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New World Poker Primer

CardRunners presents … JBaller88

by , Sep 15, 2010 | 5:57 pm

More CardRunners training … this time from Jimmy Ackerman, known as JBaller88, one of CR’s low-stakes 6-max NLH coaches. I think he’s like a poor man’s Jungleman. Watching his lessons, I hear things pulled from a poker glossary I musta missed in the back of Super/System.

In this little snippet alone you’ve got advanced progressive poker thinking that can include 3-barrel bluffs, value-bluffs, wet boards, dry boards, and how to counter the “3-bet” you hear so much about these days … not to mention situations for optimal 3-draws. It’s the kinda stuff that frustrates the hell outta old-dog poker traditionalists (I think) and yet for a generational poker tweener like yours truly, JBaller’s explanations all somehow make sense.

If you’re a super-cheap bastard without a bankroll because you haven’t yet learned how to 3-bet in a 4-barrel world JBaller’s got another free vid up at CardRunners … and of course you can get full access to CardRunners’ poker training for free here.

PPA Releases Congressional Report Card Site

Kinda like PokerTracker for pols

by , Sep 14, 2010 | 3:48 pm

With Congress back in session and many members thinking yikes, I really don’t wanna lose my job in November … various special interests throughout America will be putting out ratings on all the candidates — particularly incumbents tagged with a voting record — to let voters know where they stand on a whole range of single issues from guns to abortion to pure Obama-hate to poker.

The PPA has theirs out now … at another website, … to let you know if, as an online poker player, you’d be best voting to keep your rep or kick him or her to the curb. Overall the PPA is touting better grades across the board, suggesting more members are coming around to online pokery ideals.

Click the banner to jump right to it, or read below for some more PPA details on what you can look for from the new site this election season.


CardRunners Presents …

No-Limit Hold’em Crash Course

by , Jul 30, 2010 | 9:41 am

The real @RickyMask

At first I had the wrong guy when learning about my latest Cardrunners instructor, Rick Mask, aka “Rask” … that’s OK, because despite his super-duper online success, the Hendon Mob hardly knows who he is either. Rask’s latest training video is geared toward teaching a level of poker many of us feel ready to consistently beat … but may not be seeing equivalent results. Here Rask is playing a $400 NL game, where apparently skilled online poker sometimes involves making moves when your mouse freezes up on the precipice of a full-on crash.

Remember, you can get a free membership to CardRunners — the original intense online training site — by signing up with Truly Free Poker Training.

And here’s some additional sample training from Rask, holding class on the low-stakes NL cash tables:

Felt Wars Pt. 2

Word from our sponsors …

by , Jul 24, 2010 | 2:35 am

Another fun one looking at poker a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … from CardRunners instructor/filmmaker JimmyLegs:

Remember, you can get a free membership to CardRunners by signing up with Truly Free Poker Training here.

Word from Our Sponsors …

by , Jul 19, 2010 | 6:02 am

Funny … from CR instructor Jimmylegs:

Remember, you can get a free membership to CardRunners by signing up with Truly Free Poker Training here.

Quick Heads-up Lesson from Jungleman

CardRunners presents …

by , Jul 17, 2010 | 4:52 pm

For those of us who are currently NOT fighting to make the November Nine, we still need to be working on our games for when we are. Because our good pals at CardRunners understand that we currently might be a bit distracted, however, they’ve sent us just a quickie with JungleMan. (About the length of a Tao of Pokerati episode.) This lesson — available for free with CR’s ass-kicking Truly Free Poker Training — is one that skips ahead actually, to training for when it’s all on the line heads-up.

(My early call for November, btw, just because I’d like to see it and it’s still possible … will be Grinder vs. subiime.)

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Truly Free Poker Party

CardRunners presents …

by , Jul 6, 2010 | 2:21 pm

The poker trainers at CardRunners have given me the week off, apparently. I figured they figured with my recent spurt of run-good in my own 1/2 NL/PLO game (up almost $200 in the past two weeks!) that I had finally learned everything I need to know about poker.

But alas, no, that’s not the case … it’s just that Brian Hastings, Taylor Caby, and the rest are taking the night off today for a party.

When: tonight, Tuesday, 8-11 pm
Where: El Segundo Sol (in the Fashion Show Mall)
Who: for CardRunners pros and people who’ve signed up with
Why: Because poker players sometimes need to chill out and Dan likes to eat and drink for free!

So that’s the plan. I’ll be there. You should be, too. If you’re already signed up for CardRunners via their free or paid poker training services, just show up. (You shoulda gotten something in your email.)

And if you’re not someone they care about turning into a better poker player, become one — and get an invite to the party this way — by signing up for truly free poker training here.

CardRunners Presents … Truly Free Poker Training

MDoranD on low-stakes 6-max cash

by , Jun 22, 2010 | 4:06 pm

Wax on, wax off, paint the fence, sand the deck … I’m so ready for some higher stakes action — doing well not totally shitty at the PLO — but for some reason my virtual instructors at CardRunners sent me back to the $25 NL cash tables … to work with low- and micro-stakes specialist Matt Doran. Such bullshit I guess it’s all cool, rethinking the basics. We are playing short-handed, too, which I like … and he gives some valuable reminders on how to think through a weak-tight table that is capable of turning on a dime and doing something ridiculously stupid …

You can’t give up, right?

An hour with MDoranD and you’ll be ready to crane-kick your way through the little kids anywhere. Check this out … it’ just one student (not me) … but his before and after graphs are pretty impressive:

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CardRunners Presents … Truly Free Poker Training

mLagoo at the final table

by , Jun 12, 2010 | 11:31 pm

Just because we’re knee deep into World Series boosheet coverage, doesn’t mean we don’t still have time to read books keep up with our semi-private training with the accomplished pros at CardRunners.

This week’s lesson comes from online-tournament star mLagoo — with extra-good info for anyone WSOP-bound. Here he’s at a final table, and teaching us how to read c-betting, the check-min-raise, how to steal blinds with hands like 4-6 suited (hey, that’s my play — i do it ALL the time!), how often you should be trying to steal the blinds (oh, you mean not always?), and dealing with unknowns at the table.

More like this available to you with Truly Free Poker Training

CardRunners Presents …

Low-stakes thinking with Nutedawg

by , Jun 1, 2010 | 6:23 am

Today’s special-for-Pokerati training comes from online poker professor Tim Nuter, aka Nutedawg. He’s apparently not too skilled with the Twitters … but hey, online poker geeks aren’t supposed to be the most social media-y-savvy — nothing matters so long as they know how play short-handed No-Limit Hold’em.

That’s the crux of today’s lesson, with Nutedawg stepping into lower stakes action to show how his thinking applies to 100 NL.

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CardRunners Presents …

Advanced-Beginner PLO lessons from LFTV

by , May 17, 2010 | 6:18 am

Yikes, didn’t realize I would need a pen for taking notes … But apparently word is leaking back to CardRunners headquarters in Chicago that I am struggling a bit in PLO. I thought I was getting it all, until I saw this video, actually, and learned just how much I don’t know. My friends at CR want me to work with LFTV on better reading the texture of boards and thus interpreting what opponents’ actions mean on all variety of flops.

LFTV, btw, is short for “learned from TV.” He’s apparently their resident expert in Pot-Limit Omaha education … at least for pre-flop play and subsequent decisions after you see the first three community cards. I can tell he’s a good teacher. But oy, so many numbers … maybe I belong in the remedial class?

Blow up the screen and try to follow along. You, of course, can get even more full-length CardRunners video lessons with

Low-Stakes Heads-UP NLHE Specialist

CardRunners presents … more Truly Free Poker Training

by , May 4, 2010 | 12:40 am

If you haven’t noticed yet, the folks at CardRunners just completed a major overhaul of their newly expanded poker training website. Now more than just Brian Townsend’s blog … lol, you mean there was more to it all that time? Anyhow, now with a slicker interface and an even bigger library of training videos for players seeking either quick, situational refreshers or more serious studies on reads and subsequent actions throughout a game …

This week, I vid’d up with Markuis, apparently quite the low-stakes heads-up no-limit specialist. He must be good … because the bets and hands all seem to work out right for him on four separate, simultaneously running tables. I suppose it’s my task to figure out how … and maybe why.

To fast-track your path to success, get a little drinky before “school” and you could be 8-tabling his action. (Double the knowledge?)

Put in your own table-time for even more full-length CardRunners video lessons — Markuis heads-up excerpt below — at