You can find all kinds of poker tutorials, but not all poker tutorials are the same. For instance, when I typed in ‘poker tutorial’ on Google, it brought me to some YouTube videos about how to evaluate your starting hand, how to check-raise, and things like that. I didn’t recognize the name or face in the video.
The information was good, but its information you can gain with ease. All you have to do is research what you want, such as “How to Check-Raise.” The Masterclass Poker videos taught by Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey take the poker tutorial concept to a whole other level, but in much different ways.
I’ll give you a brief overview of each Masterclass Poker experience. Prior to doing so, I want you to know that the biggest difference between the Daniel Negreanu Masterclass Poker experience and the Phil Ivey Masterclass Poker experience is that Daniel is much better suited for beginners, and Phil’s is much better suited for pros.
A pro can still pick up plenty of good poker tips in Daniel’s class, and a beginner can still pick up some good poker tips in Phil’s version, but the concepts in Phil’s class are much more advanced and should only be considered by those who have been playing poker for a long time.
This doesn’t mean that Phil gets deep in mathematical and technical play. It’s quite the opposite, really. He believes there is a level of play above math, called dynamic play. This means that his poker strategy is more flow-oriented. He’s basing every decision off his opponents, the way they think, and their patterns.
I’m certainly not Phil Ivey, but sound familiar? He also mentions the important of inducing bluffs. Up until this very day, I was the only poker player I knew who wanted to be bluffed. Even though I’m not playing my top game over the past few months, I at least know that myself and Phil Ivey think in somewhat similar ways.
That aside, I love the way Phil views the game. It actually excites me to get back to the felt (I’ll be there in two days). Obviously, I’m also excited to write about Phil Ivey’s Masterclass Poker experience, but I also don’t want to discredit Daniel’s poker tutorial. He obviously knows what he’s doing, and he’s a very good teacher because he’s entertaining and communicates in a friendly manner.
Daniel’s poker tutorial is also going to be better for you if you’re not a professional poker player. I would say this, though. No matter who you are, buy both poker tutorials and go through Daniel’s first and Phil’s second. If something seems complicated to you, just go back and watch/read it again.
Poker Tutorial: Daniel Negreanu’s Masterclass
There are 38 lessons in Daniel’s Masterclass poker tutorial. He covers everything from poker rules to poker strategy to evaluating his own poker hands. You can absolutely apply what you learn here in traditional poker games as well as Texas Hold’em poker tournaments. You will be much better at playing your poker hands, which is what this game is all about.
All the videos in the Masterclass are supplemented by a PDF. There is also a class workbook, as well as a poker community for comments. The class is 100% exclusive as well as guaranteed, the latter meaning you can return it for a full refund within 30 days. The objective of the class it to get you to know when to bet/call/raise, improve your reading ability/reactions, and increase your win rate.
The 38 classes for Daniel Negreanu’s Masterclass are listed below…
- Intro (meet the instructor, background)
- Understanding Position (tendencies)
- Hand Ranges & Board Texture
- Ranges: Hand Review
- Game Theory and Math
- C-Betting (Continuation Betting)
- Three-Betting: Hand Review
- Detecting and Executing the Bluff
- Executing the Bluff: Hand Review
- Bet Sizing
- Multi-Way Dynamics
- Mixed Strategy
- Mixed Strategy: Hand Review
- Pre-Flop and Post-Flop Mistakes
- Tournament Strategy: Early and Middle Stages
- Tournament Strategy: On the Bubble
- Tournament Strategy: Late Stages and Final Table
- Universal Tournament Strategy
- Cash Games
- Masking Tells
- Spotting Tells, Part I
- Spotting Tells, Part II
- Spotting Tells: Hand Reviews
- Table Talk
- How to Think at the Poker Table
- Managing and Exploiting Tilt
- Table Image and Metagame
- Table Image and Metagame: Hand Reviews
- Player Profiling
- Game Selection
- Bankroll Management
- Off-Felt Training
- Life as a Poker Player
- Bonus Material: Online Play
Daniel also discusses the importance of critical thinking, emotional stability, and adaptability as a poker player when dealing with tough times. He touches on balance as well. For instance, Daniel is into fitness. I can relate to that. It definitely helps. His reason for fitness might be different than mine, though.
I need fitness because sports has always been a part of me. I simply can’t live without moving often. I think he’s into fitness because he wants a healthy lifestyle. Basically, he is active and eats clean to stay healthy. I’m active out of habit. Without it, I feel miserable.
There are many cool aspects of Daniel’s Masterclass, but one that really stands out is the discussion of failing and how to adapt. How often do you see a poker pro talk about failing? I don’t see it very often. This shows strong character, in my opinion.
No matter what level you’re at in poker, Daniel’s Masterclass should help you improve your game. Actually, I know it will help you improve your game. And unlike Phil Ivey’s poker tutorial, which I’m going to write about next, you can apply Daniel’s lessons in pretty much all poker games. If you tried that with what Phil teaches you in a low-stakes game, it might not work because a lot of it relates to figuring out how other players are thinking.
Some people who play low-stakes cash games and poker tournaments don’t know what they’re doing, so it would be impossible to figure out how they’re thinking, making this type of poker strategy meaningless. However, if you’re playing mid-stakes or higher, then you definitely need to check out Phil Ivey’s Masterclass.
Poker Tutorial: Phil Ivey’s Masterclass
Phil’s poker tutorial is only 11 lessons, but many of these lessons are longer and more in-depth. That doesn’t mean they’re complicated on a technical level. A lot of it is on the psychological side.
If you’re not familiar with Phil’s story, he began playing poker in Atlantic City when he was underage. He had a fake I.D. so he could play. If I remember correctly, he used to frequent the Tropicana. He went on to win 10 WSOP bracelets by the time he was 38.
He also had a messy marriage and divorce in there, and he discusses the sacrifices a successful poker player must make. He even admits being neglectful at times. He lost a lot of income after Black Friday, he had a big legal battle with the Borgata (he won), and he’s been broke (he built himself back up). He is an interesting character to say the least.
I’ll list the 11 lessons offered in Phil Ivey’s Masterclass. However, this time I’m going to add notes for some of them. I’m going to space out these points because of the notes.
1. Phil’s Journey
2. Pre-Flop and Blind Defense
I obviously knew about Phil Ivey. If you play poker, you know of Phil Ivey. What I didn’t know until now is that we have very similar thought processes on poker. I have written about not over-defending your blinds in several of my books. Since I recently sent a link to this website to some of my fans, I know many of you already know this.Phil Ivey Teaches Poker Strategy
I have stated time and time again that there is little sense in defending the small blind because you will have the worst position post-flop. As far as the big blind goes, most people think that they’re already invested, but the truth is that it’s a fee that each player must pay to play. You’re not invested or protecting anything.
Are there times you should defend the big blind? Of course. The range of hands you should defend with should depend on the player who raised. I’m referring to the player’s playing style more than their position, but both are important. Phil basically feels the same way on everything here, but he goes much more in-depth, and you will learn A LOT more by taking the class. Phil Ivey is at another level.
3. Betting Tactics
This is all about maximizing value and minimizing risks. How do you think Phil figures this out? It has everything to do with his opponents and their tendencies.
The concept here is to monitor stack sizes for ideal bluffing opportunities. Phil also discusses how some poker players bluff just to bluff, which makes it easy for him to figure out it’s a bluff. If they don’t know why they’re bluffing, then you can take advantage of it.
5. Post-Flop, Part I
This is where Phil believes all the money is made. Since it’s the most important class in the course, I’m not going to give anything away. That wouldn’t be fair to Mr. Ivey.
6. Post-Flop, Part II
7. Deepstack Play
Contrary to what most poker players believe, most professional poker players believe deepstack play is the toughest, not the easiest. You will learn a ton about deepstacak play here, and there are concepts you never would have thought about. Since there are many high-guarantee deepstack poker tournaments out there, I would highly recommend taking the Masterclass for this section alone.
8. The Mental Game
Ivey says, “Mindset is everything.” I agree. He also discusses how to induce tilt, how to deal with tough losses, learning how to lose, and how to intimidate your opponents.
That last point was interesting. Ivey believes that intimidating your opponents has nothing to do with aggression. Those players are a dime a dozen. He believes that intimidation comes from making a name for yourself in the poker community. This is going to get you respect at the table. At the same time, he believes that you need to have fun when playing poker, and that if you’re dull and rude, nobody will look forward to playing with you.
So … Phil Ivey is saying that you should make a name for yourself in the poker community, have fun at the table, and be friendly to people so they want to play poker with you? And it can lead to more money-making opportunities within the poker community? I like that approach.
9. Table Image and Tells
Figure out your opponents, but also be wary of those who are sending fake signals.
10. Strategies for Success
One of these strategies wasn’t a surprise and fits into our poker rules for winning: experiment at lower stakes.
The other poker strategy Phil mentioned also fits into our poker rules for winning: study the pros. What made this strategy different was that something surprised me. He said that he has studied Doyle Brunson more than anyone else. Phil Ivey looks up to Doyle Brunson as a poker player.
Interesting. Not shocking, though. Most people see Doyle as a NIT. What most of them don’t know is that he was one of the most aggressive players ever to live back in the day. Between those two times, and for a very long stretch, Doyle was somewhere in between. He wasn’t aggressive or a NIT. He played smart poker and trusted his reads.
I don’t want to give anymore away on this aspect of the course because Phil Ivey shares some personal information. It’s deep and powerful, and it’s better if you experience it on your own.
Another hugely important point is that Phil Ivey revealed what makes him the most money in poker. I was somewhat surprised, but it made a lot of sense. I can’t reveal it here because that wouldn’t be fair to Mr. Ivey. If you want to know the answer, you’re going to have to buy the Phil Ivey’s Masterclass. Sorry, but fair is fair.
I would absolutely recommend both of these MasterClass poker tutorials, whether that be for cash games, Texas Hold’em poker tournaments, or something else (like strip poker). If you take advantage of both poker tutorials, the odds are extremely high that you will be a better poker player. See you at the WSOP!