Learn HORSE at Ivey League

Date: 2017-02-23
Author: Jason Glatzer

If you are looking to improve in a variety of aspects of poker, there might be no better place to learn than the poker training site Ivey League
The training site was founded by none other than 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey and has big name after big name in its stable of instructors. Some of my favorite instructors, however, are the ones that are lessor heard of.
These are guys that are beating the games that I typically play, and just go unnoticed because they aren’t playing the highest stakes around.
One such player is Phil “Jackal69” Shaw who just released the sixth part of a video series “$75 Horse MTT”. Shaw might not be someone you have heard of, but he is someone I have respected for years and years as he has been quietly been getting it done in mixed games.
While I am personally comfortable playing all the games of H.O.R.S.E. (limit hold’em, limit pot limit Omaha eight or better, Razz, Stud, and Stud eight or better) in a ring game format, I have always had trouble adapting to limit games in MTTs.
Shaw breaks down his deep run in a way both a new player and one that is experienced at these games can understand. Adjustments need to be made when playing MTTs in limit games, and I learned quite a bit from watching the entire series.
If aren’t into mixed games or don’t plan on getting into, then I recommend skipping this over as there is plenty of other good content to review.
For example, if you play no limit hold’em cash games and want to get better, I recommend another instructor whose videos I always watch in Jared “RikaKazak“ Bartlett. The instructor crushes small and mid stakes games and does a great job in explaining his thought process.
His most recent video called “$200 - $400 NL Ring” reviews some mid stakes games which are perfect for me. He reviews some important concepts I am already aware about but could always use refreshers including game selection, site selection, pot control and anonymous tables. Pot control is something I have had trouble with in the past, so this is where I paid the most attention.
He also released a video at smaller stakes this month where he was four tabling some action. While I personally got more value from his more recent video, this one might be more up your alley as he is spending a ton of time explaining hands especially since good ones are coming up often. What’s also cool about this video is that it is done in real time, so you hear his thought process at the time versus after the fact.
I like mixing it up and listening to live sweats often since you get the instinctual moves. However, there is still tons of value in watching ones that were replaying hands played before since instructors can rethink their thought process and even point out where they may not have played optimally.
Lately, I have been playing more and more live poker and been leaving the computer for working purposes. This is mostly due to traveling anyway for work and find I have been enjoying the social interaction of playing at a live table more. This isn’t to say I still don’t enjoy online poker as well, as I try to still keep my skills fresh.
However, the problem I see often enough is that instructional videos tend to focus on online play online. This is good, but players that play live play differently. I see different bet sizings and different tendencies. This is another benefit of Ivey League as they do often cover live poker as well.
Andrew “amo4sho” Moreno is certainly someone I can learn a trick or two when heading to the live felts again in a couple of weeks for the Cash Game Festival Slovenia. He reviews some mid stakes hands he played live in a video titled “Close / Tricky Spots”. He definitely gave me some things to think about and hope this video and others help improve my win rate.
This is just a sample of the many recent videos on Ivey League. They are constantly releasing new content. Don’t worry if you want to focus on lower stakes games, multi-table no limit hold’em tournaments, or even the mental aspect of poker, as Ivey League has it all.
The site has extensive filters to help you find what you are looking for. If you like one particular instructor, you can filter on everything he or she has produced. If you want to learn on a particular format, the filters can help you there as well.
Plans at Ivey League start out at just $9 a month. This is something players at every bankroll level can afford. If you haven’t already checked them out, why not do so today to see how much the site’s amazing instructors can help improve your poker game.

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