold to 3bet, Cbet and Fold to Cbet stats over multiple streets.  I’ll also teach you how you can practice using your HUD to aid in decisions thru dedicated HH reviews.

More Stats for Pre-flop and Post-flop Exploiting Opponents (3:25)

Raise First In (RFI)

Fold to 3bet

 

Combo Stat: RFI and Fold to 3bet

 

Flop & Turn Cbet

Flop & Turn Fold to Cbet

 

Combo Stat: Fold to Flop & Turn Cbet

Practicing Using the HUD in HH Reviews (14:30)

 

Podcast Challenge (16:45)

Here’s my challenge to you for this episode:  Commit to utilizing your HUD when analyzing every decision made during your HH reviews.  If you decided to fold, what stats told you he’s strong here and won’t fold to a reraise?  If you decided to call, what stats told you he might be bluffing or could be betting a weaker hand?  And if you decided to raise, what stats told you that he’ll fold to your bluff or that he’ll call your value raise with worse?

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 15, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod55

I answer 3 listener Q’s practicing outs and odds of continuing in the hand, and getting comfortable with your HUD.  This is a listener Q&A.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 14, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod54

I teach you how to effectively adopt a HUD into your game to exploit your opponents with 6 (or 7) essential elements that every HUD needs.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 12, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod53

Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald returns to the podcast hot on the heels of his two $109 buy-in $5K guaranteed MTT wins.  We discuss those and his upcoming webinar ‘Master Poker with only 1 Hour a Day’.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 8, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod52

I answer 3 listener Q’s about poker strategy and mastery vs overload, push/fold strategy and 50/50 SNG’s.  This is a listener Q&A.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 5, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod51

Poker strategy this episode: I teach you 5 ways to improve your game with PokerTracker 4.  

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

Apr 1, 2016

http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/pod50

Poker strategy this episode: I answer 3 listener Q’s about MTT Leak filtering in PT4, tracking LIVE players and ranging an opponent when we hit TPTK on a scary mono board.  This is a listener Q&A.

Hosted by Sky Matsuhashi, poker player, poker coach and author. 

Please visit my poker strategy website at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com and sign up for the Smart Poker Study Newsletter for weekly strategy, study and poker play tips.

Discuss poker with like-minded players at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/discuss

Check out my YouTube Poker Training Channel at http://www.smartpokerstudy.com/youtube

Contact Smart Poker Study:

Twitter @smartpokerstudy

Email to sky@smartpokerstudy.com

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