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This is the podcast for poker players looking for coaching on the go. Learn new plays, powerful concepts, and gain insights from coaches who play your games. If you're looking for even more content and a community of poker players who are ready to help you improve, join us at redchippoker.com. Enjoy the show!

Episode Date
Ace King: Optimizing When You Hit
33:00

We like looking down at ace king, but there's often the underlying feeling of dread that decisions are about to get tricky. It's true, ace king is arguably poker's most complex hand to play, and that's why James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney and Adam 'w34z3l' Jones wrote an entire book on it. This week, we share an chapter from Optimizing Ace King: The Right Strategy for Playing Poker's Most Complex Starting Hand. Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2018
Exploitative Poker Explained
52:27

The importance of exploitative play can easily get lost in the modern GTO world. But as Adam "W34z3l" Jones explains this week in an excerpt from one of our PRO Membership videos, the fundamentals of exploitative play go largely unstudied. In this episode, Jones presents a fully integrated strategic framework for approaching exploitative strategies and tactics in poker. It's accessible and advanced, so grab a notepad and get ready to learn!

Oct 09, 2018
When Is It OK To Limp?
12:40

Recreational, unstudied players love to limp, especially in live games. Us clued-in players know that 'never limp' is an edict best respected. But when is it actually OK to limp? This week, we take a page out of our CORE training platform to give you a quick lesson four very specific spots where limping makes sense.

Oct 02, 2018
Aggro Table Battle Plan
34:23

When faced with a table full of aggression, what is the most effective counter-strategy? James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney joins us to give his answers to your questions on how to beat tables full of players who are unafraid to raise, re-raise, and shove.

Sep 25, 2018
Buyin Size Considerations
30:06

What do I buy in for? What stakes do I play for? These may be some of the most fundamental questions in poker, but just like any other fundamental, they deserve well-reasoned, deeply thought-out approach. Luckily, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney is here to answer your questions regarding how much cash to convert into chips on your way to the felt.

Sep 18, 2018
Navigating Rivers
21:12

The river doesn't need to be a scary street. This week, get your footing with James "SplitSuit" Sweeney as we answer member questions about thin value, showdowns, and all things fifth street.

Sep 11, 2018
Continuous Poker Improvement
30:43

Sheree Bykofsky joins us this week to discuss her new book The Kaizen Of Poker: How To Continuously Improve Your Hold'Em Game. We discuss using checklists to make sure you're plugging leaks and playing your A game, as well as the mental and cultural barriers to taking the game more seriously with study. Enjoy another wide-ranging poker strategy discussion on this week's podcast.

Sep 04, 2018
Modern Online Poker
26:45

Mike Gano has been a pro and coach for years, and he's still out there grinding, learning and teaching at serious stakes. We take stock of the modern online poker landscape, strategic considerations for new styles of play, and where the world's top players are finding their edge in an age of unprecedented information and computing power. Enjoy this wide-ranging discussion with a top-tier poker mind.

Aug 28, 2018
Poker Nutrition
30:40

What you put in your body has a direct correlation to whether you play your A game or your C game. We all know how valuable that difference is. Paul Salter, a nutrition coach to athletes, bodybuilders and poker players, breaks down the small steps we can take to make big long-term changes in our lives and games. A poker player himself, Salter gives tons of advice for optimizing your nutrition and getting a biological edge over less healthy competition.

Aug 21, 2018
Adjust Or Bust
40:05

Pro/coach contributor Fausto Valdez has a keen sense of when and how to make adjustments in any poker environment. We talk to him about his successful tournament grind at this year's WSOP, his return to crushing cash games and coaching up-and-coming poker pros. Plus, listen in as Fausto walks through a hand he played with host Zac Shaw at this year's Red Chip Poker meetup in Las Vegas.

Aug 14, 2018
Bet Sizing & Chunking
21:15

This week's podcast features a hand history breakdown provided by Adam Jones. Lots of strategy concepts are discussed, primarily around planning your bet sizing across three streets. The hand was originally submitted to the Red Chip Poker forum by one of our members, generated considerable discussion, and eventually found its way into our much-acclaimed CORE study program as a Level III lesson. For $5/week, CORE provides all the tools you need in structured lessons to help you analyze your own hands, and to take your game to the next level.

Aug 07, 2018
Running Deep In The Main
49:52

Andreas “Rayo” Kniep provided the Red Chip Poker community with a sweat in this year's WSOP Main Event, running deep into Day 5 and a 173rd place finish. Rayo, a student of RCP coach Luke Haward, has been playing poker for less than two years. His introduction to poker came when his marathon-running hobby was interrupted by a hip injury. Rayo reveals how that starting point eventually saw him at the TV table in the Rio.

Jul 31, 2018
Biggest Pot Of My Life
36:47

This week, host Zac Shaw talks about the biggest pot he ever played at $1/$2, and in the process details over a dozen ideas you can use to analyze your own big hands. Rather than focus on breaking down his strategic decisions, Zac invites you to analyze the hand along with him, and encourages you to try many different methods to better learn from your big hands, win or lose.

Jul 24, 2018
The Art Of The Scoop
26:05

This week, Greg Vail, our resident split pot specialist, joins us to answer your questions from the forum about Big O and O8. He's celebrating the release of his new book, Scoop! Big O and PLO8: Winning High Low Concepts for the Hold'Em Mind. Written by Vail and edited by Doug Hull, you'll be the smartest person at your split pot table upon digesting its contents. Heck, you'll probably be the smartest split pot player at your table after listening to this podcast!

Jul 17, 2018
From Rec To Grinder
57:05

Author, consultant and poker player Eileen Sutton has been getting deeper and deeper into the grind, taking on star coach Tommy Angelo and distilling his wisdom down to a strategy to win in the underground NYC poker scene. We take you into her world and mindset on this week's wide-ranging podcast interview.

Jul 10, 2018
How To Beat Poker Players Who Are Better Than You
48:36

How do you beat a player that's much better than you? The answer is: Run good. But seriously, there are some winning strategies to taking on tough opponents, and one of the toughest is James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney, who joins us to talk about how you can beat players like... well, like him. Since host Zac Shaw is about to head out and play with Sweeney and the other coaches at the 4th Annual Vegas meetup, he needs all the help he can get in this department. The duo signs off with news on the future of the podcast and discusses the PRO and CORE membership as Red Chip Poker heads into its 5th year of helping poker players of all walks of life improve their games and their lives.

May 29, 2018
Where Money Comes From In Poker
23:27

Where does your profit come from in poker? This week, Ed Miller explains why most players get the answer to this question wrong. And don't worry, he shares the right answers too. This episode will get you out of your comfort zone and into the strategic concepts that are actually responsible for you taking money off the table in the long-term.

May 22, 2018
How To Balance Your Range & Exploit Imbalance In Others
46:04

You hear the pros talking about "balancing your range" all the time, but what exactly does that mean in practice? In this episode, coach and cash game grinder Fausto Valdez shares his secrets for thinking about your range and the ranges of your opponents. How do we become less exploitable, while exploiting others at the same time? Valdez walks host Zac Shaw through a $1/$2 hand he played to dissect each decision and coach recreational players to think more like a pro when it comes to ranges.

May 15, 2018
The Psychology Of Pocket Aces
37:27

As poker players, our relationship with pocket aces can be intense. They are a beautiful sight, but we must wait so long for a glimpse. The moment becomes critical. Will our aces get cracked? Will this rare opportunity be squandered? There are a lot of "feels" to be had about pocket aces, and Dr. Tricia Cardner breaks down the science and psychology behind overcoming them. This is a mental game episode you won't want to miss.

May 08, 2018
Secrets Of A Las Vegas $1/$2 Grinder
41:40

Kat Martin has been grinding $1/$2 in Vegas for years, and shares many nuggets of hard-earned wisdom for any poker player looking to take on the sleepless city's live poker rooms. Making a living in a place bent on taking away your money is no easy task, but Martin has made it work by carving out his niche, and perhaps you can too, starting with his tips for doing Vegas as a visiting poker player.

May 01, 2018
Why Pot Control Is A Bogus Concept
20:18

What if everything you thought you knew about pot control was wrong? This week, Adam Jones explains why "pot control" is inherently flawed as a poker strategy concept. Through a series of hand history reviews, he'll show why attempts to keep the pot small through checking can be a big, exploitable leak, and what real profitable "pot control" would actually look like.

Apr 24, 2018
Exploiting Double Barrel Bluffs
18:14

When we suspect our opponent is capable of firing double barrel bluffs our way, how do we counter-attack? This week, we take a chapter out of Doug Hull's classic strategy book Poker Plays You Can Use and analyze a hand to answer the question. Hull even illustrates alternate lines, alternate board card scenarios, and dives deep into the math behind his decisions.

Apr 17, 2018
Poker Coaching: Behind The Scenes
50:54

If you've never experienced a coaching session firsthand, it can be hard to overstate just how much coaching can change your game. This week, Kris Murray (aka Persaudeo) stops by for a coaching demo that leaves host Zac Shaw floored with new poker strategy revelations. The two review a recent hand Shaw played street-by-street to ask and answer the question, "Why are you making decision X?" Buckle up for an extended episode and a fantastic ride-along with a top coach.

Apr 10, 2018
Facing Tough River Spots And Big Bets
22:52

Facing tough river decisions and big bets while holding non-nut hands... it's what no limit hold 'em is all about! Even though this will happen comparitively rarely in your session, these decisions have an outsized effect on shaping your win rate. It's critical you get these spots right. This week, three coaches review three tough river spots and break down each street to detail their strategic thinking.

Apr 03, 2018
How To Crush A Table Full Of Nits And TAGs
10:33

We've all sat down at the table full of super-tight players and been frustrated by a lack of action. But the key to profiting from these positions is to realize you're in a massively exploitable opportunity, and to get exploiting! On this week's podcast, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney shares a chapter from his book Unfolding Poker, giving you some solid, specific tactics for crushing tight tables.

Mar 27, 2018
Want To Improve Immediately? Start Taking Notes At The Table
19:48

This week, we look at the one thing almost no live poker players are doing, yet it could improve their game immediately. And that one thing is taking notes at the table. Host Zac Shaw delivers advice from the Red Chip Team and our member community on how and why taking notes on the hand histories you play can transform your game.

Mar 20, 2018
Increase The Value Of Your Poker Time
24:57

Are you trying to improve your win rate? What about the value of your poker time? This week, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney joins us to explore the many ways poker players can squeeze more value out of their poker time through simple mindset adjustments. Touching on strategy and mental game, this episode will give you a fresh perspective on how to accomplish your poker dreams and goals.

Mar 13, 2018
4 Questions To Ask Before C-Betting
14:23

We're back with another episode you'll want to listen to more than once, as Adam "W34z3l" Jones shares four questions that you should be asking before c-betting. We've done a few c-betting episodes in the past, so what's new this week? C-betting is a major part of poker and you can never know enough, but this week, you can take these four questions to the poker room this weekend and notice an immediate change in your game.

Mar 06, 2018
Profitable Strategies For 5 Common Preflop Spots
21:02

In one of the most value-packed episodes of the Red Chip Poker podcast to date, Adam 'w34z3l' Jones breaks down strategies and tactics you can use in each of five common preflop spots. You're going to encounter these spots in practically every session you play, and Jones breaks down dozens of specific considerations and tactics for each spot. This episode is an audio excerpt from a training video included with CORE, Red Chip Poker's new poker strategy training experience, available at redchippoker.com/launch-core.

Feb 27, 2018
The Secret To Winning Any Poker Game
22:32

We'll let you in on a little secret: No single strategy or tactic can make you a winning poker player. You need them all. So the secret to winning any poker game is to study more efficiently and effectively than your competition. That's where Adam Jones comes in on this week's podcast. He produced many of the exclusive training videos you'll find in our brand-new CORE poker learning platform. In this episode, Jones takes us inside his process for breaking down poker's more complex concepts into fundamentals that are easy to digest and apply in the games you play.

Feb 20, 2018
Deep Runs In Daily Tournaments
26:18

Most of us aren't competing for a six-figure score at a televised final table, we're grinding out the daily tournaments in our local poker rooms and online. Red Chipper Nick Graphia is one such tournament grinder, and he drops by the podcast this week to talk about how he used our training material to hone his game into some great cashes. In this episode, you'll hear a down-to-earth story of modest tournament success the likes of which any of us could imagine achieving.

Feb 13, 2018
The Ultimate Poker Learning Experience
24:09

With so many moving parts, a coherent poker strategy can feel like an impossibility. So we created CORE from the ground up to lay out everything you need to know in an easy-to-grasp course. It's the poker university you've been looking for, and we're here to help you through it. 

CORE makes professional-grade, winning poker accessible to anyone who's willing to put in the effort. This is the world's first all-encompassing poker strategy syllabus and learning platform. We believe it's the best way ever to learn to play like the pros. 

Feb 06, 2018
Winning Millions in Poker Tournaments
22:36

Jordan Young won millions in online poker tournaments and is approaching the million mark in live tournaments as well. This week, we talk to him about what advice he imparts to other tournament players who seek to achieve similar results.

We focus on strategy and discuss the foundations of a winning tournament gameplan. Young helps listeners identify and eliminate weaknesses in the way typical tournament players approach the game. He also gives tips on population exploits at the WSOP, and shares how it feels to sit at a final table with six figures and a bracelet on the line.

Jan 30, 2018
Learning Poker From Scratch
26:29

How would a poker coach go about learning poker from scratch in today's environment?

It's a fascinating question, and on this week's podcast, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney answers by breaking down the four pillars of poker learning: Math, Tactics, Strategy and Mental Game. If you're not learning poker from scratch, it doesn't matter, there's something to be learned in this podcast for any player.

Jan 20, 2018
How Do I Barrel In Poker?
27:30

Barreling is one of poker's most fundamental skills. Whether you're firing once, twice or all three times, whether it's for value or as a bluff, you need a working barreling strategy to win in this game. Ed Miller joins us on this week's podcast with a simplified barreling strategy that anyone can use: "When they check, you bet." Of course, the profit is in the details, so don't miss this week's podcast.

Jan 16, 2018
What Strategies Do I Need To Win At O8 & Big O?
25:45

Our resident split pot expert Greg Vail is on the podcast this week, dispelling all the expensive myths held by unstudied O8 and Big O players. Becoming familiar with these leaks will help you plug your own and exploit weaknesses in others. Vail has long been an advocate for the profitability of split pot games in the face of so much player error, and he shares his secrets in this episode.

Jan 09, 2018
What's My Place in the Poker Ecosystem?
22:46

Our first episode of 2018 is geared toward psyching you up for a great year of studying to win. Host Zac Shaw takes the helm and offers up some advice for finding your place in the poker ecosystem, so you can set poker goals for the new year that you will celebrate achieving this time next year. Why do you play? What resources do you have to study and play? Where do you want to go in poker? This episode is all about being honest with our leaks and limitations... something poker players often struggle with. Good luck in 2018!

Jan 02, 2018
Preparing Taxes for Poker and Crypto/Bitcoin
25:31

At year's end, lots of poker players are asking the question, "How do I pay taxes on my poker and cryptocurrency earnings?" Zak Zimbile from Kondler & Associates breaks down the ins and outs of doing just that in the most financially responsible way you can. This podcast is pure gold for anyone who scored in poker or Bitcoin/cryptocurrency this year and is facing tax time with a big question mark over their earnings.

Dec 26, 2017
6-Max Hand History Analysis
27:04

Peter Clarke literally wrote the book on 6-max strategy (The Grinder's Manual) and now he's back with a new book, 100 Hands. It's just as it sounds -- 100 hands of 6-max poker, analyzed in depth as if Clarke was coaching you through each spot. And that's exactly what we do in this week's podcast: We review a random hand from the book and focus on giving listeners the skills to do their own strategic analysis at home.

Dec 19, 2017
Transcending Strategy with The Poker Monk
25:42

Robert Dewberry is a poker vlogger and aspiring Zen master of the game. He joined us to provide his unique perspective on the life of a winning player. Our conversation touches on strategy, studying, and the connections between winning at poker and winning at life. Hear musings of the Monk on this week's podcast.

Dec 12, 2017
Breaking Apart Your Flawed Strategy
25:36

Do you understand how frequencies work in poker? Years ago, Ed Miller's classic training text Poker's 1% heavily impacted the poker strategy scene with its unique approach to exploiting the common frequency-based errors of opponents in live cash games. This winning strategy endures because players are still not exploiting frequency leaks in their opponents as often as they should be. This week, James "SplitSuit" Sweeney breaks apart the flawed strategies of unstudied players who ignore frequencies to their own detriment.

Dec 05, 2017
Behind the Scenes: Cardplayer Lifestyle
35:25

Robbie Strazynski is a man about the poker industry, known widely for his thought-provoking poker productions such as Cardplayer Lifestyle and the Top Pair podcast. This week, we go behind the scenes with Strazynski to gain a unique perspective on professional poker and what it takes to make it in this game. He shares his strategic insights and reflections on many years in the orbit of the game's brightest stars.

Nov 28, 2017
Poker Philosophy
33:03

The game of poker is quite profound when you really think about it. Jerry 'Imperator' Monaco is one such deep thinker who has a wealth of insight into the game's many philosophical underpinnings. He's a poker polymath who has earned a reputation in the Red Chip Poker forum as having a unique and fascinating spin on strategy and the game as a whole. Get a new perspective on poker in this week's podcast.

Nov 21, 2017
Winning Workbook Study Methods
27:54

There are few better ways to develop poker skills than to drill through tricky spots away from the table with a poker strategy workbook. James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney has authored several such workbooks, and he joins us on this week's podcast to give a behind-the-scenes look at how they come together, as well as tips for getting the most out of them. You'll find strategy workbooks to be invaluable in gaining experience and intuition, as well as a comparatively cheap way to make mistakes before you deal with the spots you study off-table in real life with real stacks.

Nov 14, 2017
Going Beyond Tells
31:28

When it comes to poker tells, there are few on this Earth more knowledgable than Blake Eastman. It's not just that he's dedicated his life to the serious scientific study of nonverbal and verbal tells in poker. It's not just that he's an accomplished player in his own right. Eastman, with his Beyond Tells training site, has armed hundreds of poker players with a serious edge over their competition when it comes to reading live tells. He's on the podcast this week to announce the exciting evolution of his Beyond Tells research: the largest study ever on the behavior of poker players.

Nov 07, 2017
Outlasting 17,000 Players in The Colossus
18:48

Normally, 986th place is not the greatest finish in an MTT, but when you're talking about the biggest live tournament of the year, it's quite a feat. Red Chip Poker PRO member Keith Christopher drops by this week to discuss his deep run in the 2017 WSOP Colossus. What did he study and how did he apply it to outlast 17,000 other players and cash in this mammoth field? He shares his insight on another episode exploring the deep tournament runs of our most dedicated members.

Oct 31, 2017
Introduction to Split Pot Games
26:18

Poker's more fun when the pot's split between the high hand and the low hand, and perhaps more profitable too! Greg Vail, the newest addition to our Red Chip Poker coach roster, drops by this week to share his enthusiasm for Omaha 8-or-Better and Big O, two of the most popular split pot games being spread these days. Hear Vail break down the basics of how these games work, the common leaks you need to plug and exploit, and the strategies you need to adjust your hold 'em knowledge to compete in a split pot environment.

Oct 24, 2017
Fundamentals of Player Profiling
25:58

When we first sit down at the table, how do we gather as much information about how our opponents are playing as quickly as possible? This is a question you'll ask in every session you play, and every time a new player sits down. In this episode, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney dives deep into how to read opponents and their actions for answers. He discusses how to profile players, from their appearance and demeanor all the way to their betting frequencies and sizing.

Oct 17, 2017
More Poker Plays You Can Use
24:37

We couldn't be more excited to bring you this week's episode, because Doug Hull is here to discuss his upcoming new book, More Poker Plays You Can Use. The sequel to Hull's acclaimed debut as a solo poker strategy author is a literal wealth of information that low-stakes live cash players will use to dominate games for years to come. The book is based on Hull's years of experience grinding $1/$2 games and analyzing the mathematics of poker strategy, even developing his own software release (Flop Falcon) to help players build flop intuition. Don't miss this exciting preview with one of poker's most respected strategists and authors.

Oct 10, 2017
Running Deep in MTTs vs. Big Fields
26:35

Mark Rumbaugh had one heck of a summer. He finished first in two local $110 tourneys vs. smaller fields. Then, with a profitable poker wind at his back, he traveled to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and did not disappoint his bankroll. He ran deep again and again, nabbing three cashes in the four events he played: 295th/2020 in the WSOP $1K, 24th/1368 in Planet Hollywood's $600 Goliath, and 208th/2320 in the Wynn $1100 classic. Hear how he studied his way to tournament success this summer on the podcast this week.

Oct 03, 2017
How to Win a $20K Pot vs. a Maniac
38:39

By popular request, poker mastermind Christian Soto is back on the podcast this week going over hand histories. First he discusses the infamous $20,000 pot he played on Live at the Bike versus Hashtag King. How did he handle this maniac and get stacks in as a 75% favorite? Then Soto goes street-by-street, action-by-action, picking apart a live $1/$2 hand host Zac Shaw played, where all involved take questionable lines. Get your hand history fill from one of the best hand breakdown artists out there on this wee's Official Red Chip Poker Podcast.

Sep 26, 2017
Strategies From a $2/$5 Grinder
25:17

Exactly one year ago, Red Chipper Fausto Valdez appeared on our podcast to discuss his dedication to becoming a professional poker player as he moved from $1/$2 to $2/$5. This week, Valdez drops in for an update, and it's a big one: He quit his job to play poker full-time and has dedicated his life to the game. He's even coaching! Look inside the mind of a cash game grinder and tournament shot-taker this week and get a taste of what professional poker is all about.

Sep 19, 2017
C-Bets & Delayed C-Bets
14:02

Take a peek behind the curtains of our PRO membership this week with excerpts from two of our most popular videos on continuation betting. This episode is pure value and you will use the information in every session you play. First, Adam Jones debunks some common c-betting myths that could be costing you chips. Then, Mike Gano goes over six specific reasons why you might want to delay a c-bet.

Sep 12, 2017
Final Table Decision-Making
29:37

You don't have to be told that at the final table, your decisions matter. So why don't more tournament players work through the spots they're likely to face, under extreme ICM pressure, with major pay jumps and big cash on the line? To fill that knowledge gap, tournament coach and pro Ben Hayles recently collaborated with James "SplitSuit" Sweeney on the new Poker Workbook: Tournament Final Tables. Hayles stopped by the podcast to share details on their new approach to developing poker skills to dominate final tables.

Sep 05, 2017
What Drives You to Study Poker?
23:38

In honor of our 100th episode, we have an all-star lineup on this week's podcast. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney, Ed Miller, Mike Gano, Dr. Tricia Cardner and Doug Hull all drop by to share their answer to a single question: What first inspired you to study, and what inspires you to continue to study?" You'll hear five very different stories about falling in love not just with the game of poker, but the study thereof. It's a unique look into the lives of five very accomplished poker coaches, and there is something for poker players at every level to relate to here.

Aug 29, 2017
SPR: Stack-to-Pot Ratio
25:04

Stack-to-pot ratio, commonly known as SPR, is a fundamental poker concept every winning player needs to understand. This week, James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney is on the podcast to explain why the size of the effective stack relative to the size of the pot demands your full attention.

If you're new to SPR, this episode is going to transform your game. If you're already familiar, there's value for you here in refreshing your understanding, because SPR is something you will use in basically every pot you play.

Aug 22, 2017
Practical Poker Study
32:15

Studying is not the sexiest part of being a winning poker player. But it is a necessary part, and poker writer and educator Eileen Sutton is on the podcast this week to share more effective ways to approach thinking about and studying the game of poker.

Author of The Total Poker Manual and regular blogger here at Red Chip Poker, Sutton has a unique perspective on how to integrate serious study into our poker routines. In addition to writing about poker, she is a dedicated player, and she speaks to her own revelations on how get more out of every minute of study you put in towards becoming a big winner in the game.

Aug 15, 2017
Poker Refugees: Relocating Online Pros
29:40

When Black Friday hit on April 15, 2011, Kristin Wilson sprang into action, using her unique skill set to start helping online poker pros in the US relocate to countries more hospitable to poker, like Canada and Costa Rica. Several years later, she is still at it, having relocated thousands of players. She helps with everything from finding an apartment to moving, customs, establishing bank accounts other important financial arrangements, and a host of other deceivingly complex aspects of moving to a foreign country as a professional online poker player. Get an inside look on how poker relocation is done on this week's podcast.

Aug 08, 2017
The Secret Life of a Poker Dealer
32:37

What goes on behind the scenes from a poker dealer's perspective? Doug Hull interviews his friend Nathan on this week's podcast bring you insights from the lifestyle of top dealer in Las Vegas. Nathan isn't just an in-demand dealer, he's also a semi-pro player. He shares an unfiltered view of the ups and downs of life dealing the biggest games in Vegas all the way down to $1/$2. Join us to get a view poker players rarely get, and are sure to appreciate.

Aug 01, 2017
Extracting Information from Donk Bets
24:22

What information does a donk bet communicate to you? Ed Miller joins us this week to outline his five different categories of donk bets, and how to pick up on the information embedded within to make optimal decisions. The donk bet is a disruptive play, and understanding the motivations behind that disruption are going to be key when planning your post-flop line.

Jul 25, 2017
Pot Odds, Equity and Equity Realization
25:18

We welcome Dustin 'Oblioo' Goldklang on the podcast for his first appearance, and the subject is pot odds, equity and equity realization. These are fundamental concepts every poker player must know, and many players are familiar with. Whether you're new to the game or have these ideas under your belt, there's value to be had with Goldklang's detailed breakdown of how odds and equity factor in to a winning poker strategy. For a perspective on universal poker concepts from a coach and pro, don't miss this episode.

Jul 18, 2017
Range Advantage
16:23

Range advantage is a key concept in poker strategy, and two of the game's great thinkers introduce the idea to our listeners on this week's podcast. Christian Soto and Doug Hull -- both Red Chip Poker founders, authors, coaches and pro players -- talk about range advantage in a way that should be accessible for any level of player. Understanding who has range advantage and what that means is a modern poker must in terms of skills you need under your belt. Listen to Soto and Hull use hand examples to illustrate range advantage for players eager to know more on the subject.

Jul 11, 2017
Avoiding Psychological Traps in Poker
24:35

Avoiding psychological traps in poker is a required component of a winning strategy. In our search for tactics we often overlook mental game to our peril. Dr. Tricia Cardner is on the podcast this week to help you steer clear of common mental game leaks that have ruined scores of players before you. Don't be one of them. Listen close and take heed to the good doctor's advice.

Jul 04, 2017
GTO for Small Stakes Players
27:35

GTO. Three letters that every poker player needs to know in the modern poker world. You may have heard of game theory optimal play, you may even comprehend what it is on a basic level. But have you integrated it into your game? That's the question and Adam Jones, also known as 'W34z3l', is on the podcast this week to discuss. He helps people understand how game theory optimal fundamentals work, why they're worth learning, where they can generate profit in your game and this isn't just for high stakes players. Here's the do's and don'ts of applying GTO strategies to your small stakes poker game.

Jun 27, 2017
MTT Concepts: 30BB and Less
18:46

Knowing how to play with 30BB or less is crucial for winning tournaments. You might not find yourself in this spot all that often in cash games, but you will commonly find yourself short-stacked on your journey to the final table. On this week's podcast, accomplished tournament player and coach Jordan Young sits down with Christian Soto to discuss playing with 30BB or less in MTTs.

Jun 20, 2017
Running a Successful Home Poker Game
25:42

The Red Chip Poker podcast is not the only thing Zac Shaw hosts. He has also run a successful home poker game for the last 12 years. The home game has been successful in the sense that its attendees have fun, the game goes off regularly, and has been a great proving ground for the strategy concepts he learns here at Red Chip. In this episode, he gives a densely packed rundown on the various aspects that have made for a successful home game over the years, hoping to inspire you to host your own and grow this great game we all love.

Jun 13, 2017
Plug Your 100% C-Betting Leak
25:27

Doug Hull coaches many players, and he finds that while most students come to him with a solid pre-flop strategy, their post-flop skills need serious work, particularly around c-betting. Far too many players are c-betting flops close to 100% of the time. In this episode, Hull outlines the reasons why this is a losing strategy, how to a adjust to a winning strategy, and how to exploit other players who are c-betting too many flops.

Jun 06, 2017
Range Merging
27:32

High-roller and in-demand coach Matt Berkey is back on the podcast, and this episode starts with an in-depth discussion on range merging. What is a merged range, and how can we use it to balance our play and keep our opponents guessing? Berkey gives his advice on this topic, as well as a breakdown of his overall thought process while playing a hand. Take notes, because Berkey is dropping solid gold insights into the mind of a top-level pro.

May 30, 2017
Challenge All Assumptions
32:21

Matt Berkey has amassed millions in tournament winnings. He plays high stakes cash so competitively, some games stopped inviting him. We're lucky to speak with him this week about his training method and style of play. Like Red Chip Poker co-founder Christian Soto, with whom he closely collaborates, Berkey is a fan of challenging conventional poker wisdom, and exploiting entire populations of players by getting inside their heads.

May 23, 2017
Moving Up from the Microstakes
24:55

Microstakes players dream of moving up to higher levels online, where serious money can be made. But how do you rise from 25NL to 200NL? Mike Gano has done it, and he's on the podcast this week giving specific strategies for moving up in online poker. 

May 16, 2017
Mindset of a Winning Tournament Player
28:58

Hypnotherapist and poker mental game coach Dan Heskett is on the podcast this week dispensing wisdom on developing a winning mindset for tournament players. His advice on approaching the game with a disciplined, focused mindset has translated into poker profits for many of his students. In this episode, you’ll hear some of his best advice on honing your mental game to a well-oiled winning machine.

May 09, 2017
Bankroll Management 101
23:41

How do you build a bankroll as a poker player? Should bankroll even matter to you? And if it does, how do you manage to grow it and avoid going bust? Seasoned live player and coach Doug Hull is on the podcast this week to answer all your questions on bankroll management.

May 02, 2017
Should You Always Use the Same Bet Size?
19:05

Bet sizing is your friend in poker. But "always bet the same amount" has become somewhat ingrained as a stratagem for many players. In this episode, James "SplitSuit" Sweeney responds to the question "Should I Always Use the Same Bet Size?" to explain why deviation is sometimes very important.

Apr 25, 2017
Painless Poker with Tommy Angelo
42:01

Legendary poker player, author and coach Tommy Angelo joins us this week for a discussion about his new book, Painless Poker. The book is focused on mental game and dealing with pain in poker, using an imaginary poker clinic featuring characters embodying seven archetypes of poker players. Inspired by a hand history that's almost too painful to review, Angelo's insight into dealing with pain transcends poker and delivers real life lessons. 

Apr 18, 2017
Final Table Dynamics and ICM
23:39

Luke Haward is back on the podcast for a discussion about the independent chip model (ICM) and how it relates to final table dynamics. The value of our tournament stack varies based on the size of the pay jumps and our stack size relative to the other players at the table. Understanding how this affects how you should approach strategy at the final table will give you a much better shot at taking the whole tournament down.

Apr 11, 2017
Online Elite to Live Pro: One Poker Player's Journey
36:31

Today, professional poker player Ryan Schnabel is a core member of the Red Chip Poker community. But his story stretches back to the early days of online poker, where he quickly rose in the ranks to playing $50/$100 limit versus household names in poker. He learned no limit, became a Supernova Elite and crushed online tournaments, and then was crushed when Black Friday hit. Through struggles on and off the felt, his dedication to the game never wavered, and today you'll find him grinding live games at a healthy profit. This is his story.

Apr 04, 2017
Triple Barrel Bluffs
30:16

The triple barrel bluff is one of the most feared moves in poker. They're feared by players that face them, and they're feared by many players who are too intimidated or uninformed to make them. On this week's podcast, Mike Gano breaks down the myriad strategic concepts that come together to make emptying the clip on the river a profitable move. Listen up and you'll know when and how players are triple barrel bluffing to their advantage.

Mar 28, 2017
How Poker Room Promotions Affect Strategy
23:35

Poker room promotions like bad beat jackpots, high hand bonuses, and time-based free-rolls bring locals and tourists alike in to fill seats and generate action. And if you've ever sat in these games, you know players are constantly talking about them, and adjusting their play, often in counterintuitive ways. How do we adjust strategically, if at all? Doug Hull is on the podcast this week to break it down.

Mar 21, 2017
How I Tamed My Over-Aggression
28:34

Aggression is one of poker's most powerful tools for profit. But with great power comes great responsibility, and as we add more aggression into our game, we'll often be tempted to use it too often or in the wrong spots. In this episode, host Zac Shaw gets coached by James "SplitSuit" Sweeney on ways to tame the over-aggressive tendencies causing a recent downswing. And Sweeney shares a bit about his own struggles with tempering aggression in his poker career development.

Mar 14, 2017
How I Became Super-Aggressive
27:49

Aggressive poker is winning poker. In this episode, join coach & co-founder James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and host Zac Shaw as they discuss how they integrated more and more aggression into their games, with profitable results. SplitSuit shares his personal story as an online player grinding his way up the stakes, while Shaw relates his past year studying aggression to build a bigger win rate at Live $1/$2 NL. If you're looking to win bigger by understanding 3-betting, barreling, bluffing and more, this is a must-listen.

Mar 07, 2017
Staking 101
26:27

Luke Haward joins us for a discussion all about staking in poker. When a player is staked, their buy-ins are provided by a backer, often for a 50/50 split of profits, or some other agreed-upon revenue share. In return, the player who is staked offloads the risk of losing, gets access to a big bankroll, plus they get coaching and oversight that brings out the best in their game. Staking has steadily grown in popularity and Haward is here to break it down.

Feb 28, 2017
Flop Fireworks: When Both Players Hit
19:57

People don't enter the card room to make successful c-bets. They come to win stacks. And that happens when there are flop fireworks — both players hit with strong hands and go to war. This week, Doug Hull discusses how he developed and used Flop Falcon to analyze these spots to find an extra edge.

Feb 21, 2017
Do I Need a Poker Coach?
21:06

Do I need a poker coach? Am I at the right spot in my game development to get coaching? How do I find a coach? How does coaching work, exactly? These questions and more are answered in this week's episode by James "SplitSuit" Sweeney, a man uniquely qualified to opine on coaching, as he's had over 500 students over the years. 

Feb 14, 2017
How I Made $12K at $1/$2 in 300 Hours
23:03

What does $12,000 at $1/$2 look like? Red Chip Poker co-founder, coach, author and software developer Doug Hull has seen it come to fruition in just 300 hours. He shares his story, starting with moving to Vegas and dealing with non-poker financial challenges. He searched for and found his dream poker room at the Mirage, where he was one of the most over-prepared, over-skilled and over-rolled competitor. This is the story of profiting in top percentile of $1/$2 players. 

Feb 07, 2017
Is A Poker Mastermind Right For You?
22:50

Are you learning with the power of a poker mastermind? James "SplitSuit" Sweeney discusses the many merits of regular meet-ups with other poker players to talk strategy. Whether led by coaches or players, the perspective and knowledge gained is invaluable.

Jan 31, 2017
Turning HUD Stats Into Real Ranges
29:06

This episode is specific and nerdy. Online players listen up. In this episode, James "SplitSuit" Sweeney will teach you how to make optimal decisions vs. isolation raises from opponents by turning their HUD stats into a range. Online players should not miss his tips on which stats to focus on, and how to build an accurate range from them.

Jan 24, 2017
Introducing Flop Falcon
24:18

Doug Hull is a true poker polymath: co-founder of this site, coach, author, grinder of $1/$2 NL... and now, poker software developer. His new app Flop Falcon gives a more information-dense view of poker's most important street, and gives players new insight into how ranges hit or miss any given flop. In this episode, we talk about how the software works, and how it can be applied to build a strategic edge.

Jan 17, 2017
3 Plays Poker Pros Use to Beat You
27:48

What moves are pro poker players using to beat you? James "SplitSuit" Sweeney joins us to discuss three of eight moves he's assembled into a new 'Professional Poker Plays' free email course, available at redchippoker.com/plays. Classic poker pro moves like bombing over limpers and attacking raisers are only profitable if one understands the strategies behind them, and that's what this podcast delves into.

Jan 10, 2017
Most Popular Poker Study Topics of 2016
24:17

The most popular poker strategy topics of 2016 are dissected with James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and host Zac Shaw in our first episode of the new year. Get a bead on where poker strategy is going in 2017 by reviewing last year’s successful strategies. The top-trafficked content of the year covered fixing poker leaks, playing more hands, hand reading and moving up. We riff on the strategic nuance to each aspect.

Jan 03, 2017
Attacking Limpers (How, When, & With What?)
19:57

Attacking limpers is a fundamental aspect of playing power poker. Instead of being a passive player trying to smash a cheap flop, we want to be aggressive and apply maximum pressure when our opponents show weakness. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and Doug Hull discuss the specifics around how to size bets, manage table image, and more regarding raising a string of limpers.

Dec 27, 2016
Has 3-Betting Killed Poker?
21:32

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney and Doug Hull answer the question, "Has 3-Betting Ruined Poker?" on this episode of the Red Chip Poker podcast. You don't need to listen long before you hear that the answer is "no." The "why" is much more interesting. The pair plumb the depths of fear felt by so many amateur and unstudied poker players, and discuss how it can be exploited.

Dec 20, 2016
MTT Overhaul
37:44

Luke Haward is the newest coach at Red Chip Poker, and in this episode we interview him about overhauling our MTT games. We focus on pre-flop leak-busting, the subject of Haward’s debut Red Chip PRO video, but the discussion reaches wide and far into subjects like staking, ICM, leveraging stack sizes, bubble and final table dynamics, and more. It’s a must-listen for any MTT player.

Dec 13, 2016
Online Hand Reading Q&A
22:30

Hand reading is consistently the most frequently requested topic for our podcast. In this episode, James "SplitSuit" Sweeney answers five questions submitted by Red Chippers on the subject of hand reading. He covers hand reading LAGs and loose passives, and how to study hand reading skills off-table to develop profitable intuition at the tables.

Dec 06, 2016
Should You Quit Your Job To Play Poker?
33:25

A lot of players wonder what it takes to play poker as a full-time professional. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney dedicates an entire episode to answering the question, "Should I go pro?" Doing the math and being brutally honest with your strengths and weaknesses are just the tip of the iceberg on this challenging endeavor that is not for everyone.

 

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Nov 29, 2016
Some Gems from The Elements of Poker
24:13

Tommy Angelo’s The Elements of Poker makes many poker player’s top 10 lists for poker books, and it hardly contains any strategy tips. Nonetheless, as coach Doug Hull says, absorbing the poker life lessons it contains will make you an immeasurably better player. He highlights some of his favorite “elements” in this podcast, which may leave you running to pick up a copy of Angelo’s classic.

Nov 22, 2016
Building Complete Ranges
25:37

New Red Chip Poker coach and mid-stakes online crusher Brad Lampman joins us for a discussion on building complete ranges. Learn how Lampman constructs and analyzes his ranges in range visualization and GTO solver software. Hear him walk step by step through his study process. Get to know the ins and outs of how and why we build ranges.

Nov 15, 2016
Deviations In Strategy
37:52

Christian Soto joins us for a lively, wide-ranging discussion of how deviating from conventional poker wisdom can be a source of uncommon profit at any stake. Soto explains the strategy he’s going to expound on in a webinar called “I’ll Name This Strategy Later”. Soto discusses the mindset necessary to be a top-percentile winner, by understanding the state of the game and where other players lie within it.

Nov 08, 2016
Playing Poker Without a HUD
24:22

Can you win online poker without using a HUD? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney answers a forum member’s questions the impact not using a HUD might have on win rate. The key is not to think about whether or not you can win, but whether or not you are optimizing your win rate. As long as your HUD skills are solid, Sweeney generally sees little reason to give up an information edge in a game of information.

Nov 01, 2016
Crash Course: Live $1/$2 NLHE
28:03

For all the live $1/$2 NLHE players out there, Hull and Shaw have the podcast for you. Action-packed with missions for you to execute at the card room, this episode reveals some of the techniques used by winning $1/$2 players to profitably deviate from ABC poker.  Build your low stakes edge simply by listening, then watch these techniques pay off at the table as you execute them.

Oct 25, 2016
Getting Into 6-Max Poker
40:05

Peter “Carroters” Clarke wrote the book on 6-max. Literally. His ‘The Grinder's Manual: A Complete Course in Online No Limit Holdem 6-Max Cash Games’ is a 500+ page strategic powerhouse, and we dig deep into its wisdom for our listeners. After this episode, you’ll be able to approach today’s six-handed tables with a complete toolkit of workable strategies honed over time by a true 6-max sensei.

Oct 18, 2016