Top 10 Poker Training Sites
Poker Training has become a big business since the first time we made a list of the top sites in 2009. Over the past few years, many new training sites have popped up online and others have gone away. We have taken the time to review all these sites, and compile a comprehensive list of sites that offer the best training materials for your buck.
We would like to emphasize that we are not getting paid by these sites. These are the honest opinions of the TestYourPoker.com team on these sites. The list is in no particular order, as different sites have different strengths.
1. Advanced Poker Training – This site is completely different from all others on the list. It provides an online poker training software program that enables users to play up to 500 hands an hour against artificially intelligent opponents, receiving advice at each play. It also features unique session reports and weekly poker training reports that show you exactly where you are losing money by automatically saving and flagging hands where you made potential mistakes. In addition to being outstanding poker training, it also is the most fun of all the poker training sites because you are actually playing poker instead of watching videos. Because it is not video-based, their rates are lower than most other sites ($79 for 6 months vs. $30 per month for most sites)
2. Cardrunners - This training site is developed by online poker pro Taylor “Green Plastic” Caby, and backed by the biggest cash game pros online today. Excellent for all aspects of NL Holdem. This site has been around for a long time - it was one of the first poker training sites, and it merged with one of the other original sites (stoxpoker). Very popular among online players, and huge library of videos. This is a premium training site, and is well respected throughout the poker world. Rates are $100 sign-up fee + $30/mo
3. Deuces Cracked – This is an online training site that portrays a group or community training aspect. It is considered a poker education. They are a great site if you want to get better at 6-max. Another long-established site with over 1200 videos and regular updates. They also have a forum, and treat poker training similar to an education. They offer a 7-day free trial and also have videos that can be played anywhere with no DRM (digital rights) issues. $30/mo
4. Leggo poker – This site brings together top online poker pros for 1-on-1 training and coaching, as well as training videos. Owned by Phil Ivey. Leggo charges an initial sign-up fee and the standard $30/month.
5. Tournament Poker Edge – This site is known for its Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) training. It is a relatively new site that launched in 2010 that has gained a good following and gotten good reviews from players. As with nearly all of these sites, the focus is on watching videos of successful players. $30/mo, no sign-up fee.
6. Poker VT - This new training site was created by poker pro Daniel Negreanu. What makes this site different than others is the “live” aspect of the training provided. It does not produce as many videos as other sites, but the videos are more professional, although they are rather slow to watch. Nonetheless, with Daniel Negreanu behind them, they are high quality. $30/mo.
7. Poker X Factor – This site is more of a resource-based training site, than just a gathering of videos, with the addition of hand histories, lectures, and quizzes. As with most sites, it also has a forum. $119 signup fee and then $25/mo.
8. Pocket Fives Training- This site is geared towards Multi-table tournaments, and it offers as high quality training in this area as any site. It was previously known as Poker Pwnage until Pocket Fives purchased them. They are also $30/mo and only discount this for yearly memberships.
9. Sit N Go Grinders- This training site is specifically for people wanting to win sit n go tourneys, and it is probably the best site for this area. It was acquired by HUSNG.com, another sit n go training site. The site sells video packs for $40 (approximately 13 hours of videos).
10. Grinder School – This site is geared towards micro/low stakes players. It provides training through videos, articles and forum Q&A. It features over 1600 videos aimed at micro-stakes players. Knowing their audience, they also have lower fees - $19.99/mo and $119/yr.
11. Test Your Poker – A shameless plug, but our method is different from any other poker training site. Through our huge database of member hands and the ability to get hand by hand feedback, you can improve your full ring cash game using our unique professional replays. We are one of the few non-video poker training sites, and more than 250,000 players have taken our test. We have no sign-up fee and our rates are $19.97/mo or $99.97/6 mo.
This list is by no means comprehensive, and there are some really good training sites left off of this list. Instead of wasting your time checking out the many training sites out there, take a look at the above list, and get ready to win big.