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Struggling Student
July 25, 2016
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Alton wrote:

“One thing I have noticed in the poker education realm is that there is so much material available, that it can be overwhelming and difficult to find what works the best at the micro stakes…so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.”

Yes, indeed there is plenty of material available. But when I started two years ago, I had difficulties to find anything at all, and when I found I didn’t know whether it’s good or bad or what it is. Only six months ago I realized that I must focus on Micro Stakes material since it is the field I am playing in. That’s why I joined this forum and am taking Alton’s courses and read his books.

I continue reading books on a daily basis. Right now I am working on James SplitSuit Sweeney’s book Dynamic Full Ring Poker which is (as I see it) full of HUD stats and Flopzilla analyses. So to understand the stuff I had to begin to study FlopZilla and it seems to me that I have to buy the license for that program as well. There is so much to know. Every day brings to me new concepts and strategies. No wonder they say that learning poker is a lifetime endeavor.

July 26, 2016
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You’re 100% correct: focus on micro stakes material because that’s the stakes you are currently playing. While certain concepts, strategies and theories are universal – so applied at the higher limits won’t apply as well at the micros.

As a word of caution, don’t overload yourself with material by reading too much from too many sources – that might cause more harm than good. Find someone (coach, author, etc) that you enjoy reading or watching their videos and stick with them. I’ve been a member of most of the poker training sites and certain coaches resonated well with me…and so I focused on their content.

Also – don’t get pulled into the notion that you have to buy all of the poker (analysis) software in the world…all I have ever used is PokerStove, Equilab (free version), table tamer (free version), Holdem Indicator HUD (for Bovada) and Poker Tracker 4. Things like Flopzilla and other combinatorics / equity calculators are nice, but not 100% necessary at the micro stakes.

Instead, focus on thinking of the game holistically and nailing down the fundamentals to beat the game.

July 28, 2016
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I am not going to buy the FlopZilla. For me the PokerStove and the Equilab (free version) is enough. After all FlopZilla is 35 dollars. I think I had better to save this money and buy PT4 in the near future. I don’t know the price of the PT4, they don’t announce it on their pages, but is it something near 70 dollars?

July 28, 2016
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The small stakes version of Poker Tracker 4 and Holdem Manager 2 are both $59.99. Investing in Poker Tracker 4 is a much wiser investment than FlopZilla for sure and I agree that free software, such as PokerStove / Equilab are more than sufficient.

I’m an affiliate for Poker Tracker 4 / Holdem Manager 2. The price is the same if you use my affiliate link, I just get a little kickback from there…so if you don’t mind I’ll provide my affiliate link when you’re ready to purchase it.

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