Here’s a countdown of the 10 Most Powerful Episodes of 2016. It was a great year, and I loaded the podcast with awesome poker and study strategy content.
In episode #111, I answered 3 listener Q’s about my changing viewpoint on the 4-2 Rule, making unsure value raises on the flop and dealing with oversized bets.
Let’s count ’em down…
#10: Episode 43: Interview with Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald
This was my first interview with the legendary Assassinato himself. Alex is an incredible player and a great coach as well. The reason this podcast was so powerful was because of Alex’s discussion on having a professional poker player’s mindset and how anyone can develop it. Alex has tons of experience taking beginning MTT students up to professional levels, and he discusses it a bit in this episode. He also addresses an MTT leak one of our listeners had and gave solid advice on how to fix it.
#9: Episode 5: Warm-ups and Cool Downs for A-Game Greatness
Warming up and cooling down is something that most players simply ignore. But, they can help you make great strides in your game. Within the episode, I discuss why it is integral to include warm-ups and cool-downs as part of your pre and post session rituals. I give you a very simple, quick and effective way to do them both. The biggest reason to do a warm-up is to get into your A-game mindset. And the reason for incorporating a cool down is to help you reflect on your session.
#8: Episode 22: The Course Skill #1: Play a Simple and Effective Pre-flop Game
Two reasons this episode is powerful:
- This was the first episode in a series of podcasts I dedicated to the incredible book by Ed Miller called The Course. This book is geared towards LIVE cash game players, but all 10 of the skills within can be applied to every form of poker. It is by far the best poker strategy book I’ve ever read.
- This is the episode where I introduced my 7 Steps to Poker Book Learning. I even made a pdf of the 7 steps available through this episode’s show notes (click below). We all read poker books, but I think most of us don’t get enough out of them. These 7 steps are how I work to get the most out of every chapter of every poker book I read.
#7: Episode 2: SMART Poker Goals
This episode found me discussing how we can make Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound poker goals. I discuss the importance of making goals this way, instead of making overly broad goals like “I want to be a millionaire poker player.”
#6: Episode 18: 10 Common Poker Leaks
In this episode I hit 10 of the most common poker leaks that I see from listeners and students. I give symptoms of each as well as a quick way to fix it. I’ve suffered from each of these leaks myself, so I was working from experience in dealing with each as well as plugging each leak. This was the first in a series of podcasts where I addressed many of the worst leaks that players have.
#5: Episode 49: Leak Plugging #6: Betting For No Reason
This episode was eye opening for many listeners. Lots of people think they have a valid reason to bet or raise, but when you drill them on it, they really don’t. Are you going for value or making a bluff? What is your opponent calling with? What’s he folding? What’s he raising? Are you ahead of his range? Knowing the answer to each of these questions before you make your aggressive play will lead you to making better decisions.
#4: Episode 104: MED #3 Class 1 on 3bet Yin-Yang
3bet is the 3rd MED, but for lots of people it’s the first thing they want to learn about. This episode was class 1 out of 4, and I think they are all extremely valuable. In this first class, I laid out my thoughts on the 3bet. I discussed the basic considerations for every 3bet you make, and the reasons for 3betting instead of folding or calling.
#3: Episode 12: Targeting Player Types
This is one of my favorite episodes. A big thing 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. This is the basis for all opponent exploitation.
And to help you to understand your opp’s, with this episode I made available a Poker Player Types PDF (get it through the show notes link below). This is a one sheet that breaks down the 7 basic characteristics of each player type, as well as lists ways to adjust or exploit these characteristics.
#2: Episode 64: Hand Reading Lab Part 1 – Learning From Showdowns
Not only was the content of this episode very important, but this was also the start to 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. The skill of hand reading is utilized at every stake and in every game, and it’s a skill that can be improved over time with lots of focused practice on and off the table.
The entire hand reading series is very powerful, but this first episode outlined what hand reading is, why it’s important and how learning from showdowns goes a long way to helping your hand read your opp’s. This is a must listen episode for those who haven’t caught it yet.
#1: Episode 90: MED #1 Class 1 on Pre-flop Opening Ranges
This was an obvious choice for the most powerful episode of the year. Here are my two reasons for making this #1:
- This kicked off the MED series, which is going to be the biggest and best series of poker strategy podcasts ever!
- This episode 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 with. Your pre-flop open raising hands have the most effect on the rest of your poker game, so making good choices here is vital in your poker career.
Within this episode, I tell you the frequencies by position that I recommend you open with, and I showed you how to build out your ranges with the different categories of hands available to you. And of course with this episode I made available a special Cash Game Pre-flop Ranges Infographic (get it through the show notes below). The infographic shows you the exact hands I play pre-flop and by position, and whether I’ll open raise, call or 3bet with them.
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In podcast #113, I’ll hold the 2nd class in Minimum Effective Dose #4: Blind Play. We’re going to talk about post-flop defense options like the donk lead, check-raise, flop floats and of course we’ll hit some post-flop leaks and talk about how to find ‘em and fix ‘em.
Until next time, study smart, play much and make your next session the best one yet.
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