We Want You to Win!

We don’t just want you to play our tournaments, we want you to have a real shot at winning them. While simply rooting for you might help a little bit, we are all excellent at sweating in a coin flip, the best way to do this is to help you work on your game.

The biggest trend in live tournament strategy these days is Game Theory Optimal Play or GTO. Experts spend hours with computer programs and spreadsheets that help them learn the perfect play in any given situation. These plays are assuming that your opponent also plays perfectly, so they aren’t the most profitable way to play in every situation, but they can be very helpful in establishing a baseline.

You can think of GTO play as your armor. You wouldn’t go into battle without it, but it won’t really help you kill your opponents as quickly as a sword. That sword is what we call “exploitive” play. Exploitive play means that you take your opponents mistakes into account and attack them. The better your opponents are, the closer you should be to unexploitable GTO play.

Think of it like a game of tic-tac-toe. If your opponent is smart, then you should play perfectly and split every game with them. But if your opponent always takes the lower left corner when it is open, you could use this tendency to exploit them by playing in a way that is exploitive of that tendency. this means that you are playing in a way that an expert player could exploit, but that will beat your weak opponent.

In order to recognize the ways that your opponents are exploitable and find their mistakes, you must first know what GTO play looks like. then your armor will be solid and you will know when your opponents have a hole in their own armor that you can exploit.

If you want to learn more about GTO play and how it works, we highly recommend this article on Game Theory Optimal Play.

AIFA Broadcast

We are so proud to be doing the final table broadcast and commentary for the All-In for Africa event Saturday October 28th at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota. We have worked individually with AIFA in the past, but this gives us a chance to contribute in a much bigger way to a charity that does amazing work.

You can watch our broadcast of the final table of the AIFA event at on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/nextlevelpoker or on our website at http://www.nextlevel.poker/live/

The event will start at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 28th at Running Aces Harness Park in Colombus, Minnesota. The number, and value, of the bounties will almost certainly be larger than the prize pool of a regular cash tournament of the same size, so you are not just contributing to a great cause, you are getting an amazing value! For details click the Running Aces Logo below. 

We will not only broadcast the final table of the event, but we will be offering donations and bounties and we will have three representatives playing in the event.

Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace will be playing with a bounty on his head that includes a signed copy of his book, a pair of his signature edition Blue Shark Optics poker glasses, a Next Level Poker hat, a DGen shirt, and a round of drinks for the table! 

Brian Soja will be playing as well, and his bounty will be a pair of Blue Shark Optics glasses, a Next Level Poker hat, and a round of drinks for the table.  

Jordan Handrich will be playing with a bounty of a pair of Blue Shark Optics Glasses, a Next Level Poker hat, and a round of drinks for the table. 

Full details in the flyer below

Joining the RecPoker Podcast!

We are excited to announce that we are now the official poker tour of the RecPoker Podcast. We will be providing strategy tips, and schedule information to the podcast as well as general poker tournament information. You will also be able to hear an interview with each of our winners on the podcast the week after an event is complete.

We look forward to working with RecPoker and the fine people associated with it. Please stay tuned for our first tour date which will be announced in the coming weeks.