Hey, Poker People.
I’m Sky Matsuhashi, the creator of Smart Poker Study. I’ve dedicated my life to improving my poker game one day at a time, and I’d love to share with you all the ways in which I work super hard doing so. I’m an educator at heart, as well as a poker player, so please join me on my journey of poker discovery. No NIT will be left un-bluffed, no leak un-plugged and no FISH un-exploited.
Let’s strive together to be better today than we were yesterday. Ganbatte!
Top SPS Podcasts: Required Listening
This episode tells you exactly how I plan my weekly studies. I choose one topic per week and dive into it one hour per day. I divide my study time between reviewing sessions, reading articles/books or watching videos, working with Flopzilla, filtering for specific situations in PT4, or watching game tape from the previous day’s play. The show notes for this episode also contain a special downloadable PDF to help you get your planning on.
This episode kicked off the MED series (minimum effective dose). This is required listening as it discusses the most important aspect of strong poker strategy, the one that affects all other parts of your game, every street you play and every choice you make; choosing the hands you open-raise with.
The content of this episode is important (learning from showdowns), but this also kicked off a great series all about hand reading. This is a skill that so many of my listeners lack, and it’s also something that everyone needs in order to really succeed in poker.
A critical topic I discuss almost all the time is exploiting your opponents. But, the first step to this is understanding the 4 basic player types. You’ve got to know what each is, the characteristics of each, indications that someone is one or the other, and their general approach to pre-flop and post-flop poker. With this episode I also made available a Poker Player Types PDF.
Poker Definitions and More
Click here for a list of poker definitions. Help me add to this list by leaving a comment on the page and I’ll add your word/acronym to the list with a definition and relevant information.
We can all use a hand up in our studies and poker play, and there are many things I use daily to help me improve my game. I’ll continue to add anything here that I think you’ll find valuable and that will aid you in your poker development. These are the items that make my poker studies and poker play as simple yet efficient as possible. I recommend these to others time and time again.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Tracking Software Recommendation: PT4
PokerTracker 4 is the premier poker tracking software on the market today. I’ve been using it for years now and it’s helped me to improve my game tremendously. With its awesome and easily adaptable HUD, I’m able to find multiple ways to exploit my opponent’s tendencies. Quick and easy hand history reviews with a great player and real-time stats make studying my plays and my opponents very effective. Click here or the banner above to learn more.
Bonus for purchasing PokerTracker 4 thru SmartPokerStudy.com:
Send me a screen shot or forward me your emailed purchase receipt and I’ll send you a full copy of my Smart HUD! All you have to do is import it, set it as your table default, then you’re off to the races. Send email to [email protected]
Range Analysis Software Recommendation: Flopzilla
Flopzilla is the most incredible range analysis software available. It’s designed to let you quickly and easily figure out how a range hits a board. Just enter a preflop range and a board and Flopzilla will work out for you how often that range hits hands like top pair, middle pair, a flush draw, a gutshot, etc. The interface is designed to be quick, easy to use and intuitive. This is the perfect software for analyzing hands and improving your hand reading skills.
Screen Capture Software Recommendation: OBS
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux. This is the program the pros, Twitch streamers and I use to record for streams, training videos and for game tape.
Screen Capture Software Recommendation: ACR
Americas Cardroom (ACR) is the most trusted U.S. Poker Room since 2001. I recommend ACR before all other US facing sites b/c it has:
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- 24/7 cash game action
- A great tournament schedule
- Recorded hand histories and allows for in-game software use like the PokerTracker 4 HUD
- Super fast payouts
- Killer 1st deposit bonus (100% up to $1,000) and re-deposit bonuses throughout the year
I created each of these items to help me track my studies and improve my play.
This Poker Goals PDF gives you all the criteria you need to set SMART Poker Goals. Making better goals will lead to greater poker success.
This Break-even Math Cheat Sheet gives you all the break-even %’s for the different pre-flop plays you’re going to make. Know how often you need your opens, call and bets to work in order to be break-even.
Weekly Study Focus Plan – A worksheet to help you plan your weekly studies.
Poker Quantifiables Tracking Sheet – A worksheet to help you keep track of important stats as your studies progress.
Range Review Tracker – A worksheet to help you track the ranging success in your poker studies.
30-Day Challenge Tracker – A tracker to help you incorporate positive poker habits in your life (or any other aspect of life for that matter).
This Leak Plugging PDF contains descriptions of the most common and painful leaks, ways to spot them, steps to fixing and tips on exploiting opponents with this same leak.
This 7 Steps to Poker Book Learning PDF shows you how to get the most from every poker book you read.
Please let me know if there is any other way I can help you improve your game! Just send me an email at [email protected]