Choosing a Poker Training Site

Online poker training sites have exploded over the last few years. What was once a cottage industry featuring a few small sites with a handful of videos has expanded into a highly competitive arena, with dozens of sites battling it out for subscribers. With so many training sites to choose from, the process can be overwhelming, especially for newer players. To help simplify things, here’s a simple list of questions you’ll want to ask yourself when comparing training sites. Taking just a few minutes to answer these questions can result in not only saving hundreds of dollars, but also in ensuring that you’re getting the best training possible.

Do I Need a Training Site?

If you’re reading this article, you probably think you have the answer to this question already. Put that aside for a second and consider a few things first: Have you viewed the hundreds of free strategy videos that are available on sites like YouTube, PokerTube, PokerListings and PartTimePoker? Have you considered joining a poker forum and getting direct feedback on your game from other players by participating in strategy discussions? Have you taken the time to analyze your game and identify your strengths and weaknesses? All of the above are absolutely free alternatives to a costly training site subscription, and are valuable avenues for players to explore.

All too often newer players think of training sites as an ‘easy fix’ for their game – sign up, watch some videos, and viola, leaks plugged. In reality, there is no easy fix for your game. Each site offers video training tailored to your specific playing style and level of play. Some sites have entire teams of coached players who offer individual tips and coaching advice for players just starting out in the game, while other sites offer coaches and analysts who offer their own analysis of the game. It’s important to start with a site that offers the best training options for beginners since it’s likely that at least a couple of your competition will be beginners-level players, and the coaches and analysts offer advice and insight that may help you improve your game.

How Much Does It Cost?

This question might seem a little obvious, but be honest. Training sites subscription fees can start at $10 per month. That’s a lot of money, especially if you’re just starting out and don’t have a lot of money to burn. The subscription fee helps offset the cost of the product, but you’ll still need to have some money in your pocket to play in the games that you choose to work on. A well designed site will offer a bunch of different training options, including one on one lessons, small groups, and private lessons to fit into your schedule. The sites that offer a lot of different features and different pay plans need regular customers.

What Playing Level Am I?

Everyone is different. Some players are definitely better than others and vice versa. Just because you can’t beat everyone, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to compete with them. Just because you’re new, you’re not going to immediately start winning every hand. It takes time to develop a winning game, and that’s where the play strategy comes into play. If you are serious about becoming a better poker player you should consider getting serious training from a coach or instructor. A good coach will see right through you once you give him a chance.