Updated: Jun 28
I will never forget what it was like when I first became serious about improving at poker. There were a lot of books on the market, but it was unclear if the information was accurate and still up to date. There were also training sites, but the topics seemed to jump around in a way where the difficulty level fluctuated and the concepts were not introduced systematically. Some of the sites even had information that conflicted with information on other sites, which only added to my confusion. Then came the challenge of learning through trial and error at the tables. The problem was that session results could be misleading, and as an inexperienced player, I was not confident if my wins and losses were due to skill or luck. Looking back, I wished there had been an affordable self-study route with credible information, a methodical presentation, and a thorough introduction to all core poker concepts in one place. This reflection led to the creation of PTO Poker 101: the ultimate poker survey course.
PTO Poker 101 Makes Learning Poker More Fun and Less Painful
PTO Poker 101 was created out of a desire to save poker players from the expensive and painful process of learning poker by trial and error. Rather than having to piece together essential information from many different sources and mediums, all key concepts are laid out sequentially and comprehensively. There are thirty videos, which typically range from fifteen to thirty minutes long and include nearly twelve hours of total content. For visual learners, the lessons contain downloadable PowerPoint slides with lesson notes and room to write. The course is best suited for players at the $1/2 and $2/5 NLHE levels, but it does not assume that people watching are familiar with any of the topics yet. PTO Poker 101 can be a great way for new players to learn poker from the ground up, but it can also be an opportunity for experienced players to break bad habits and fine-tune their understanding of critical concepts.
The course is offered at varying price points depending on how the student purchases it. Individual videos are offered at $20, 6-video bundles are priced at $99, and the overall course can be purchased for $425. The goal is to offer different options to students with varying budgets. But even for those purchasing the full course, the price tag is less expensive than a $1/3 NLHE buy-in with the intention of helping students save and win many buy-ins multiple times over.
Comprehensive Focus Including Poker Math, Bankroll Management, and Mental Game
Everything you need to know to become a profitable $2/5 NLHE player (and beyond) is included in this course. Even many $5/10 and $10/25 players have not mastered all of this course content. Bankroll management and game selection are emphasized from the very beginning of the course before moving to technical strategy. Every element of the hand is covered, from preflop play to flop strategy to maximizing turn and river decisions. You are shown the most critical poker math concepts including preflop probabilities, pot odds, implied odds, SPR, expected value, and MDF. It also would not be a true PTO Poker course without covering the mental game and how to manage tilt, upswings, and downswings. By the end of this course, you will have a blueprint for beating your local card game as well as an understanding of the required study process to keep moving up.
If you are a new player or an experienced player whose game has plateaued, I strongly encourage you to enroll in PTO Poker 101. Do not be the player who only passively watches YouTube videos or tries to absorb solver output through osmosis. Instead, master the core concepts of PTO Poker 101 through active learning, and if you are skeptical, pick a specific leak in your game and plug it for just $20. Then, if you want to go deeper with any of these topics, additional videos are available, and private coaching can be booked to clarify any of the concepts and help you take your game to the next level. By reducing the start-up pain that most poker players experience, and by swinging their decisions to the correct plays in key pots, PTO Poker 101 will more than pay for itself.