Poker Training has become a big business since the first time we made a list of the top sites in 2009. Every year when we update this list, we find that new training sites have popped up online, and others have gone away. Once again in 2015, 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 these are the honest opinions of the TestYourPoker.com team on these sites. The list is not necessarily in order, as different sites have different strengths.
1. Advanced Poker Training – This site is completely different from the others; it provides an online poker training software program that enables users to play up to 500 hands an hour against intelligent computerized opponents, receiving advice at each play. It also features in-depth training reports and a weekly poker training plan that shows you exactly where you should be targeting your efforts. Their unique “Beat the Pro” Challenges pit you against big-name pros – Mike Caro, Jonathan Little, Scott Clements, Ed Miller, and more. It’s truly the most fun of all the poker training sites because you are actually playing poker instead of watching videos. Also, their rates are lower than most other sites ($19.97 per month or $99 for 6 months)
2. Deuces Cracked – This is an online training site that has a group or “community” training feel to it – like a poker education. Another long-established site with over 3000 videos, podcasts, blogs, and regular updates. Tons of 6-max videos, but plenty of 9-max and MTT videos as well. They also have a forum, and have videos that can be played anywhere with no DRM (digital rights) issues. $29/month or $147.90 for six months.
3. Poker Tracker – So this isn’t technically a training site, but as an online poker player it’s one you can’t live without. Every online poker pro has PokerTracker 4, and you should too. It tracks every hand of poker you play, and lets you look at your win rates with various hands, and every other statistic under the sun. Plus, using the “Heads Up Display” (HUD) plug-in lets you get information on your opponents, while you’re playing against them. PokerTracker 4 costs $99, but micro-stakes players can get a discount.
4. Tournament Poker Edge – This site is known for the depth of its Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) training content. The focus is on watching videos of successful players (over 800 videos), but they also have podcasts and a forum, and a “TPE University” feature with multiple courses. $30/month, $299/year.
5. Heads Up Sit-n-Go (HUSNG)- This training site is specifically for people wanting to win at sit-n-go tourneys, and it is probably the best site for this area. They recently acquired Sit-N-Go Grinders, another sit-n-go training site, so they aren’t just for Heads-Up SNGs any more. It’s a little tough to navigate the site, but they sell video packs for $40 to over $200.
6. Red Chip Poker – We’ll put this one in the category of “Up and Coming” sites since they are still new, and can’t match up to the amount of content on other sites just yet. That being said, they are only $15.99/month, and they have several wonderful coaches: Ed Miller, author of 8 poker books; James “SplitSuit” Sweeney, who has done private coaching for nearly 500 students; and Doug Hull, author of the unique tactical playbook “Poker Plays you can Use”.
7. Blue Fire Poker- Not as big as some of the other sites in this list, but they do stress “Quality over Quantity”. They have some good content, and a couple big name pros, although it’s a little pricey for what you get. $30/month + $100 sign up fee.
8. Cardrunners – This training site was developed by online poker pro Taylor “Green Plastic” Caby, and backed by some of the biggest cash game pros online. 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). Popular among online players, well respected throughout the poker world, and has a huge library of videos. Rates are $100 sign-up fee + $30/month.
9. Ivey League – Yet another video training site, but with names like Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius behind it, they set themselves apart from the others. Ivey also purchased Leggo Poker which had a lot of poker training content already, so they are quite the behemoth now. Pricing is a little confusing at $70/year for “Bachelors videos” and $500/year for “Masters videos”.
10. Poker VT – We nearly took this site off the list this year, because isn’t being updated as often as it used to be. But, with Daniel Negreanu at the helm, you do get a lot of great training content, with a nice interactive “live” feel to it (although some of it is a little too basic for anyone but true beginners). It does not produce as many videos as other sites, but the videos are more professional. Jason “JCarver” Somerville is on the team now too, and his content is always entertaining. $30/month.
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 300,000 players have taken our test. We have no sign-up fee and our rates are $19.97/month or $79.97/6 months.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are some decent training sites left off the 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!