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Making an Elite-Level Poker Course

Most of you who read my other blog regularly should know by now that I have been toying with this idea for quite some time. What actually renewed my interest in this?

1. Falling Sick for an extended period of time in March – Since the start of this month, I was having some difficulties with breathing. The ENT specialist who gave me a rhinoscopy said that my Voicebox was swollen and was blocking my airways to some extent. Even after 10 days later I still have not completely recovered. What I realized was that I wasn’t in a good condition to play much poker, and as a result my income for the month was gravely affected.

What the doctor did to me

2. Sick Downswing
I had 2 -12k days. One was at stars, and the other was at planetwin365. Wasn’t playing my best and was also playing HUDless at PW365 (not willing to purchase pokerplaner). This may end up being my first losing month in more than a year but we’ll see if I somehow manage to grind my way back from -10k to breakeven. Total time spent so far on poker is <50 hours

3. Starting an Online Business
I think we all have to start somewhere. I have always been toying with the idea of entrepreneurship since a long time ago. I might have other hidden skills waiting to be discovered but as of now, my greatest skill and asset is my poker knowledge, and my ability to communicate that with others.

Came across this interesting post about starting online businesses. I thought it was pretty cool because I looked at the diagram for the 6 ways to make money online, I noticed that the best choices were Online Courses and Coaching (High Profit and Low Cost) compared to the rest. I thought, “Hey I could do it!”

Even better still, I was surprised to see Primoz’s face in my email. For those who don’t know him, he’s a productivity coach at Pokerstrategy, the main poker site I frequent.

My initial reservations about creating a course for mid-stakes players were that I would directly increase the skill level of my competition (provided my product is top-notched). But after pondering about this for some time, I felt that

  • My main opponents at 1k are already very good
  • My main opponents at 200-500 have many significant leaks but the player pool is pretty huge .
  • I don’t intend to play poker forever.

I eventually decided to ignore them and go ahead with the project anyway.

I was brimming with energy and excitement about this yesterday and I started typing down stuff for 15+ hours. With that, I’m almost done with the short mini-series on how to play in a Blind Battle. I just need to touch up on a few things and actually do some recording over the next few days.

[U]Small Blind vs Big Blind[/U]
So, this first mini-series is focused on formulating robust preflop strategies for both the SB and BB. I don’t cover postflop play, but will do so if I create more video series in the future.

A short writeup on my series, including some sample slides

Let me say that this is by far the best theory material I have ever written, incorporating information from the best coaches and adding in my own research and analysis to the mix. And I’m not one to make exaggerated claims.

[U]Market Research[/U]
I would like to know how many of you would be willing to pay for such a video series? I’m also considering whether to sell the first part as a stand-alone course.


6 comments for “Making an Elite-Level Poker Course

  1. March 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Yay new blog, can’t wait to read it!!

    Your first book was done in a day, your second book is taking me ages, really well done. I am no expert, but it feels like you’ve not tried to “hide” anything, and that you’re just writing how you think poker is, not sparing anything. Love it so far, but struggling just to get it in my head the 3bet concepts lol

    10/10 though

    • March 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Yea I was never trying to hide anything, but the fact is that I have always opted to make content for lower stakes players. So that should probably change soon in the near future if I do go ahead with this project.

      I’m someone who has been pretty upfront and honest about my results. If I played like shit, I’ll say it. If I’m not the best crusher at my current limit, I’ll admit it. I don’t overhype and oversell myself the same way so many other coaches and video package producers are doing at the moment with all their hyper aggressive marketing tactics.

  2. March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Came across this, only a few days ago, its a REALLY well made documentary about, esports, dota etc, im at a part where they talk about the best gamers in singpore, so paused, thought you might like it:

    • March 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      yep it’s on my To-Watch list

      • April 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        I’ve heard by a couple of ppl that they are pretty upset at you!!

        They all want another vod!! Make it a marathon one, where you record urself playing a 10 hour session or some shit, upload to youtube, yay

  3. tanwe1
    April 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I’m so excited to hear your course news.I will buy your video Although my English is suck
    By the way,Do you provide Private coaching still?

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