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The Formula for Poker Success: 9 Simple Steps to Guarantee

You’ll Be a Winner!
Copyright © 2018 by Tadas Peckaitis
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, copied, sold
or otherwise distributed without the author’s approval.
Visit my site for more info: www.mypokercoaching.com
Table of Contents
Tips for Getting the Most Out of This Book������������������������������������������������������� 5
Introduction�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 6
The promise��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 7
Why you should read this book������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 7
Is it for you?��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 8
What will you learn?������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 9
My Poker Biography������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 11
The sad start������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 11
First results�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 13
Getting more serious ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 13
Transitioning to online games������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 13
Coaching career������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 14
Identifying the struggles���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 14
The system is born�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 15
Formula for Online Poker Success�������������������������������������������������������������������� 16
Step 1: Choosing your path����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 17
Step 2: Choosing where to play����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 19
Step 3: Getting the tools����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 20
Step 4: Mental strength������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 21
Step 5: GTO vs exploitative play��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 23
Step 6: Making the plan����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 25
Step 7: Starting Pre-flop����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27
Step 8: Analyzing your play����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 29
Step 9: Mastering the game����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 31
Summing Up Online Games��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 36
Mastering Live Poker Games����������������������������������������������������������������������������� 37
Step 1: Understanding live games������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 38
Step 2: Learning pre-flop strategy������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 39
Step 3: Mastering post-flop play��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 39
Step 4: Behavior tells���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 39
Step 5: Timing tells������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 40
Step 6: Verbal tells��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 41
Step 7: Mental game����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 42
Step 8: Learning the differences���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 45
Step 9: Final adjustments��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 45
Following the system����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 48
Identifying where you are�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 48
One clear path to success��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 49
Why now?���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 50
Your two choices����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 50
Most common questions����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 52
Are the games still beatable? �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 52
Will learning proper strategy take a lot of time?������������������������������������������������������������������ 53
Do you have to play full time to reach success?������������������������������������������������������������������� 53
Can charts and courses actually help me? ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 54
What if I am not good enough to win?���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 55
What should I do if the games are not as fun as they used to be?�������������������������������������� 55
Thank You!��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 56
Tips for Getting the
Most Out of This
Book
1. Even if you are a live game player, start this book from the beginning
instead of jumping to the section “Mastering Live Poker Games.” Some
core principles are covered in the chapter about online poker, and are
not repeated elsewhere.
2. If you want to get the most out of this book and understand the
benefits of my complete learning system, read everything in the right
order.
3. Be ready to work with the information I provide in this book as it
shows exactly WHAT you need to do. However, if you want to know
HOW to master your skill quickly and efficiently without wasting your
time and money, you should check out my Online Poker Formula for
Success or Live Games Master Class.

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Introduction
LET ME START with a little background info about who I am and WHY
you should listen to what I have to say.
My name is Tadas and I have been coaching and playing poker
professionally for more than 10 years. I am best known as the head
coach at mypokercoaching.com where I help people learn strategy the
right way so they can reach their goals.

Over the years, I was fortunate to learn from and work with the best
players in the world and this has helped me provide strategy articles, insights
and tips for leading poker media sites all over the globe. I have been featured

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in Poker News, Red Chip Poker, Poker Tube, Cardplayer Lifestyle, Pokerplayer
365 Magazine and many more, so hopefully, you will give me the benefit of
the doubt.
Just like many of you, I chose the hard road at the beginning of my career,
and if I could go back, I would do many things differently. I’ve talked with
hundreds of different players and realized that most of them are making the
same mistakes I used to make. They don’t have a structured approach for the
game, so I decided to change that.

The promise
In this book I am going to show you exactly what steps you need to take
if you want the side income from poker to change your life and ensure
your continuous success. Sound ridiculous? It may, at first, but it works,
because my strategy teaches you exactly where you need to concentrate
your attention.
Taking a wild guess, this is not the first time you are trying to learn poker.
How many books have you read trying to improve your game? Count yourself
lucky this time, because this strategy If you failed in the past, trying
is completely different from what you
have seen before.
There is a lot of info out there,
“ to learn and master this game,
it is not your fault.

and it could get quite overwhelming, confusing and even frustrating to find
the right information that will lead you straight to success. In reality, many
presumably “right” strategies can even keep you away from your goals.
Watching random videos, reading books or articles will not help you win
money if you do not have the right approach on how to use that information.
So, today we will concentrate on that.
If you are concerned that you cannot succeed in poker because of past
failure, I want to put those fears to rest. You can and will easily reach your
goals. All you need is the right information, a good strategy, and my step-
by-step guide, which I am more than happy to share so that you could stop
wasting your time and money.

Why you should read this book


My promise to you is to show you my simple, yet extremely powerful strate-
gy that will help you win in tough games and crush weaker opponents.

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You will save a lot of money and, literally, years of your life, when you

“ stop making the same mistakes over and over again.



Nevertheless, if you are a more experienced player, you will significantly
benefit from identifying and fixing the most common mistakes, which cost
you a big chunk of your winnings right now. You will also learn how to exploit
the different types of players you face, recognize their weaknesses and beat
them at their own game. Basically, this book will be your step-by-step guide
on how to increase your income and gain an ultimate edge over your oppo-
nents. All you have to do is play along.
With this approach, hundreds of my students are making money already.
Some are winning 1k per month as an extra income, others make 3k, 5k or
more. A few have already quit their jobs to play full time. Therefore, it is
only up to you, and, as
the saying goes, the sky
is your limit.
My goal with this
book is to share with
you the only proven
way that can help you
increase your winnings
and give you the free-
dom to have fun at the
tables at the same time.

Is it for you?
How do you know if this book is for you? Well, that’s an excellent question.
Surely, you do not want to spend your time on something that is not relevant
to your situation. I am happy to say that this approach works great for many
types of players.
If you are just starting and want to learn in the fastest possible way, this
book is perfect for you. If you already played a lot but still struggle to move
up stakes, my strategy will teach you all you need to know. If you already
have a reasonable win rate, but want to go beyond that and learn how to
crush different types of players, you are in the right place.

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ӱӱ How can you avoid those mistakes?
ӱӱ Can you adjust your strategy toward different players to maximally
exploit them?
ӱӱ Can you identify the best bluffing and bluff-catching spots?
ӱӱ Do you know how to choose the right bet-sizing?
ӱӱ How should you prepare for your games to prevent tilting?
ӱӱ And most importantly, do you want to get answers to these questions
once and for all?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, you have come to the right
place. It does not matter whether you are playing cash games, poker tourna-
ments or even spin & gos, this is exactly what you need to start improving
right away. I am here to show you how to take each step in this strategy and
implement it in your game to reach your ultimate goal.

What will you learn?


ӱӱ You will walk away knowing how to identify your strengths and lay
down foundations so you could beat any game you choose to play.
ӱӱ You will gain knowledge on the ways you can leave your opponents
behind even before you start playing.

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If you are not making as much money as you want from poker, I think
you will learn a great deal of information, which will take you closer to your
goals. Just answer these questions for yourself:

ӱӱ Do you always know which one is the most profitable line in every
situation?
ӱӱ Do you know which mistakes cost you the most money?
ӱӱ You will learn how spending just a few minutes to prepare for your
games can reduce the tilt and help you make better decisions.
ӱӱ Most importantly, I will show you WHAT you need to learn to beat
both live and online games without wasting time and money. It’s as
simple as that.
None of this information is random. It has been tested and tried, and
proven to work every time.

I have spent thousands of dollars on analyzing software,

“ and hundreds of hours working with it, analyzing and


comparing millions of hands from the best players in
the world to come up with all the information that other


players are not willing to share.

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My Poker Biography
SO WHO THE HECK am I and why should you care to trust anything I
say? Well, I am no one special; surely not a genius, math guru or exception-
ally talented player. I’m just an ordinary guy like you and had to go a long
way to be where I am right now. Lucky for you, I’ve already made almost all
possible mistakes, and now you can learn from them.
Here is the shortest version of my poker biography, if you’re curious to
read it. I believe you can apply a big part of my experiences in your games
to have better results. So, if I can do it, you can too, and I will show you the
easiest way up.

The sad start


It all started when I went off to university in 2006. That was a really tough
time for me because my father had passed away just a few months before I
moved to the new city. Naturally, I was depressed and could hardly enjoy
anything in my life.
On top of the mental struggles, my family was experiencing financial
difficulties as well. My mother was working to support both of us, so I even
considered skipping university and joining the work force. However, my
mother convinced me I had to get my degree for which, among other things,
I will be grateful to her for the rest of my life.
When I discovered poker, it really helped to take my thoughts away from
the emotional struggles I was going through. It became one of the very few
things I actually enjoyed at that time.

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Understandably, I was struggling with money, trying to cover my every-
day expenses and tuition. Many times I was on the line of dropping off from
college. At the same time, I was playing poker more and more, and realized
that I could actually make money through this game. Even though I started
playing just for fun, when I grasped the potential and opportunity the game
provided, I started playing as much as I could.
Of course, no one believed that it was possible to make money playing
poker, and people who knew what I was doing started thinking of me as a
failure who sat in front of the computer for days. Thank God things have
changed, and today it is much easier to play the game.
Back then, poker was perceived as a gambling game, and even my closest
family, and some of my friends were trying to get me away from it. As if that
weren’t enough, I was still somewhat financially dependent on my mother,
so naturally, it appeared I was up to no good.
The pressure was huge on all sides, but I didn’t give up. Much to the
contrary, I went the hardest road –trying to play and learn on my own. Now
I know this was not the best decision because instead of rising over my
struggles, I hit a wall of problems: it looked like everyone was better than
me; I did not know how to study or even where to begin.
Even though I put in a lot of work, the winnings were hardly sufficient
while the variance was ridiculously huge. Simply put, I had a very small
win rate and was making a ton of mistakes. On top of that, I was tilting and
throwing away a lot of cash because I wasn’t able to put things together. Now
you know that the beginning of my poker career was far from a smooth ride.

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First results
None of that changed until I decided I needed help and hired my first coach.
After working with him for just
I have spent thousands of dollars


a short month, I started crushing
Sit & Go’s and actually paid him on analyzing software, Hiring a
from my winnings. poker coach was the best decision I


That was my first A-ha! moment have ever made.
with poker: A guy who knew the
game much better than me was able to teach me much more in a month than
I could learn playing and studying by myself for more than half a year. I was
really motivated to move forward and that is where my life started to change.
I realized that to get results I needed to learn from someone who already had
the knowledge. This was the moment that skyrocketed my career.

Getting more serious


Seeing that my effort was paying off, I decided to go all in and get serious
with poker. I worked a lot to improve my strategy and hired several different
coaches to help me learn different aspects of the game. Then I was lucky enough
to join a group of professional players, and together we traveled around the
globe playing WSOP, EPT and other high buy-in events.
I mostly concentrated on playing cash, but from the very few tournaments I
entered I was able to take down $2,000 buy-in EPT event. That was considered
one of the hardest tournaments back then and I netted over $100k in winnings.
Obviously, that motivated me even more.

Transitioning to online games


After this period of traveling, living and working with professional poker
players, I reached a point where I had to decide whether to continue
playing live games and tournaments that involve constant traveling or
shift to playing online.
I weighed all pros and cons and decided to transition to online poker. I
knew I was capable to sustain the lifestyle that I wanted to live while enjoy-
ing the comfort of my own home.
From that day, I never looked back or regretted my decision to play poker
professionally. Seeing my results, everyone who previously saw my choices

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as addiction to gambling realized this was a great career. Finally, my mother,
friends and family realized I was able to make a great living while having a
lot of fun. At long last, I had their support and that made me really happy.
Even though playing poker earns me a decent income, that is not the
only reason I chose this career. Most importantly, it gives me freedom and
enjoyment of life because I know that I can do what I want, when I want.

Coaching career
After seeing my results with their own eyes, some of my friends asked me to
help improve their game, and this is how my coaching career began.
But it didn’t end there. Helping my friends made me realize that I really
enjoyed teaching poker strategy. Also, it was a great way to give back to the
community and continue growing as a player myself. I knew that I could help
other players because I myself had learned the game thanks to the coaches who
had taught me.
So, basically, I knew what was important and how to give the best value.
Maybe because of that, in addition to the stunning results that most of my
students showed, the word spread. After posting my coaching offer on a 2+2
forum, it exploded and my career moved on.

Identifying the struggles


After teaching hundreds of players, I saw a pattern emerge and realized that
99% of them struggled in the exact same spots that I had years ago. In light
of that, I figured that I could quickly build my whole program so I could help
newer players to learn the right strategy at extremely fast pace.

While it took me over three years of playing and learning

“ to identify and master the important points in poker,


now you can learn it in less than 60 days and start killing


the games.

At one point, I had so many students, I was not able to handle all
the coaching. That’s when I decided to address the most common player
mistakes by offering strategy courses, and as a result, my site was born. After
working on it for a while, I created my poker coaching Formula to Success
program, which is now confirmed to deliver results and is probably the best

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complete poker coaching system online. Keep on reading as that is what we
will cover today.

The system is born


It’s pretty obvious that I went a long way to get where I am now and made
many costly mistakes while wasting plenty of time on the road. The good
news is, you do not need to
If I went from being absolutely broke


go through any of that. Like
many players out there, you and mentally crushed to killing the
probably play a lot, maybe games and making a great living, you
read some articles and occa- can easily do that as well, and I will


sionally visit a forum to read show you how.
new stuff. Maybe you even
review some of your hands.
However, without having an efficient learning system, you are just
wasting your time. With this kind of cycle, it’s hard to reach good results
because you’re just not sure where you need to go and what you need to do
to improve your game.
Well, let me tell you, I am extremely happy to have the chance to help
you and guide you through this process.

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Formula for Online
Poker Success
EVERYONE CAN BEAT poker if they are ready to put some work into
it. I used to wonder how other players could win thousands or millions of
dollars. Then I joined a group of professional players and learned strategy
from them. With their help, I grasped the most important aspects of the game,
which led to magnificent results on the table and online. My career skyrock-
eted and I was able to visit WSOP in Las Vegas and many huge EPT (Euro-
pean Poker Tour) events in
the same year.
Going through my
simple 9-step program, I
will systematically help you
learn everything you need
to know to get great results.
We will cover the path that
will take you from point A
to point B; from where you
are right now to where you
want and can be. To have
guaranteed results, I recommend following all steps in the right order and
concentrating on just one topic at a time.

ӱӱ First, I will show you how to identify your strengths and choose your
main game. Based on that, I will teach you how to find the most
profitable poker rooms and the tools you would need to prepare
yourself for the game.

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ӱӱ Then, you will learn how to leave your opponents behind even before
starting to play. I will share some tips that will help you reduce your
tilt and prepare for your games. Most importantly, I will highlight
some misconceptions about GTO strategy that are most certainly
hurting your chances to win.
ӱӱ Lastly, we will cover the importance of having a right pre-flop strategy. I
will show you how to identify and fix the mistakes that cost you the most
in your game, and how to master the 5 areas of your post-flop strategy.
All of that can almost guarantee to turn you into a winner.
I would have never been able to build my complete poker formula for
success program if I hadn’t undergone coaching myself, so I am really happy
and excited to have a chance to share all of this with you.

Step 1: Choosing your path

When it comes to preparation, the first thing that you should do is choose
your path and stick with it. If you try to play multiple games at the same
time, your chances to win fall dramatically.
My own experience is a perfect illustration of how significant this is.
Before I met William, my first coach, I was playing all kind of games. I would

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play Sit & Go’s and cash games at the same time, occasionally launching
MTT on the side, which was the way to disaster.
I wasn’t able to learn very efficiently because I was doing too many things at
once. Only after I realized the importance of concentration on one format as a
main game, was I able to become really good. I chose to learn MTT strategy and
that’s where I devoted my
time. I started playing MTTs
online only, so I was able to
quickly build my skills to
advanced level and that led
to unbelievable results in the
same year.
The cool thing about
this strategy is that it works
for everyone, not just me.
For example, my friend
Marius also started out by
playing multiple different games at once. He played live and online cash
games, tournaments and head-ups.
Even though he was enjoying decent results and was a winning player,
moving to 6max cash games only was when his career skyrocketed. Now he
plays the highest stakes online and is considered one of the best 6max play-
ers in the country. Many of my students choose the same path: concentrate
on one game, master it and have stunning results.
None of that means you can’t play or enjoy other formats, but stick with
one as your main game and do not play different formats at once. So, if you
are playing cash games, do not open tournaments on the side and vice versa.
I mostly play cash games and tournaments, but never at the same time.
So, to start out, decide on your format and stick with your selection. If
you love action and changing dynamics, you can go with MTTs. However, if
you do not want to spend 10 hours without a break or play at nights, Spin &
Goes could be a better option. They give you the opportunity to play when
you want and for as long as you want, which is not an option you get with
MTTs.
Cash games give the convenience of freedom to manage your time. More-
over, there are pretty good dynamics with some opponents, which makes the
game really interesting. With cash games, you can basically choose to play
however suits you.

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The main reason why I switched from tournaments to cash games was
because of the easier schedule. I don’t think I would ever regret it. Now I play
when I want, and most impor-
Choose your game based on your


tantly, for as long as I want!
If you feel like you can easily
strengths and stick with your


sit down at the table for 10 hours decision.
straight, or more, then you will
have a big advantage over your competition and MTTs could be your game.
Most players lose their concentration at the end of the tournament, and
unlucky for them, that is where the most important decisions and all the
money are made.
This has been proved to be the best strategy for hundreds of students
over the years, and if you can be persistent enough, you can easily beat any
game that you choose! Moreover, I have all the information ready at your
fingertips, so all you have to do is decide to start winning!

Step 2: Choosing where to play


Once you identify your strengths and decide on your main game format you
have to choose where you want to play, be it live (which venue?) or online
(which site and room?). This is the next step in my program, and unfor-
tunately, many players dismiss its importance and start playing in random
rooms without doing any research. So, choose wisely.
Let’s say you play live tournaments. Naturally, you would want to identi-
fy the venues with the weakest fields and attend only events you can actually
beat. If you are just starting out in poker and learn of a high-roller tourna-
ment in your area, it would be best for you to ignore it. Chances are, you will
be eaten by the big sharks in no time.
Location and convenience are not the factors that should determine the
venue you decide to play. Instead, choose games and events that are less
likely to attract professionals so you have an actual chance to win.
You should follow a similar
You should not be afraid to change thought process for live cash

“ tables if you do not find any


recreational players on yours.
games as well.

” Over the years I met many


good players who couldn’t score a win simply because of their ego. They would
stubbornly stay in games they should not engage at all, and for much longer than
recommended. That is a sure recipe for disaster.

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Even if you are able to beat other regulars with a small margin, a big rake
in live games will not make you money. However, if you can find a table with at
least one or two loose recreational players, you can double or triple – in some
cases even multiply by 10 – your win rate which will help you make much more
money.
The difference is even more eye-opening in online poker rooms. A 50%
rakeback versus 10% rakeback in the same games can be the difference
between making few hundred or few thousand per month. The examples
are numerous.
I’ve had lots of students who had started the hard way. Then, after learn-
ing my strategy, some of them switched to new rooms and increased their
income times over. So why not choose the best rooms from the beginning?
It will save you time and win you money.
Obviously, rakeback is
You should choose online poker rooms


not the only or even the
main thing you need to based on your preferred game and the


consider, but it is a very benefits you can get.
important factor.
Some sites are good of MTT games but are pretty bad for cash games and
vice versa. Moreover, if you want to play Spin & Go’s, you only have two or
three good options, but you still have to choose wisely. If you really want to
find comprehensive data and my personal recommendations for each type
of game, just visit THE BEST POKER SITES ONLINE where I put up a list
of poker rooms’ stats and reviews.

Step 3: Getting the tools


The last step in your preparation is getting the right tools.
There are several options to choose from, but I highly recommend
getting Holdem Manager 2. You can check out their trial version before
purchasing, which
Every reasonable poker player is using some


comes in handy.
technology to gain additional edge, and if you In addition, HM2


are not, you will quickly fall behind. is more powerful
than its competi-
tors and I will show you exactly how you can improve your game simply by
using this program.

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It is one of the best ways to keep track of your stats while playing, and
also to analyze your strategy and identify potential leaks. Moreover, it gives
you the chance to use advanced HUD that will help you make better deci-
sions in-game, which makes it a really valuable tool.
I also recommend getting a free tool called Equilab. It will help you
analyze the equity of your hand versus a specific range that you give to your
opponent. Or you can see how a specific hand holds against another hand on
different boards, which is really valuable information.
All of this may sound a bit complicated in the beginning, but it is pretty
intuitive and requires a narrow learning curve. Just a few minutes are enough
to get the hang of it. A useful feature of this app is saving pre-flop ranges for
different situations which you can view and consult while playing.
There are many other tools that can help you gain additional edge,
improve your strategy or even give advice on specific hands, so make sure to
get the best poker software for your games!

Step 4: Mental strength

Now that you have learned how to prepare for the games, we can move on to
the second part of this program – setting the foundations.

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There are 3 main topics we need to cover before you jump into your
games. The first one is mental strength.
Many players think that in order to win they have to play as a PRO.
However, this way of thinking is as far from the truth as it could possibly
be. Most of my students play part time, as a hobby or a passion they follow.
And the truth is, they often end up making more money from poker
than they do in their full time job. Still, they would never consider quit-
ting their job and going pro. On the contrary, they have an advantage over
professional players because they do not feel so much pressure to win and
can concentrate on the game instead.
In the beginning of my career, winning was very important. I didn’t have
a job to rely on, so I was under a lot of pressure to win in poker. I lost a lot
of money due to tilting, not being able to control my emotions or spewing
money after a bad run. I was
always under the pressure and
illusion of having to win today,
and if I was not able to achieve my
goal, everyone suffered. When
I felt bad, angry, or brooding, I
caused many stressful situations
for everyone around me.
It had not escaped my notice
that some players remained
calm even after taking a bad
beat, and that always impressed
me. Perfect examples are Patrik
Antonius and Phil Ivey.

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Who wouldn’t want to keep their cool and make the right decisions even at
the heat of the moment? Most importantly, players like those two would always
win money in the end, and that’s what I wanted too, but didn’t know how to
achieve.
Once I realized that emotion was my weak point, I decided to learn to be the
calm kind of player, so I hired a mental game coach. Let me tell you, it cost me a
fortune, but once I learned to control my thoughts and emotions, the investment
paid for itself very fast. As a result, I was able to beat my tilting issues.
Here are some things every poker player should do to gain that extra edge:

ӱӱ Know your goal.


ӱӱ Employ a good bankroll management strategy.
ӱӱ Spend some time preparing for your games. It may sound ridiculous
at first, but spending just a few minutes before each session to go over
your leaks or things you need to improve will help you concentrate on
those topics in game and thus make much better decisions.
ӱӱ Learn to identify your emotions in game, take a break when needed,
and never start playing when you don’t feel good in the first place.
I have many success stories about players who improved their mental
game. I can easily say that every single one of my students who implemented
these simple principles improved not just their game and results, but their
overall life as well.

Imagine how much money you can save and add to your bankroll

“ simply by preventing spewing one stack per session or even one stack
per week.

Most players disregard these principles and lose a lot of money because
of that. Don’t be one of them. Learn to control your mental processes and
that will help close your leaks.

Step 5: GTO vs exploitative play


The next step we need to cover is Game Theory Optimal, also called GTO
strategy. It is a well-known, but little understood and massively misused
topic. Therefore, I want to make sure you understand the concept before
covering the strategy because every winning approach is built around GTO.

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You might be familiar with the idea that you need to balance your ranges
and develop an unexploitable strategy. However, many players miss the most
important part – that GTO strategy is only used as your starting point, or in
cases when you are playing against really good opponents.
If you stick to it against weaker players, you would be leaving a ton of
money at the table. Unfortunately, many players fail to realize how to get the
most out of GTO.
In truth, I was among
them. I was so obsessed
with learning to balance
my ranges in every possi-
ble scenario that I failed to
realize that the money is
in a totally different spot.
So based on my experi-
ence, and the knowledge I
gained from my coaches,
here’s what you need to do
to make the most money at the tables. And most importantly, you can imple-
ment it right away.
The first step is dedicating time to learn game theory optimal strategy.
However, you won’t be learning it so you can play according to it all the time.
The main goal of GTO is understanding what a perfect play looks like, and
that gives you the ability to catch the mistakes of your opponents.
For example, if you know that according to perfect strategy your oppo-
nent should bet on the river only 30% of his range and he ends up betting
80% of the time, you can easily exploit that by bluffcatching more of your
strong hands and even raising as a bluff a lot because he will have to fold
most of his holdings.
This is the beauty of the GTO concept: When you know what mistakes
your opponents are making it becomes extremely easy to exploit them.

In reality, all of the best players in the world use GTO strategies and

“ balance their ranges only against really tough players, while in all
other cases they play exploitative strategies and attack the mistakes


that they notice.

After I realized this is how GTO worked, I was able to almost double my
win rate in the next month which gave me confidence at the tables. I was no

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longer frustrated to play with good players because I learned how to deal
with them and I started to beat recreational players, “punishing” them for all
the mistakes that they made.
Even though many coaches do not explain this topic until the very end,
almost every good player who knows about GTO implements it in this way.
The next section will give you a good idea how you can add this strategy to
your own game and what you can expect as a result.

Step 6: Making the plan


This is the last part of the foundation section. It covers how to make a plan
and actually follow it.
Without a proper
plan you are very
likely to waste
your time watch-
ing random videos,
reading blog articles,
books or anything
else you can get your
hands on. None of
that will help you
much because you
will be getting a
ton of different
content that will not fit into one strategy. As a result, you will most assuredly
suffer from information overload.
You might end up spending tons of time and money without achieving the
results that you wanted.

IT is not your fault. But there is good news and I wish I had

“ discovered it long time ago.



Everyone else has a clear path to success. Think about it: doctors,
lawyers, even scuba divers know what they want to do. They dedicate years
to study the best methods, strategies and cases that will help them grow in
their career and achieve their goals.

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There is a clear path from point A to point B for everyone except you
– the poker player. For you, there is no such thing as “the path to success.”
Most certainly, there is no surefire way to take you from point A to point B.
Well, there wasn’t. Until now.
Most training sites and coaches offer random strategies that work in a
vacuum environment but do not fit together and cannot win you money.
Moreover, they never show you the full path or any concrete steps you
should take that will have you moving toward point B.
Unfortunately for you, this random approach does not make much sense
for your experience or current situation in most cases. Only when you see
the full picture, identify where you are right now and start following the
right steps in the right order you can reach success much faster than you
ever imagined – and that without spending time and money on pointless
random strategies.
This is exactly why I developed this formula for success program. I got
tired of hearing stories about how and why people are not able to beat the
games. Some even think you can’t beat the game at all. In reality, the only
thing you need is clear guidance and that is where my signature solution
comes into play.
Following this path, you will stop consuming random content and can
instead concentrate
To reach even better results, you should


on what is important


clearly define your schedule. to beat the games
these days.

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You should make a list of the times when you will play and the times that
you will dedicate to learning new things or improving your strategy. This kind
of schedule will quickly help you to build new habits and will lead straight
to success.
Remember, it is really important to consider the best time for you to play
so that you could concentrate on sticking to your plan. This is sure to pay big
dividends in the future.

Step 7: Starting Pre-flop


While the previous sections concentrated on preparing you for the game
and building a strong foundation, here we will concentrate on the strategy
steps you need to take in order to win.

After you go through and learn everything to this point, you have to
sit down and spend some time mastering pre-flop strategy. Without under-
standing pre-flop – and most importantly, learning how to adjust versus
different players – you will never win any significant amount of money.
If you end up making mistakes pre-flop, it becomes next to impossible to
follow the right strategy later on, so this part is essential.

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When building a house, if you lay bad foundations you can’t build a good
structure. And even if you somehow manage to do that, it will eventually
fall over. Your poker play is built on the exact same concept. If you make
mistakes pre-flop you will end up in a bad situation where you do not have
enough value hands, your ranges are very unbalanced, or you do not bluff
enough, which is bad in all cases.
That’s where charts come in to help. I know that many players have the
misconception that playing from charts is not an effective strategy, but in
truth, every single good poker player in the world uses charts, be it printed
ones or memorized.
I suffered from the same skepticism until


There is simply no
I invested a lot of my time and money into way around it.
figuring out how it works.
” I was amazed
how quickly I was
able to improve my game after building the right ranges for all situations
and understanding how to use them.
Now I have a clear strategy how to play versus regulars, unknowns, and
recreational players; how to adjust my strategy facing different bet-sizing
from my opponents and so on. I can easily identify mistakes and punish my
opponents for slipping.
Just a simple illustration:

ӱӱ If I see that someone is folding too much when facing a 3-bet, I move
to a range that is full of good bluffing hands and has very few value
combos. Against such players you do not want to 3-bet many value
hands because they simply fold too much pre-flop. You can actually
win more by trapping and calling with your monsters.
ӱӱ If I see a player who folds a lot from BB versus raising, I start opening
any two cards from the button and that has me printing money just
because I adjusted my range and followed the chart that works best for
this situation.
But what do you do when you play versus regulars? Do you tighten your
ranges? Actually, this is where you make the most of those charts. In order
to make the right adjustments to exploit others, you have to know what
the correct range looks like; otherwise you will not be able to identify your
opponent’s mistakes.
It may sound pretty simple and obvious, but not until you spend some
time to explore it. Once I realized how perfect this strategy was, I imple-
mented it in my game and reaped the results.

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And I am not alone.
My good friend and
fellow poker player
Mike felt the full force
of the pre-flop charts
magic. He was always a
great MTT player and
constantly won money,
but things moved to a
whole new level for him after we sat down and wrote all ranges with needed
adjustments for later tournament stages and different spots.
Instead of simply winning, he starting killing the games. At the moment
when I wrote this, he had just reported more than $150k profit over the last
month. Yeah, in just one month! He attributed a big part of his success to
the great pre-flop strategy which now enables him to gain an ultimate edge.
Just like Mike, many of my students improved their game right after
implementing my pre-flop strategy. Even without additional changes
to their game they went from losing players to winners; others simply
skyrocketed their results.

To build the best strategy, you need to have CHARTS as your starting

“ point and learn to adjust your ranges versus different players.

This is the only way to reach long-term success and create an unbeatable
strategy. Every good poker player uses charts but rarely shares this secret.

So, now you have two choices: you can either purchase analyzing soft-
ware and cover every possible scenario, which cost me hundreds of dollars
and many hours of hard work, or you can join my Poker Formula for Success
program and get everything delivered to you!

Step 8: Analyzing your play


Now that you understand pre-flop approach and what you need to learn to
succeed, you can move forward to post-flop and learn to analyze your play.
There are several options you can explore:

ӱӱ The easiest one is to record your session using any free screen recorder
and then review your play.

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You will surely see things in different light when you watch your play
from the sidelines, without being in the heat of the action.
Moreover, if you have poker playing friends you can ask them to review
your video and give their feedback. But if you choose to go that route, you
just have to be sure that your friends are much better players than you are
and that they are able to provide valuable advice in the first place.

ӱӱ Your second option is to analyze your stats, which is way more


reliable. I am using probably the most popular tracking software
available on the market today – Holdem Manager.

With Holdem Manager you can create custom filters and reports, and
use the very powerful HUD to see all information in one place. Obviously,
you should take advantage of the tools that are available at your disposal.
The good thing about analyzing software is that even without know-
ing what you are doing wrong – or knowing what stats are good – you can
compare your statistics with those of winning players and identify where
you are deviating from the norm and most likely leaving money at the table.

I had never had such a clear understanding of the game until I

“ started analyzing mine and my opponents’ stats.



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This was one of the breaking points in my career because I was final-
ly able to identify how theory could be implemented in practice and how
it could help me achieve better results. All that said, you just have to play
around with this tool and you will learn a lot more than you think.

Step 9: Mastering the game


Finally, we are here; the crucial part of any successful strategy. If you want
to be a winner, this is what you want to know. Obviously, there are other
important factors you need to consider; however, after all my years of play-
ing and teaching, I have found that fixing just 5 areas in your game play
can turn you – and any player, really – into a winner. If you adopt the right
strategy from here on out, there is almost no way you can lose money. So
let’s move to the most important part which includes the 5 topics that you
absolutely must know.
C-betting and barreling
Only after working with hundreds of players, was I able to realize that
the most important part in any move is the reason for the play. It is impossi-
ble to know when you should c-bet and continue your aggression, or when
it is better to check, without understanding what you are trying to achieve.
It may sound pretty obvious; however, I was falling into the trap, think-
ing that I needed to prepare and learn all possible scenarios and strategies,
which is practically impossible to do.
If you understand what you are trying to achieve, the best action

“ becomes pretty clear.


ӱӱ ”
Before firing a value bet, ask yourself: Is your opponent likely to call
with a weaker holding?
ӱӱ When deciding to c-bet air hands, make sure that your opponent can fold
a better hand than yours, otherwise bluffing doesn’t make much sense.
ӱӱ You also need to consider the vulnerability of your hand as well as
how likely your opponent is to outdraw you.
ӱӱ Moreover, it is extremely important to check some of your strong
hands and let your opponent bluff when you block a big part of his
value range.
These are the most important factors which are going to help you make
the right decisions all the time. Sure enough, if you want to take advantage

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of your opponents, you need to study different boards and runouts to know
when you have range advantage.
Advanced Big Blind (BB) play
Another crucial step is big blind play.
First of all, you need to understand that you are going to play a lot of
hands from the big blind. You have to defend wide ranges pre-flop to prevent
your opponents from stealing too much, and then you need to learn how to
play back post-flop as well.
If I had to choose only one area where


Many players tend
players leave most of their money at the to be way too passive
table, big blind play would be it.

and fold too much when
facing a c-bet, so you
need to step up your game and learn to check-raise aggressively. You should
use hands with blockers, runner-runner draws and hands that are too weak
to call out of position, like gut shots or naked overcards.
Moreover, when
you have a range
advantage, you should
float many hands
to bluff it later on.
Obviously, you need
to learn when it’s best
to raise aggressively
and when it is ok to
fold. However, I can
say with certainty
that the vast majority
of players are giving
up too much, so you
need to find a good
spot to raise and float much more often, otherwise you will be just giving
your money away.
Another area where you can print money from the big blind post-flop is
when you opponent misses his c-bet. Once you notice that, you should be
looking to bet most of your air hands and force him to fold.
Obviously, it is a bit more complicated than that, and you first need to
understand the reasons for betting once or betting twice, and choosing the

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sizing based on your opponent’s range, to get the best results. But as a rule
of thumb, playing aggressively in this scenario will yield really good results.
3-bet pots
The third area that needs extra attention is 3-bet pots. When you are
playing 3-bet pots the stakes are high, and most of the time you will have a
big pot already, so making mistakes is quite costly.
While it is not very hard to play when you are the aggressor – and you
can easily follow guidelines similar to playing single raised pots to know
when you should be When you call a 3-bet pre-flop, you will
betting, checking or even
giving up – it is quite a
different story when you
are the caller.
“ need to have different tactics to playing in
and out of position.

Moreover, you have to learn when to play back, because if you fold every
time when you miss the flop, you will have a lot of trouble.
All successful players bluff more than you can imagine in 3-bet pots, so
you have to raise their c-bets on connected boards as a bluff and call even
some of your weak hands on the flop when you have the range advantage to
bluff later on.
Another crucial thing to remember is that you need to employ different
strategies when playing against regulars and recreational players, and you should
be actively looking to get involved with the weaker ones in the first place.
In summary, you have to learn which runouts are good for a caller’s range and
when aggressors have the advantage. This will help you to know when to bluff,
and only then you will have a chance to put your opponents in many tough spots.
Bluffing and bluff-catching
Next in line are bluffing and bluff catching.
Even though
Everyone loves to bluff, but unfortunately, most there is a very

“ players do that very randomly.”


” clear cut method
to make your
bluffs more successful, players tend to choose the wrong areas and hands
for the move.
Here are two important rules you should remember:

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First, you need to bluff when your opponent does not have many nut
type hands.
This makes some sense because you do not want to end up bluffing if he
is likely to have many strong holdings. For example, if he decides to check on
any connected board, such as 678 with a flush draw, he is very unlikely to be
trapping. In fact, he probably doesn’t have anything stronger than one pair
hand, because he would bet that for protection in almost all cases. Therefore,
this is a spot where you can run a profitable bluff most of the time.
The second part has to do with blockers.
Let’s say you still have the same board, 678, and your opponent did not
bet on the flop. If you hold something like A9, AT – or any 9x or Tx hand for
that matter – you have a great opportunity to bluff. In this case, your oppo-
nent is even less likely to be trapping with a straight, because if you hold one
of the cards he has much fewer combos in his range.
Thus, if you know that your opponent does not have many nut type
hands and block some of his potential strong holdings, you have the best
possible spot for a bluff.
Generally, there are 7 groups of situations where it is extremely profit-
able to run a bluff, and you definitely want to be able to identify them in your
games and take advantage of those spots.
A similar thought process goes with bluff-catching as well. When you
are deciding whether to call or fold to a bet from your opponent, along with
many other things you should also take blockers in consideration. If you
have a hand that blocks his likely bluff, you should not be calling very wide.
For example, if you face a river bet where there is a missed flush draw on
the board, and you have cards with the same suit, it means your opponent is
less likely to have missed a flush draw himself just because you block many
possible combinations, so you should not be leaning to calling him down as
often. There are many things which you need to take into consideration, but
always be aware of range advantage and blockers.
On top of that, population tendencies can play a huge role because in
some spots players just almost never bluff.
Optimal bet-sizing
Last in our list of 5 important areas you should master, but definitely not
least, is bet-sizing. Actually, this is one of my favorite topics, and it’s one of
the hardest ones to learn.

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However, there are several simple steps you can apply right away to
instantly improve your results. The easiest one is to start betting small on
dry boards. You will get the same amount of folds because your opponent
is not going to flat your bet with T9 on A63 no matter how much you bet.
Therefore, you should save money and bet no more than 1/3 or less of
the pot in those spots. In contrast, you should follow through with bigger
sizing on connected boards to maximize your fold equity and get more value
when you have the upper hand.
To gain even bigger edge, make sure to spend some time analyzing your
stats and seeing when overbets work really well or when you should be under
betting to gain more value.
Moreover, you can exploit weak players even more by forcing them to
make huge mistakes just because they do not care much about the sizing.
Against recreational players you can simply bet big for value and small as a
bluff; just be aware that it will not work against more seasoned opponents
and it can even cause you some problems.
Obviously, that is just touching the surface.

If you learn how to use bet-sizing to your advantage, you can easily

“ manipulate your opponent’s strategy and force him to play the way
you want.

It is one of the most powerful weapons if used correctly.

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Conclusion
The five areas discussed above are the most important part of any
successful poker strategy. If you master them you are almost guaranteed to
start winning no matter where you are right know. This is not just based on
my experience; the vast majority of my students are simply crushing the
games, and they never looked back after implementing this approach.

Summing Up Online Games


I keep in touch and communicate with many of my students and hear their
success stories every month. Now you know WHAT you need to do to crush
the online games, and you have to choose HOW you will do it!
I understand that you could feel a little overwhelmed by all of this
information, but it will quickly sink in. If you mainly play online and want
to improve this area, skip the section “Mastering Live Poker Games” and
go straight to “Following the system.” Or you could take a look inside my
Online Formula for Poker Success!

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Mastering Live Poker
Games
CONTRARY TO POPULAR belief, live games are not that much differ-
ent than playing online, and in order to reach long-term success you need to
have a solid strategy. You have to learn how to balance your ranges, under-
stand math, observe your opponents and learn to exploit them.
The misconception that you need to have different strategies for live and
online play comes from the fact that the average live-game player is much
weaker compared to those in the online world. This gives you the opportu-
nity to have big win rates and massive results if you adjust your strategy in
the right way, but you still have to learn all essentials to understand how to
do that.
Luckily, I’ve got
you covered. Just like
Formula for Poker
Success shows you how
to beat online games,
I have a simple and
actionable 9-step solu-
tion for mastering live
games as well, which
you can start imple-
menting right away.

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Obviously, some sections are the same for both live and

“ online games because they teach you how to build a strong


starting strategy.

The first 3 steps are very similar to the ones that were already covered in
Formula for Online Poker Success. Therefore, I will offer a short summary
here, but I urge you to navigate to and read the online section first, even
if you only play live.
Nevertheless, knowing how to prepare for a game is vital for learning
the winning strategies when you play live, so make sure you read and under-
stand those sections. That being said, let us start from the beginning.

Step 1: Understanding live games


One of the biggest differences between live and online games is the skill level of
your competition. It is not a surprise that the average online player surpasses his
live-game counterpart, because the former has way more options to improve,
can use additional software and can play way more hands in the same timeframe.
This means that you
should be using many
exploitative plays to
counter your opponent’s
mistakes in live games.
Obviously, you still have
to learn how to balance
your ranges in order to
play against stronger
opponents, and that is
the first thing you should
do when starting out.

Most of your money will come from exploiting weaker players, so

“ your job is to observe your opponents and concentrate on attacking


their mistakes when you notice them.

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Step 2: Learning pre-flop strategy
Pre-flop strategy for live games is a bit different as well. First of all, most players
are way too passive and make huge mistakes so you can take advantage of that
by value betting more hands, which will get you paid most of the time.
Obviously, cash games and MTTs Moreover, at the later

“ require a different approach so your


goal is to learn how to adjust your
ranges when you get a shorter stack in
stages of MTT you should
always take blockers in
consideration. When you
have high cards, such as Ax


tournaments. or Kx, your opponent is less
likely to hold cards of the
same value and will be less inclined to bluff, thus giving you a chance to steal
more pots.
Using blockers the right way can drastically reduce your chance of
getting bluffed of the hand, and it is even more important when you are
short-stacked.

Step 3: Mastering post-flop play


Your fundamental strategy is the same for live and online games. You must
learn to balance your ranges and only implement exploitative plays when
looking to increase your edge and punish your opponents for their mistakes.
To learn more on the topic, go back to “Mastering the Game” section and
apply that approach as your starting point in live games.

Step 4: Behavior tells


Behavior tells is the first of 3 steps dedicated to reading your opponents.
By noticing how much time your opponent takes to make a deci-
sion – if he talks or how he behaves at the table – you can quickly gain
an extra edge and make better decisions.
Poker tells can give you a


Therefore, you should always concentrate
when playing and take note of all available lot of information about
information. the strength of your
opponent’s hand and is
You can learn a lot just by observing your a massive weapon in live


opponent’s actions at the table: the way they poker games.
look at you, how they are sitting and what

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they are doing with their chips. You
should always be looking at other
players to gain as much informa-
tion about them as possible.
An excellent example of a weak
hand gesture is when your oppo-
nent tries to reach for his chips out
of turn, thus indicating that he is
planning to bet. I do not remem-
ber a time when I saw anyone making this move with a premium hand,
because players do not want to create an obstacle for you to bet when they
have something good.
So, we can easily conclude that players who have a strong holding will
almost never try to reach for their chips when it is not their turn to act.


However, when your opponent purposefully tries to show uncertainty
or doubt, and then still makes a bet or raises, he most likely has a
good hand.

This is a very reliable tell indicating a lot of strength on your opponent’s
part. Unlike the previous example, here players do not want to appear weak
when bluffing and would not send signals of uncertainty.
You can pick many of these indications when carefully observing the
behavior of your opponents, and this will help you start making better deci-
sions at once.
Obviously, these are just a couple of the signs that you can use to make
better decisions, but I cover all possible options in my Live Games Master
Class, so check it out if you want to learn more.

Step 5: Timing tells


Another essential element you should consider when reading your oppo-
nents is the amount of time a player takes to make a specific action. It can be
bery meaningful in regards of his hand strength.


When your opponent needs an extended period of time to
consider his move and then bets or raises, he is way less likely


to be bluffing.

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This is true because players do not want to appear weak and will make
bluff raises much quicker to pretend that they are confident with their hand.
But keep in mind that quick action often indicates weaker range.
When a player takes immediate action, he is unlikely to have a premi-
um holding. If he had a strong hand, he would not want to give up this
information and appear confident with a quick bet. This is simple reverse
psychology.
It’s even more telling, when a player calls a bet right away. This is a sure
sign that he is not trapping. If he had a strong hand he would at least think
about raising, but betting shows his range is more likely to be full of specu-
lative and medium strength holdings, and you can take advantage of that by
bluffing him more often.

Step 6: Verbal tells


The last element that you need to master when reading your opponents is
verbal tells. This is probably the most significant tell area, with many books
written on this topic alone. However, not all theory applies to practice. Thus,
here I’m going to share only the most relevant tells that could be successfully
applied to real games. Additionally, I have summarized the essentials in my
Live Games Master Class so you would have all the information in one place.
In poker, talking takes many forms, but most of them suggest that the
player is relaxed and less likely to bluff. Obviously, it doesn’t count when
someone asks how many chips you have or if you ask a question and a player
answers. Those are technicalities. But if, after betting, the player starts talking
without any particular reason, he is probably trying to convince you that he
is just friendly and you should play with him. So be careful.
The vital thing to take away is that there is a big difference between
aggressive players and those who wait for your action while talking.


As a general rule of thumb, when a player talks after betting, it


is a clear indication of a strong holding.

However, if your opponent starts talking while you are considering a bet,
he usually has a very small chance to actually hold a premium hand. Other-
wise, he would not be risking to attract attention to himself because that
could prevent you from betting. Like in most cases, understanding reverse
psychology plays a big part in reading your opponents.

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Summarizing poker tells
Understanding how to read your opponents is one of the most important
things you can learn when playing live, but you have to understand a few rules.
Most professional players fake it


Poker tells are more likely to be from time to time or act in a neutral
significant and consistent for manner so, you should not make your


inexperienced players. decision based on a tell only. There-
fore, these patterns will more often
hold true for recreational players.
Even though this is more of an


exception, if you can notice such Some players act in an opposite


a difference in a particular player’s way for a specific tell.
actions, he is very unlikely to change
it later on, so you will have a very reliable tell on him that you can act on
with a lot of confidence. This is a simple way to categorize players in your
games which will help you gain a significant edge when playing the same
opponents again.


It is vital to understand that spotting one poker tell is not always
enough to make a decision.

In most cases, tells work as additional source of information after observ-
ing a player’s betting action, positions and possible ranges. However, when
you have a close decision, or several tells indicating the same thing, you can
confidently decide what to do based on tells, and so improve your results.
It is crucial to remember these rules if you want to read your opponents
successfully. Observe your opponents and categorize them based on their
behavior. Always make sure you understand that tells do not guarantee that
a player has either a weak or a strong hand, and should only be used as
additional information in most cases.

Step 7: Mental game


Mastering mental game is one of your top priorities. I have seen many great
players lose opportunities to move up stakes because of mental issues.

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In the beginning of my poker career I also spewed and lost a lot of money
until I learned how to control my emotions, when to take breaks and how to
concentrate my attention.
If you want to learn how to be calm, to control your emotions and make
rational decisions, I recommend taking these simple steps seriously.
We will start by covering strategies that will help you strengthen your
mental game and prepare you for live sessions.
I hope that after reading this section you will be able to identify and
avoid tilting, for the most part, and keep your concentration longer than you
can now. We will cover 5 crucial elements that will help you play at your best.
Preparation for the games


Spending a few minutes before your session to prepare for the games


can have life-changing results.

Even though it is extremely simple, this strategy helped me – and


hundreds of other players – to regain control of my emotions, and most
importantly, to keep my concentration for longer periods.

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Always take care of your basic needs so you don’t have to interrupt your
session later on, and warm-up your brains so that you could start your
session making great decisions right away.
Identifying tilting
In order to reach long-time success, it is crucial to identify when and
why you start tilting. Players do it for all kinds of reasons, so your job is to
identify your trigger. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut that will help you
do that.
The most common reasons why players


The first thing that
tilt are: insufficient bankroll, running bad, you need to do after iden-
facing big bad beats, negative emotions at tifying your reasons is to
the table and even impatience.

stop playing and evaluate
your further game.
Learning to quit on time
It is vital to learn when to leave the table without spewing a big chunk
of your stack. Quitting a session on time can save you a lot of money in the
long run, but sadly, I learned that the hard way. However, it is easier said
than done.

GAM E O V E R

Even if you cannot stand up and walk away from the game, you
should at least take a mental break and tighten your playing range to
calm down.

Accepting reality

You have to understand that downswings can and will happen. This is the
nature of the game and variance will not go away no matter which format you
choose. As a matter of fact, this is even good for you because it is the only reason
why weaker players win from time to time and stay in the games.
However, when you do lose, you can choose how you react and that will
determine your long-time success.
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Tracking results
Many players do not track results when playing live and have no idea of
their win rates or how much they are making per hour.
Luckily, this is


quite easy to accom- However, if you want to take poker seriously,
plish. You can either
take notes of your
tracking results is a must in live games.

results or use a dedicated app to do it. Either way, make sure you know your
win rate!

Step 8: Learning the differences
If you read everything so far, you already know how to build a winning strat-
egy and guarantee your long term success. However, you can go one step
further and learn how to take advantage of your opponents in live games by
mastering 3 key concepts that will help you skyrocket your results, namely:

ӱӱ Adjusting your bet-sizing.


ӱӱ Mastering multiway pots.
ӱӱ Using exploitative plays.
We cover that in the last step.

Step 9: Final adjustments


Bet-sizing
It is crucial to adjust your bet-siz-
ing in live games. However, this is
actually one of the most advanced
topics in poker strategy, and in

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order to understand how to exploit weaker players, you have to understand
the foundations first. This way you will know what sizing to use in different
situations and would not get lost in the middle of a hand.
That being said, you should know that live players are quite passive and
you can easily get more value with strong holdings.


Logically, when you have a good hand you should keep betting for
value as much as you can.

Additionally, you can even over bet when you suspect that your oppo-
nent has a reasonable holding and is not looking to fold even to a huge bet.
In contrast, small sizing works great as a bluff versus weaker players
because they do not see the sizing in relation with the pot; they only play
their hand. Following this way of thinking, if they missed their draws or
have a hand they are willing to lay down, they will be folding no matter how
much you bet, so you can save a lot of money by choosing smaller sizing.
These are very basic tips that you can implement right away, but to learn
how to manipulate your opponent’s range


you will have to do some studying! A good bet-sizing strategy
lets you manipulate your
Multiway pots
To be honest, it is quite difficult to find an
opponent’s play.

ideal line in multiway pots. If you play online, you can quickly get confused
because you do not see many of these pots and therefore it is harder to train
for them.
However, playing 3way, 4way or against more opponents is very
common in passive live games, so you should take this part very seri-
ously. If you learn how to play multiway pots and how to avoid making
common mistakes, you will put your opponents in extremely tough spot
where you can take advantage of their weaknesses.
This helps you to protect your hand while making your opponent fold
many holdings with good equity to outdraw


Contrary to popular you. Obviously, you should not be betting
believe, you should adopt your total air hands against multiple oppo-
an aggressive strategy in nents because the likelihood of someone


multiway pots. having a good hand increases with every
new player that enters the pot. Instead, you
should be protecting your strong and medium strength hands by betting
aggressively and denying equity to your opponents.

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Moreover, you should attack any weakness when no one is showing
interest in the pot. In most cases, if you see many players checking multiple
streets, you should try to steal the pot.
Thus, aggressive c-betting, attacking weaknesses and bluffing are great
strategies to steal many uncontested multiway pots.
Exploitative plays
Naturally, online and live games are quite different. In order to get better
results when playing live, you can implement an exploitative approach more
often. If that’s your strategy, you do not need to balance your ranges and
can take more profitable lines. That’s what you should concentrate on when
playing live.
For starters, you should
raise limpers and 3-bet
more than usual. It is true
that your opponents will not
fold much pre-flop, but you
will make a ton of money
with a simple c-bet because
many live players follow a
fit-or-fold strategy. If they
do not give up on the flop,
they will be folding a ton on
later streets so you can liter-
ally print money.
Similarly, post-flop you should stick with aggressive strategies as well.


Naturally, do as many check-raises as Most players in live games
you can, so you can take down many pots. fold way too much when
This is important because players rarely
barrel all 3 streets without good holdings
facing check-raises.

and even more so, they rarely raise as a bluff on the river. When you see
that much aggression in one place, you


In addition, you should learn should consider folding even reason-
to make disciple folds.
” ably strong hands.
As always, observe your opponents and adapt your play based on their
tendencies and you will be killing the games.

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Following the system
SO LET ME ASK you a question. If you follow these steps: identify your
strength, choose the right game, prepare yourself, learn to read and exploit
weaker players, build the best pre-flop strategy, fix your mistakes and most
importantly, master the crucial post-flop areas, do you think you could be
successful? I know you can and will!
Unfortunately, it is impossible to explain the entire strategy in this short
book, but I did my best to give you the guidelines of WHAT you need to do to
become a winning player. Obviously, even reading this alone will put you ahead
of many players.


But you can boost your progress even more and learn HOW to do that
without wasting years of your time and thousands of dollars that I
had to invest into building these strategies.

Identifying where you are



First of all, you should identify where you are right now, and my POKER
PLAYER PYRAMYD can easily help you with that. It summarizes the 4
essential parts of every poker player’s growth path, and if you are reading
this book, you are most likely at one of these stages.

ӱӱ If you are a beginner in this game, we can easily say you are just
“learning to walk.” At this stage you do not make any money and are
lost in the well of information while struggling with every small thing
and not knowing exactly where to start.

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ӱӱ Maybe you are past this first stage and have gained some experience.
You were able to reach “Intermediate” level, but you are – still! – barely
winning, making costly mistakes in the most important areas, having
some tilting issues and mostly breaking even without realizing what you
are doing wrong.
ӱӱ Or perhaps you have already reached the “Advanced” level where you
have very strong fundaments and already make reasonable money.
Still, you know you lack some discipline and understanding of how to
exploit others to maximize your profit.
When you reach the highest level of the pyramid you have to do most of
your work yourself. You have to run advanced solvers for spots that give you
the most trouble, and then discuss that with other good players or a coach.
However, until that time comes I can help you to move up the ladder and
prepare yourself for success. Thus, I want to show you exactly how I can help
you further your knowledge.
If you are at “Beginner” or “Intermediate” level, pay huge attention because the
following sections will be a game-changer for you. Even if you have already reached
“Advanced” level, I will show you how to take that one last step to the top.

One clear path to success


In my desire to help all poker players who need assistance I took time to carefully
draft each step in this framework and created unbeatable learning programs for
online and live games. I covered the preparation, foundation and money-mak-

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ing stages by creating step-by-step training, frameworks and guides for each of
the steps so that you could crush the Online Poker Games.
Then I did the same for my Live Poker Master Class, so that you could
show up, get the training you need, fill in the missing pieces in your game
and start winning.

Why now?
Obviously, you can learn everything on your won, just like I did. But do you
really want to invest a few years of your time and spend thousands of dollars
along the way?
Learning the winning strategy can take you 10 years or 10 days, it is only
up to you. While making this investment in yourself you will be able to get the
only – and most valuable – resource that you will never gain back – your time.

You can always win or earn more money, but when you waste your time
– it is gone forever. You will never get it back.
Let me get you on a path that will save you time. Reading random articles,
watching videos, searching the web, etc. takes you away from what is really
important – learning the strategy that will help you make more money!

Your two choices


So at this point, you have two choices. Choice #1 is to do nothing.

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Or, you can choose to take a leap of faith,


If you do nothing with the test it out and see if it works for you. Can you
information you learned, imagine how much your life would change
what will you get? Well, if you can start making a lot of money from


most likely, nothing! poker? How would you feel if you could play
when you want and plan your days as you
want? What would it mean to you if you could make more money as a side
income compared to your full time job?
But the real question is this – is it worth investing a few minutes of your
time to check it out? Even if it only does HALF of what I’ve claimed, it will
pay for itself as soon as you hit the tables after finishing these courses:
The Best Program for Online Poker Games!
Or
Unbeatable System for Crushing Live Poker Games!
Even if none of this works as you thought, you are covered with my
7-day money-back guarantee. If you think the information and tools are
not helping you enough, you can get all your money back. You can just test
it out and see for yourself, you really have nothing to lose!

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Most common
questions

Are the games still beatable?


IF THE GAMES are unbeatable, how come there are so many winning
players? How come most of my students start making more money than
they thought was possible to earn?
I used to think the same exact way – that it is impossible to win, the
competition is too tough, etc. That is, until I met my first coach. After
working with him just for a short period, I learned really important
concepts and my results instantly skyrocketed.
So yes, the games are
getting tougher and the aver-
age players are better than
they used to be, but when you
have up-to-date information
you can easily gain an edge
over your opponents. Here it
is, I am giving it to you on a
silver platter.
And to answer the
question – games are very
far from unbeatable; quite
the contrary.

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It is not as hard to win as you can think and when you know where to


concentrate your attention you can make a ton of money.

Will learning proper strategy take a lot of time?


Yes, it will, if you try to do everything on your own. It took me hundreds
if not thousands of hours working with different solvers, analyzing ranges,
building the best strategies and going over millions of hands to figure out
population tendencies and strategies to beat them.
That doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that PioSOLVER and
other necessary apps cost a lot of money. Of course, there will also be a
learning curve before you actually get to implement all the new information
in your play.
For example, I have PioSOLVER on a dedicated server and it takes up
to 24 hours to solve one situation. There are thousands of different spots to
calculate so you will need a ton of time to do everything yourself.


Put simply, learning is not The good news is, I already did all
hard work when you know of this so that you won’t need to. Thus,
what to do and have all now you can learn all the essentials in


materials in one place. 60 days while it took me almost two
years to do that.

Do you have to play full time to reach success?


Many players think that either they need to play as a PRO or they will never
win. Lucky for us all, this is as far from the truth as it could possibly be. Most
of my students play as a part-time activity, a passion they want and follow.
But I know why you would assume that success would require all of your
time. Since up to this point you have been constantly consuming new infor-
mation – reading articles, watching videos maybe even listening to podcasts
– it can seem like there are so much to do and learn.
It is true that many of


In reality, if you structure your playing
my students often end up and learning times, you can work very
making more money from
poker than they do in their
productively without wasting your time
full-time job, but you will and energy and surpass most players


never need to quit your job with your results.
if you do not want to.

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Much to the
contrary, keeping your
job gives you an advan-
tage over professional
players because you
do not feel so much
pressure to win. Thus,
if you manage your
bankroll correctly, you
can concentrate on
the most important
aspects of your games
and jump ahead of
your competition.

Can charts and courses actually help me?


After playing for many years I realized that there is a very clear pattern to all
successful players because all of them have a structure that can easily be copied.
Charts can be really helpful once you learn how to adjust your strategies
versus different players so you can exploit them. However, in order to learn that,
you MUST first understand balanced ranges. That will help you to identify your
opponents’ mistakes, and only then you can adjust your strategy.
There is no way around it because you
So here is the secret: all


need to have a starting point that will guide
professional poker players you which hands to open, when to c-bet,
use charts, written or which spots to bluff and much more.
memorized.
” When you know what works best
against population tendencies you can
easily use that until you start noticing some mistakes. Only then you can
adjust to exploitative play and deviate from the standard strategy.
This is by far the most profitable approach, and my courses will help you
to nail it in no time.

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What if I am not good enough to win?
I used to wonder how it was possible for other players to win thousands (or
millions) until I met my first coach. Soon after I learned the most import-
ant factors in the game and fixed crucial areas of my play I started winning
myself. That took me


I believe that everyone can be a winning to visiting WSOP in
player if they have the right information and Las Vegas and many
huge EPT events in


a clear guide how to implement it.
the same year.
If I, being a lazy student, was able to go from losing to winning, you can
easily model my success. Moreover, now I have all the information waiting
at your fingertips.

What should I do if the games are not as fun as they


used to be?
I can understand that the games lose the fun factor when you are not
winning or feeling frustrated with the format you choose to play. I’ve been
in the same situation, which had me switching from MTTs to cash games to
sustain better lifestyle and manage my time.
So, if you choose a game that suits your needs and prepare for success,
you will definitely have a good time, that’s for sure.
No player has ever complained that the games are not fun anymore when
he is crushing them!

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Thank You!
I WANT TO THANK you for investing your time to read my book. I
really hope I was able to help you see the full picture and that now you know
not only what you need to do, but how you can do it as well.
If you want to take your game one step further, I would be more than
happy to welcome you in one of my advanced programs - Formula for

Online Poker Success or Live Poker Games Master Class and help you reach
your goals!

So see you at the tables and GOOD LUCK!

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