DeucesCracked Review

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 License: Seven-day free trial, $29 for one month, $147.90 for six months, $278.40 annually

DeucesCracked Synopsis

DeucesCracked is one of the most advanced Poker Training Sites on the internet, with a slick design, free seven-day trial membership, and hundreds of videos spanning various poker disciplines. There are no sign-up fees at DeucesCracked and you can save videos to a portable device, phone, or media center and watch it whenever you want, wherever you want. The site features some of the very best instructors in poker, including Jay Rosenkrantz, Dani “ansky” Stern, Vanessa Selbst, Emil “whitelime” Patel, and BalugaWhale.

DeucesCracked Full Review

Five well-known poker players founded DeucesCracked, most notably Jay Rosenkrantz of “2 Months, $2 Million” fame.  The site is probably the best designed and functioning poker training website out there.  There's a premium feel to DeucesCracked that others are lacking, with a solid navigation scheme in place to allow subscribers to get exactly what they want very easily.

The subscription plans are reasonable and in line with what other poker training sites are charging.  Considering the massive library of videos and high quality of features, DeucesCracked is one of our favorites.  For players who want to dip their toes in the waters, the one-month subscription for $29 is more than fair considering you can download the videos and watch them at your convenience.

In the Poker Videos section of the site, there's a weekly calendar that displays the upcoming release schedule.  Most of the videos made for DeucesCracked come in a series and each video is about an hour long.  That way, big topics are covered neatly in pieces as to not overwhelm students all at once.  This is executed perfectly in a few series we looked at, specifically ones that had to do with Pot Limit Omaha.

For those of you who don't know, Vanessa Selbst is considered to be one of the best Pot Limit Omaha players in the world and her 2x6 series with Emil “whitelime” Patel is pure gold.  The good news for players who don't play Pot Limit Omaha is that other series created for No Limit Hold'em games for full ring, six-max, and heads-up play are equally valuable to students.

Each video can be watched within a Flash compliant web browser or downloaded in WMV or MP4 format.  In some cases, there are even iPod/iPhone compliant videos to download so you can watch them on a plane or during a break.  It's an ingenious extra that most sites out there haven't adopted yet for their customers.  There's an RSS feed allowing players to subscribe to a particular series and you can comment on each video.  Oftentimes, the coach will respond to questions that come up.  The amount of support behind each video is impressive and there are a lot of extras you won't find elsewhere.  It also has blog posts:

Overall, DeucesCracked looks like the Mercedes Benz of poker training sites.  It has gorgeous art design and fantastic navigation.  The videos are very well produced and will force players to think more about poker, learn new theories of play, and, in the end, become much better players.  The stable of coaches is arguably the best in the business, as many top instructors from other sites have come aboard at DeucesCracked in recent months including Dani “ansky” Stern, Ribbo, Grindcore, and NoahSD.  Given that the price is in line with the rest of the industry and there's a free seven-day trial, logging into this poker training site and seeing what they can offer you is probably the single best move you can make to improve your game.


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tecmosuperbowl's Review of DeucesCracked

November, 2, 2009

DeucesCracked Review The month was October 2008. A fellow poker player and I decided that we wanted to join one of the many training sites out there. We did our research and soon narrowed the list to a few of the top rated sites. We then compared the content of each, startup fees, and monthly prices. We discovered that DeucesCracked had a free 7 day trial so why not try that? Talk about a smart business move on their part. I quickly learned that their videos were DRM free! This means you can download them, put them on your ipod, burn them to a cd - all without being handcuffed by DRMs! Their philosophy is one of freedom and I can't tell you how refreshing that feels. Throw in the fact that they don't charge a startup fee and their prices are very affordable and you've got yourself a very promising start. How is the actual site you ask? AMAZING. I'll get to the poker content soon enough, but first let me say that there are other things to consider. First, technical support. The moderators of the forums reply to any problems you have almost instantly. Can't get the videos to work? Having problems logging in? All of your issues will be addressed in a very timely manner, often by some of the top guns for the whole site, Entity and Joe Tall. Another facet that you should consider when selecting a training site is the community. Are members active in the forums? Are coaches active in the forums? The answer for DC is a resounding yes and yes. Once you start posting, you'll join a poker community with which you can share ideas, have a laugh, and grow as a player and a person. Now to the poker content (I know, finally). I come from a tournament background and came to DC to learn how to play cash, which is their specialty. My game has improved by leaps and bounds since joining thanks to their educational videos, such as Real Life MicroNL Grinder, The Coaching Tree, and Unconventional Wisdom. What came as a complete surprise, however, was a little series called Last Man Standing by AMT (Alex Triner). This series focuses on SNGs and proves to be a seemingly hidden gem among cash game videos. Over the course of 8 videos, AMT single-handedly turned my SNG game inside out and took me from a break-even player to a regular winner at stakes from $6.50 to $60. He explains the "bias against confrontation" concept and describes how a chip in your stack is worth more than winning other chips early in the tournament. The idea that doubling your stack early doesn't double your equity in the tournament made perfect sense and seems simple now, but I must say it was revolutionary when I first heard it. These are just a few of the concepts explained (I'm not sure I want to share any more!). AMT teaches in a manner that is very easy to understand, and his articulate style combined with the depth of his knowledge will most likely result in me hiring him as a personal coach in the future. So in conclusion, DeucesCracked gives you a free trial, no startup fee, affordable monthly prices, amazing and quick technical support, and pure, unadulterated poker knowledge in an interactive environment. And after all of that, they are still working to improve every day, and it shows. Beat that.

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