4 Ways to Tell You're Using a Bad Poker Training Site
The game is always evolving and you have to evolve in order to survive.
One tool used in helping players to evolve are poker trainings sites. Like everything else on the internet, there are a handful of bad training sites for each good site.
Recognizing the difference between a good training site and a poor one can have a positive impact on your bankroll.
Here are four things common to bad online poker training sites.
1. Most of the Videos are By the Same Coaches
Some smaller training sites fall into a trap of not bringing aboard the number of coaches needed to make robust training content.
What then happens is that a few coaches wind up making the majority of the videos on a site. This leads to players learning only how those couple of players think they should play and ultimately defeats the purpose of the site.
The exception to this is elementary video series such as hand ranking, positioning, etc. These types of videos are almost universal and really don't require a variety of coaches.
However, once you're past the basics, you want as many different perspectives as possible. The more you're exposed to different styles of thought, the better decisions you will make.
2. Videos Do Not Cover a Broad Range of Topics
Some "poker training" sites start with promises of all-encompassing content but later fail to deliver for various reasons.
A limited number of topics may be great for someone truly just learning to play but after that point the site becomes useless.
Too often someone starts up a site and puts up the generic beginner videos you expect plus maybe a few intermediate videos. They then walk away for one reason or another and you get an incomplete site.
Another common occurrence is that a company puts up videos covering topics at all levels but fails to regularly update or they just focus on certain areas.
For example, the site may not cover heads-up play or has insufficient six-max content.
3. Videos Focus Exclusively on Texas Hold'em
Since 2006 the popularity of non-Hold'em games has reached a point where a training site isn't complete without content covering mixed games.
When we say mixed games we believe that a comprehensive website should include training on at least the following games:
• Seven Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better
• Pot-Limit Omaha
• Omaha Hi-Lo (Limit and PL)
• Triple Draw Lowball
Other games that are added bonuses to content are Badugi, Five Card Draw, Big O, Open Face Chinese Poker, 8-Game and H.O.R.S.E.
A well-rounded site should have at least beginning level instruction on most of the above games. Otherwise, you will not be preparing yourself for the realities of the modern game.
4. Poor Video Production
Every site is guilty of having the occasional bad video. Maybe the coach had a bad day or they didn't get the action they wanted to cover their topic.
The problem comes when poor quality becomes the norm. Some examples are as follows:
• Poor video quality (grainy, out of focus, too much going on)
• Poor audio quality
• Coach who is generally uninteresting to listen to (monotone, lacks enthusiasm)
• Coaches don't act professionally
• Coaches fail to fully explain what they are doing
• Coaches offer little to no commentary whatsoever
• Video really doesn't follow the topic
You get the idea. Poorly produced videos will drive customers away just as quickly as a lack of content.
One reason Jason Sommerville has been so successful with his online show and on Twitch is his high production quality and his endless enthusiasm for the game.
Coaches at poker training sites would do well to follow his lead.