DeepStacks University Review

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DeepStacks University Synopsis

DeepStacks University is a one-of-a-kind online poker training site that uses military approved scenario based teaching techniques to push your game to the next level. With hundreds of situation-specific tutorials by some of the top names in poker, you'll notice results almost right away. Led by Mike Matusow and online sensations Justin "Boosted J" Smith and Adam "Roothlus" Levy, DeepStacks boasts an incredibly knowledgeable group of pros. Although DeepStacks University is a relatively new training site, its pedigree is unmatched.

DeepStacks University Full Review

If you’re looking for a poker training site that’s unique, then DeepStacks University undoubtedly boasts the most inventive teaching techniques the virtual realm has to offer. Chris Torina, a former SWAT team member and instructor, and his partner, an ex-military training expert, founded DeepStacks University. Both became avid players during the poker boom of the early 2000s and, before long, found an opportunity on their hands. Torina and his partner realized that law enforcement and poker were both situational and thus, given their experience with scenario-based training, were well-suited to teach poker in a similar way. Soon after this epiphany, Torina hit the road with DeepStacks Live and brought his fusion of Reactive Training Technology and poker across the United States.

Although DeepStacks Live was immediately successful and received positive feedback, it was obvious that something was missing, as players who attended seminars had no way to continue their education. Accordingly, DeepStacks University, the online version of DeepStacks Live, was born.  In order to recreate its innovative methods on the internet, DeepStacks contracted RipTide Software, a company that develops live recon programming for the U.S. Army.

The videos offered by DeepStacks University are different in that they’re grouped according to common situations or “spots,” as players in forums like to call them. Other training sites provide 30 to 40-minute videos that are full of valuable information if you can stand to sit through 10 to 15 minutes of meaningless folds. Not so with DeepStacks. In each video you watch, you’ll be asked (and forced to answer in order to continue) what you think is the correct play before it’s revealed by the pro. This kind of training keeps you involved and provides an honest assessment of your game. With DeepStacks, you’ll know for sure whether your ideal play in a given hand is right or wrong.

While the revolutionary technology of DeepStacks University is a big draw, it’s only half of the appeal, as the site’s lineup of pros is second to none in the poker training industry. Headlined by live poker legends Mike Matusow, T.J. Cloutier, Tom McEvoy, and Michael Binger, the DeepStacks team also includes online superstars like Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Andrew “Browndog19” Brown, and Tristan “Cre8ive” Wade. All told, the instructors have seven WSOP Main Event final table appearances, 16 WSOP bracelets, multiple WPT final tables, and over $30 million in tournament winnings. The DeepStacks team has an endless wealth of poker knowledge and, armed with Reactive Training Technology, can teach you to be a consistent winner in no time:

If there’s one drawback to DeepStacks, it’s that the modules are extremely short. There are a lot of clicks and navigation involved with watching just a few videos and it seems like it’d be more efficient to group them to make 20 to 30-minute uninterrupted sessions. With that said, it’s merely a minor complaint and shouldn’t hinder anybody’s enjoyment of DeepStacks University.

Considering most other poker training sites are identical save for the instructors, it’s about time something different came along. DeepStacks University isn’t perfect, nor is the content head and shoulders above what you might learn elsewhere, but it brings a new perspective to the table and on that principle alone, deserves a shot.


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Punky159's Review of DeepStacks University

June, 12, 2010

There is no organization to this site and the production videos are weak at best. I do love the candidness of some of the featured pros, but they could have done so much more with a great concept.

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