Are these videos meant for beginner poker players or experienced players?
In my humble opinion, I think all poker players will get value from these videos. I’ve specifically created them in a way I hope will speak to all audiences: beginner-level players and experienced, professional-lever players.
For the more beginner-level players, the main value will come from being able to eliminate their own (sometimes obvious) tells. Becoming harder to read is more important for these players than is being able to read their opponents. This is because beginner-level players should be focused on strategic considerations. Focusing on reading tells is a mistake and a distraction for almost all beginners, mainly because they don’t really know what to do with the information even if they are able to notice something.
For poker players who have played a good amount but who aren’t yet at a professional-level, they will get value both from eliminating their own tells and spotting tells in opponents. These players will have a better idea of when it’s smart to let opponent behavior influence a decision and when to ignore it, so they will get more value from reading opponents.
For very experienced and professional-level players, a lot of the information in these videos will already be known. But I think that there may be value in making some of these concepts more concrete and conscious, as opposed to more unconscious and feel-based. And for players who play high stakes, even a small amount of information can mean a substantial increase in profit. Even if a high-stakes player gains only one new piece of valuable information from watching all of my videos, that one piece of information could easily be worth thousands of dollars over time.
For the reasons above, I can confidently say that I believe these videos provide value for all poker players, no matter experience-level or stake-level.
What does the video content include?
Most videos include at least five examples of real-game examples of the behavior in question, along with an explanation of why these behaviors can be valuable, and what factors might affect your interpretation of the behavior. Each video is about half of actual analysis of real hands, and about half a discussion about the reasons behind the pattern and the factors involved. You can get a good idea of the content from watching the trailer video at the top of this page.
The currently available videos are not intended to cover all poker tells, or even the most valuable poker tells. Instead, these videos have been created based on the footage that was available and the behaviors I’ve noticed as I’ve analyzed the footage. The completeness of the course will grow over time.
What is the preferred order in which to watch these videos?
There is an organization to the course and a suggested viewing order. But really, the videos are meant to be standalone and can be watched in any order.
How long are your training videos? How big are the files?
Almost all of the videos are between 10 and 18 minutes long, with most being around 13-15 minutes long. These videos are highly produced, meaning a lot of work has gone into making them concise. (There are also two longer Twitch stream analyses that are more informal and loose.)
What poker footage did you use and how was it selected?
Most of the footage comes from the Windy City Poker Championships (WCPC), which are shot in Chicago and produced by Kirk Fallah of Fallah Productions. We give 2% of sales to Chicago-area charities.
WCPC holds both tournaments and cash games, and the footage I use is taken from both types of games. Tournament buy-ins range in size from $500 to $1,500. The cash game footage I’ve used is mostly from $1-2 and $2-5 NLHE. Almost all of the game footage is No-Limit Hold’em.
A note about the players featured in these videos: I am not in any way implying that the players used as examples are ‘bad players,’ nor am I even necessarily implying that the featured players have reliable poker tells. In many cases, footage was chosen because it was a good example of how a behavior typically shows up from average players, not because it was proven to be a reliable poker tell for that individual. It’s entirely possible for the players I featured to be behaviorally well-balanced over time. In other words, if you are featured in the video, please do not take offense.
I’ve read your poker tells books. Why should I buy these videos?
Most of the concepts in these videos are admittedly covered in my books. The main value will be in seeing real-life situations and behaviors, which can be much more memorable and instructive compared to written descriptions. Also, many people say that they are primarily visual learners, so the videos help them a lot more than the books.
Also, using real situations gives me a chance to talk about the other factors present in a specific hand, and go into a lot of detail on one spot, and that can be valuable, and different from book-education.
Although a lot of the general concepts are the same as those in my books, there are some improvements in content. For one thing, my understanding of behavior has changed and improved over the last few years. (For example, the more time passes, the more problems I see with my first book, Reading Poker Tells, because I’m continually finding better ways to think about behavior and better ways to phrase things.) So there are some concepts in these videos that are different and more advanced than content in my first book. In some ways, I think these videos do a better job of tying together general patterns and other related behaviors.
One specific example of a difference: there is one video about a verbal tell that I didn’t put in my book Verbal Poker Tells. (It’s the one thing, in hindsight, that I would add to Verbal Poker Tells, and I may add it in a future edition.)